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 Milwaukee’s first retreat for men took place at Casa Romero Renewal Center in September, 2001. ISP Milwaukee went on hiatus until a volunteer team was formed in 2009 by an interested group working in ministry at Marquette University. This new team held a men’s retreat in April 2009 at the St. Vincent Pallotti Retreat Center. The first ISP women’s retreat was held in October 2010, also at the Pallotti Retreat Center and involved parishioners from Gesu Catholic Church.
Today, ISP Milwaukee holds two men’s and two women’s overnight retreats at the Pallotti Center.The corresponding follow up days of reflection are held at the Church of the Gesu, which offers ongoing support and hospitality to the ISP MIlwaukee team.