Our Parish

“Whatever you are doing, that which makes you feel the most alive...that is where God is.”

St. Ignatius of Loyola

As one of 66 Jesuit parishes operating in the United States, the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola (New York) is among the largest and most vibrant. Culturally and religiously renowned for its inclusivity, intellectual rigor, and top-rated music and faith formation programs, the Parish is home to more than 6,000 parishioners and 35 active ministries dedicated to prayer, community-building, and social justice. The parish is also home to an annual lecture series and concerts, and now offers a mix of popular livestreamed and in-person, socially-distanced Masses.

Located between Central Park and Park Avenue on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, the church attracts a diverse mix of New Yorkers and families from across the metropolitan region— from titans of industry and the arts to day laborers, young career professionals, and older adults. The Parish’s inclusivity also catalyzes a dynamic range of services and programs focusing on children, teens, young adults, and families, and it collaborates with other Christian Churches and non-Christian religious congregations across New York to reach those in need. Since its founding in the mid-1860s by a group of primarily Irish Catholic and German immigrants, the Church has grown into a highly active, multicultural symbol of unity and leadership to evolve, expand and meet the challenges and spiritual needs of a rapidly changing and challenging world.

Mission and Values

The love of Christ impels us to welcome all,
to worship joyfully and pray fervently,
to walk together with those in need.
and to reverence God in the wonder of Creation.

Rooted in our Catholic faith and values, and also, as a Jesuit Parish, we practice the art of Ignatian Spirituality — a spirituality for everyday life. It shows us how God is present in our world and active in our lives. It is a pathway to a deeper journey in prayer, good decisions guided by keen discernment, and an active life of service to others.

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Our History

Since our founding as Church of St. Ignatius Loyola in 1866, our Parish has grown and diversified with the city it serves. Join us as we trace the highlights of our Parish's spiritual and cultural history, growth and evolution.

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Host an Event

Some of the beautiful spaces at St. Ignatius and inside its landmark neoclassical and Baroque Revival building and Parish House complex are available for rental when normal church activities are not taking place. Large or small, let us help you host your family celebrations, board meetings, cultural exhibits and receptions, or lectures or small concerts and recitals. For more information, contact Caroline Fernandes at [email protected]

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Join Our Parish

Our Parish is a vibrant and dynamic faith community administered by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). Located on New York City's Upper East Side, our Parish offers a wide range of ministries and welcomes new parishioners and visitors. As a Jesuit parish, we practice the art of Ignatian Spirituality—a spirituality for everyday life. With more than 35 different active and diverse ministries and a robust and renown series of faith formation programs, lectures, daily and weekend masses, our Parish is vibrant, active and inclusive, and we welcome you to join us!

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