MORRISTOWN, NJ - Nine men from Eva's Village shelter in Paterson attended a two-day retreat Wednesday and Thursday at the Loyola Jesuit Center, a 30-acre site in Morristown.
Time spent at the retreat has had a profound impact on the men of Eva's Village and six ISP volunteers from central and south New Jersey. 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 at Loyola started about 10 years ago.
This Fall men’s retreat was made possible through the coordination and dedication of Loyola Jesuit Retreat Center, Ignatian Spirituality Project and Eva's Village. "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." shared Wally Pardo, 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 indignant 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 the 12-Step 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.