ISP St. Louis
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.
St. Louis held its first men’s retreat in December of 2007 at the Mercy Center and an ISP team was formally established the following year. From early days, ISP St. Louis has enjoyed a close connection with the St. Patrick Center and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet — relationships which continue to this day. In 2012, the first women’s retreat was held in December 2012.
Today, ISP St. Louis holds two men’s and two women’s overnight retreats and follow up days of reflection, as well as regular ongoing spiritual companionship sessions held at the St. Patrick Center.