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Office of Mission and Ministry organizes Ignatian retreat for homeless

November 4, 2011

Loyola University New Orleans Office of Mission and Ministry Assistant Director Josh Daly recently helped facilitate a retreat for homeless and formerly-homeless men at Manresa Retreat House in Convent, La.

The retreat was sponsored by the Chicago nonprofit, Ignatian Spirituality Project, which hosts retreats across the country. Eleven men from Bridge House, the Harry Tompson Center and the New Orleans Catholic Worker gathered together on the beautiful grounds of Manresa for a two-day experience of spiritual healing.

The New Orleans ISP team provides three retreats a year for both men and women. The retreats utilize Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises, including meditation, imagining one’s self in a gospel passage or having an intimate conversation with Jesus as a friend.

“The retreat is an incredibly powerful experience. Most of the participants are recovering addicts and come with a real need for God’s love and healing. It’s a different experience of religion for most of them because it’s an opportunity to share God with each other without being preached to,” said Daly.

For more information, contact Daly at jdaly@loyno.edu or 504-865-2141.

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