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.
The ISP Detroit team formed in 2013, and held the first men’s retreat in January 2014 at the Colombiere Retreat Center. The first women’s retreat was held in June 2014, also at Colombiere.The retreat team also formed a solid working relationship with Manresa Retreat Center where the men’s ISP retreats are now held. Many of the initial ISP team members were recruited from the Spiritual Direction program at Manresa.
Today, ISP Detroit offers two men’s and two women’s overnight retreats and follow-up days of reflection annually at the Manresa House of Retreats in Bloomfield Hills and at Colombiere Retreat Center in Clarkston.