After an extensive national and local search process, Mrs. Lori Stanley was selected as the first layperson to hold the Executive Director position in the 21 years of the Institute’s existence. Lori joins LIS with many years of experience in pastoral ministry, organizational leadership, marketing and development. She is a parishioner of Blessed Sacrament Church in Westminster where she serves as a lector, a member of the pastoral council and co-facilitator alongside her husband in the married couples bible study group. After graduating from the University of Texas at Dallas with a BA in Liberal Arts, Lori worked as a litigation claims analyst for a major insurance company.
She credits her role as a CCD aide while a junior at Mater Dei to be what piqued her interest in teaching about God and the Sacraments. Over the years Lori has spent time teaching 3rd grade, 5th grade religion, and Confirmation classes. She has been a Director of Religious Education, Director of marketing, retreat leader and a consultative board member. She and her husband of 29 years have been active facilitators in the Catholic Engaged Encounter ministry in the Diocese of Orange for the last 15 years.
She was introduced to the Spiritual Exercises 10 years ago and credits the application of its principles with providing personal insight, contentment and joy in her life. Lori is eager to use her experiences and gifts to promote and serve others in line with the mission of LIS. Lori is one of 7 children born to Deacon Joe (deceased) and Dolores Stripling. She and her husband have one child in college. For enjoyment, Lori can be found listening to live jazz music, playing golf, writing calligraphy and reading autobiographies.
Fr. John Galvan, S.J., joined LIS in 2019 as an Associate Director at Loyola Institute for Spirituality.
Prior to LIS John was missioned to work in the Pacific Northwest, first at Seattle University and then at a parish in the Portland, Oregon area.
He worked for seven years as a Campus Minister at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California.
He served two years as Associate Pastor at Our Lady of Guadalupe parish in San Diego,
From 1999 until 2006, Fr. Galvan worked for the Jesuit Refugee Service, as a chaplain at Immigration and Naturalization Service (later the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service) detention facilities in Lancaster, California. and Florence, Arizona.
John also served as a professor of New Testament Studies at St. Ignatius Preparatory High School in San Francisco, Calif. for the 1997-98 school year.
John entered the Jesuit novitiate in San Juan, Puerto Rico, completed philosophy studies in Guadalajara, Mexico, theology studies in Berkeley, California. In 1999 he was ordained a priest in San Juan.
John received a bachelor’s degree in Water Science and Engineering at the University of California, Davis.
Mrs. Lupe Vizcarra
Mrs. Lupe Vizcarra
Director of Finance & Operations
Lupe grew up in Orange County. Not only was she a student at St. Anthony Claret Parish and Rosary High School (now Academy) but her mother, Juanamaria, worked for the Diocese of Orange for almost 40 years. She grew up in and around the hallways, offices, and people of Marywood Center eventually working there herself in different departments as a high school and college student. She went on to earn a Bachelor's Degree in Finance from Cal State Fullerton. In 1997, the California Province of the Society of Jesus formed the Loyola Institute for Spirituality and she became one of its founding members along with one other lay person and three Jesuits. She served at LIS until 2007. Inspired by her work at LIS she obtained a Certificate in Nonprofit Management and continued her professional growth and advancement within the nonprofit sector.
After many years dedicated to her career, Lupe took some time to further her education and enrich her personal life. She met her husband, Robert, in 2011 and has a beautiful daughter. She returned to LIS in 2015 as Director of Finance and Operations. As she has expressed, it has not only been an honor for her to return to serve with more knowledge and experience, but to return to a place that already felt so familiar and was so welcoming.
She enjoys her growing daughter and family the most; but going to the movies, travel, being outdoors, and afternoon tea are a close second.
Mr. Carlos Obando
Mr. Carlos Obando
Carlos Obando joined the full-time staff of LIS as an Associate Director in the summer of 2014, responsible for overseeing all our Spanish-language programs. A native of Costa Rica, Carlos immigrated to the United States in 1966 and has been here ever since. He became a United States citizen in 1995. He is married to his lovely wife, Marjorie, and together they have three grown children and three grandchildren.
Before joining Loyola Institute for Spirituality, Carlos was in the insurance business for 43 years. He has worked extensively with the Hispanic community in Southern California since 1979. His ministry has taken him to several parts of the United States, teaching and giving retreats, and he is especially active in teaching pastoral leadership and giving spiritual direction in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and the Diocese of Orange. Since 2002 he has also been part of the Formation Team with the Charismatic Commission in the Diocese of Orange.
Carlos currently also teaches in the Institute for Pastoral Ministry of the Diocese of Orange, and the Center for Religion and Spirituality of Loyola Marymount University. Carlos enjoys classic Hollywood cinema of the 1930's and 40's.
Br. Charles Jackson, S.J.
Br. Charles Jackson, S.J.
Br. Jackson was born and raised in San Francisco. Upon graduating from St. Ignatius High School in 1960, he entered the Society of Jesus as a brother. After serving as a printer, a carpenter and a cook, he completed a B.S. in computer science at the University of San Francisco and a M.S. in computer science at the University of California - Irvine. For almost twenty years he taught mathematics and computer science and coached cross-country and track at St. Ignatius College Prep in San Francisco and at Bellarmine College Prep in San Jose. In the late 1980s he served three years as Province Director of Studies in Los Gatos. In the mid-1990s he served two years as Secretary for Formation at the Jesuit Conference, the national offices in Washington, DC (during which he was a delegate at the Jesuits’ 34th General Congregation), and then five years as Undersecretary of the Society of Jesus and special advisor for matters pertaining to brothers at the General Curia in Rome. After returning to California, he served four years as Province Vocation Director.
Br. Jackson has read, written, and spoken widely on the topic of Ignatian spirituality. His published writings include the article, “Vocations and Vocation Discernment”, and the monograph, “‘Something that happened to me at Manresa’ – The Mystical Origin of the Ignatian Charism.” During the summer of 2005, he completed the four-week Internship in the Art of Spiritual Direction at Mercy Center in Burlingame, CA, and has recently completed the first year of the three-year Pierre Favre Program (a program to train directors in the Spiritual Exercises) at the Jesuit Retreat Center in Los Altos. He enjoys distance running, reading and listening to music.
Mr. Ryan Ignatius Pratt
Mr. Ryan Ignatius Pratt
A graduate of Loyola High School of Los Angeles, Ryan holds a B.A. in Religion with a Minor in History from the University of Southern California, as well as an M.A. in Theology from Loyola Marymount University. As an undergraduate student, he was a member of the inaugural class of inductees for USC's chapter of Theta Alpha Kappa, the National Honor Society for Religious Studies and Theology. During his graduate years, he was "Recognized for achievement in Graduate Study" by LMU's chapter of Theta Alpha Kappa.
While in college, Ryan served as a student worker in the USC School of Religion and as a graduate research assistant to LMU theologian, Fr. Thomas P. Rausch, S.J., Ph.D., assisting in the research and/or proofreading of four works authored or edited by Fr. Rausch. Ryan later served as a catechist for both First Communion and Confirmation candidates, participated in the ministry of the Saint Sebastian Sports Project, and wrote for the Diocese of San Bernardino's Seasons of Faith, a resource aide for adult faith-sharing groups.
Ryan joined LIS in 2013 as an administrative assistant, aiding the staff in various ways, including the maintenance of the LIS databases. He has served as a Core Team member of the Catholic Bible Institute, co-sponsored by LIS in the Diocese of Orange.
In parish life, Ryan enjoys serving as a lector, proclaiming the Word of God. His intellectual interests include ecclesiology, biblical studies, ecclesiastical history, the intersections of theology and popular culture, and the lives and legacies of both St. Thomas More and St. Ignatius de Loyola. In his spare time, he can often be found proudly cheering for his beloved USC Trojans.
Sr. Jeanne Fallon, C.S.J.
Sr. Jeanne Fallon, C.S.J
Born in Providence, Rhode Island, Jeanne grew up on Block Island, RI, and Eureka, CA. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange in 1957. Her first ministry was teaching first grade for eight years in California. She earned a BA in Spanish and also ministered to the parents of her Spanish-speaking students on weekends.
In 1967 Jeanne volunteered to go to Papua New Guinea. She was first sent to teach in Sydney, Australia, for one year, and then moved on to PNG, where she served until 1991. She taught primary school, opened a girls’ vocational center, did adult catechesis in villages, taught Natural Family Planning to parents, and worked on the Buka Pastoral Team training lay leaders in the Church. In the 1980’s, Jeanne was involved in the on-going formation of two Bougainvillian religious congregations. In 1986, she spent a year at the Center for Religious Development in Cambridge, MA, to develop her skills as a spiritual director. Her final years in the Diocese of Bougainville were spent in full-time retreat work, spiritual direction, and training national spiritual directors.
Jeanne returned to the USA in 1991 and joined the staff at the Center for Spiritual Development in Orange. There she worked as a spiritual director, giving directed retreats, the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola, Bio-Spiritual Focusing, and training spiritual directors. In 1995, Jeanne took a year to earn a Masters in Spirituality at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. Returning to Orange, she continued her team ministry in spirituality until 2002 when she began serving as Novice Director for the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange. After six years, Jeanne returned to the ministry of spiritual direction, supervision of spiritual directors, and teaching in the Art of Spiritual Direction program. One of her delights is to teach Journaling to the Lay Mission Helpers in Los Angeles before they are sent to their missionary posts in Africa. Jeanne also enjoys teaching BioSpiritual Focusing as a healing process woven into her ministry of spiritual direction.
Rev. David Robinson, S.J.
Rev. David Robinson, S.J.
Fr. Robinson was born and raised in Billerica, Massachusetts, in the historic shadow of Lexington and Concord. After completing undergraduate studies at Boston University, he went to UC Berkeley for graduate work in English Literature. His spiritual journey then led him to migrate ‘across the road’ to the Jesuit School of Theology and the Graduate Theological Union, immediately north of the Cal campus, where he commenced an odyssey of exploration in varied areas of philosophical studies, biblical literature and languages, systematic theology, and the sociology and anthropology of religion. After entering the Society of Jesus in 1982, he began a decades-long connection to ministry in the Latino community, as well as pursuing advanced studies in music. He earned his Ph.D. in Theology and the Arts from the Graduate Theological Union in 1995.
On the professional front, he spent nearly fifteen years at the University of San Francisco at the College of Professional Studies, in the areas of Interdisciplinary Studies, Academic Administration, and Educational Mission and Spirituality. From 2007 to 2009, he was Director of the Nestucca Sanctuary Spirituality Center on the Oregon coast. His ministry at the Loyola Institute for Spirituality includes liturgical work with the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange, support for Latino community groups, Ignatian pedagogy workshops for professors at Jesuit Universities, and spirituality and the arts projects focused on music, photography, and website development. On the personal front, he considers himself a work-in-progress—mingling interests in music, tennis, media, and global networks with an ongoing connection to international Jesuit educational ventures (especially online), organizational spirituality, and the impacts of complex-systems theory on contemporary models for learning and communication.