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: Wisdom Way

Before the pandemic earlier this spring, Pastoral Associate Jean Santopatre began to create Inspirational “Flock Notes” for her Ignatian Young Adult, Ignatian Social Justice, and Family Ministries. Twice a week, she would find an inspirational text and photo for the day to encourage the members of these ministries to go deeper into their prayer life or conversation with God. Then, in late March, when New York City became the American epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic and began to lock down, Jean launched Reflections to step up communication with the Ministries, inspired by how Ignatian Spirituality calls one to reflect on each day and to “find God in all things.”

Here, Jean, an award-winning photojournalist, will be sharing her new 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.

Welcome to Reflections, and watch this space for new selections.

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 and 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

“Journeying with Youth: From Homelessness to Hope"

  • Sr. Nancy Downing, SSND, Executive Director, Covenant House
  • Professor Anne Williams-Isom, James R. Dumpson Chair in Child Welfare, Fordham University; former CEO of Harlem Children’s Zone
Monday, May 17, 2021 at 7 PM

Catholic Women in International Climate Change Policy

Dr. Bonizella Biagini, Executive Director of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

Laetare Lecture: New Voices. New Talent. Time for New Roles for Women in the Church?

Thursday, March 11th at 7 PM  |  In Church & Livestreamed

This year’s Laetare Lecture will be given by Kerry Robinson, founder of Leadership Roundtable, entitled “New Voices. New Talents. Time for New Roles for Women in the Church?” Kerry’s talk will be a provocative discussion of ways the Church can further its mission by tapping into women’s gifts—spiritual, intellectual, moral, decision-making and management skills. Isn’t it time?

We will also feature the exhibition “Celebrating Women of St. Ignatius: Past, Present, Future”, which will be centered on large-size photos of 130 women of our parish on display in the church. And you can read their personal faith stories. Don’t miss this unique chance to “meet” these women and “hear” their voices!

Plus, our parish will be recognizing four women for their decades of service—Maureen Fullam, Pattie Hughes, Jean Junker, and Kathy Murnion. Come, be part of that celebration!

See you on March 11th! Come at 6:30 pm so you have time to get a good look at the photos and read the personal statements.

(Seating in the church on March 11th will adhere to social distancing rules. Masks and prior registration will be required.)

To register, click here.

"A Short Word" Podcast

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

Doubts and Dark Nights

We explore how these moments are an essential passage on our journey to deeper, more mature faith.

Love Is Stronger Than Death

Forgiveness is a journey, not a one-time event. We explore what forgiveness is—and what it is not—and how we go about this difficult but sacred work.

The Ashes of Lent

Lent begins with ashes - an ancient symbol of grieving. Our podcast explores how this season creates a container for us to do our grief work - an indispensable task of the spiritual journey. We begin with this question - what do I need to grieve over?

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.

Learn More

Got a list of recent FORMED favorites you’d like to recommend to your fellow Parishioners?

Email your suggestions to Communications Director Elizabeth O’Sullivan at [email protected] and we’ll share your favorites in upcoming Parish newsletters.

Weekly Wisdom

Select homilies from our 5:30 PM Daily Masses

Do Not Be Afraid

In his Wednesday, January 6th homily, Fr. Bergen highlights that, during these times of uncertainty and turmoil, we should be buoyed by Jesus' words to the disciples after he walked across the Sea of Galilee: "Take courage. It is I. Do not be afraid." For, no matter what, God is always present, because "[w]hen we're living the right kind of life, God is living within us; making his temple within us."

Be a Light

In his Thursday, January 28th homily, Fr. Hallinan challenges us to look at ourselves and not to God when seeking to understand the "sorry shape" of our world: "We as human beings so often shake an angry fist at God and complain about the condition of our world: "Why do You allow this?" And, God shakes His head and says, "Whose fault is this? It's not My fault. It's your fault. You have been told what to do: 'Be a light that will scatter the darkness of the world.' Now, go do it. Be the persons of love you are commanded to be."

Extraordinary Power of God

In his Tuesday, January 12th homily, Fr. Yesalonia counsels us not to lose sight of the "extraordinary... power of Jesus Christ. [For] our belief in him will bring us to places, to people, to experiences that will bring forth the glory of God by the ways in which we will witness to our faith."