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About Us

BILL CREED, SJ | Founder, Past Chairman of the Board, Chaplain to ISP

 

Bill Creed entered the Jesuits in 1963 after completing a law degree. He has a D.Min, an M.Div, an MTh, an MEd in counseling (awfully dumb to have to go to school that long). As a Jesuit priest he has been involved in establishing three centers for spirituality and has conducted formation/training programs for spiritual directors where he is teacher, supervisor, administrator and colleague. Currently Bill teaches half time in the Institute of Pastoral Studies (a graduate program at Loyola University Chicago) offering “Hearts on Fire – The Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius Loyola,” “Spirituality and the Poor - a Challenge to Personal and Public Discernment,” and “Introduction to Spiritual Direction in the Ignatian Tradition.” He is chaplain for 45 members of the Ignatian Volunteer Corps (Chicago Region) who volunteer two days a week in hands on service of the poor. He assists with the Exercises in Daily Life, an eight-month retreat at Loyola University Chicago where each year 30-36 faculty, staff and grad students make the individual Exercises accompanied by one of 24 directors. He is a spiritual director and
supervisor of spiritual directors for an “Internship in the Spiritual Exercises.” And he is cheerful or despondent, depending on how well the White Sox baseball team is doing.

TOM DREXLER | Executive Director

 

Tom became the first, full-time director of the Ignatian Spirituality Project (ISP) in April of 2008.  For over 20 years Tom has been involved in Catholic education and formation on the secondary level, in higher education, and in post-graduate full-time volunteers programs.  In the past, the majority of his work in higher education has been centered on volunteerism and service-learning.  For five years he lived and worked in the Dominican Republic creating and directing Creighton University’s service learning study abroad program.  At DePaul University, Tom coordinated University Ministry’s community service efforts, helped established DePaul’s Office of Community-based Service Learning before and eventually joined the Mission and Identity Office.  For two years Tom was the Executive Director of Jesuit Volunteers International, a two-year post graduate volunteers program with 70 young adults serving in 10 developing nations throughout the world.

Tom and his energetic Labradoodle, Sam, live on the north side of Chicago.

 

JORDAN SKARR| Associate Director

Jordan serves as the Associate Director for ISP.  He helps animate the national program through training and formation initiatives, encouraging program growth, and attending to administrative needs.  Jordan is passionate about Ignatian Spirituality and sharing the gift of the Exercises with the materially poor.  He is a graduate of Marquette University (BS), Loyola University Chicago (M. Div.), and an alum of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps (Tacoma, WA).  When not working, Jordan enjoys the outdoors and spending time with his family, particularly watching his young daughter attempt to feed herself.

 

WAYNE RICHARD| Program Officer for Team Formation

Father Bill asked me if I wanted to go on a retreat with him as a team leader, how can you say no to that? Ever since that first retreat some years ago, Wayne has been apart of the Project, a valued resource in both Spiritual Formation of potential leaders, and as a vital link into the world of Social Advocacy as he also works with the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless. This dual role helps to keep ISP on the cutting edge of information about how to end the injustice of homelessness and model for retreatants about life after addiction. He lives in Chicago.

 

RENATE REICHS | National Program Officer

Renate is a founding member of the Chicago women’s retreat team and will be part-time with ISP focusing on the ISP National retreat program. She will work closely with Jordan.  Renate has visited many of the ISP National Network cities helping train new teams and attends the ISP National Gatherings.

 

JOYCE SHANABARGER | National Program Officer

Joyce Shanabarger, OSF comes to ISP with ministry experience in education, parish work, adult faith formation, and leadership.  She has a Masters in Christian Spirituality from Creighton University and a Masters in Administration from Purdue University.  As a member of the Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart, she has served in congregational leadership and formation. There are many interests in Joyce’s life covering a wide spectrum.  She enjoys everything from basketball to opera, from reading to travel and from cooking to being with friends.  She has a passion for tapping into the spiritual characteristic of everyday life.  Joyce serves as a spiritual director.  She also volunteers with ISP on the Chicago Women’s Team.

 

CATHERINE RUFFING | Director of Development

Prior to joining ISP, Catherine spent over 7 years in fundraising and development at The Resurrection Project, a community development nonprofit located in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. Before moving to Chicago, she lived and served among the rural migrant workers in the southern California desert, where she initially landed as a volunteer in the Holy Cross Associate program. Catherine received her Masters in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola University Chicago in 2010 and has a particular interest in the role of ritual and retreat work as means of growth, healing, and transformation.

TED Penton, SJ | Jesuit Regent and Chaplain

Ted supports the work of our ISP retreat teams throughout the country and offers on-going spiritual companionship to homeless men in Chicago.  In addition, he works to advance the mission of ISP throughout the US and Canada, particularly through collaboration with Jesuit universities, high schools, parishes and retreat houses.  Ted first came to know the Jesuits through the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, where he worked with the Farmworker Unit of Legal Aid of North Carolina.  Following a detour through law school and a brief legal career with the Canadian Department of Justice, Ted entered the English Canada Province of the Society of Jesus in 2009.  His early years as a Jesuit offered numerous opportunities to work with the homeless population, including ten memorable nights that he spent sleeping at emergency shelters.  He has recently completed two years of theology studies at Regis College in Toronto.


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