Our Parish

Our vibrant and creative community supports ministries and outreach programs, and has a commitment to social justice issues that make St. Ignatius a truly Jesuit parish.

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About Us

St. Ignatius Loyola is a Jesuit parish, school, and adult education centre located at the corner of Stafford Street and Corydon Avenue in Winnipeg, Man., Canada. Founded in 1908, it continues today as a place to develop a greater spiritual relationship with God.

The following poem, written by our former pastor, Fr. Brian Massie, S. J. best describes our parish community in the Ignatian paradigm.

Unbind us, Holy One

Set free within us the spirit that unites,

that nudges us beyond trifling differences

to a union in God with one another.

Shred mercilessly

our narrow scripts and rutted regularity:

pry open wide our fearful hearts

to know and hunger for the life of God

that comes to those who gather in the name.

Lead us out of ourselves

to that longed-for peace

that comes in the struggle

to be for others

what you are for us.

This we pray

in the precious name

of Jesus the Lord.

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Our Pastors

Fr. Roy Frank Obrigewitsch

Fr. Roy Frank Obrigewitsch grew up on a farm east of Regina, Sask. His family was always active in the church and in the community. For grades 1 – 10 he attended a one-room school called Fairview, then boarded at Campion College to complete grades 11 and 12. At Campion he discovered that as a Jesuit he could be both a teacher and a priest, two vocations he was drawn to from boyhood.

At 18 he boarded a train to the Jesuit novitiate in Guelph, Ontario. He obtained a BA at Gonzaga University, Spokane, a Master of Divinity from St. Mary’s University, Halifax, an MA in Theology at St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto, an MA in English Literature at the University of Toronto and a Professional Diploma in Administration & Supervision at Fordham University. His ministry was at St. Paul’s High School in Winnipeg for 11 years, serving as teacher, student counselor, chaplain, and three years as Rector, then and at Loyola High School in Montreal for 12 years, serving as teacher and chaplain, and nine years as Principal. Later, he was sent to Campion College in Regina, where he taught English as a sessional lecturer from 1995 – 97, lectured in English Literature from 1997 – 2014, served as Assistant Dean from 2001 –2007, and Dean from 2009 – 2014. He was Superior of the Jesuit Community of Saskatchewan from 1995 – 2014. He assumed the duties as pastor of St. Ignatius Parish in Winnipeg on Ash Wednesday, February 18, 2015.

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Fr. Joe Newman, S.J.

Fr. Joe Newman, S.J. was born in Graz, Austria to English parents. At the time, his father was an army doctor doing his military service. At age six, his family came to Winnipeg where he attended Wolseley, Greenway and Gordon Bell schools, and graduated from St. Paul's High School. He went on to the University of Manitoba, graduating with a BSc (hons) in Chemistry.

While studying for a PhD at McGill University in Montreal, he discerned a different calling and entered the Jesuit novitiate in Guelph, Ont. in August, 1978. His twelve years of Jesuit formation included the two-year Novitiate; two years of Philosophy at Gonzaga University, Spokane WA; two years teaching at Loyola High School, Montreal; two more years at McGill to complete a MSc in Chemistry; and four years of Theology at Regis College, Toronto. He was ordained priest in 1990. Fr. Newman's first assignment was to St. Ignatius Parish, 1990-94. After serving in the Native ministry in Espanola, ON, Canadian Martyrs' Parish, Halifax, and the Martyrs' Shrine in Midland ON, Fr. Newman returned to St. Ignatius Parish in 2009 to be assistant pastor.

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St. Ignatius School

St. Ignatius School has been a ministry of our Parish for over 100 years. The school includes grades 1–8, plus an all-day nursery program and before/after school care.

Supported by St. Ignatius Parish and incorporated under provincial law as a not-for-profit educational organization, the corporation’s membership is comprised of all registered parishioners and school parents. Nominations are called for annually to fill vacancies on the St. Ignatius School Board of Directors. Any parishioner may be nominated and parents/guardians of children in the school are strongly encouraged to consider volunteering their time.

Go to the St. Ignatius School website for more information.