Prayer

In Ignatian Spirituality, the Magis which is described as the “more,” goes beyond the ordinary parish life offerings. Jesuits refer to the Magis as a way that is “conducive to the greater service of God and the universal good.” These ministries bring one into a deeper faith and therefore a deeper conversation with God. Through this deepening spiritual relationship, one is compelled to continue giving to others in faith and service.

Centering Prayer

St. Ignatius Loyola hosts a Centering Prayer group that offers an opportunity to learn and practice this form of prayer. This group meets every Monday at 6:30 PM in the Parish House. Beginners as well as advanced practitioners are welcome.

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Ignatian Volunteer Corps

The Ignatian Volunteer Corps provides semi-retired and retired adults age 50 and over with the opportunity to volunteer two days a week from mid-September through mid-June. 

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Lay Ministers’ Enrichment

LME is a ministry that organizes days of spiritual enrichment for the entire parish community. LME programs offer parishioners and guests time to pray together, learn together, get to know each other, and deepen the faith of the parish community.

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Ministry of Care to the Sick and Homebound

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.  

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Retreats

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.

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Self-Help Groups

St. Ignatius Loyola hosts many twelve-step programs weekly. Below is a listing of meetings at the Parish House at 980 Park Avenue (between 83rd and 84th Streets) and at the Saint Ignatius Loyola Grammar School at 48 East 84th Street. 

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Spiritual Direction

As a Jesuit Parish, St, Ignatius Loyola offers the Ministry of Individual Spiritual Direction to those wishing to deepen their relationship with God and their experience of prayer. 

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