Come join us as we celebrate the 40th Anniver­sary of Ignatius Press! Along with Ignatius Press found­er Fr. Joseph Fessio, SJ, and the men and women of Ignatius Press, you’ll be joining Car­dinal Francis Arinze, Peter Kreeft, Mary Beth Bonacci, Fr. Robert Spitzer, SJ, Steve Ray, Michael D. O'Brien, and Arch­bishop Salvatore Cordileone. Click here to read a letter from Arch­bishop Cordileone to the priests of the Arch­diocese of San Francisco inviting them to this important event.

We will begin with a dinner and talks on Friday, November 2nd, followed by Mass and a day of speakers on Saturday, November 3rd. We hope you can join us for both!

This event has limited seating. Buy your tickets now! Tickets for Friday night's dinner must be ordered by October 26th.


Friday, November 2

6:00 PM
Dinner featuring an introduction by Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone and talks from Cardinal Francis Arinze and Fr. Joseph Fessio, SJ.

Saturday, November 3

8:00 AMMass. Celebrant: Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone. Homilist: Cardinal Francis Arinze

9:00 – Registration and opportunity to visit vendors

10:00 – Talk: Suffering and the Love of God by Fr. Robert Spitzer, SJ

11:00 – Talk: Telling the True Story of Man by Michael D. O’Brien

12:00 noon – Lunch

1:15 PM – Talk: How to Be Holy by Doing Things I Don’t by Peter Kreeft, ft. Mary Beth Bonacci

2:15 – Talk: Saint John, Master Theologian and Storyteller by Steve Ray

3:15 – Talk: The Aim of Life is Appreciation by Fr. Joseph Fessio, SJ

Talks are approximately 45 minutes in length.
Food for lunch will be available for purchase or you can bring your own.


Tickets for this event are available from EventBrite. Please note that there are separate tickets for the Friday dinner and Saturday talks, and that both days are limited to adults only.

Friday night dinner tickets will only be available through October 26th, until 6:00 PM.

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Members of the press, please see our Press Release.

About the Speakers

Picture of Cardinal Francis Arinze Cardinal Francis Arinze, the former Prefect for the Congregation for Divine Worship, is a highly regarded prelate, teacher, and churchman. He has written numerous books on theology, spirituality, and prayer, including The Evangelizing Parish, Radical Discipleship, The Layperson's Distinctive Role, and his biography, God's Invisible Hand, all published by Ignatius Press.

Picture of Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone is the Archbishop of the San Francisco Archdiocese.

Picture of Fr. Joseph Fessio, SJ Fr. Joseph Fessio, SJ, is the founder and editor of Ignatius Press.

Picture of Peter Kreeft Peter Kreeft, PhD, Professor of Philosophy at Boston College, is one of the most respected Christian authors of our time. His many bestselling books cover a vast array of topics in spirituality, theology, and philosophy. They include How to Be Holy, Practical Theology, Back to Virtue, Because God Is Real, You Can Understand the Bible, Angels and Demons, Heaven: The Heart's Deepest Longing, and A Summa of the Summa.

Picture of Michael D. O'Brien Michael D. O'Brien, iconographer, painter, and writer, is the popular author of many best-selling novels including Father Elijah, Elijah in Jerusalem, The Father's Tale, Eclipse of the Sun, Sophia House, Theophilos, and Island of the World. His novels have been translated into twelve languages and widely reviewed in both secular and religious media in North America and Europe.

Picture of Steve Ray Steve Ray was raised in a devout and loving Baptist family. His father was a deacon and Bible teacher, and Stephen was very involved in the Baptist Church as a teacher of Biblical studies. After an in-depth study of the writings of the Church Fathers, both Steve and his wife Janet converted to the Catholic Church. He is the host of the popular, award-winning film series on salvation history, The Footprints of God. Steve is also the author of the best-selling books Crossing the Tiber and St. John's Gospel.

Picture of Fr. Robert Spitzer, SJ Robert J. Spitzer, SJ, PhD, is the former president of Gonzaga University and the founder of the Magis Center, which educates the public about the intersection of science, reason, and faith. He is the chief education officer of the Ethics and Performance Institute, which delivers web-based ethics education to corporations and individuals, and President of the Spitzer Center for Ethical Leadership, which delivers similar curricula to non-profit organizations. He is the author of Healing the Culture, Five Pillars of the Spiritual Life, and Ten Universal Principles.


Our 40th Anniversary Celebration will take place at the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption in San Francisco. Dinner and talks will take place downstairs at the Cathedral’s event center.

The street address is 1111 Gough St, San Francisco, CA 94109. Parking is available on-site.

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Friday Dinner Tickets Saturday Talks Tickets

Tickets are available through EventBrite at the links above. Note that there are separate tickets for each day, and both days are limited to adults only.

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