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Saint Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal Church

552 West End Avenue, New York, New York 10024
(Church Entrance on 87th Street between Broadway and West End Avenue)
Tel. (212) 580-3326 ~ Fax (212) 873-1452

 
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Ministries at Saint Ignatius

"You cannot claim to worship Jesus in the Tabernacle, if you do not pity Jesus in the slums. . . It is folly -- it is madness -- to suppose that you can worship Jesus in the Sacraments and Jesus on the throne of glory, when you are sweating him in the souls and bodies of his children." --- Bishop Frank Weston at the 1923 Anglo-Catholic Congress

Christmas Toy Drive NYC Pride The Leopards


Soup Kitchen

The Soup Kitchen at Saint Ignatius is our longest continuing ministry and has been serving two meals a week to those in need for over 35 years. There are about forty volunteers serving regularly each month, two thirds of whom Ignatians, while one third are friends from the community who sought us out as an opportunity to serve.

These volunteers serve approximately 250 guests per month, on Saturday afternoons and Monday evenings, a menu consisting of a freshly made soup, sandwich (usually tuna salad and peanut butter and jelly), fruit juice, fruit cocktail, and cookies. At Christmas guests are typically given something to help keep them warm such as socks, gloves, scarves or hats. From time to time volunteers or members of the community have contributed hand warmers, fresh fruit, crates of Girl Scout cookies and other items that make a special treat. We also offer toiletries to our guests. Please contact the Parish Office if you wish to volunteer.

In March 2019 we marked the thirty-fifth anniversary of the foundation of the Soup Kitchen. It is a remarkable tribute to this community that for more than a quarter century members of the church and of the wider parish community have served meals to the hungry in our City and practiced fulfilling the Great Commandment.

  Soup Kitchen Volunteers at Work

 
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Soup Kitchen SouP Kitchen Nancy and Trinity Students Soup Kitchen

 

CROP Hunger Walk

A number of parishioners and clergy take part annually in the CROP Walk in New York City. Organized by the Church World Service and taking place in cities and around the US, the CROP (Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty) Walk raises money for overseas food programs and local food pantries, including one that supplies St. Ignatius’ soup kitchen.

NYC Pride

For many years Saint Ignatius has participated in the NYC Pride Parade each June. The parish has a long history of support for and solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community in New York and we were in the forefront of caring for those who fell and died during the height of the AIDS crisis. 

 

 

Christmas Gifts for Children in the Shelter Program

For many years at Christmastide, we have collected gifts for children staying in Ellington House, a nearby shelter on the Upper West Side. Almost everyone in the parish participates in this collection and we know how important it is for the children we serve to be remembered and loved at this time of year.

 

The Leopards

Helping Parishioners Help Each Other. “Leopards” was the nickname our patron, Saint Ignatius, gave to the cohort of Roman Soldiers who accompanied him on his journey from Antioch to Rome to face the lions in the Colosseum. Our Leopards are a group parishoners who help fellow parishioners who may be in need of some assistance or companionship. Grocery shopping for the temporarily homebound, dog-walking, or accompanying someone to the doctor or to church aresome of the simple, useful, and practical ways we can care for one another within the Saint Ignatius community. If you would like to help, please speak to Lucy Kuemmerle or Deacon Paul about becoming a Leopard.

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