Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
Located in the historic neighborhood of Chestnut Hill, Mass., just six miles outside of Boston, St. Ignatius parish was founded on November 7, 1926, and placed under the care of the Jesuit Fathers residing at Boston College. Parishioners are drawn from across eastern Massachusetts and include families, single adults and students from Boston College.
Although not the university's church, St. Ignatius enjoys a special relationship with Boston College. Each year, several Boston College students teach in their religious education program, and Jesuit priests from Boston College occasionally preside at their liturgies. On their part, St. Ignatius provides a spiritual home for many students during their time at Boston College and for many alumni on their wedding day.
After the parish was founded, religious services were held in the Chapel of Saint Mary and in the Library Auditorium of Boston College for many years. It wasn’t until 1940 that plans for a new parish church began, and on July 31, 1949, the Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola was dedicated.
Today, St. Ignatius boasts an exciting assortment of music ensembles that enrich the church’s liturgy. Ensembles include a high-energy Contemporary Music Ensemble; the Children’s Carol Choir; the St. Ignatius Symphonia for experienced student and parish instrumentalists; and Ministerio de la Comunidad Latina en San Ignacio, the Latino music ministry. (Photo by John Workman, via Flickr.)