An inset ornament of the stained glass featured in the community chapel of the St. Ignatius Loyola community was given to guests.
Jesuit Center Welcomes Guests

Jan. 5, 2018 - On Dec. 13, 40 Jesuits, friends of the Society and staff members gathered for an open house event that showcased the renovated St. Ignatius Loyola Jesuit Community and the newly created Jesuit Center. 

Fr. John Cecero, SJ, provincial of the USA Northeast Province, greeted those gathered and thanked the many donors who contributed to the Jesuit Center Campaign, providing $3.6 million to fund these important projects. 

The St. Ignatius Loyola community is home to a group of Jesuits who serve apostolates in Manhattan and in the surrounding area. The Jesuits living there range in age, and, among other functions, they teach, work in parishes and serve those in need as chaplains. The new residence features a chapel, kitchen, dining area and shared spaces, along with 16 bedrooms with individual bathrooms, which replaced the dormitory style bathrooms that had been in use since the 1950s.

Guests also toured the new offices, meeting spaces and guest residences of the Jesuit Center, which is housed in the same building. The Jesuit Center is the current home to Jesuits and lay colleagues who support Jesuits through all stages of their lives, help to fund mission-critical projects and oversee the mission and identity of Jesuit schools, parishes, retreat houses and social ministries throughout the Northeast and, increasingly, along the East Coast. In 2020, the Jesuit Center will serve as the main province office for the USA East Province, after the USA Northeast Province and the Maryland Provinces unite.

James Skurka, interim provincial assistant for advancement and communications, said, "The benefits of the new space and the renovated community will impact decades of Ignatian ministry in service of those most in need. The Jesuit Center has quickly become an environment that is conducive to the type of collaboration needed to oversee works across such a broad expanse of territory. As guests had the chance to see, the St. Ignatius residence is a warm and welcoming home that will nurture the spiritual lives of the Jesuits who live there and already give so much to us all."

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