ISP Network Leadership Conference December 2021:

Lighting the Path… the Grace of Encounter


The ISP Network Leadership Conference (NLC) is an annual gathering for volunteers to deepen their understanding of and commitment to the ISP ministry and mission while connecting with others from across the network. This December’s virtual NLC invites all members of the ISP community to continue “lighting the path”  together, exploring the “grace of encounter” through shared learning, prayer, reflection and fellowship.


Date & Time

Thursday, December 2 and Friday, December 3, 2021

The virtual conference will take place over two sessions:
1st Session: Thursday 12/2 @ 6-8:45PM CST
2nd Session: Friday 12/3 @ 11:00am-2:30pm CST

Who can attend?

All members of our ISP Network (current, active team members) are welcome to attend the NLC.


Click here to register.  

Conference Schedule (all times in Central Time)

Thursday, December 2

6:00PM      Welcome

6:10            Opening Prayer with Ambassadors of Hope

6:45            Keynote – Pat Twohy, SJ

7:20            Small Group Processing

8:00            15 min break 

8:15            Question & Response | Large Group Processing

8:45            Closing Prayer with Ambassadors of Hope


Friday, December 3 

10:45AM      NLC Zoom Conference opens

11:00            Welcome

11:10            Morning Prayer with Ambassadors of Hope

11:45            Keynote – Ed Shurna, Co-founder of ISP

12:30            15 min break 

12:45            Small Group Processing

1:15              Question & Response | Large Group Processing

2:00              Network Announcements

2:30              Closing Prayer with Ambassadors of Hope


About our speakers

Patrick Twohy, SJ

Patrick Twohy is a Jesuit priest who has lived and worked with Native tribes in the  Pacific Northwest for fifty years. Since 1989 he has also worked with Native homeless in Seattle through his connection with the Chief Seattle Club, a Native-led housing and human services agency.  

Fr. Twohy is the author of two books connecting the spiritual traditions of Native religions with the Catholic faith: Beginnings: A Meditation on Coast Salish Lifeways and Finding a Way Home: Indian & Catholic Spiritual Paths of Plateau Tribes. He holds a B.A. from Gonzaga University and two master’s degrees: an M.A. in English from Gonzaga University and a Masters in Divinity gained at the Toronto School of Theology. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Law from Gonzaga University in 2006.

Ed Shurna

Ed dedicated his whole career working to empower the disenfranchised, including spending 20 years with the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH), 12 of which he served as the Executive Director.  At CCH, his accomplishments included expanding CCH advocacy to the state capital where major victories were won including the start of homeless prevention grants for families, a rent-support program, and first-time funding for housing in an Illinois state capital budget. These programs have helped more than 110,000 Illinois households avoid homelessness and access affordable housing. Prior to joining CCH, Ed served as an organizer and Executive Director for a variety of community organizations working alongside residents to improve Chicago neighborhoods.  He holds a B.A. from Loyola University Chicago.

In 1998, Ed and his friend Bill Creed, SJ, began to dream about offering retreats to men and women who had been homeless and were in recovery from addiction, and ISP was born.  Ed has been a staunch ally and devoted friend of ISP ever since.  He and his wife, Michelle, enjoy traveling and spending time with their children and grandchildren.