Loyola Institute for Spirituality (LIS) was founded in 1997 as the successor to the Manresa Retreat House, formerly in Azusa, CA. LIS now provides many spiritual programs and services in various languages and multiple locations throughout Southern California and beyond.
LIS offers formation and grounding in Ignatian Spirituality that can lead people to a closer personal relationship with God. LIS programs and services are designed to train and empower religious leaders and lay ministers who fill many needed roles in the Church. Many LIS graduates currently serve in positions such as Faith Formation Director, Spiritual Director, and Retreat Leader.
LIS offers a wide variety of services for dioceses, churches, parishes, religious orders, and other religious groups from throughout California, Nevada, Arizona, and beyond. All programs are designed to be affordable and accessible for those who might face challenges obtaining spiritual resources due to economic or transportation limitations, or because of busy work schedules and family responsibilities.
The ministry of LIS reflects the Jesuit commitment to Ignatian Spirituality, the vision of St. Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556), and lay ministry in service to the Church and the world. Our programs are multi-ethnic and multi-lingual: most offered in English, many in Spanish, and some also in Korean.