HEARTS ON FIRE AWARD
Ann Holmquist, EdD
Ann is an educational leader with a long-standing commitment to Catholic education. After many years of catechetical and parish ministry Ann became a high school teacher, first at St. Bonaventure in Venture, then as campus minister and faculty member at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy in La Cañada. For the past eleven years Ann has been at Loyola High School in Los Angeles, where she currently serves as Vice President for Mission; a role that allows her to serve in a wide variety of leadership capacities aimed at building communities of reconciliation, justice and hope.
Ann holds a Bachelor and Master of Arts in Theology and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership for Social Justice from Loyola Marymount University. Ann and her husband Robert, whom she met, and married at LMU in 1979, have four adult children and are grandparents of six grandsons.
Fr. Williams, S.J. is known to all as simply, “Monty”. His background and interest in spirituality and culture come across in the classes that he presents at Regis College.
His work in spirituality and direction started in his formation as a Jesuit in the early seventies. In the summers he can usually be found giving retreats and workshops throughout Europe, Australia, Asia and North America. His work includes teaching workshops, retreat and spiritual direction, and facilitation in discernment.
The author of several books he is most noted at LIS for co-authoring the two volume film series guide Finding God In the Dark: Taking the Spiritual Exercises
of St. Ignatius to the Movies.
WRITERS AWARD IN SPIRITUALITY
Monty Williams, SJ
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 recipients. 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
HEARTS ON FIRE RECIPIENTS
2003 Msgr. John F. Sammon
2004 Honorable Francisco Firmat
2005 Sr. Eileen McNerney, C.S.J.
2006 Mr. & Mrs. Michael Smith
2007 Mr. Tom Tracy (posthumously)
2008 Dr. Regina Chung Hur, M.D.
2009 Bishop Gordon D. Bennett, S.J.
2010 Mr. Lynn Muth
2011 Rev. Greg Boyle, S.J.
2012 Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange
2013 Mr. John August Swanson
2014 Deacon Frank Chavez & the OC Diaconate Community
2015 Rev. Gordon Moreland, S.J.
2016 Dr. Chit-Sang Tsang, Ph.D.
2017 Rev. Allan F. Deck, S.J.
2018 Jesuits West
2019 Teresa “Tita” Smith
2021 Dr. Ann Holmquist, EdD
WRITERS IN SPIRITUALITY AWARD
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.
WRITERS IN SPIRITUALITY RECIPIENTS
2006 Rev. Michael Kennedy, S.J.
2007 Rev. Dean Brackley, S.J.
2008 Rev. Joseph Tetlow, S.J.
2009 Rev. James Martin, S.J.
2010 Mr. Chris Lowney
2011 Rev. Robert Spitzer, S.J.
2012 Dr. Wilkie Au & Dr. Noreen Cannon Au, Ph.D.'s
2013 Mrs. Jacqueline Syrup Bergan & Sr. Marie Schwan, C.S.J.
2014 Rev. Mark E. Thibodeaux, S.J.
2015 Rev. William A. Barry, S.J.
2016 Mr. Jim Manney
2017 Mr. Tim Muldoon
2018 Rev. Richard Hauser, S.J.
2019 Rev. Ron Rolheiser, O.M.I.
2021 Rev. Monty Williams, S.J.