The Church of St. Ignatius Loyola is a vibrant faith community located on New York City’s Upper East Side. Founded in 1851 and entrusted in 1866 to the Society of Jesus, St. Ignatius Loyola Parish today continues to be staffed by Jesuit priests and lay men and women.
The parish is especially mindful of their neighbors in need, practicing hands-on charity, advocacy and care for the sick and needy. The parish is committed to collaboration with other Christian churches and non-Christian religious congregations on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.
St. Ignatius Loyola’s outreach groups include the Ignatian Social Justice group, the Emmaus Bereavement Ministry and pastoral care to the sick and homebound. In addition, the parish’s St. Lawrence O’Toole Conference of the St. Vincent de Paul Society is one of the oldest conferences in the country. This group of parishioners shares a desire of making life better for those in need. They organize a women’s shelter for the homeless during the winter months; cook for and serve lunch to 150 hungry neighbors once a month; send city children to summer camp each year; and serve the seniors in the community.
Faith formation programs at St. Ignatius Loyola include retreats, Bible study and Ignatian Young Adult and 40-Something groups. The parish also has a preschool and a grammar school, each emphasizing the spiritual, intellectual and social development of the child.