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Saint Louis University's Office of Mission and Identity partners with institutions on campus and in the community to improve the lives of people around the world.

Contemplative Leaders in Action

Contemplative Leaders in Action St Louis (CLA) provides spiritual formation and leadership development in the Ignatian tradition for young adults aged 25-35. A cohort of approximately 15-20 young adults meet over the course of two years. Their experience is capped  by  a service project that intends on making the St Louis community a better place. 

For more information, contact St Louis Regional Coordinator Tom Auffenberg at tauffenberg@contemplativeleaders.org.

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The Next Chapter

The Next Chapter program is a six month guided journey with the purpose of assisting people to discern who God is calling them to be and what God is calling them to do in their next chapter of life. This program is designed for people who are approaching retirement or who are recently retired. 

Participants can expect to experience Ignatian spirituality; readings, video, and presentations; discussion sessions; exposure to various ways of serving others; a supportive community; and opportunities for meeting with a spiritual director and/or a coach.

For more information, contact Tom Auffenberg at thomas.auffenberg@slu.edu.

Belize 2020

Belize 2020 provides life-changing opportunities for at-risk children and families in Belize. Saint Louis University, the Jesuits of the U.S. Central and Southern Province and the St. Louis community work together to advance the spiritual, educational and economic lives of the people of Belize through entrepreneurship and Ignatian spirituality.

Learn more about Belize 2020

Transformative Justice Initiative 

The Transformative Justice Initiative aims to improve system health and safety, and support prevention of incarceration and successful transitions from criminal justice settings. The initiative is an interprofessional, collaborative program that employs community-based participatory research to guide evidence-informed transformative justice solutions. 

Learn more about the Transformative Justice Initiative