Spiritual

St. Ignatius Loyola offers a plethora of spiritual programs that help foster one’s individual spiritual journey. Programs are offered in group settings and will help you to explore your own spiritual path while connecting with others on a similar journey of faith.

Adult Faith Formation

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.

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Children’s Liturgy Of The Word

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.

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Ignatian Interfaith Ministry

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.

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Meeting Christ in Prayer

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.

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Parish Men’s Faith Group

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.

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Parish Women’s Faith Group

Our group is composed of women who want to deepen their experience of God’s presence in their lives. Our meetings are characterized by a willingness to share experiences and insights in an atmosphere of discovery and respect.

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Rite Of Christian Initiation Of Adults (RCIA)

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.

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