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.