Fr. Dan White, S.J.
August 21, 2016
Welcome to St. Francis Xavier (College) Church to the freshmen and their families of Saint Louis University. We are happy to have you with us. I hope you will find a spiritual home here. A “welcome back” to returning students as the new academic year begins.
Our faith community is rooted in SLU. The parish grew out of the St. Aloysius chapel on the old downtown campus. Since that moment there has never been a time when the parish and the university were not together. The ministry of intellectual and spiritual formation was a joint project. Two different apostolates (in Jesuit-speak) sharing a common mission to the people of St. Louis. Over the many years, each one has enriched the other.
There is much talk in corporate management about “cross-pollination” or “silo-busting”. SLU and College Church have been way ahead of the curve. In fact, the earliest Jesuit parishes were nearly all connected to colleges. The education and care for the entire person was the heart of this approach. It remains so today.
I find it no coincidence that we both celebrate significant anniversaries together: the College Church’s 175th this year, and very soon the bicentennial of Saint Louis University. This has been a long, fruitful relationship. May God continue to bless it in abundance.