MORRISTOWN, NJ - A group of Eva’s Village men attended the 2018 Winter Men's Ignatian Spirituality Project (ISP) Retreat at the Loyola Jesuit Retreat Center in Morristown February 15th an16th. Ten men from Eva's village shelter in Paterson attended a two-day retreat Thursday and Friday at the Loyola Jesuit Center, a 30-acre site in a quiet part of Morristown.
Time spent at the retreat has had a profound impact on the men of Eva's Village and ISP volunteers from central and south towns in New Jersey; Westfield, Colts Neck, Basking Ridge, Mountainside, Paterson and Berkeley Heights. Retreatants said it strengthened their faith and gave them hope while providing spiritual empowerment, according to the center. "The ISP retreats give people a lot of hope and introduces the concept of 'Higher Power', which becomes an important part of their everyday life," shared Ed Stankiewicz, a resident of Mountainside and a retreat facilitator. Ed is an original member of the ISP ministry in Morristown-Loyola (started about 11 years ago.)
"The volunteer facilitators and I have been involved with this ministry for over a two-dozen retreats combined and we are always amazed at the friendship that grows at each retreat. It keeps us coming back everytime. Your really can't schedule the Grace of God!" shared Wally Pardo, a Loyola Board of Director and the ISP Men's retreat coordinator from Basking Ridge.
The partnership of Eva's Village, Ignatian Spirituality Project and Loyola Jesuit Retreat Center provide spirituality retreats a year to indigent men and women. ISP models a retreat program that effectively acknowledges the interior and spiritual lives of those living with homelessness. Through a seamless blend of Ignatian spirituality and traditional recovery program, ISP retreats are an effective and important resource in laying a fundamental foundation of hope.
Based in Paterson, Eva’s Village has established a unique record in facing community challenges and helping the hungry, homeless and addicted. Loyola Jesuit Retreat Center in Morristown has been providing a peaceful atmosphere for retreatants since 1927 giving many in the hectic modern life a have a pause to search, ask, and wonder.