Founded in 1998 in Chicago, IL by Fr. Bill Creed, SJ, and Ed Shurna (formerly Executive Director of the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless), the Ignatian Spirituality Project (ISP) offers experiences of hope, healing, and belonging to men and women recovering from homelessness and addiction. By inviting our participants into a deeper encounter with the God of their understanding, ISP retreats and spiritual programs provide the encouragement and empowerment necessary to make real, transformative life changes. Today, ISP offers retreats, follow up and spiritual accompaniment programs across the United States, Canada, and Ireland.
ISP Dayton began as a retreat program for women in 2010 with support from the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati. Shortly after offering the first women’s retreat, a men’s team began to form and offered their first retreat in 2011. As the program has matured, so has the team’s desire to reflect and grow deeper in the ministry. The men and women organize an annual team formation retreat focused on Ignatian spirituality and 12-step spirituality.
Today, ISP Dayton holds four women’s and two men’s retreats, follow up days of reflection, and a co-ed day of team formation retreat. All retreats and follow-up days of reflection are held at Bergamo Center in Beavercreek, OH. The men and women’s teams have grown to include alumni that are taking the ministry in Dayton to the next level. The Dayton women’s team currently participates in the Ambassadors of Hope program.
COVID-19 Program Update
A note from ISP-Dayton Leadership, September 2020
Dear ISP-Dayton community,
Usually during this time we’d be preparing to begin our retreat season. So much has changed! We recently wrote a letter to our volunteers, donors, and larger support community; you can read the letter in its entirety here.
Our plans for the fall include piloting some of the ISP Network’s spiritual accompaniment resources this month, including via Zoom. We are also planning other programs to explore different ways of coming together as a community to pray and share during this type of physical distancing. And of course, we continue one-on-one conversations with participants.
In summary, we want to reassure you that the essence of our work has not changed; it’s only the methods by which we strive to build a strong, more impactful ISP ministry.
We remain committed to those we serve, and we are so grateful for your prayers and support for ISP which sustain the mission.
Sr. Teresa Laengle, SC, Women’s Team Coordinator
Norm Rich, Men’s Team Coordinator
Mary Funke, Steward