In 1972 Fr. Richard Murphy, S. J. asked the parishioners to consider the social service needs of the parish and the Rogers Park community. That was the beginning of Ignatian Services the social service arm of the parish. In the beginning the “Golden Diners” a program that hosted lunch and other events was held three times a week in the Holy Name Room. An emergency food pantry was housed in the rectory. Ignatian Services provided transportation and shopping for the homebound. As the requests for emergency food increased the food pantry was set-up in the basement of the church. In 1985, Ignatian Services joined the Greater Chicago Food Depository to have access to more food. In 1994, the food pantry was awarded the Father Phillip Marquard Award for outstanding agency services. Over the years, Ignatian Services has held coat drives to help clothe our neighbors in need. We continue to sponsor a Thanksgiving Dinner and partner with Catholic Charities to provide Christmas gifts for those in need. Our greatest supporters have been the parishioners of St. Ignatius. It is your generosity that makes our ministry possible. We are grateful for you! We have also partnered with Sacred Heart School, Northside Catholic Academy, Loyola University, St. Joseph College Seminary for volunteers and food drives. The S & C Foundation has been a community supporter of the pantry for many years.
Last year the St. Ignatius Food Pantry served 2,151 families that averages out to about 179 families a month; that added up to 5,966 individuals an average of 497 people a month. These numbers are down from last year. We attribute that to the number of rental properties that have been rehabbed in the area. This year we distributed over 41 tons of food to the Rogers Park community (over 82,000 pounds). While the bulk of the food we distribute is obtained through GCFD we are also grateful to community partners listed above. The need to help our neighbors is still a priority with Ignatian Services. Your generosity enables us to help our neighbors in need. Our ministry is made possible because of your support.
After 47 years of serving God’s people the need still exists. No one knows what the future holds for Ignatian Services, St. Ignatius Parish or our Rogers Park neighbors but with your support we can continue to help those in need.
Members from GCFD volunteered with us the Friday before Christmas, if you would like to see what they thought you can go to: https://www.chicagosfoodbank.org/blog/st-ignatius-pantry-gives-hope-for-the-holidays/.
Ignatian Services is the social service expression of the Faith Community of St. Ignatius Church in Rogers Park. Its purpose is to provide assistance to those members of our neighborhood who are in need. Ignatian Services does not discriminate. The primary ministry of Ignatian Services is the distribution of food through our food pantry. We strive to develop new programs to help the disadvantaged members of our community to lead healthy lives-- body and soul. Together, out volunteers, benefactors, parishioners, and clients form a community.
This is why we say that WE ARE ALL IGNATIAN SERVICES.
Ignatian Services has many fundraising drives throughout the year, and we accept donations of non perishable food items, diapers, toiletry items soap, shampoo, toothbrushes), and plastic grocery bags year round. Your financial support is also always needed!
32.5 % are children or teens under 18
17% are senior citizens
Want to make a donation, or just have a question about Ignatian Services? Please contact Kathy Morris, Director of Ignatian Services.