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Welcome from the Rector

My dear friends,

We live in a society in which many people, especially young adults, say that they are seeking a faith community that both shares their values of love and inclusion and that is also in touch with the most ancient and meaningful traditions of the church. Saint Ignatius sits on a corner of West End Avenue and 87th Street living out those very precepts: we participate so very deeply in the liturgical and spiritual traditions of the Catholic faith that are our inheritance and, at the same time, welcome all people to participate at all levels in the ministry of our church—men and women, gay and straight, young and old, rich and poor, white and black. A truly open, welcoming, and inviting Anglo-Catholic witness here on the Upper West Side of Manhattan has the promise to serve as a beacon to a church and a world that is looking to find meaning in life, to find love and acceptance, to find the God who loves us all, and a community that seeks to live out this reality.

Our vision for our community is one where we welcome people at different places in their faith journey and people who may disagree with each other. It is in the gathering around the very presence of God incarnate in an ancient form of the liturgy that makes manifest the reality of the beautiful life God wishes for us that we can be strengthened to serve a world that is aching for our witness.

Come: gather and worship, so we may go out and serve and love a world that really needs us.

So welcome to our website. Please explore its depths and if you like what you see and read, please come and visit us. We celebrate the Eucharist on Wednesdays at 6:30 P.M. and on Sundays at 8 A.M., 9 A.M., and 11 A.M. (8 A.M and 10 A.M. in the Summer).

Faithfully yours,

Andrew C. Blume+


Photo: The Rector with his son and dog on the steps of the Church, Easter 2015.