Music & Art

Music and art are integral parts of the faith expression expected at Jesuit institutions. St. Ignatius Parish has a rich history of some of the best liturgical music in the Bay area. Besides the extraordinary beauty of our nearly 100 year old church there is also a dedicated art gallery within the sacred space. 

Our musical tradition complements our religious practices, ceremonies, and rituals, supporting our prayers and offerings with hymns, psalms and acclamations. In keeping with the Vatican proclamation that church music reflect a “full, conscious and active participation in the liturgy,” we attempt to include a variety of musical styles. Our liturgical music and concerts include traditional and contemporary styles.

Music & Art

Music at St. Ignatius Parish

Since the global pandemic of Covid-19 has greatly restricted our ability to host in-person musical events. In response, the parish launched its Virtual Virtuoso concert series. Check out upcoming concerts here.


Music Ministry & Choirs

At St. Ignatius Parish, we have a deep appreciation for liturgical music and encourage our parishioners to participate in our music ministries. 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. To volunteer, click "Learn More"


Manresa Gallery

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.

The Manresa Gallery is named after the cave near Barcelona, Spain, where in 1534 St. Ignatius wrote down reflections of his spiritual struggles.  They became known as The Spiritual Exercises.  Analogous to Manresa, the various southeast alcoves of the St. Ignatius space offer a place where one can contemplate deeper meaning. By using art that engages all of the senses in what Ignatius called the “Contemplation of Place,” one not only can enter into the historical reality of an other’s story but discover simultaneously one’s own: where one’s emotions, thoughts and desires move into the present. Following Ignatius, the Gallery offers both traditional and contemporary art as a way to negotiate, in light of various faith traditions, where one is and who one can become.


Manresa Gallery juxtaposes traditional and contemporary art to highlight diverse expressions of faith. It provides a space for local and international artists to contemplate and expand spiritual practices through artistic expression and community dialogue.

Questions of active spirituality are at the center of the Gallery’s mission, and invite a wider exploration of work that engages faith and the divine through a broad spectrum of art. The explorations, especially those addressing interfaith issues, present not just theoretical or purely aesthetic concerns; they provide a platform for motivated dialogues and an outreach that capitalizes on extensive community involvement.


Gallery hours are Fridays 1:00 to 5:00 pm, and Sunday mornings immediately after each Mass, and from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Gallery tours and viewing are available by appointment. Please call 415.422.5901 or email to schedule an appointment.


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Sacred Art

Ridolfi Stations of the Cross

The church’s Stations of the Cross were conserved in 2003-2004 by Andre and Barbara Bossak.  Subsequently, new lighting has enhanced their visibility and beauty.  The Parish has been provided both with significant documentation for the conservation process and study sketches for the original paintings. The images were made by Pietro Rudolfi and his son, Tito, in Rome and delivered to the newly built church in San Francisco (1914).

Stations of the Cross came into popular practice in the 17th century.  Specific elements are required for official recognition of Stations of the Cross by the Catholic Church, including a numbered wooden cross for each and validation by an authorized Franciscan. St Ignatius Church’s Stations fulfilled  those expectations in 1939.

“Then he released for them Barabbas, and having scourged Jesus, delivered him to be crucified.” Mt. 27:26

“Surely he has borne our grief and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.” Is. 53:4

“But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that made us whole, and with his stripes we are healed.” Is. 53:5

“And a sword will pierce through your own soul also, that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.” Lk. 2:35

“If anyone would come after me, let that person deny oneself and take up one’s cross and follow me.” Mt. 16:24

“As many were astonished at him – his appearance was so marred, beyond human semblance, and his form beyond that of mortals.” Is. 52:14

“He will not fail to be discouraged until he has established justice on the earth.” Is. 42:4

“Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children.” Lk. 23:28

“He shall see the fruit of the travail of his soul and be satisfied; by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous; and he shall bear their iniquities.” Is. 53:11

“They divided my garments among them, and for my raiment they cast lots.” Ps. 21:19

“And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all to myself.” Jn. 12:32

“Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, ‘Father, into thy hands I commit my spirit!’ And having said this he breathed his last.” Lk. 23:46

“And they made his grave with the wicked and with a rich man in his death, although he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth.” Is. 53:9

“Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. The one who loves life loses it, and the one who hates one’s life in this world will keep it for eternal life.” Jn. 12:24-25

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