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Hearts on Fire

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Hearts on Fire Award

The Board of Directors of the Loyola Institute for Spirituality (LIS) created the Hearts on Fire (HOF) Award in 2003 to annually recognize outstanding Christians whose contributions to spirituality, community service, and Christian leadership have been inspired by their formation in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola. The Spiritual Exercises form the basis of the Institute’s vision, mission, and broad array of multicultural and ecumenical services and programs. The award is bestowed by the Loyola Institute at its annual fundraising dinner celebration held in the Spring.

Four criteria are used to select the award recipient(s). First, the candidate must be formed in Ignatian spirituality. Second, the candidate must exemplify the Ignatian ideal of finding God in all things, i.e., live the Spiritual Exercises on a daily basis. Third, the candidate must be engaged in the service of faith to others. And fourth, the candidate’s sphere of influence must be one which is compatible with Ignatian ideals and which aligns with the vision and mission of the Loyola Institute for Spirituality.

Writer's Award in Spirituality

In 2005, the Board of Directors of the Loyola Institute for Spirituality (LIS) created the Writer's Award in Spirituality, to be given to someone who has demonstrated excellence in furthering the spiritual teachings of St. Ignatius of Loyola through writing. The Writer’s Award is customarily bestowed along with the Hearts on Fire Award during the annual fundraising dinner celebration.

Love in Action Award

In 2001, LIS created the Rosita Diaz Amor en Acción (love in action) Award to honor an exceptional Latino(a) for outstanding service to the Hispanic community of Orange County.  However, LIS and Orange County are enriched by multiple cultures beyond just Hispanic.  It was important to broaden the scope of the award to recognize the exceptional generosity and spirit from a wider variety of cultures.  In doing so, it was renamed the Love In Action Award and it will be presented each year to a person (or persons) identified by the staff, and approved by the Board of Trustees, who collaborates with LIS in ministry throughout the year and who in doing so also serves the greater community.

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