Hearts on Fire

The Hearts on Fire Celebration is the annual awards dinner and fundraising gala of the Loyola Institute for Spirituality. 
It provides an opportunity each spring to celebrate the work of the Loyola Institute,
to honor those who have contributed to LIS in many different ways,

and to provide increased financial support for LIS.


Hearts on Fire 2017

Sunday, May 7, 2017
5:00 pm - Reception & Silent Auction
Followed by Dinner & Awards Ceremony


DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
100 The City Drive, Orange, CA 92868




2017 Awardees


Hearts on Fire Award:
Fr. Allan Figueroa Deck, S.J.

Loyola Marymount Jesuit Community, Los Angeles, CA


Rosita Diaz Love-in-Action Award:
Fr. Anastacio “Tacho” Rivera, S.J.

House of Prayer for Priests, Orange, CA


Writer’s Award in Spirituality:
Dr. Timothy Muldoon, Ph.D.

Boston College, Boston, MA






About the Awards:


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 LIS Board of Directors 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 HoF Award at the Loyola Institute’s annual fundraising dinner and award ceremony.





Rosita Diaz "Love in Action" Award


Inspired by the life and service of Rosita Diaz, of the Delhi Community in Santa Ana, the “Love in Action” award (Amor en Acción) is awarded annually to an exceptional Latino(a) for outstanding service to the Hispanic community of Orange County. This award was first given by the Loyola Institute in 2001, even prior to the creation of the annual Hearts of Fire dinner and award ceremony, and added to it in 2006.




Ignatian Generosity Award


The Ignatian Generosity Award was established by the LIS Board of Directors in 2017 to honor an individual, family, or group that has faithfully and consistently supported the ministries of the Loyola Institute through generous contributions of their time, talent, and treasure. They are exemplary in striving to live out the ideals expressed in the “Prayer for Generosity,” attributed to St. Ignatius of Loyola:


“Lord, teach me to be generous. Teach me to serve you as you deserve;

to give and not to count the cost, to fight and not to heed the wounds,

to toil and not to seek for rest, to labor and not to ask for reward,

save that of knowing that I do your holy will.”

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