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

In April 2018, I announced the launch of the capital campaign, Your Parish, Your Home. The purpose of the campaign was to raise the necessary funds to provide barrier-free access to the church, Wallace Hall, the Parish House, and the grammar school, and to install or enhance fire safety systems in these environments. The goal of the three-year capital campaign was set at $7.5 million, an ambitious goal with an equally ambitious timeline. Well, we did it! I am pleased to report that, as of April 2021, more than 900 individuals and families have contributed $8.2 million in support of the capital campaign.

Anticipating a successful campaign from its outset, construction projects began in the summer of 2018 and were paid in full at the conclusion of each project. Those projects include:

 

  • The installation of a sprinkler system in McKinnon Hall. [The sprinkler system throughout the grammar school is now complete.]
  • An award-winning access ramp into the Parish House.
  • The design and fabrication of the Kelly Loggia at the entrance to Wallace Hall.
  • Electronic message boards on the façade of the church.
  • A handicapped-accessible bathroom on the floor level of Wallace Hall.
  • An electronic fire alarm system in the interior of the church.
  • An electronic fire alarm and sprinkler system in Wallace Hall.
  • A new entryway and renovation of the Lady Chapel.
  • An addition to the 84thStreet side of the church that houses an elevator providing access to the floor level of Wallace Hall and to a level platform leading to the side door of the church.
  • An electronic opening mechanism of the 84th Street interior bronze door of the church. [To be completed, Summer 2021]
  • An access ramp into the grammar school. [Projected for installation in 2021-2022.]
  • Fire safety systems in the Parish House. [Projected for 2022.]

The successful completion of the capital campaign is an occasion of thanksgiving to God. It is also the result of the hard work of a dedicated team of parishioners. We are truly indebted to the Capital Campaign Committee, co-chaired by Patti and David Hogan, and to Erin Pick, Director of Development, who capably handled the administrative organization of our fund-raising efforts. I also take this opportunity to express our gratitude to the team that designed and guided our construction projects, most especially Mick Doyle and Lou Martino of Acheson Doyle Architects, and the entire crew of the Fazio Construction Group. The projects that are listed were made possible because of your generosity. I am grateful to each one of you for your continued commitment to your parish, your home. Thank you for your wholehearted and generous response to our capital campaign.

This significant milestone in the life of the parish coincides with the beginning of the Ignatian Year when we celebrate the 500th anniversary of St. Ignatius’s conversion in 1521. Inspired by his life, we are invited in this anniversary year “to see all things new in Christ.” As we emerge from the dark tunnel of the pandemic, let us rejoice in the eternal newness of God’s care for us and celebrate together as the renewed Church of St. Ignatius Loyola.  May all that we do in new, bold ways be for the greater glory of God.

– Rev. Dennis J. Yesalonia, S.J., Pastor 

East 84th Street Elevator Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

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

May 
2021

Elevator completed

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, NY 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