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 program in Providence launched in 2013 through a partnership with the Ignatian Volunteer Corps (IVC) New England. Many volunteer team members from the founding team were connected with IVC as well as the Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC). Early planning and development was initiated in 2014, with the first ISP retreats taking place in 2015. The first men’s and women’s overnight retreats were both held in September 2015 at the Bethany Renewal Center, which, along with St. Patrick Church, remain critical institutional partners for the ISP Providence program.
Today, ISP Providence holds two men’s and two women’s overnight retreats and follow up days of reflection annually, as well as monthly ongoing spiritual companionship sessions for men and women.