Faith Life

“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”

C.S. Lewis

Conversations on Faith | Joseph A. Califano, Jr.

In this wide-ranging discussion, Fr. Hilbert sits down with parishioner Joseph A. Califano, Jr., former Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare and author of Our Damaged Democracy: We the People Must Act, to explore Mr. Califano’s Catholic roots, his time in the Johnson and Carter Administrations, and his work in addiction and recovery.

These turbulent times have inspired many to return to their faith or to discover a new way to find prayer, community, and service through religion. We have the privilege at St. Ignatius to welcome many guests who may be thinking about becoming Catholic, and the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the ordinary way the Church reaches out to adults who inquire into the Catholic faith. Since the beginning of the Church itself, adults have been welcomed to it through Baptism after a period of instruction, prayer, and reflection. We at St. Ignatius are continuing this tradition.

If you feel drawn to the Catholic faith, we invite you to join us! Participants inquire into the Catholic faith, come to know Jesus through the Gospels, pray and prepare for the Easter Sacraments. This process is also open to Catholic adults who have not received the Sacraments of First Communion or Confirmation.

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults includes formation, prayer and liturgical rites and is a vital part of the parish and the universal Church. There are several stages in the process and each phase recognizes that every Christian life is, in fact, a journey. Although the conversion journey begins formally when the RCIA inquirers and parish team first begin meeting, the real conversion journey begins earlier from the heart. God calls us by name. The appeal of Christ’s fundamental message is ongoing and is experienced by a diverse group. To explore this path further, please email [email protected] or call the Parish House at 212-288-3588.

Attending RCIA at St Ignatius Loyola allowed me to delve more deeply into the teachings of the Catholic Church, increased my exposure to the variety of ministries and programs that St Ignatius offers, and expanded my community. These experiences deepened my faith and opened doors for me to actively engage in meaningful relationships through committees such as Family Ministry and the Ignatian Social Justice network.

Sarah Tintle

Reflections with Jean Santopatre: Ripples of Hope

Jean Santopatre, Pastoral Associate and award-winning photojournalist, shares her Reflections feature each month, selecting an image or short video from her extensive personal photo archive and gathering reading excerpts from theologians, spiritual authors, monks, priests, poets, songwriters, and Pope Francis that speak to themes ranging from gratitude, grace, resilience, encouragement, hope, care of creation, and social justice.

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Parish Lecture Series 2021

The United Nations designated 2021 as The International Year of Peace and Trust, and we made this the theme for our annual lecture series, focusing on the energies, talents, and contributions of Catholic women as agents of peace and trust in the Church and the world. Each of the four lectures in the series explored critical areas of public service where Catholic women are taking leadership roles, changing lives, inspiring their colleagues, and living the call to discipleship.

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Webinar: At Work I’m In Charge, in Church I’m Invisible


Dr. Paula Olsiewski, Ph.D., Contributing Scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security


  • Dr. Maria Jasin, Ph.D., Researcher, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Dr. Mary Brady, MD, FACS, Surgeon, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Dr. Sarah Lilly, MD, Internal Medicine, Lenox Hill Hospital
Monday, February 8, 2021

Webinar: Catholic Women in Global Health: Mothers and Children


Jana I. Cuggino, Head of Strategy and Marketing, KPMG Healthcare and Life Sciences


  • Mary Beth Powers, President & CEO, Catholic Medical Mission Board (CMMB)
  • Darnelle Bernier, Vice President, Medical Donations Program, CMMB
  • Dr. Claudia Llanten M.D., Senior Maternal and Child Health Care Specialist, CMMB
Monday, April 19, 2021

Webinar: Journeying with Youth: From Homelessness to Hope


  • Sr. Nancy Downing, CND, Executive Director, Covenant House
  • Dr. Anne Williams-Isom, James R. Dumpson Chair in Child Welfare, Fordham University; former CEO of Harlem Children’s Zone
  • Jessica Lake, Managing Director of Wellness and Social Services, Harlem Children’s Zone
  • Polina Ostrenkova, Resident & Anti-Trafficking Youth Intern, Covenant House
Monday, May 17, 2021

Webinar: Climate Change and Social Justice

Supporting Materials: Climate Science Basics | Powerpoint Presentation



  • Dr. Bonizella Biagini, Former Head of Climate Change Adaptation Program at the World Bank
  • Claudia Ortiz, UNDP – Panama
  • Montserrat Xilotl, UNDP – Mexico, previously member of the Government of Mexico

Fall/Winter 2020-2021 Lectures

Celebrating the Women of St. Ignatius: Past. Present. Future.

At this Thursday, March 11th event, we recognized four women of the parish for their decades of service.

That same evening, Kerry Robinson, founding executive director and global ambassador of Leadership Roundtable, presented the Laetare Lecture.

Painting and Patriotism

Join Fr. Leo J. O’Donovan, S.J., in visiting American paintings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Weekly Wisdom

Select homilies from our 5:30 PM Daily Masses

God Is There

In his Tuesday, July 13th homily, Fr. Yesalonia challenges us with this question: "In every moment of our lives, God is there... But do we place our trust in it?"

"We waver sometimes—yes, we believe; no, we don't, depending on the circumstances in which we might find ourselves. It's easier to believe in God when things are going fine. But when things get a little bit rough, there's the unbelief, the doubt, the questioning."

Choosing Our Salvation

In his Thursday, July 8th homily, Fr. Hallinan calls us to "every day, think very consciously and deliberately, what do our words and deeds communicate to the world as to which side we have chosen. Do our words and deeds communicate to the world that we have chosen for the winning side? To work for the advancement of God's reign, to work for the advancement of God's plan for human salvation, knowing in choosing that winning side, we also choose our own salvation."

The Power of God

In his Wednesday, June 30th homily, Fr. Bergen underscores the immensity of God's power in the face of the negative forces that we may confront within and around us. "The demons in our own lives can be many. There are evils that exist outside us. There are evil spirits within us—the human failings, the sins, imperfections that we constantly struggle with... No evil power can confront God and expect to win because God is far stronger."

"A Short Word" Podcast

A regular podcast exploring our individual spirituality and faith lives in turbulent times, hosted by Pastoral Associate Brian Pinter

When a Soul-Friend Dies

How do we remain connected with those we love after they have died? In this episode, Pastoral Associate Brian Pinter explores how our friendships endure when one goes to the other side.

A Spirituality for Summer Vacation

Taking Sabbath rest is a commandment for our good, not merely a suggestion. In this episode, Pastoral Associate Brian Pinter explores how we might more deeply enter into times set apart for rest and enjoyment.

The Shadow Side of Parenting

Experiences that push us, that turn up the emotional and spiritual heat, are sure to trigger our shadow side, and parenting is the ultimate pressure cooker! In this episode, Pastoral Associate Brian Pinter explores how confrontation with the shadow can be an opportunity to become better parents.

FORMED: The Catholic Faith, on demand

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