Your Parish, Your Home

THE CAMPAIGN FOR THE CHURCH OF ST. IGNATIUS LOYOLA

"Pray as if everything depended on God and work as if everything depended on you."

St. Ignatius Loyola

LETTER FROM THE PASTOR

For more than 150 years as a Jesuit parish, we have welcomed all those who seek a home where they could be fed from the bounty of God’s blessings and nurtured spiritually, intellectually and culturally. We have grown together as a family of faith, joyfully proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ by the manner of our lives. Now we are coming to the end of a new chapter in our history with the imminent completion of our new elevator entrance to the Church and to Wallace Hall, one of the major goals of our Your Parish, Your Home Campaign for the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola. We are very excited that it won’t be long now before we can become free of all remaining physical barriers that do not allow entry to our buildings for those with limited mobility. Your Parish, Your Home has provided nearly all of the funding to make all of the building of our Parish barrier-free, thereby allowing convenient access to the church, Wallace Hall, Parish House, and the grammar school. In addition to the elector which will give handicap access to Wallace Hall and a level ramp into the 84th Street entrance to the church, the ramp to the parish house has already been completed, and significant upgrades to the security and safety systems each building are being completed.

I believe we would all agree that as a Parish, we have been blessed by God in countless ways and have found a home here. The conviction of or belief in the goodness of God compels us to open our home and share the bounty of God’s love with everyone who comes to our door. Please continue to join in support of Your Parish, Your Home so that all the buildings of the parish and the activities that take place within them are accessible to everyone. Together, we can accomplish the good to which we are called for the Greater Glory of God. — Fr. Dennis Yesalonia, S.J.

Video Tour of Construction Progress

Erin Pick, our Director of Development, and architect Lou Martino, of Acheson Doyle Partners, take you on a virtual tour of the work in progress on our capital campaign project, Your Parish, Your Home, offering a “sneak preview” of the new elevator as it edges toward completion.

Our Capital Campaign is enhancing the infrastructure that will support the ministries of our parish by making them accessible, welcoming and safe for all.

 

  • A new elevator and accessible ramps
  • Renovations to the loggia leading into Wallace Hall
  • Security and fire suppression systems
  • Masonry repairs and lighting upgrades

Project Timeline

APRIL 
2018

Capital Campaign kick-off

FALL 
2018

Park Avenue Ramp completed; dedication

ADA-accessible restrooms in Wallace Hall completed

Announcement Boards (Park Avenue-Church Exterior)

MARCH 
2019

Park Avenue ramp design wins honorable mention in Upper East Side's Historic District awards

SUMMER 
2019

Elevator work commences
Fire-Security-Church Safety upgrades commence

FALL 
2019

Kelly Loggia completed

OCTOBER 
2019

NY Landmarks Commission, Acheson Doyle Partners Architects and St. Ignatius Loyola host a workshop on accessibility projects in historic NYC houses of worship

MARCH-MAY 
2020

Construction work paused due to COVID

JULY 
2020

30-year Anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act

SEPTEMBER 
2020

Elevator car installed

February 
2021

Elevator completion

2021

East 84th Street ramp to grammar school

2021

Parish House fire suppression system installed

Donors’ Story: Patti and David Hogan

Capital Campaign Co-Chairs Patti & David Hogan share what drives their passion for the Parish and the elevator project—and how it’s all about improving access at a time when our connections have rarely been so important.

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Essay by Margaret Maruschak

Have the stunning stained glass windows in our Church’s Kelly Loggia caught your eye yet? If not, you’re in for a visual treat and an interesting tale that involves the new Q line and the cities of Albany, N.Y. and Munich, Germany and begins with the Franz Mayer & Co., a family-run manufacturing company specializing in stained glass design for more than 150 years.

For our Parish, however, the story really begins with Fr. Yesalonia nearly deleting an advertisement in his email for church salvage, then suddenly being inspired by some stunning stained glass panels of angels holding musical instruments that used to be part of a demolished Catholic church in Albany, NY. Fr. Yesalonia envisioned these panels might make a good fit for the loggia—a way to colorfully light the way to Wallace Hall, but only if the price was reasonable. It was. (Watch the video below to get Fr. Yesalonia’s first-hand account of what happened next.)

So what does all of this have to do with the new Q subway line? It turns out that the Munich firm, which designed the stained glass panels, also fabricated the mosaics for our city’s new 2nd Avenue subway line. It turns out that Munich’s Mayer company also has an office in New York and continues to design windows and mosaics. A coincidence? Probably not. Just ask Fr. Yesalonia.

Margaret Maruschak is a parishioner at St. Ignatius and serves on the capital campaign committee.

Fr. Yesalonia tells the story of how the Church recently acquired the Stained Glass windows on display in the Kelly Loggia entrance to Wallace Hall. Spoiler alert: There may have been some divine intervention.

Capital Campaign Committee

David & Patti Hogan (Co-chairs)
Fr. William Bergen, S.J. **
Odessa & William Bourne **
Cynthia & James Braniff
Adele** & Robert* Cahill
Myong & Dr. Gene Caiafa
Hilary & Joseph Califano **
Judy & Didier Choix
Lou Csabay & Dr. Mike Makowsky
Barbara & Ben Denihan **
Vicki & Jeff Downey
Michael F. Doyle, FAIA **
Patricia Figge **
Bridgette & Marc Foley
Virginia & John Gildea
Bobbi & Herb Gstalder
Fr. Michael Hilbert, S.J.
Margaret Maruschak
Karen & Richard Moreau
Kathleen Walsh Murnion
Peggy & John O’Brien **
Ellen & Jim Riley
Mary & Winthrop Rutherfurd **
Fr. Dennis Yesalonia, S.J.

* In Memoriam
** Honorary Members