Music and art are an integral part of the faith expression expected at Jesuit institutions. St. Ignatius Church in San Francisco has a rich history of some of the best liturgical music in the Bay area. Besides the extraordinary beauty of its nearly 100 year old structure there also is a dedicated art gallery within the sacred space. We encourage you to come, see, hear and get involved with the arts here in any way that interests you.
There are three separate choirs that sing for the Masses on Sunday at 9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 5:00 p.m. Cantors encourage congregational song at all Masses, weddings, and funerals. The Church is working on either refurbishing or replacing an aging organ to create a beautiful instrument tailored specifically for our building. The Church hosts both Parish and University events and Masses which employ musicians from instrumentalists to singers.
There have been Artists in Residence. And that helps demonstrate the Church’s support of the liturgical arts in our setting, which is spectacular visually and acoustically. Over the years, a variety of professional and amateur groups have offered concerts and choral workshops in our sacred space.
If any of the previous piques your interest, please contact one of the three of the Music Directors.
A critical part of the educational program at St. Ignatius Church, the Manresa Gallery opened in 2008. Its mission is to help people of all ages open themselves up to the presence of the divine and do that through the medium of art. Its vision is inspired by St. Ignatius’ mystical experiences in a cave at Manresa, Spain during the 16th century.