Maria G. Cressler is Executive Director of Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center and has served in this role since September 2009. She received a B.A. in Sociology from Georgia State University and a Master of Theological Studies and Certificate in Spiritual Direction from Spring Hill College. Her heart for Ignatian Spirituality has broadened the ministries of Ignatius House under her tenure. These include programs from Spring Hill College, Hispanic retreats, teen and young adult retreats, and an expansion of the Ignatian Spirituality Project serving the homeless. Maria believes deeply in the care of interfaith dialogue and has promoted multiple events encouraging interfaith friendship. Her background in pastoral and parish ministry provides a rich backdrop to her career in retreat ministry. Service in prison ministry and serving others in Emmaus, Cursillo, RCIA, and JustFaith provides the strong foundation for her deep desire to help others encounter God. Maria and her husband of 36 years, John, minister together in married couples retreats as well as interfaith events.