Fr. Ignatius was born in Guadalajara, Mexico in 1976. Shortly afterwards his parents immigrated to Texas. For college, he went to St. John's University in Minnesota, where he majored in art and earned a bachelor’s degree in 1998. A few months later, he traveled to Paris, France to study French, literature, and art history. After two academic years in France, he returned to Texas. At that time he entered the Master of Architecture program at the University of Texas at Arlington, which included a semester in Vienna and Innsbruck.  He completed his degree in 2004. After working for an architecture firm in the Austin area for a year, he entered Our Lady of Dallas in August 2005. He professed his solemn vows in 2010, and earned a master’s degree in theology from the University of Dallas in the same year. In the fall of 2010, Fr. Ignatius traveled to Rome for one semester of theological studies. He used part of his time to sketch the churches and architecture of Rome. After returning to Dallas in February 2011, he was ordained a priest on March 25, 2011 in the Abbey Church.