Step Up Ignatian 12 Step Program

The Step Up Program is a Jesuit inspired ministry offering Spiritual Retreats with a multi-faceted approach in the effort to end homelessness:

  • Step Up offers retreats inspired by Ignatian Spirituality to those who are homeless and seeking recovery
  • Step Up forms teams with men and women who are homeless to conduct Ignatian retreats, offer witness and to provide spiritual companionship
  • Step Up reaches out throughout the city to build and form our retreat team to offer this program
  • Step Up collaborates with communities and agencies working to end the injustice of homelessness.

Step Up is modeled after the Ignatian Spirituality Project, which is connected with over 24 cities in the United States and Canada offering retreats for both men and women. Our Lady of Fatima Retreat House became involved in planning and hosting ISP men's and women's retreats in 2013. The first women's day was held on April 29, 2014 and the first men's day on May 29, 2014. We have since developed our own program. We are honored to be a part of this beautiful and much needed ministry offering the spiritual component that is lacking in most of the efforts directed in helping homeless men and women in recovery from addiction on their journey to recovery.

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 homelessness and addiction, and especially for fellowship!
  • Prayers, prayers, prayers!
  • Make a donation! To make a monetary donation, click here and be sure to select 'Genesis Fund' 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 homelessness, 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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