A group of men retreatants at Loyola Jesuit Center in Morristown, New Jersey, with Jesuit Ted Penton (left).
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Jesuits Offer Spiritual Retreats for the Homeless
25, 2015 — It all began in Chicago in 1998 when Jesuit Father Bill Creed was
asked by his provincial to find a way to make the Spiritual Exercises available
to the economically disadvantaged. Along with Ed Shurna, executive director of
the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, Fr. Creed developed a format for providing
Ignatian retreats to men and women who are homeless and in recovery from
the Ignatian Spirituality Project (ISP) is a national network with overnight
retreat programs in 26 cities across the United States and Canada. With ongoing
training and support from ISP’s Chicago-based office, dedicated volunteers in
each city deliver the retreats.
Ted Penton is one of them. A Jesuit in formation from English Canada, Penton is
now in his second year as a program officer with ISP. “When a fellow Canadian
Jesuit told me about ISP, something clicked for me,” he explained. “I’ve always
had a passion for working with men and women on the margins and since entering
the Society had developed a strong desire to work in spiritual direction as
well. In doing training in spiritual direction I felt that a lot of these
resources could benefit people who lack the means to attend typical Jesuit
elements of Ignatian spirituality and the 12-Step recovery program, ISP
retreats help participants establish a fundamental foundation of hope,
community and healing. By offering a safe space in which to share with one
another, ISP retreatants come to see that they are not alone in their
many, ISP is the spark that leads to long-term transformation, thus altering
the cycle of despair and loneliness that has kept them out of healthy
relationships with themselves, others and God and kept them on the streets.
with those on the margins is a very important part of Jesuit charism,” Penton said.
“Reaching out to those who are neglected by so much of our society, by using a
retreat format adapted to their needs, has really helped deepen my own sense of
what it means to be a Jesuit.
somehow living through situations of abuse, addiction and incarceration that I
haven’t encountered even in my nightmares, many of our retreatants have
developed a reliance on God that is truly inspiring,” Penton said.
October 11, 2018 - TESTAROSSA Winery, located at the former Novitiate Winery in Los Gatos, Calif., hosted a 130th Anniversary luncheon commemorating the 1st harvest of grapes at the Novitiate Winery, October 11, 1888. TESTAROSSA owners, Rob & Diana Jensen invited the Sacred Heart Jesuit Community and Staff for wine tasting and buffet lunch.
October 9, 2018 - Father Robert Joseph Schlim, SJ, longtime teacher in Spokane schools, died at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos, California, October 3, 2017. He was 90 years of age, 68 years a Jesuit, and 56 years a priest.
September 30, 2018 - Jesuit Scholastics studying Philosophy spend their first summer on service immersion programs. The rural villages of Alakanuk, Bethel and Newtok in western Alaska were the frontier destinations for Shane Liesegang, SJ, John Meyers, SJ, Jason McCreery, SJ, Raymond Parcon, SJ, and James Millikan, SJ. Their mission was to contribute their talents wherever needed.
September 17, 2018 - Ms. Kim Cavnar, Principal of St. Francis Xavier School, received Loyola University of Chicago’s 2018 Damen Award from the Institute of Pastoral Studies on Wednesday, September 12, 2018.
September 12, 2018 - Father Michael J. Mandala, SJ, emeritus president of Verbum Dei High School, Los Angeles, died September 9, 2018 at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos, California. He suffered from pancreatic cancer. He was 71 years of age and had been a member of the Jesuit Order for 54 years, 41 years a priest.
September 5, 2018 - Father John J. (“Hex”) Kindall, SJ, longtime high school teacher/principal and pastor in schools and parishes throughout the Pacific Northwest, died August 25, 2018 at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos, California. He was 91 years of age, a Jesuit for 74 years, and 61 years a priest.
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Loyola Institute for Spirituality (LIS), founded in 1997, is located in Orange, CA. LIS provides many programs and services for individuals, parishes, and dioceses throughout Southern California and beyond.