St. Ignatius Loyola Parish Facts

1817 - St. Ignatius Parish was formed as a Mission from Conewago in Adams County.                                Eventually became a Mission from Gettysburg then Chambersburg

1817 - The Cemetery was erected

1817 - Rectory was built

1844 - The first altar was built 

1868 - The Diocese of Harrisburg was formed

1900 - Rectory burnt to the ground, new Rectory was built

 

1903 - Newspaper article reading "Annual Picnic, St. Ignatius Church, Saturday July 18th 1903,                Dinner 25 cents   

1911 - Became a full independent Parish with a resident full time pastor, the second Rectory                  was built

1912 - Second Rectory burnt to the ground and the present day Rectory was completed

1915 - The "Old Parish Hall" was built

1915 - The Picnic Grove was started

1963 - Outside Dining Hall was erected

1967 - Msgr. Yeager was pastor and the church served over 150 families "widely                                        scattered in the Mountain Region"

1988 - Dedication of the Loyola Center

2011 - Was the 100th Anniversary as a parish

2017 - Was the 200th Anniversary of the church cornertone

Parish Households

Households - 316  ~  Members - 665

Active Households - 264   ~  Active Members - 558

Inactive Households - 52   ~   Inactive Members - 107

Number of students receiving their First Holy Communion at St. Ignatius ~ N/A

Number of students receiving their Confirmation at St. Ignatius ~ N/A

Number of Candidates entering the church from our Parish ~ 2

Number of Ordinations this year in the U.S. ~ 504

Number of Ordinations this year in the Diocese ~ 4

Number of Priest to Parishioner's ~ 2000

Number of Catholic Hospitals in the U.S. ~ 545

Number of Patients served by Catholic Hospitals ~ 90.6 million

Number Persons served by Catholic Charities ~ 8.371 million

Costs of services provided by Catholic Charities ~ $3.124 billion

The Catholic Church in the United States

Dioceses ~  197

Parishes ~ 17,651

(excluding the Archdiocese for military services) 

Bishops ~ 255

Arch Bishops ~ 36

Priests ~ 37,181

Religious Sisters & Brothers ~ 49,612

Permanent Deacons ~ 18,287

Catholic Population

1.229 billion (2012)

Priests who faithfully served St. Ignatius

                                                     1911 - 1914 Rev. William Howard

                                                     1914 - 1915 Rev.Patrick F. Sullivan

                                                     1915 - 1917 Rev. Jules C. Foin

                                                     1917 - 1938 Rev. William W. Whalen

                                                     1938 - 1942 Rev. Mark P. McElwee

                                                     1942 - 1946 Rev. Daniel J. Crowley

                                                     1946 - 1947 Msgr. Joseph Gotwalt

                                                     1947 - 1973 Msgr. Louis J. Yeager

                                                     1973 - 1973 Rev. Thomas Gralinski

                                                     1973 - 1978 Rev. John S. Paukovits

                                                     1978 - 2005 Rev. Carl J. Steffen

                                                     2005 - 2011 Rev. Kenneth G. Smith

                                                     2011 - 2014 Rev. Daniel O'Brien

                                                     2014 - 2016 Rev. Raymond LaVoie

                                                     2016 - 2016 Rev. Sebastian Thekkedath, CMI

                                                     2017 - present Rev. Dominic DiBiccaro