Saint Louis University

Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits), sought and saw God in all things and believed himself called to be a co-laborer with God. His vision of the world lies at the heart of the Jesuit method of teaching, research and service. Discover what it means to work at a Jesuit university and the difference it makes to your profession and field of study.

First Friday Mass & Speaker Series

Join the Division of Mission and Identity and the Catholic Studies Program for Mass, light lunch and an in-depth discussion of Catholicism and faith. The event is held at noon on the first Friday of every month. Attendees are invited to bring a friend to this spiritually and intellectually stimulating morning. The scheduled slate of speakers is as follows:

  • Friday, Oct. 6: Fernando Serrano will discuss "Environmental Justice and Global Health: How mission inspires research and advocacy for vulnerable communities"
  • Friday, Nov. 10: Dan Finucane will "I'm Spiritual but Not Religious?"
  • Friday, Dec. 15: Cristina McGroarty will present "Telling Our Stories as Prayer in the Jesuit Tradition"
  • Friday, Jan. 12: Julie Rubio, Ph.D., will present "Can We Talk?: Catholics, Politics and the Search for Common Ground"
  • Friday, Feb. 2: Bonnie Wilson, Ph.D., will present "Economics: A Theology of Scarcity or Something More?"
  • Friday, March 9: Maureen Wanguard will present "Fr. Paul Reinert: SLU's Visionary for Catholic Higher Education"
  • Friday, April 6: Greg Beabout will present
  • Friday, May 11: Chad Flanders, J.D.,  will present "And Who is my Neighbor? Community and Mission at SLU"

Ignatian Lunch

Each semester, the Division of Mission and Identity invites members of the University community to deepen their understanding of SLU's Ignatian vision and their commitment to its Jesuit mission by attending the Ignatian Lunch.

The spring Ignatian Lunch will be held from 11:30 to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, in the College Church Ballroom.

Registration information will be available at a later date.

Conversations Roundtable

The magazine, Conversations on Jesuit Higher Education, examines issues related to life and teaching on the campuses of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States.  Each semester, faculty and staff gather for roundtable discussion sessions, facilitated by SLU colleagues.

The spring roundtable will be held at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 23, in the Pere Marquette Gallery in DuBourg Hall.

The sessions are co-sponsored by the Division of Mission and Identity and the Center for Teaching Excellence.

At Saint Louis University, faculty and staff can grow in their spirituality and their understanding of the Jesuit mission of the University through numerous programs offered by the Division of Mission and Identity.

For more information, contact Judi Buncher in Mission and Identity, at or 977-7065.

Here are a few highlights of our activities.

Christian Life Community (CLC)

Praying with the tools of Ignatian Spirituality, Christian Life Communities are small groups that meet weekly to seek and understand God's activity in their lives. Contact: or Campus Minister Julie McCourt at or 314-977-1516.

Helping Our Own

Funded by SLU employees for SLU employees, Helping Our Own provides a one-time monetary gift to any permanent employee experiencing a financial crisis.