College Church

Located on the campus of Saint Louis University, the steeple of St. Francis Xavier College Church is a landmark in St. Louis. It’s a “home­-away­-from home” for students, as well as a local parish that embraces opportunities to serve those in need in the community.

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Historical Facts

  • The church was dedicated to St. Francis Xavier but has always been familiarly known as the College Church.
  • It was the first English­-speaking parish in the city of St. Louis and one of the first to be opened for public Masses.
  • Architect Thomas Walsh, who drew the initial plans for College Church, also designed DuBourg Hall, which for many years was the sole school building on the current Saint Louis University campus.

9 p.m. Mass

Started in 1990, Sunday’s 9 p.m. Mass is a high­-energy service with dynamic music, inspired preaching and hundreds of students of all faith traditions who are drawn to the community atmosphere and opportunity to center themselves before the beginning of a new academic week.

Mass and Reconciliation Schedule

Daily Masses

Daily Masses are in the Chapel of Our Lady on the church's lower level. The entrance is at the end of the walkway between DuBourg Hall and the south side of the church.

Monday through Friday
7:15 a.m., noon, and 5:15 p.m. (There is no 5:15 p.m. Mass on holidays.)

Saturday
7:15 a.m. and 5:15 p.m. (Sunday Vigil)

Sunday
8 a.m., 10:30 a.m. (with the College Church Choir), 4:30 p.m.

When the University is in session during the academic year, there is a 9 p.m. Sunday Mass in the main church. Check the Campus Ministry schedule for more information.

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Monday through Friday
10:45 a.m. to noon

Saturday
4 to 5 p.m.

College Church Weddings

Generations of students have met the person they wanted to spend their lives with on the SLU campus and chosen College Church as the place to create another significant memory of their lives at Saint Louis University.

College Church Wedding Information

Visit the College Church Parish Website