Irish Jesuit Provincialate
Sacred Space is a prayer website which has achieved considerable fame since its foundation in 1999. It was created by two members of the Jesuit order, Alan McGuckian SJ and Peter Scally SJ, and was managed by the Jesuit Communication Centre, and later by a dedicated Sacred Space office, at 36 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2, Ireland.
Since September 2014 Sacred Space is a joint apostolate of the Irish Jesuits and Loyola Press after Irish Jesuit Provincial Tom Layden SJ and Brian Paulson SJ, Provincial of the Chicago Province announced news of their formal agreement to work in partnership together to grow the online prayer site as a fruitful apostolic work.
Sacred Space guides users through a self-paced session of prayer centered on a passage of scripture. It attracts over five million visits annually. Most of this traffic has been engendered by word of mouth. The website is now produced in some twenty-three languages.
Another indicator of the impact of Sacred Space is that it is one of the top search results returned by Google for the search term “prayer”. This level of interest led to the publishing of the daily prayers in book format. Sacred Space: The Prayer Book has been published annually since 2004 and in Lent and Advent editions since 2007.