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.

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: Ignatius 500

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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2022 Lectures at St. Ignatius Series

January – May 2022

Through the holiness and wisdom of its saints and martyrs, the culture of its doctors and thinkers, and the art that knows how to carve the sign of the cross like a tree of life, the Society of Jesus reaches out to all persons of goodwill, led by the strong and gentle word of the Gospel, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the Ignatian Way of Proceeding. This year we celebrate with joy and gratitude the 500th anniversary of the conversion of Saint Ignatius Loyola and the 400th anniversary of his canonization. The Church of Saint Ignatius Loyola presents a series of lectures by prominent Jesuit theologians, scientists, artists, and writers.

Please join us.

Monday, January 31, 2022

Preparing for the Moral Life: Vulnerability, Recognition and Conscience

Speaker: Rev. James F. Keenan, S.J.

Internationally renowned Moral Theologian and Bioethicist, Vice Provost for Global Engagement, Canisius Professor and Director of The Jesuit Institute at Boston College, Father Keenan is the author of numerous books and essays, including Moral Wisdom: Lessons and Texts from the Catholic Tradition.

This talk suggests that longstanding “conscience formation programs” are not all that successful unless they help us first to cultivate the capacities to be vulnerable to one another and to recognize the other, often overlooked. My thesis is that, until there’s vulnerability and the willingness to recognize, there isn’t much capacity to be a person of conscience.

Monday, February 28, 2022

The Birth of American Catholic Theology

Speaker: Rev. Roger Haight, S.J.

Visiting Professor at the Union Theological Seminary in New York City where he convenes the Theology and Ethics Field and teaches Systematic Theology. Pioneering Catholic theologian, former President of the Catholic Theological Society of America, Haight’s attention to fundamental issues in theology is reflected in his books on the nature of theology as a discipline, Christology, ecclesiology, grace, liberation theology, spirituality, and the dialogue of Christian theology with science and evolution. Roger Haight was the recipient of the Alumnus of the Year award from the Divinity School of the University of Chicago in 2006.

The talk will set the background of pre-Vatican II Catholic theology and then describe how this theology developed in the United States after the Council and characterize its present-day character.

Monday, March 28, 2022

Walking with the Excluded: One Jesuit's Journey

Speaker: Rev. James Martin, S.J.

Editor-at-large of the Jesuit magazine America. In 2017, Pope Francis appointed Martin as a consultant to the Vatican’s Secretariat for Communications. A New York Times Best Selling author, Martin’s books include The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything: A Spirituality for Real Life, Jesus: A Pilgrimage, and My Life With the Saints. He is a sought-after public speaker and media commentator on subjects such as the life and teachings of Jesus and Ignatian Spirituality as inspired by the life and teachings of Saint Ignatius of Loyola.

Father Martin looks at his experiences of ministering to those who have been marginalized, excluded, and rejected.

Monday, April 25, 2022

Inspiration, Aspiration, and Imagination: Using the Arts in the Jesuit Tradition

Speaker: Rev. Thomas Lucas, S.J.

Currently Pastor, Saint Ignatius Loyola Parish in Sacramento, CA. Emeritus University Professor at the University of San Francisco, Father Lucas is an internationally recognized expert in Jesuit art history and a well-known liturgical designer and artist with an international portfolio. He received his doctorate in theology and the arts at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA. As a graduate student, he designed and directed the restoration of the 16th-century rooms of St. Ignatius Loyola in Rome and curated an exhibit on Jesuit architecture at the Vatican Library.

In this illustrated Zoom presentation, Fr. Lucas will trace how the Society of Jesus used and adapted the visual and performing arts as effective and engaging tools for teaching, evangelization, and devotion in the first centuries of its existence.

Fr. Lucas is no stranger to our St. Ignatius Community. In recent years, he has presented a variety of evenings to our community, including Jesuit urbanism, the poetry of Jesuit Gerard Manley Hopkins, and the history of our St. Ignatius Parish. After a quarter-century of teaching at USF and Seattle University, he now serves as pastor of our sister parish, St. Ignatius Loyola, in Sacramento.

Monday, May 23, 2022

From Peru to Mars: New Worlds and Jesuit Science

Speaker: Br. Guy Consolmagno, S.J.

Brother Guy Consolmagno, SJ, is Director of the Vatican Observatory and President of the Vatican Observatory Foundation. A native of Detroit, Michigan, he earned undergraduate and masters’ degrees from MIT, and a Ph.D. in Planetary Science from the University of Arizona. He was a researcher at Harvard and MIT, served in the US Peace Corps (Kenya), and taught university physics, before entering the Jesuits in 1989.

Is there a particularly “Jesuit” form of science? From Acosta’s work in the New World to modern research at the Vatican Observatory, we’ll look at the work of a number of Jesuit scientists through history and see how what they did, and why they did it, was colored and influenced by Ignatian Spirituality as seen in the Spiritual Exercises.

2021 Lectures at St. Ignatius Series

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.

Fall/Winter 2020-2021 Lectures


Women’s Voices: An Advent Reflection Series


Women’s Voices: A Lenten Reflection Series

"A Short Word" Podcast

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

Why Ignatius Loyola Still Matters - Wisdom in the Wound

Ignatius lived 500 years ago, yet his approach to spirituality continues to inspire and transform lives, a sign that he discovered something archetypal that touches the human soul. This episode explores how Ignatius' early life and experience of being wounded teaches us how God works in and through our feelings.

How Do I Know If It's God's Voice?

Part of our spiritual work is learning to discriminate among the competing voices and energies within, some of which are very loud and powerful but are not truth. Our podcast explores how we discern which among these is of God.

What Is Spiritual Direction?

As we journey toward deeper, more mature friendship with God, it can be helpful to have a guide and companion, what our tradition calls a "spiritual director." Our podcast explores what spiritual direction is, and how it can support us in our journey to the holy.

FORMED: The Catholic Faith, on demand

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