If you have particularly strong school spirit and are an alum of University of San Francisco, you’ll know what church we’re talking about. In this post, we will be covering what makes this campus-based church a crown jewel of the city.

If you’ve ever been on the campus of the University of San Francisco, chances are you were wowed by its stunning blend of lush greenery and grand staircases. One of USF’s hallmarks is the St. Ignatius Church, where you can receive your diploma, get married or both!

Although the St. Ignatius Church started off as a humble, wooden building, the 1909 San Francisco earthquake and fire brought the church down. It wasn’t until 1912 that the church was restored even beyond its former glory, featuring a mix of Italian Renaissance and Baroque elements in its architecture. The church is a proud supporter of the local arts community, having converted four of its alcoves into the Manresa Gallery. This gallery features Bay Area artists, both religious and non-religious, in an effort to showcase the creative energy of our vibrant city.

Be careful to avoid a stiff neck, because you’ll most likely be spending most of your time looking upward and drinking in all of the ornate details of St. Ignatius. A grand entrance is all but ensured as you make your way down the aisle (carpeted in crimson) and your eyes trace the gilded columns supporting the proud arches. The altar itself is magnificent, with its golden crucifix casting its resplendent glow upon you and your partner as you exchange vows.

If you choose to get married at St. Ignatius, you will be working with the wedding coordinator, music coordinator and the priest to make sure that your rehearsal and wedding day go as smoothly as possible. You may also request a Catholic priest of your own choosing to be the officiant.

  • Website:  https://www.stignatiussf.org/
  • Phone Number: (415) 422-2188
  • Point of Contact: Sr. Theresa Moser
  • When do I need to book a spot for my wedding ceremony?: Fridays (4:30 p.m., 5:00 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6:00 p.m.) and Saturdays (11:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m.). Rehearsals held on weekdays (4-6:00 p.m.); smaller weddings can be held during the weekdays when the church isn’t occupied. You will want to reserve a spot at least six months in advance of the ceremony.
  • Estimated Cost: $2,800 for the user of the church, although registered members of St. Ignatius Parish or Jesuit alumni may qualify for a lesser rate. $1,200 for a non-refundable deposit.

NOTE: Featured image c/o S Ty Photography.