ISP Mt. St. Francis Retreat Center – Louisville
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.
Louisville ISP began in 2013 at the encouragement of a diocesan priest working with the local deacon community. An early partner included the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, which had a robust presence in local parishes and a campus in Louisville that worked with homeless men and women in recovery. The first ISP women’s retreat was held in September 2014 and the first men’s retreat was held in January 2015, both at the Flaget Retreat Center. In 2018, Mount St. Francis Retreat Center, led by the Conventual Franciscan Friars, generously invited ISP to host retreats at their center. In 2020, Mt. St. Francis assumed formal sponsorship of the ISP Louisville program.
Today, ISP Mt. St. Francis-Louisville holds two men’s and two women’s overnight retreats and follow up days of reflection annually. Primary partners with the Louisville program include the Healing Place and St. Vincent dePaul programs.