Welcome to the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, a Roman Catholic parish ministering to the Manhattan community since 1851.

Parish Mission Statement
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.

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Daily & Sunday Livestreamed Masses

Join us on our Facebook page and our YouTube channel for Daily and Sunday Masses, streamed live from our Lady Chapel.

Daily Masses will be celebrated Monday to Friday at 5:30 PM.

Sunday Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 AM.

We hope you can join us as we worship together as a virtual community.

Friday, October 23rd | 5:30 PM Mass

Holy Envy

It took going to a Catholic university for my interfaith journey to begin. At Georgetown University, I met Mennonites, American Baptists, Orthodox, and Evangelical Christians for the first time, and relished in learning about their perspectives of faith. Freshman year, I made my first Jewish friend, whose dorm room was next to mine, and who took me to my first Shabbat service in the beautiful Orthodox synagogue in Georgetown. I remember feeling like a fish out of water – I couldn’t carry a pocketbook, sat up in the women’s section, and got hopelessly lost in the prayer book until my friend explained Hebrew was read right to left. Yet, I was overwhelmed by the beauty and prayerfulness of the service with its reverence and tradition.

I was in an office in midtown during the terrorist attacks on September 11th. Next to me was a colleague, who was (and is) a good friend and observant Muslim. We were both horrified that religion could be perverted into a weapon, so we began a dialogue. She was the first practicing Muslim I knew, and I was the first practicing Christian she knew. Over the months, we learned so much about each other’s faith. I guarded the conference room door at work so she could pray during Ramadan, and she learned that the statues in church are not idols worshipped, but only reminders of Jesus and the saints. I attended her mosque during Ramadan, and she came to St. Ignatius for Ash Wednesday. The sermons were nearly identical: love God, serve others, and be a light to the world.

The beauty of New York City rests in its incredible diversity, but it is easy for us to live among neighbors of other faiths without ever really engaging with them. What does it mean to be a person of faith in a city of many faiths? Why is this an important question? Shouldn’t we focus on learning about our own faith rather than that of others?

I believe that God, through the teachings of his Son, Jesus, answers these questions. The parable of the Good Samaritan is the perfect illustration of what we can learn from our brothers and sisters of other faiths: we admire the Samaritan, the “non-believer”, for his example of charity. Aren’t we also a bit envious – hoping that we as Christians would have the same depth of charity and compassion?

As we enter a dialogue with those of other faiths, we grow in our own. We can be moved and challenged by others, as we are by the Good Samaritan. The Biblical fluency of my Protestant friends, the focused Ramadan fasting and daily prayer of my Muslim friends, and the powerful traditions of my Jewish friends have left me with envy. This holy envy as Barbara Brown Taylor explains comes from a dialogue with those of other faiths and can lead to profound insight into God, albeit from a different lens. This holy envy can spur us on to greater understanding and practice of our own faith.

It is in this spirit that the Ignatian Interfaith Ministry (“IIM”) was formed several years ago. We have learned from rabbis, prayed with Protestant and Orthodox congregations, discovered the ancient Armenian traditions as the world’s first Christian country, and celebrated Ramadan with Turkish members of the Peace Island Institute. As fellow believers, we acknowledge our shared desire to know God and serve Him, and to learn from each other.

Pope Francis’ recent encyclical, Fratelli Tutti, further explores this concept of reaching out to our neighbor. He explains that “those who raise walls end up as slaves within the very walls they have built.” Spiritual walls can be as thick and high as physical walls, and it is imperative for us to break through these walls and, in the words of Pope Francis, realize that “God’s love is the same for everyone, regardless of religion.” Or, in the words of St. Ignatius, that we see God in all things (and all people).

Last October, we celebrated the 800th anniversary of a remarkable dialogue between St. Francis of Assisi and the Sultan Malik El-Kamil of Egypt. Captured in the book and documentary, The Sultan and the Saint, their interaction was remarkable in that it took place in the middle of the Crusades and during a battle. It is felt that St. Francis’ experience shaped his views on daily prayer and the universal longing for peace.

Sorrow and loss have been another universal experience during this pandemic. Our neighboring faith communities have lost congregants, relatives, and friends to COVID-19 as have we at St. Ignatius. On October 28th at 7:30 pm, the IIM will be hosting a virtual prayer service of mourning with our brothers and sisters in faith (please click here for more information). I hope that these expressions of grief and faith bring each of you comfort and a desire to learn more about the faith of others.

Please consider joining our ministry as well. You may register at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to be updated on upcoming events and meetings. I look forward to walking this journey together with you, with just the right amount of holy envy!

- Simone G. Vinocour McKeever
Chair, Ignatian Interfaith Ministry

Your Parish, Your Home: A Letter from the Capital Campaign Co-Chairs

To read a letter to the parish from Capital Campaign co-chairs, Patti & David Hogan, please click here.

Church of St. Ignatius Loyola A/V Appeal

This summer, Fr. Yesalonia announced an ambitious expansion of our livestream capabilities at the parish.

Daily Mass will continue to livestream from the Lady Chapel every day at 5:30 PM.

By the end of this year, we will have the capability to livestream Sunday Mass from Church. Additionally, screens will be installed in the Church and so that pre-recorded music can be broadcast into the Church during services.

Eventually, services and events will be livestreamed from the Lady Chapel, the Church, and Wallace Hall.

Please support this important initiative, which has been budgeted at $350,000.

Donations can be made here.

Upcoming Events
at St. Ignatius

SVdP Thanksgiving Food Drive
Through Sunday, November 8th
Benefiting the New York Common Pantry

Your Parish, @ Home: Social Distancing Socials
Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays at 6 PM

Sunday Morning Sing-In
Sundays before the 11 AM Livestream Mass

Mass Telephone Line
To hear a recording of each day's Mass, call (646) 849-7277.

Wed., Oct. 28, 7:00 pm
SVdP Meeting: Zoom
All are welcome!

Wed., Oct. 28, 7:30 pm
Virtual Interfaith Memorial Prayer Service
Join us on our Facebook page (link) and YouTube channel (link)

Thu., Oct. 29, 6:30 pm
Virtual Interparish Film Discussion

Thu., Nov. 05, 6:30 pm
Just Faith Workshop
Sponsored by the Ignatian Social Justice ministry

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