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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.


Monty Williams, SJ

Praying Together


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


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

Praying Together



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.


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.

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