ISP Jesuits of Canada-Toronto
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 Toronto was born in 2016 when a former ISP staff member, a Jesuit in formation, returned to his studies in Toronto and responded to his provincial’s request to bring ISP to Canada. An institutional affiliate relationship was formalized with the Jesuits of Canada in 2016, and the first men’s and women’s retreats both took place in November 2016 at Villa St. Joseph Retreat and Ecology Centre.
ISP Toronto holds two men’s and two women’s overnight retreats and follow up days of reflection annually and is building an ongoing accompaniment program in partnership with local hostels and outreach centers.