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Hearts on Fire

2017 marks the 15th Annual Hearts on Fire Awards Celebration. 
This annual awards celebration, fund-raiser, and friend-raiser
provides an opportunity each spring to celebrate the work of
Loyola Institute for Spirituality and to honor those who have contributed to LIS in many different ways.

Hearts on Fire 2017


Sunday, May 7, 2017

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel



Photo Gallery

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



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.



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