Step Up Ignatian 12 Step Spirituality Program

Mission Statement of Program: The Fatima Retreat House STEP UP: Ignatian - 12 Step Spirituality Program offers men and women who both live in sheltered housing and are in recovery from addiction the opportunity to deep their relationship with the God of their own understanding which can lead to transform their lives.

Description of Program

  • Retreats are based on both Ignatian and 12 Step Spirituality
  • Each retreat is one day in length including one overnight at Fatima Retreat House
  • Retreats are offered seperately and without cost to both men and women with a maximum of 12-15 participants and 3 or 4 team members per retreat.
  • Follow-up meals/meetings are offered 4 to 6 weeks following each retreat experience.
  • Volunteer Team members are encouraged to attebd 10 monthly meetings throughout the year that are ordinarily scheduled the third Monday of the month at Fatima Retreat House. These regular meetings help team member to build community, share their own spirituality, and deepen their own understanding of both Ignatian Spirituality and 12 Step Spirituality.
  • An annual celebration meal/meeting offer volunteers who were on retreat teams for the current year a time to evaluate their experiences and plan for the future

Fatima photoVolunteers and support are needed and appreciated!

We have had a tremendous response from our local community in support of Step Up. However, we are always in need of more volunteers and monetary support as well as your prayers!

How can you be involved?

There are many opportunities to support the men's and women's Step Up retreats at Fatima. If any of these are of interest to you or if you want more information about volunteering, please contact Sr. Connie Kramer at or (812) 239-4309

  • Be a greeter for the retreats, welcoming guests and showing them to their rooms
  • Making prayer shawls
  • Writing letters of support and encouragement
  • Providing transportation for our guests to and from their homes and Fatima Retreat House
  • Spreading the word about these fruitful retreats and about the mission of Step Up
  • Join us for monthly gatherings of prayer, continuing formation and education about Ignatian and 12 Step Spirituality, and especially for fellowship!
  • Prayers, prayers, prayers!
  • Make a donation! To make a monetary donation, click here and be sure to select 'Step UP 12 Step Ministry' from the drop down menu so that your donation will go to support Step Up retreats in Indianapolis at Fatima Retreat House.
  • Make an in-kind donation of snacks, materials used for retreats, etc. Contact Sr. Connie (info above) to see what may be needed for our next retreat.

You are invited.....

All are invited to join retreat team members, Fatima staff, past Step Up retreat participants and other men and women interested in the Step Up ministry for these monthly gatherings. We will share prayer, information and talk about various topics relating to Ignatian -12 Step Spirituality, addiction, and various aspects of the Step Up retreats.

We begin at 6:00 pm and conclude no later than 7:30 pm. There is no charge to attend. If you know you can join us ahead of time, please contact Sr. Connie at or (812) 239-4309. We are building and strengthening a network of support and knowledge around these retreats which is important for all involved. We welcome anyone with an interest in the mission of Step Up. We hope to see you!

'For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,  not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.' ~Ephesians 2: 8-10


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