Ignatian Young Adults

This initiative is a Parish response towards satisfying four key areas of interest for Young Adults. These key areas are:

Ongoing Events

Sunday Socials:
The IYA hosts socials for young adults (ages 21-39) in Wallace Hall from September through June following the Sunday evening 7:30 PM Mass.

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My name is Hillary Ambrose. I grew up close by to St. Ignatius Loyola Parish and have been blessed to attend Mass here my whole life. I went to Loyola School and was an undergraduate at Catholic University. My first job was at UBS and I was hired by Neuberger Berman as a sales rep in 2006. After living in Dallas and I returned to New York City two years ago. I love my work and have a wonderful family and great friends. I’m excited about becoming more involved at St. Ignatius as part of IYA’s Faith and Spirituality Committee!

Alexandra Bennett-Roach is excited to take on her new role as member of the IYA Social Committee.  She is originally from Buffalo, NY and she graduated from Fordham University in 2010. After receiving her degree, Alexandra moved to the Upper East Side and began attending mass at St. Ignatius. In February 2012, she attended the IYA retreat, which was a phenomenal experience that allowed her to grow in faith and meet a great group of young adults.  Alexandra is thrilled to become more involved and give back to the parish though IYA’s Hospitality Committee!

Jake Braithwaite serves on the IYA Communications Committee, spreading the gospel of and through GMail. Raised at the Augustinian Parish of St. Thomas of Villanova in Pennsylvania, he fell in love with the Jesuits at St. Joe’s Prep in Philadelphia. Currently employed in development at his beloved alma mater, Fordham University, his interests include theater and economics. He has been a member of St. Ignatius since 2011, serves on the Charis NYC team and is a lector.


Michaela Buccola is a new member of the IYA Faith and Spirituality Team. Originally from Dana Point, California, she moved a little over a year ago to pursue a masters in Performance Studies at NYU. Yet, it is no surprise that she sought out St. Ignatius when she arrived…she is a Jesuit alum through and through, having spent eight years in Los Angeles both studying and working at Loyola Marymount University. She served as a Campus Minister and Spiritual Director for four years before coming out to New York. Michaela now works at Judy Perl Worldwide Travel as an Account Executive for Playbill’s Broadway on the High Seas cruises. Her job combines her two loves - theatre and travel - but she misses being involved in ministry and is excited to give back to this community!


My name is Hillary Clark and I am part of IYA’s Service Committee. I first joined St. Ignatius Loyola Parish in 2007, when I moved to New York City after attending college at Saint Louis University. I spent two years abroad and returned to the city and St. Ignatius in June 2011. I work in project management in the financial services industry, but love to spend my free time baking, travelling, and being in the sun. I enjoy meeting new people and look forward to spending more time with the IYA community, particularly through service activities and living the Jesuit tradition of being men and women for others.


Caroline Dahlgren is an analyst in the Supply Management division of Tiffany & Co. A native of Pennsylvania, she moved to New York in 2007 to attend Fordham University for her undergraduate studies. She is currently pursuing a MBA with a focus on Marketing at Fordham University. Her interests include traveling and photography. Caroline resides on the Upper East Side and has been a parishioner at St. Ignatius since 2011. She serves on IYA’s Faith and Spirituality Committee.


Betsy Davis is a fairly new parishioner at St Ignatius, having only formally joined in January of 2012. She has a BA from Barnard College and an MBA from the University of Michigan, and currently works as a marketer in the publishing industry.  Her non-professional interests include theater, books, and food. She is a member IYA’s Service Committee.



My name is Anne DeNyse and I teach first grade in East Harlem. I’m a Midwesterner, but I’ve been calling New York City home since 2004. I love the food, fun, history, music, and experiences this city has to offer, but I also love that it is such a great travel hub! As a graduate of Boston College and a former member of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, I’m so glad to find such a welcoming and vibrant young adult community here at St. Ignatius. I am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this community as a member of IYA’s Service Committee.


Neil Ricky D’Sa is a member of the IYA Hospitality Team. He relocated to New York in the summer of 2011 from Toronto, Canada. After graduating in engineering from the University of Waterloo, he began work in the finance industry. He currently is a Business Analyst at BlackRock. A former resident of the Upper East Side, he enjoys attending mass at St. Ignatius Loyola and is actively involved in various church events across the city. He prides himself on giving back to the community mainly through volunteering. In his spare time he enjoys working out and playing numerous sports activities. He is also a avid music fan and enjoys collaborating musically.


Brian Faherty has been a parishioner at St. Ignatius since 2007 and serves on IYA’s Faith and Spirituality Committee.  As a kid growing up outside Boston, his only real experience with Jesuits was seeing them calmly seated at Boston College basketball games.  But later he would go on to Marquette University and was inspired by Ignatian education, spirituality, and service.  Brian has been in New York since 1998 and has split his time predominantly between HR and Recruiting at a consulting firm while also pursuing an acting career.  Maybe you’ve seen him as a bellman or a reporter on some of the gone, but not forgotten, soap operas!  He also enjoys reading about the history of New York City, volunteering in schools, spending time in the Park, following Marquette basketball, and heading up to Cape Cod for long weekends.

My name is Zhibai Lin. I was born and raised in Shanghai and came to the US to study classical music in 2003. After attending the Manhattan School of Music, I play the cello and piano and have taught lessons for both instruments for over five years.  With a degree in Accounting from Baruch College also, I now work in mid-town at a large financial services firm specializing in international tax planning and compliance.  I am also pursuing my masters in taxation at Fordham University.  Outside of the tax world, I continue to immerse myself in classical music by playing and attending concerts and performances.  I love living in New York City and having the opportunities to sample countless restaurants since cooking and baking are also hobbies of mine. One year ago, I joined several of my friends on an outing to the Upper East Side to attend mass at St. Ignatius.  As I entered the Church, I remembered a feeling of peace and reverence, which quickly led me to believe this was the parish I wanted to call home.  Over the last several months, I attended St. Ignatius’ Young Adults gatherings, learning more about the group and its members.  I feel truly blessed to be a part of this community and to have been asked to be on IYA’s Social Committee.


I'm Colleen Murrett. I moved to New York from Cleveland, Ohio in 2010 to attend graduate school at Columbia University, where I do research in computational chemistry, developing algorithms that could improve the way proteins are modeled for drug discovery. Walking across Central Park for the Solemn Mass on Sunday mornings is one of my favorite weekend routines, but the fun of preparing for and attending the IYA socials lures me to the evening Mass twice a month! When I have time outside of lab, I enjoy reading, running, losing horribly at bar trivia, and crossword puzzles. The welcoming nature of the IYA community has enriched my life in so many ways over the last year, and I hope to continue and share this spirit as part of the Hospitality Committee!

Monica Perrigino is a second-year law student at New York University School of Law, where she is a Staff Editor on the Moot Court Board and the Events Co-Chair of the Law and Business Association. A native of Westchester County, she graduated from Georgetown University in 2012, where she sang in the Chapel Choir and participated in a choral pilgrimage to Rome, Florence, and Assisi in May 2011. She has been a parishioner of St. Ignatius for the last year and is so excited to be joining the IYA Social Committee. In her spare time, Monica enjoys baking, running/fitness, and rooting for the Green Bay Packers and Georgetown Hoyas.


Erin Pick serves on the newly formed Development Committee at St. Ignatius Loyola Parish, representing the Ignatian Young Adults.  She hails from Rockford, IL. She has attended the University of Iowa, University College London and New York University School of Professional Studies. Erin works at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Her interests including running, cycling, cooking, watching NFL football, theater, and museum-going.  She has been a member of St. Ignatius since 2006.


Hi, my name is Kelly Price, and I’m a member of the IYA Hospitality Team. A native of California, I moved to NYC in 2010 after graduating from USC in Los Angeles. After a brief stint in the working world, I returned to school and am currently a graduate student studying Psychology with a focus on Clinical Neuropsychology. As a resident of the Upper East Side, I feel very blessed to have found St. Ignatius, and am excited to get further involved in the parish community!

Lisa Rossi is a political fundraising consultant who is thrilled to be part of the St. Ignatius Loyola community. She began attending mass at St. Ignatius in September 2012 and further strengthened her Jesuit ties during a peer-led Charis retreat. A native of Pennsylvania and a Penn State graduate, Lisa moved to New York City in the fall of 2011 and resides on the Upper East Side. Outside of politics, Lisa enjoys theater, reading, running, and history. At St. Ignatius, Lisa is involved with the IYA Service Team.

Rose Marie Sattler is a native of the New York area and works in research and development in the pharmaceutical industry.  Her interests include running and reading.  She is grateful for the active parish life at St. Ignatius and contributes to the community as a member of the Faith and Spirituality Committee


My name is Beth Uding, and I have been attending St. Ignatius since summer 2011.  Last fall, I went on the peer-led Charis retreat, which was a wonderful introduction to the IYA community. I moved to New York City about 5 years ago from Minneapolis, MN and currently live in East Harlem. In my free time, I enjoy running in Central Park, seeing theater and dance performances, reading and traveling. By day, I work at a non-profit organization, administering a fellowship program for young professionals between Germany and the US.  I am very happy to be joining the IYA Service Committee and look forward to many opportunities for fellowship and helping those in need.


My name is Jenna Walters Brewi and I’ve been a parishioner at St. Ignatius since 2005. I went through the RCIA program in 2006 and then participated in the Meeting Christ in Prayer group in the spring of 2012. I had such a wonderful experience participating in the prayer group that I became a facilitator in the fall of 2012. St. Ignatius has a special place in my heart not only because I was confirmed and received my first Eucharist here, but I also was married here in 2011. In my spare time I play touch football on the weekends through zog sports and try to master my grandmothers chocolate chip cookie recipe. I’m looking forward to being on the IYA Faith and Spirituality committee.

Ann Wirry began attending St. Ignatius in 2009 and is excited to join the IYA committee. Originally from Chicago, Ann was first introduced to the Jesuits as a student at St. Ignatius College Prep, and St. Ignatius Parish and IYA have been pivotal in making New York City a new home. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she now works in the Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs and resides in the West Village.


Hi! My name is Fr. Anthony P. SooHoo, SJ and I am the staff contact person for the Ignatian Young Adults (IYA). I grew up in Flushing, Queens, but I have lived in Syracuse and Boston. I’m a graduate of the University of Chicago and Fordham University. As part of my training as a Jesuit I also attended Weston Jesuit School of Theology and the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome. Currently, I am pursing a graduate degree at NYU in the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World. My favorite part of New York City is Central Park. Having studied the languages and cultures of the ancient Near East, I often visit the Metropolitan Museum when I have free time. I relax by cooking (my favorite food is Chinese), reading, playing chess, doing crossword puzzles, and watching Glee! I have a good sense of humor and am most creative when interacting with others on a team. I am blessed to be able to work with so many generous and enthusiastic people at St. Ignatius Loyola Parish and with Charis Ministries, a retreat program for young adults.

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Upcoming Events

Seekers’ Retreat for Young Adults
Friday, January 29th – Sunday, January 31st

Sun., Nov. 15, 8:30 pm
Sunday Social
Hosted by the Ignatian Young Adults

Wed., Nov. 18, 7:00 pm
Magis: A Night of Reflection and Community Exploring Ignatian Values
Sponsored by the Ignatian Young Adults

Sun., Nov. 29, 8:30 pm
Sunday Social
Hosted by the Ignatian Young Adults


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