At St. Ignatius, we are especially mindful of our neighbors in need. Our 34 social and service ministries provide opportunities for our parishioners to practice their faith through community service, whether advocating for the environment, networking as young moms, or providing opportunities to speak out against unjust systems that undermine the dignity and value of our diversity as a nation. We also collaborate ecumenically and support social justice initiatives with other Christian and non-Christian faith communities across Manhattan.
“Love is shown more in deeds than in words.”
St. Ignatius of Loyola
Our adult faith formation courses, workshops, and lectures seek to create a space for exploration, reflection, and dialogue on spiritual, theological, and biblical topics. Together, we hope to move toward maturity of faith, understanding of our tradition, wholeness and healing in our lives, and deeper friendship with God. Themes we have studied include women of the Bible, difficult scripture passages, the book of Revelation, the spirituality of chronic pain, the spirituality of imperfection, forgiveness, caring for the caregiver, befriending the life not chosen, among many others.Learn More
Canticum Sacrum is a Renaissance motet and mass choir that serves intermediate to advanced level avocational singers. For the 2020-21 year, this choir will meet weekly online to build musicianship skills and broad knowledge of choral music through weekly warm-ups and sight reading.Learn More
In pre-Covid days, the children at the 9:30 Mass would process to the Lady Chapel to hear the readings of the Liturgy of the Word and participate in understanding their meaning.
The process of “breaking open” the Word is offered as a weekly video. Every Sunday the video is posted on the St. Ignatius Loyola FaceBook page at 9:30 AM. Past videos are also available there.
The new season of Liturgy of the Word sessions begins on Sunday, September 6, 2020 at 9:30 AM.Learn More
The Family Ministry’s mission is to strengthen our faith community through participation in the sacraments, prayer, special events and service. Our activities include our family mass, educational projects, social events and community service opportunities for our families with children of all ages.Learn More
We welcome you to the profound spiritual journey that our patron saint, St. Ignatius Loyola, experienced and shared over 500 years ago in the form of his "Spiritual Exercises."
Meeting Christ in Prayer is one of various adaptations of the Spiritual Exercises. Equally valuable for beginners and experienced retreatants, we strongly recommend it before undertaking the one-on-one version of the Spiritual Exercises known as the 19th Annotation.Learn More
Ignatian Interfaith Ministry’s mission is to promote dialogue through greater knowledge and understanding of the world’s faiths.
We seek to further its mission by fostering partnerships, and ultimately individual relationships, with houses of worship on the Upper East Side as well as leaders in their respective faiths. During Covid-19 this year, we spearheaded a virtual Interfaith Memorial Prayer Service among our neighboring churches and synagogue on the Upper East Side.Learn More
We are a group of LGBT parishioners and family and friends (and parents) of LGBT persons. We are a parish ministry of, by and for our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender sisters and brothers in Christ and those who love and support them. Our ministry extends to, and embraces, the mission of the entire parish, our home.Learn More
The face of each person who suffers is a face of Christ. One of the deepest causes of suffering experienced by those whom sickness or aging afflicts is a sense of isolation from the faith community. Because we are members of the Body of Christ, it is Christ who is present to us in our suffering, particularly through our Ministers of Care.Learn More
New parents to St. Ignatius Loyola parish are invited to join in a play group for infants and toddlers once a week. We are young moms and/or dads who seek friendship for our children and with each other. We offer support to parents that are currently home with their children and are in need of a sense of community that offers loving spiritual unprofessional parental support.Learn More
In 1521 Ignatius was gravely wounded in a battle with the French. While recuperating, Ignatius Loyola experienced a conversion. Reading the lives of Jesus and the saints made Ignatius happy and aroused desires to do great things. Ignatius realized that these feelings were clues to God’s direction for him.Learn More
Eucharist allows us to participate more deeply in the Paschal Mystery, the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, inviting us to conform our lives to Christ’s. Just as Christ gave himself on the cross to save humanity from sin, we, as Eucharistic Ministers give generously of ourselves to serve all those who come to the table of God’s love.Learn More
Ignatian Social Justice (ISJ) is a ministry of the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola made up of parishioners committed to raising awareness of current Catholic social teaching and advocating for social justice on timely and underappreciated issues. The volunteer group embraces the responsibility to inform, engage, and mobilize parishioners to promote social justice in our local community as well as global community.Learn More
Christian hospitality draws people together, opens them to participation, and sets the tone for the liturgy. Ministers of Hospitality are the welcoming faces that greet parishioners and visitors to St. Ignatius Loyola as they enter the church for Masses of Concerts.Learn More
Our Parish Community Choir shares a deep love of God and each other and finds joy in expressing that love through great choral music. Bringing together spirituality and the arts has continued to be a nourishing source of joy and comfort to our members and the wider St. Ignatius community in both good and challenging times.Learn More
The Parish Men's Faith Group creates a place where men gather for sharing, listening, and reflection on spiritual topics. We have found that by creating an intentional space to talk about heartfelt matters, truth can be drawn out and grace revealed as we see where we have experienced the presence of God in our lives, and how we are being called to ever deeper levels of authenticity. We support each other in our journey to deeper maturity, wholeness, holiness, and friendship with God.Learn More
Hailed by the New York Times as “a finely polished, stylistically nimble ensemble,” the Choir of St. Ignatius Loyola is comprised of New York’s finest professional singers. The core group of 19 members sings a demanding schedule of weekly parish worship services in a wide range of repertoire, with particular emphasis on new works, the sacred Renaissance repertoire, and Gregorian chant.Learn More
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, adults have been welcomed into the Church through baptism after a period of instruction, prayer, and reflection.Learn More
The St. Lawrence O’Toole Conference of the St. Vincent de Paul Society is one of the oldest SVdP Conferences in the United States. Our Conference has been active since it was formed in December of 1865 (only thirty-two years after the original Society of Saint Vincent de Paul was founded in France).Learn More
The Wallace Hall Choir & Orchestra ministers to the weekly Family Mass at the Church St. Ignatius Loyola. This ensemble features our avocational, volunteer singers and instrumentalists in musical styles that range from classical, contemporary classical, pop, folk, and gospel in weekly masses and yearly concerts.Learn More