Welcome To Our Campaign For The

JESUIT CENTER

A home that nurtures the spirituality of Jesuit priests and brothers; a collaborative workspace that invites Ignatian discernment; and a thriving apostolic center that will inspire Jesuits and their colleagues to discover even greater ways to respond to the changing needs of God’s people.


 
 

 

PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE

Since 1954, the St. Ignatius Loyola Jesuit Community on New York’s 83rd Street has been the home to as many as 70 Jesuits. Some changed the lives of students at nearby schools such as Regis High School and Loyola School and served the spiritual needs of parishioners at St. Ignatius Loyola Parish. Others accompanied the sick and dying in hospitals that stood on the islands along New York’s East River. Still others had important roles as part of the provincial’s administrative team, sustaining the Ignatian mission of the schools, colleges, universities, parishes and retreat centers – all of the places where people still actively engage and encounter Jesuits.  

The demand for Jesuit ministries in the Northeast has withstood the test of time, but critical improvements to the province offices and the St. Ignatius Loyola Jesuit Community are needed to support Jesuits and their colleagues as they stand ready to continue shaping the future of our remarkable Ignatian works. In 2020, when the Jesuits of the U.S. and Canada complete a planned strategic reorganization, Jesuit works from Maine to Georgia will be united as part of the new USA East Province. In all, more than 60 ministries - benefiting thousands of men, women and families both in the eastern United States and internationally - will be administered from the Jesuit Center. 

 

 
 
  The shields of Jesuit apostolates served by the St. Ignatius Loyola Jesuit Community in the 1960s.

The shields of Jesuit apostolates served by the St. Ignatius Loyola Jesuit Community in the 1960s.

 
 

 

ABOUT THE RENOVATION

The Jesuit Center project will restore, renovate and revitalize the USA Northeast province offices, located on New York’s 83rd Street, and transform the neighboring St. Ignatius Loyola Jesuit Community. The modernized Loyola Jesuit community will provide Jesuit priests, brothers and scholastics with a home where they can live simply and remain faithful to the call to serve. Each Jesuit bedroom will be renovated to have a connecting bathroom, and the current elevator will be replaced. A new chapel will be the focal point of the Jesuit community, nurturing the spirituality of the Jesuits and friends who gather for daily prayer and to celebrate the Eucharist. 

The construction of six new offices will provide administrators with dynamic working and meeting spaces designed to enhance communication and collaboration, with upgrades to essential utilities that will improve energy efficiency. As our provinces across the U.S. and Canada near the completion of a strategic reorganization in 2020, this unique location will unite Jesuits and lay colleagues in a creative environment that promotes true Ignatian discernment. The project will also include seven conference center guest suites, to alleviate travel costs of Jesuits and guests whose work brings them to New York from other parts of the country. 

 

 
 

Whether a person entering the Jesuit center comes considering a vocation or helping to shape the future of our apostolates, each will find this new location to be a welcoming home and an inviting environment, inviting all to a discernment while providing a real encounter with God and the society of jesus

 
 

Strategic Planning

The Jesuit Center project will be an important step within the 15+ year Assistancy Strategic Discernment process. View a detailed timeline of the process and how it has helped shape our region’s Jesuit ministries.


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