ISP San Diego
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.
In early 2014 ISP made a presentation to the national board of directors of the Ignatian Volunteer Corps (IVC). One of the board members was from San Diego and was very moved by the presentation. He invited ISP to “do whatever it took” to bring ISP to San Diego. ISP reached out to the regional director of IVC in February of 2014. A prospective volunteer was named as coordinator and a group of interested volunteers began discerning the launch of an ISP program in San Diego. A team was formed; the first ISP San Diego women’s retreat was held in June 2015, and the first men’s retreat was held in October 2016.
Today, ISP San Diego holds two men’s and two women’s overnight retreats and follow up days of reflections annually. For more information about ISP San Diego, email [email protected] or [email protected] or learn more about becoming a volunteer.
Fall 2021 Update: Back Together Again!
On October 23, 2021, ISP San Diego returned for a Day of Recollection after a two year hiatus. Four women and five men from two shelters joined us at Santee Lakes, a suburban park northeast of San Diego. Those who attended participated in the day’s activities, listened to witnesses and shared their stories. In retrospect, a sense of hope was present throughout the whole day and gave the ISP team an opportunity to build relationships. Check out the video for a few highlights of the day!