Situated in the heart of downtown New Orleans, Immaculate Conception Jesuit Church seeks to sustain a Christian community that welcomes warmly those who live and work downtown, those who visit our city, those who seek prayerful solace surrounded by beauty, those who seek reconciliation or a word of compassion, and those who turn to us in their time of need. We are a community that is inspired by the Gospel, fortified by the spirituality of the Society of Jesus and St. Ignatius of Loyola, and guided by the shepherds of the Church. We invite you to come and experience the welcoming community, stunning beauty, and thoughtful liturgy for which Jesuit Church is famous.
The church's architectural style is Moorish (Islamic). Both the interior and exterior of the church are adorned with symbols that reflect Christian, Jewish, and Islamic sensibilities. This decision of the original architect, Jesuit Father John Cambiaso, was inspired by a period in Spain's history when Muslims, Christians, and Jews lived together peacefully and exchanged freely their cultural and intellectual treasures. This melange of Islamic architecture with Jewish and Christian symbols invites people of various religous backgrounds to explore the church. The building itself stands as a reminder and challenge to all people of faith to respect each other and work together for the greater glory of the one true God.