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

On Faith

One in a series of spiritual reflections on our lives together as a Parish.

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: Gratitude

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.

View Past Reflections

Parish Lecture Series 2021

The United Nations has designated 2021 as The International Year of Peace and Trust, and we have made this the theme for our annual lecture series this coming year, 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 will explore critical areas of public service where Catholic women are taking leadership roles, changing lives, inspiring their colleagues, and living the call to discipleship. Our speakers will be informative, personal, inspiring, and catalyze conversations on health care (both local and global), homelessness, and the changing environment as threats to local and global peace now and in the years ahead.

For more information, please contact Communications Director Elizabeth O’Sullivan at [email protected].

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 7 PM

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 at 7 PM

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 at 7 PM

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 at 7 PM

Catholic Women in International Climate Change Policy

Do you find the competing messages about climate change confusing? Four international civil servants from Europe, Latin America, and the Pacific Islands with diverse, extensive backgrounds working on solutions to climate change will help you both understand this critical issue and explain why being informed and acting to address it is a moral obligation for any person of faith. Through a description of their work and the profoundly ethical motivation behind their mission, the panelists will explain why the fight against climate change is critical to both a healthy planet and a more equitable world.

To register, click here.


  • 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
  • Olai Uludong, Diplomat, Ambassador, and Permanent Representative of Palau at the United Nations

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.

"A Short Word" Podcast

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

From Grieving to Transformation

The journey of grief opens us to the power and grace of resurrection - our wounds are not gone and forgotten, but transformed into light and new life.

Statement of Solidarity with LGBT Catholics

Many of our LGBT+ brothers and sisters are feeling offended and hurt by the Vatican's announcement prohibiting the blessing of same-sex unions.

The Ashes of Lent - Communal Griefwork

Communities suffer traumas and wounds just as individuals do. This episode explores why and how we can collectively do griefwork.

FORMED: The Catholic Faith, on demand

FORMED is often called “The Catholic Netflix” because it offers high-quality, Catholic-friendly content—on demand— from more than 60 organizations to help parishes, families and individuals explore their faith anywhere. Register for FORMED and gain free access to thousands of movies, children’s programs, e-books, audio, parish programs and studies direct to your browser, mobile or connected device.

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Weekly Wisdom

Select homilies from our 5:30 PM Daily Masses

Open Our Hearts

In his Monday, April 12th homily, Fr. Hallinan calls us, this Easter Season, "to open our hearts to the power of God's Spirit, to allow that Spirit to lead us, to guide us in giving faithful witness to Christ and his Gospel, regardless of the cost to us."

We Don't Walk Alone

In his Wednesday, April 7th homily, Fr. Bergen reminds us that Jesus is always with us, that "we don't walk alone." That during times marked by sadness or uncertainty, "[Jesus] comes to those who don't recognize him, even when he's walking beside them. He comes to those who have given up."

What We Believe

In his Tuesday, March 30th homily, Fr. Yesalonia invites us, as we await the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday, "to use this time well, reflecting on what we believe and how our lives reflect what we believe."