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About St. Ignatius Loyola

This coming Sunday we celebrate the Feast of St. Ignatius, Founder of the Society of Jesus and Patron of our Jesuit parish. We celebrate all that the Holy Spirit has been able to inspire, nurture, and bring to fruition since 1540 for the Church and the world through Jesuits and their partners-through us.

In the painting above the altar in our church, God calls Ignatius and all of his spiritual daughters and sons to be Companions of Jesus under the banner of the cross.

Since 1856, we continue to be called into the Lord's presence in this place, made one in Christ through Word and Sacrament, and sent out to be a people for others to live the Gospel, whatever it takes.

Our Patronal Feast is a day of gratitude for all who have ever ministered and worshipped here, for our benefactors, and especially for one another.
God bless us, every one.
Facts About St. Ignatius Loyola   

As We Roll Into the Feast of St. Ignatius, Here's Some History, Facts and Resources to Share With You.
Ignatius was beatified by  Pope Paul V on July 27, 1609 and canonized by Pope Gregory XV on March 12, 1622.His feast day is celebrated annually on July 31, the day he died. Saint Ignatius is venerated as the patron saint of Catholic soldiers, the Military Ordinariate of the Philippines, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore, the Basque country and various towns and cities in his native region.
Ignatius has - to this day - a powerful and respectable legacy. Of the institutions dedicated to Saint Ignatius, one of the most famous is the Basilica of St Ignatius Loyola, built next to the house where he was born in Azpeitia, the Basque Country, Spain. The house itself, now a museum, is incorporated into the basilica complex. In addition, he has had a big international impact, having been the influence of numerous Jesuit schools and educational institutions worldwide.
Spotlight on Ministry
This group seeks to promote the reading and thoughtful discussion of a varied selection of books and topics in order to expand our knowledge and stimulate reflection. We hope to increase our vision and see through the eyes of others through thoughtful, well prepared, civil discussions of selected books. Meetings open with a prayer/reflection in tune with the book under discussion or with timely, felt needs within the greater community be it parish, diocese, nation or world. Please join us!

Meetings currently occur online via Zoom on the second Tuesdays of the month from 7-8:30 PM.

William Paznekas
Growth Opportunity
A Parish Journey for Racial Justice: Saint Ignatius San Francisco

In 2021, Saint Ignatius San Francisco offered a 20-week program that paired education on race through a historical, sociological, and theological lens with the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. Join creator Teresa Marie Cariño to learn about the program and how you can adapt it to your parish. The networking call will include a presentation, time for Q&A, and small group conversations.

Can’t make the live call? Register anyway to get the recording and resources afterward.

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In the Media
In a conversation late last year about the efforts by Donald Trump and some Republican leaders to overturn the 2020 presidential election based on the lie that the election was stolen, former Secretary of Defense and Republican Senator William Cohen said, “For Trump it’s pathological, but for those who are jumping up to support him, it is diabolical.”

Mr. Cohen is not the first person to refer to the “diabolical”—meaning of or related to the devil—with reference to dynamics in our country in recent times. Mr. Trump’s spiritual advisor, Paula White, referred frequently to the “demonic” when speaking of the agenda of the former president’s critics, as have others. But how are we to understand the relevance of these terms in our context? The teachings of St. Ignatius Loyola can shed some light on this question and may also offer some valuable counsel for political leaders and others at this time. READ MORE

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