Ignatian Spiritual Life Center

The Ignatian Spiritual Life Center is a Jesuit urban ministry that provides a place of welcome for those seeking spiritual growth.


Join us this Tuesday for quiet and connection with Gather + Grow. Check out our upcoming events page for more info: https://www.ignatianspirituallifecenter.org/upcoming-events.html


This Advent, join our special Ignatian contemplation series. More info here: https://www.ignatianspirituallifecenter.org/upcoming-events.html


We are excited that Christus Ministries is offering this retreat again! If you're looking for a profound way to find grounding in this tumultuous time, check it out: https://www.christusministries.org/events/breathing-gratitude


Are you looking for peace amid the stress of this week? Center yourself with Taize Prayer this October 1 with our partner, Christus Ministries. More info here: https://www.christusministries.org/events/taize


Do you desire to:

- Encounter God in a fresh, tangible way?

- Experience a memorable journey of prayer amidst uncertainties?

- Jump-start, develop, or deepen a way of praying that fits your rhythm of life?

Receive this enriching experience of inner peace and friendship with Jesus.

Check out www.ChristusMinistries.org/fse


Jesuits West Faith doing Justice

Join Jesuits in urging Senators to pass strong and equitable Covid relief!

Write to the Senate at https://www.jesuits.org/our-work/justice-and-ecology/take-action-2/action-alert-tell-congress-to-support-vulnerable-communities-amid-covid-19/ or call your Senate switch board at (202) 224-3121


The Ignatian Spiritual Life Center affirms that Black Lives Matter. Check out this link for starting points for engaging the inner and outer work of anti-racism: https://conta.cc/3e8aicr


June at the ISLC

This June, join the Ignatian Spiritual Life Center for ways to be rooted in prayer and community. We hope you join us!

Join the Ignatian Spiritual Life Center this June for two opportunties for depth and prayer: Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius: https://www.ignatianspirituallifecenter.org/spiritual-exercises.html Breathing…


Do you feel called to discover God’s loving and active presence in your life? Join our “Come & See” orientations on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius this June. https://www.ignatianspirituallifecenter.org/spiritual-exercises.html


This month, St. Ignatius, St. Agnes, and St. John of God Catholic Churches will join us to co-host our monthly interfaith vigil honoring San Oscar Romero, featuring the music of Francisco Herrera.

We will celebrate Romero, Salvadoran prophet and saint, and consider how his accompaniment for the mothers of the disappeared connects to our present environment. What is Romero's prophetic call for our times?

Day: Friday, May 8
Time: 11:30 -12:30
Location: Online at Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity via Facebook Live (link in bio)


It’s a bird...it’s a plane... it’s Doug Pierce, ISLC Community Coordinator in the trees stringing lights for our upcoming events! Come to the Centro Ignacio Ellacuria open house this Friday, 12/6 and to Solidarity on Tap 12/10. See you there!


Our gratitude of the week is for @ignatianyoga Thank you for bringing connection: connection to our bodies, to each other and to a deeper encounter with God


Still feeling nourished by the First Spiritual Exercises and for Tri Dinh’s accompaniment through the retreat. #grateful and #hopeful as we prepare to share the experience with others @christusministries


Join the Ignatian Spiritual Life Centering in welcoming monastic sisters from Redwoods Monastery for a unique urban day of monastic prayer and contemplation! Join us for a deepening experience of prayer and liturgy, this coming Saturday, April 27th from 10am-6pm. All are welcome! RSVP to Grace Salceanu at [email protected]


Join the Ignatian Spiritual Life Center and Anne Kertz Kernion on Thursday, March 28th at 6:30 PM for an exciting conversation about the affects of our spiritual practices on our physical, psychological and emotional health!

All are welcome, and refreshments will be provided! Hope to see you there.


Come join the ISLC / St. Agnes Community to hear George Williams, S.J. speak about his experiences as the Catholic chaplain at San Quentin California State Prison. He will focus especially on the encounter of ministering to men on Death Row.

Light refreshments and thought provoking conversation provided. All are welcome!


Join us tonight from 7:00pm - 8:30pm for - Learning to See: Viewing Social Justice through the Lens of Poetry

Parishioner and poet Christine Rodgers for an evening of poetry and conversation. Christine will share poems and prose pieces around a variety of justice issues.

Books will be available for purchase by cash or check for $15.


Join us this Thursday for Reflections on Sanctuary!
6:30PM - 8:30PM at the Ignatian Spiritual Life Center

We learned so much from offering housing hospitality to our sanctuary family and hope to reflect on what we learned from living our sanctuary commitment. As a community, we will take time to remember not only what happened, but also how it changed all of us: the challenges, the graces, the lessons learned, and the questions that guide us into the future. Join us in this community conversation and reflection on sanctuary facilitated by Francisco Herrera.

ignatianspirituallifecenter.org 05/08/2018


Check out our latest blog! It's full of information about upcoming events at the ISLC!

ignatianspirituallifecenter.org ​Dear ISLC Community, Believe it or not, we are still in the heart of the Easter season. Christ is risen! How often, though, do I get caught up in the minutiae as the school year ends, as the hum...


Simone Campbell's Four Virtues

This past week, we had the privilege of listening to Simone Campbell's dynamic presentation on her theology of abundance and her insights into the reality of 21st century poverty.

She left us with a beautiful poem about the power of community
and with four virtues to live as a faith community:

joy; holy curiosity;sacred gossip (sharing what you have heard and learned)
and doing your part.

If you missed the event, there is still an opportunity to buy her latest book:
A Nun on the Bus: How All of Us Can Create Hope, Change and Community.
Books are for sale at a discounted price of $13 in the parish office (1025 Masonic).

[03/01/18]   PAGE STREET MEMORIAL SERVICE TODAY: In response to the recent tragic deaths of three people on Page Street we will be gathering for a moment to acknowledge the lives lost. Their names were Michael, David and Adam. Should anyone be able to join us, we will be meeting at the Page Street entrance to the church, at 4 PM. If it rains, we will move inside. All are welcome.

For more information, please contact Grace at [email protected].


St. Anthony's is opening a shelter due to the air quality and is looking for volunteers. Check out the info below.

Our allies at the St. Anthony's Foundation just sent us this message...

"Wanted to let you know that St. Anthony’s is opening a shelter tonight in response to air quality issues. Shelter will have dinner and breakfast and will operate from 5pm – 7am. The shelter will be in our Dining Room building (121 Golden Gate). People can just show up. Men, women, families ok. Pets ok.

We wanted to let people know that this resource is available, and we also need volunteers. Anyone who wants to volunteer (shift would be from 5:30 – 8pm) can just let me know. Feel free to forward this to people who might be interested in the shelter as a guest or as a volunteer."

Colleen Rivecca
Advocacy Program Lead
150 Golden Gate Avenue | San Francisco, CA 94102
o: 415-592-2729
e: [email protected]


Info from Fort Point Beer Company on donating supplies to be deliver to the North Bay

If you are looking to donate supplies to those affected by the North Bay fires, our brewery (644 Old Mason Street) is now acting as a drop-off location. Donations can be made this week through Sunday 10/15 (updated from originally collecting through Monday) from 6am-8pm -- our trucks will be making deliveries to the shelters. Our hearts go out to our family, friends and community in the North Bay.

What’s needed in highest demand:
-- Tents
-- Air Mattresses and cots
-- Pillows
-- Phone Chargers
-- Dry and Canned Pet Food (Dog, Cat, Kitten)
-- Animal crates and carriers small and large
-- Dog Bowls (Any bowls for food and water)
-- Other pet supplies (litter, bedding, leashes, collars)
-- Diapers
-- Baby Strollers
-- Baby Carries
-- Personal Protection Equipment (Masks, latex gloves, etc.)
-- Boxes
-- Duct Tape

Other items:
-- Non-perishable food items
-- Can Openers
-- Camp stoves
-- Propane
-- Water
-- Personal hygiene products (toothbrushes, tooth paste, deodorant, baby wipes, soap, etc)
-- Diapers in all sizes
-- Formula
-- Baby Food
-- Blankets
-- New Socks
-- New Underwear
-- Toilet Paper
-- Feminine Hygiene Products
-- Bandaids, Antibacterial Ointment, Etc.
-- Duffle Bags
-- Suitcases
-- Children’s books
-- Coloring Books
-- Coloring supplies

ignatianspirituallifecenter.org 10/03/2017

Almighty God, I come before you, once again...

Dear Community of the Ignatian Spiritual Life Center,

​Yesterday was International Day of Non-Violence, observed each year on Mahatma Gandhi's birthday. Today we mourn and lament the violence our country witnessed this weekend in Las Vegas when 59 people were killed and 527 people wounded in a mass shooting. Today, we are left with a lot of questions, a lot of sorrow, a lot of anger and with broken hearts full of God's love.

ignatianspirituallifecenter.org Dear Community of the Ignatian Spiritual Life Center, ​Yesterday was International Day of Non-Violence, observed each year on Mahatma Gandhi's birthday. Today we mourn and lament the violence our...


Almighty God,

I come before you,
once again,
after another shooting...

sf.eater.com 09/22/2017

Gus’s Market Owner Gus Vardakastanis Killed in Hit-And-Run Collision

We're mourning the loss of a beloved person in the community today. Prayers & love to our neighbors at Gus's Haight Street Market. Gus and all of you have helped define & live out our values as community.

sf.eater.com The grocer founded Haight Street Market in 1981

ignatiansolidarity.net 09/01/2017

TAKE ACTION: Maintain DACA and Support Dreamers

There is still time to take action!
Our faith community stands with DACAmented immigrant neighbors & calls on Congress to protect them.

ignatiansolidarity.net Join us in calling on Congressional members to do everything in their power to protect DACA recipients from deportation and support their right to work and study in this country as the Trump Administration considers the future of the DACA program.


Faith in Action Bay Area

Here's the latest on all that's happening tomorrow. We will post updates on this page as soon as we receive them.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that.


Because the provocateurs of “Patriot Prayer” have supposedly cancelled their rally at Crissy Field, we, Frisco Resistance and approximately 20 other groups and organizations (such as Our Mission, No Eviction, Answer, San Francisco Against Hate, SURJ), have agreed to meet, assemble, and peacefully promote love over hate at Alamo Park Square at Steiner and Hayes at 11:00 a.m. tomorrow, Saturday, August 26.

Because the permit at Crissy Field has not been officially cancelled, and this cancellation may all be a rouse to get people to not come to Crissy Field, we will have scouts and other organizations at Crissy Field in the morning. If there are no barricades or a major checkpoint set up, it is probably likely that the provocateurs will not meet there.

The provocateurs of “Patriot Prayer” will most likely have their permit denied by San Francisco, if they have not already denied it outright by the time you read this. Nevertheless, Alamo Square is where we will make our stand. We go to confront hate wherever it says it will be. We do not play games. Alamo Square is also a better, more strategic place for us since if we must mobilize to Crissy Field, the walk is all downhill. Note that from Alamo Square we are also more mobile to other areas of the city the racists may try to rally, such as Civic Center, the Mission, and Castro.

At Alamo Square, we will also hold our own victory of sorts, all in the backdrop of The Painted Ladies, all in the spirit of amor, as we have all already agreed upon.

Finally, we are excited to announce that famed civil right leader Dolores Huerta will be joining us!



I confess to almighty God, and to you, my brothers and sisters, that I have sinned through my own fault, in my thoughts and in my words, in what I have done, and in what I have failed to do.

As we gather in community today at places of worship, as we link arms in protest, as we process the unspeakable violence of yesterday and as we see, yet again, the ugliness of the sin of racism we ask God for wisdom, for courage, for vision to transform our hearts and to continue to build the beloved community. #Charlottesville #Work4Peace #Work4Justice

As our nation reflects on the hatred, racism, and invasiveness of white supremacy that continue to plague our society, we are reminded by Fr. Massingale's quote of the responsibility of Christians to work for racial justice, as a core element of our broader work for a more just and peaceful world.

Fr. Massingale will join us as a keynote at the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice this November in Washington D.C., you can learn more about him at: http://igsol.net/massingale

You can find more resources on racial justice in a Catholic and Ignatian context on our website at: http://igsol.net/racial-justice.

Please join us in praying for those who were victims of hatred and violence in Charlottesville and for those seeking to promote peace and justice amid the chaos of the past few days.


The Ignatian Spiritual Life Center Letter on Women Deacons is Now Online! http://www.ignatianspirituallifecenter.org/islc-letter-on-women-deacons.html

myemail.constantcontact.com 05/04/2017


Check out all that's going on this month at the Ignatian Spiritual Life Center!



On this beautiful day in San Francisco, up with the revolution of tulips!

ignatianspirituallifecenter.org 04/16/2017

Easter Blessings: Let us be surprised by this new dawn

"Now that, like the two women, we have visited the tomb, I ask you to go back with them to the city...Let us go back with them to tell the news… In all those places where the grave seems to have the final word, where death seems the only way out. Let us go back to proclaim, to share, to reveal that it is true: the Lord is alive! He is living and he wants to rise again in all those faces that have buried hope, buried dreams, buried dignity."
-Pope Francis, Easter Vigil Homily 2017

ignatianspirituallifecenter.org Happy Easter! He is risen! Now that, like the two women, we have visited the tomb, I ask you to go back with them to the city...Let us go back with them to tell the news… In all those places...

ignatianspirituallifecenter.org 04/14/2017

Good Friday: Cross of Hope

"Then with my minds' eye I saw a large crowd of isolate, agonizing individuals walking away from the cross together, bound by the love they had seen with their own eyes and touched with their own lips. The cross of horror became the cross of hope, the tortured body became the body that gives new life; the gaping wound became the source of forgiveness, healing and reconciliation."
-Henri Nouwen, Show Me the Way: Daily Lenten Readings

ignatianspirituallifecenter.org " Good Friday: day of the cross, day of suffering, day of hope, day of abandonment, day of victory, day of mourning, day of joy, day of endings, day of beginnings... I closed my eyes and could see...

Mobilizing God’s People to Love the World

The Ignatian Spiritual Life Center's mission is to mobilize God's people to love the world.

Grounded in Catholic Social Teaching and energized by Ignatian Spirituality, we offer people the resources they need to nurture their relationship with God, as well as the concrete opportunities to live out what this relationship demands: a fierce and uncompromising love of the world. Our deepest desire is to help make God's dream for creation a reality.

​We stand for love of God, justice and mercy for all people, patience and kindness in relationships, courage in our work, and dignity and right treatment of all creation.

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