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About

St. Ignatius of Loyola, Chestnut Hill is a Jesuit parish rooted in the tradition of Ignatian spirituality. Located just next to Boston College's main campus, St. Ignatius Parish serves a center of spiritual life for both residents of Chestnut Hill and Newton as well as students from the BC community. 

Our parish, part of the Archdiocese of Boston, blends diocesan life with the richness of the Jesuit tradition. At our founding, care for our church was assigned to priests in the Jesuit community of Boston College. We have been continually blessed by this close relationship over the years. 

As a Catholic community, we welcome all to share in the joy of the Gospel as we grow in knowledge, love, and service to God and each other. 

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A Jesuit Parish

As a parish in the care of Jesuit priests, our Catholic identity is shaped by the spirituality of the Society of Jesus. St. Ignatius' mission reflects the mission of the Jesuits as expressed in their Universal Apostolic Preferences. 

Saint Ignatius' motto Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam "For the Greater Glory of God" guides our parish, and we strive to follow our patron's example of finding God in all things.

Vision Statement

March 2024
from the Parish Pastoral Council

Thank you to all parishioners who participated in the parish-wide survey conducted in November to develop a “vision statement” for St. Ignatius Parish. We are also very grateful to the team of parishioners who volunteered to execute the survey, compile the feedback, and articulate the statement. They are: Mike Pratt, Denny Martin, Paulina Bustamante, Kathy Maher, Barbara Deck, Pat Casey, and Raymond Janario.

A vision statement describes what an organization hopes to be in the long term. It sets a course for the future. The team noted that the St. Ignatius parishioners articulated a vision that aligns nicely with the Universal Apostolic Preferences (UAP) set forth by the Jesuits

St. Ignatius Parish Vision Statement

We, the Parish of St. Ignatius Loyola Chestnut Hill, aspire to be a welcoming Ignatian community, and spiritual home, by:

  • Actively engaging in vibrant liturgies

  • Journeying with our youth

  • Walking with the excluded

  • Caring from our common home and

  • Discerning our response to God’s vision for peace, justice, and reconciliation for us and the world

We invite you to prayerfully consider this vision statement. Be on the lookout for
initiatives over the year ahead as the Parish embarks on a pilgrimage, guided by this
vision. Comments and feedback are welcome at pastoralcouncil@bc.edu.

History of Saint Ignatius

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