Loyola Institute for Spirituality is the successor to the "Loyola Laymen’s Retreat Association" that was first incorporated in the State of California in the 1930's. Its corporate name was changed in 1947 to "Manresa Retreat House," and in 1997 it was again changed to "Loyola Institute for Spirituality." LIS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit religious corporation recognized by the State of California and the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. The LIS Board of Directors was originally made up of the Provincial of the California Province of the Society of Jesus and his consultors. As of 2004, LIS is governed by its own Board of Directors.