Our Companion Parishes
God calls us to connect with each other. God calls us into relationship with him in large measure by calling us into relationship with each other. Saint Ignatius has, over the past two decades, engaged in this process of forming relationships across the boundaries of race and class and gender, and across the physical boundaries of distance, of seas, and of mountains. We partnered with the church of All Saints in Khuma, South Africa during the struggle against Apartheid, and we saw the fruits of reciprocal ministry through prayer and through direct engagement. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, we partnered with Christ Church, Slidell, Louisiana, and helped them rebuild their church and ministries.
We are now set to embark upon two new companion relationships that will strengthen us and our new partners, so we may move together as a church, together as a Communion. The first, with the Standing Rock Episcopal Mission in South Dakota, comes from our relationship with the Rev’d Robert C. Schwarz, former interim pastor of this parish church, and now rector of Saint James’s Church, Mobridge, South Dakota and priest-in-charge of Standing Rock. The second, with The Church of Saint Saviour, Pimlico, comes through the initiative of the Bishops of New York and London to forge relationships between parishes in Manhattan and Central London. These two very different church communities, each facing very different issues but united with us in the Sacraments and in our desire to be one Body in Christ’s Body, have now joined with us in mutual prayer and support.
More information about each congregation can be found on our website by clicking the links below:
Saint Saviour, Pimlico, London
Standing Rock Episcopal Mission, South Dakota
Read more about our Companion parishes in the Autumn 2009 newsletter.