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 2015

Sunday, May 3, 2015
5:00 Reception,  5:30 Dinner & Awards Ceremony


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



At this year’s celebration, we will honor three very special award recipients:


Hearts on Fire Award
Rev. Gordon Moreland, S.J.

Fr. Moreland was born and raised in the farming area of central Washington State near Yakima.  After three

years at Gonzaga and Seattle Universities, he entered the Jesuit Novitiate near Portland, Oregon, in August

1951. In 1958 he completed his master’s in philosophy at Mount Saint Michaels near Spokane and then taught

high school in Tacoma for three years.  He studied theology at the Gregorian University in Rome, where he was

ordained a priest in 1964.  He taught philosophy at Mount Saint Michaels for two years, was novice director of

his province for eight years, taught high school again for three years, and was director of Loyola Retreat House

in Portland for five years.  In January 1986 he came to Orange County as director of the House of Prayer for

Priests. He has long been involved in directing and preaching retreats for bishops and priests from around the

country.  On weekends he also presides at Mass and preaches in local parishes.


Writer's Award in Spirituality
Rev. William A. Barry, S.J.

Fr. Barry has been a Jesuit for 64 years and a priest for 52. He earned a doctorate in clinical psycho- logy from

the University of Michigan in 1968. He has taught at the University of Michigan, Weston Jesuit School of Theology,

and Boston College, and has also been engaged in administrative work in the Society of Jesus. From 1988 to 1991

he was rector of the Jesuit Community at Boston College and on the Board of Trustees. From 1991 to 1997 he was

provincial of the Jesuits of New England. At present he gives retreats and spiritual direction at Campion Renewal

Center in Weston, MA, and elsewhere. He is the author of twenty books, the latest entitled Praying the Truth:

Deepening Your Friendship with God through Honest Prayer, published by Loyola Press in 2012.


Rosita Diaz "Love in Action" Award
Mrs. Margot Santos

Mrs. Santos has worked in the Diocese of Orange for about 16 years. She holds a Master’s degree in Pastoral

Theology from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, and has a passion for bringing people to Christ through

a relational ministry. She began by volunteering as a catechist in her parish and slowly began finding herself more

and more involved in the church. She spent most of her career as the Director of Religious Education and Hispanic

Ministry at the Mission Basilica San Juan Capistrano. Her greatest accomplishment has been making others believe

in themselves, helping them see the strength God has given them. For the past few years she was Director of

Pastoral Care of Families at the Diocese of Orange and has spent many years teaching others to lead communities

of believers to this same great family that is the Catholic Church.


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Click here for the benefits of each sponsorship level.  In order to properly honor your contribution in the event program, we need to receive your commitment by April 17, 2015. To become an event sponsor, purchase tickets, or obtain more information, please contact Lupe Vizcarra at 714-997-9587, or by email: vizcarra@loyolainstitute.org. Thank you for your support!