St. Agnes is a Jesuit, Catholic parish founded in 1893 and located in the historic Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco. St. Agnes is known for prayerful liturgies, well-prepared homilies and gracious hospitality. The church is an inclusive, urban community, rich in diversity of age, ethnicity, gender, orientation, culture and talent.
The parish has a number of ministries including a Food Pantry, a Hospitality & Welcoming Committee and a Gay & Lesbian Ministry, which provides a safe environment that promotes full membership in the church through education and understanding of church teachings, mutual support and conversation.
St. Agnes also operates the Ignatian Spiritual Life Center (SLC), a place of welcome for those seeking spiritual growth and development. Grounded in the Catholic tradition and energized by Ignatian spirituality, it offers adult education and faith formation; the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius; spiritual direction; opportunities for prayer, retreat and service; and a place for the community to gather.
The SLC houses a lending library, bookstore, chapel, full kitchen, dining area and garden, and it is open for drop-in visits. Young adults are invited to participate in the center's many educational, service, social, spiritual and faith formation programs.
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Loyola Institute for Spirituality
Loyola Institute for Spirituality (LIS), founded in 1997, is located in Orange, CA. LIS provides many programs and services for individuals, parishes, and dioceses throughout Southern California and beyond.