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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. From 2008 to 2017 we partnered in mission and ministry with Standing Rock Episcopal Mission in South Dakota while our former interim pastor Rob Schwarz was missioner, and for a time after.

Currently we have one active companion relationship, with the Church of Saint Saviour, Pimlico, London. This began around 2008 with an initiative of the Bishops of New York and London to forge relationships between parishes in Manhattan and Central London. This church community, united with us in the Sacraments and in our desire to be one Body in Christ’s Body, has now joined with us in mutual prayer and support for the past ten years. The relationship is strong and thriving and the vicar there, the Rev’d Matthew Catterick and the rector are good friends and correspondents. Father Blume has been to visit Saint Saviour’s every year since we began our relationship, preaching and celebrating and coming to know the lay and ordained leadership, as well as the wider community. We have welcomed members of Saint Saviour here and a number of our parishioners have visited there. We hope you will visit Saint Saviour’s when you are in London and we are excited to continue this wonderful relationship.

Currently we are in discernment about seeking another companion relationship and will keep the community posted as we move forward.

More information about Saint Saviour can be found here:

Saint Saviour, Pimlico, London

Read more about our Companion parishes in the Autumn 2009 newsletter.