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"If our church is not marked by caring for the poor, the oppressed, the hungry, we are guilty of heresy."
Ignatius of Loyola
Since its founding as a Jesuit Parish in 1866 to administer to the poor in Manhattan’s then-burgeoning German and Irish Yorkville neighborhood on New York’s Upper East Side, St. Ignatius Loyola, New York has evolved into a vibrant and influential faith community reputed for its dynamic beauty, inclusivity and welcoming social, music and multigenerational faith ministries.
Nestled geographically amid Manhattan’s top art museums and within walking distance of Central Park and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, our Parish has counted both the business titan and day laborer among its economically and ethnically diverse flock. Our Church building—a celebrated specimen of neoclassical and Baroque Revival architecture—was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.
Reputed city-wide for its accessibility, diversity, focus on young families, and top-tier religious education and music programs, our Parish supports a dynamic and multi-generational mix of 34 social, faith, music, community, and social justice ministries. We also cherish our standing among the nation’s preeminent Jesuit parishes, known for our joyous embrace of Catholic values, Ignatian Spirituality, and ecumenical leadership that recognizes the critical contributions of women and the need to advocate for the environment, social justice, scientific discovery, lifetime learning and intellectual pursuit to support the health and promise of future generations.
We welcome you to join us at our daily and weekend Masses, both in-person and livestreamed. Be sure to check out our highly-respected faith formation programs, our lecture series, musical concerts, and ministries. To learn more or to attend, please sign up for our weekly newsletter or attend one of our weekly or weekend Masses.
We are called and outfitted by God’s grace to be a community of true disciples, gathered in prayer and worship, sharing the Universal Church’s mission of evangelization and service.
As a faith community steeped in the Ignatian Jesuit tradition, we are especially mindful of our neighbors in need. We practice hands-on charity as well as care for our ill and needy parishioners and neighbors. Also, we advocate against unjust structures which oppress the poor and marginalized in our society. We collaborate both ecumenically and on social justice initiatives with other Christian and non-Christian Religious Congregations on the upper East Side of Manhattan and beyond.