ISP New Orleans
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 New Orleans launched its first retreat for men in January 2010, and the first retreat for women in November 2010. The small group of initial team members quickly grew as dedicated volunteers became involved and committed to the ISP ministry.
Today, ISP New Orleans holds three women’s and four men’s overnight retreats and follow up days of reflection. The teams maintain close relationships with Bridge House/Grace House residential recovery programs, and their retreats are generously provided free of charge by Manresa House of Retreats in Convent, LA. In addition, ISP New Orleans is a founding co-host and organizer of the city’s annual Interfaith Prayer Service and Memorial for the Homeless, held annually each December.