100_1950-1-1.jpg picture by rglasSt. Ignatius Loyola Facts

St. Ignatius parish was formed in 1817 as a Mission from Conewago in Adams County;

it eventually became a mission from Gettysburg then Chambersburg

In 1911, it became a full independent Parish with a resident full time Pastor

The Diocese of Harrisburg was formed in 1868

2011 is our 100th Anniversary as a Parish

2017 is our 200th Anniversary of our Parish Founding

In 1967, Msgr. Yeager was pastor and the Parish served over 150 families “widely scattered in the Mountain Region”

St. Ignatius Loyola in Buchanan Valley was an “Old Jesuit Mission ~ the mountain church”

 

Priests who faithfully served at St. Ignatius

Fr. Francis Noel 1894-1911

Fr. William Howard 1911-1914

Fr. William Whalen 1917-1937

Msgr. Louis J. Yeager 1947-1973

Fr. Carl J. Steffen 1978-2005

Fr. Kenneth G. Smith 2005—2011

Fr. Daniel O’Brien 2011– 2014

Fr. Raymond LaVoie—Present

 

Parish Address Report—February 2010

Phase 1

 Households 333  ~ Members 700

 

Active Households 125  ~ Active Members 400

 

Inactive Households 118 ~ Inactive Members  300

 

Number of C.C.D. Children ~ 45

Number of Children in the Parish ages 1– 14 ~ 78

Number of Young People in the Parish ages 15—25 ~ 44

 

Children in C.C.D.

Grade K ~ 6 .. Grade 1 ~ 0 .. Grade 2 ~ 5 ..Grade 3 ~ 6 .. Grade 4 ~ 7 ..Grade 5 ~ 3 ..

Grade 6 ~ 3 .. Grade 7 ~ 3 .. Grade 8 ~ 2 .. High School ~ 6

Youth Group - grades 6 thru 10  ~ 9 .. High School ~ 6

 

Knights of Columbus ~ 65 Men

Council of Catholic Women ~ All women of the Parish belong to the Council ; 20 are active in the Council’s Ministries and Meetings

Number of Candidates entering the church in the Diocese ~ 526

 

Number of Candidates entering the church from our Parish ~ 1

Average age of Priests In this Country ~ 65

Number of Priests retiring this year  ~ 1500

Number of Ordinations this year ~ 500

Number of Priest to People in the Diocese ~ 2000 to 1

Number of Retirements this year in the Diocese ~ 2

Number of Priests to be Ordained this year in the Diocese ~ 2

 

The Catholic Church in the United States

195 Dioceses

18,479 Parishes

269 Bishops

40,580 Priests

5,029 Seminarians

15,893 Permanent Deacons

Over 65 MILLION Catholics