Mission & History

Welcome to our Jesuit parish in San Francisco, California. Our church is located at the corner of Parker Avenue and Fulton Street, adjacent to the campus of the University of San Francisco. Please come visit us in person or here on our website. To learn more about our mission and ministry, please browse this site and learn about our many ministries and outreach programs, our Sacramental life and our parish community.



St. Ignatius Parish is a welcoming and inclusive Catholic community. A Jesuit parish, we are called to be companions of Jesus. We come together through Word and Sacrament to grow in our relationship with God and to find the inspiration, desire and strength to be men and women for others. We seek to find God in all things by deepening our faith, listening with discerning and joyful hearts, and actively serving the poor and suffering, all for the greater glory of God.



Our magnificent St. Ignatius Church is the legacy of a dynamic and continuous Jesuit presence in San Francisco from the City’s earliest days. The first St. Ignatius Church was a simple, wooden structure on Market Street between 4th and 5th Streets. It was dedicated in July 1855, only six years after the first Jesuit Fathers arrived in San Francisco from Italy.

Parish Council

The Parish Council is the top-level lay leadership group within the Parish, providing a vision and long-range planning framework for the Parish and establishing goals and directions for the Parish as a whole. It works closely with the Pastor to oversee and coordinate the overall process of lay leadership, empowering, aligning, and holding accountable the five Parish Commissions, directing the decision-making to appropriate groups or individuals when necessary, and working with the Pastor in handling Parish crises.

The Five Parish Commissions


Oversees finances, buildings and grounds, communications, stewardship, development, and volunteer engagement.


Coordinates all parish social events, welcoming programs, hospitality, and community-building activities.

Faith Formation

Works with Children's and Adult Faith Formation, Youth Ministry, and preparatory programs for sacraments, as well as prayer and spirituality groups.

Mercy & Justice

Engaged with pastoral care, homeless outreach, social justice, and advocacy initiatives, e.g. human trafficking and immmigration.


Gives direction to the liturgical life of the parish through the preparation and care of our worship environment and the formation of liturgical ministers.

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