BILL CREED, SJ | Founder and 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| Director of Programs
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 Assistant 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 | 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.
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.
Leticia Padilla | Business Manager
Leticia Padilla is a nonprofit accounting professional knowledgeable in the areas of accounting, human resources and business operations. Leticia holds a Masters in Accounting and Finance from Keller Graduate School and a Bachelor’s in Business Administration with a minor in Finance. Leticia has also earned the Certification for Nonprofit Accounting Professionals from Fiscal Management Associates and is currently working on her CPA. Prior to joining ISP, Leticia’s was Finance Manager and Controller at other Chicago nonprofits ranging from start ups, to an $26 million budget organization where she and developed and improved various fiscal and business operations.
Amanda Asque | Program Assistant for Team Formation
Amanda is a Chicago native and has been active with ISP for several years. She began as a volunteer member of the ISP Chicago Women’s Retreat Team. She quickly moved into being a witness coordinator for Chicago helping other women who are experiencing homelessness and recovery to share their stories on retreat. Amanda serves on the national staff helping teams across the country develop and strengthen their witnesses.
Steve Donaldson | Program Officer
Steve Donaldson is married and the father of three children, a fifth grader, a high school sophomore and a college freshman. He has worked in parish and retreat ministry and has been involved with the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius for over 30 years. Steve serves as a spiritual director and uses these gifts, as well as his organizational skills, to offer retreats and group discernment sessions to diverse groups and communities including the Native American community as well as other religious traditions throughout western Washington.
Steve attended Seattle University. His interests include literature, sports, and travel. He has been involved leading pilgrimages to Spain and Rome, where pilgrims visit the places where Ignatius lived and worked, the place where it all began.
He will be serving the ISP program out west!
Jan O’Halloran | Program Officer
Jan came to ISP by way of the Ignatian Volunteer Corp. After raising her four children and watching them successfully leave home she decided to actively seek out a ministry where she could get involved and make a difference.
She became the Chicago Women’s Retreat Coordinator for ISP and her passion for the ISP mission continued to grow as she helped launch a new retreat format and became involved in weekly ongoing spiritual companionship at a local shelter.
This passion led her back to school to pursue her master’s degree in Spirituality at Loyola University Chicago. She is thrilled to continue her allegiance with ISP in the Program Officer position and she is anxious to work with many of the cities in the Midwest.