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Additional Faculty Resources

Bridges (the Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life)
The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola is presented on campus each year through the Bridges program. Also known as the Spiritual Exercises of Everyday Life or the 19th Annotation Retreat, Bridges is an eight-month program of prayer and personal reflection for busy people. Retreatants commit themselves to daily prayer, weekly meetings with a spiritual director and monthly input on the Exercises. The program begins each August.

Helping Our Own
This program provides a one-time monetary gift to any full-time or part-time employee experiencing a valid financial crisis. Requests are made in writing and reviewed by a committee of employees from the home campus. All requests are kept confidential. This program exemplifies the University's Jesuit mission in action - a community concerned for one another and committed to serving those in need.

Journey Conference
Held in May 1998, Our Journey to Tomorrow: A Commitment to the Jesuit Spirit brought together 125 SLU faculty, staff and students to deepen their understanding of the University's Jesuit spirit and values, to reflect on the current life of the University in light of these values, and to suggest action for the future. Since 1998, follow-up luncheons have been held each semester, with invited faculty and staff members sharing from their experience on an issue related to the University's Jesuit mission.

Faculty/Staff Weekend Retreats
Offered each semester, the weekend provides employees with an opportunity to reflect on their lives, their work and their relationship with God, in the company of colleagues and an experienced retreat director.

Twilight Retreats
Offered during Advent and Lent, this evening of reflection is an opportunity to reflect on the season and its meaning.

Shared Vision
This three-part video and discussion series explores the University's Jesuit identity and gives participants an opportunity to grow in their knowledge and understanding of what it means to be part of a Jesuit University. Each session is held on both campuses twice each semester. All employees of the University are encouraged to attend these two-hour programs.

Marchetti Jesuit Endowment Fund
The University's Jesuit community provides funding for special projects that enrich and strengthen the Catholic, Jesuit character of the University through conference, programs and grants. Full-time faculty and staff members who would like to pursue research or develop programs that foster dialogue between faith and reason and between culture and Christian beliefs are invited to apply for grants.

Heartland Conference
The Jesuit Higher Education in the Heartland Conference gathers faculty, staff and administrators from 12 Jesuit colleges and universities in the country's Heartland and Delta regions to explore the vision of Jesuit education in the 21st century.

Heartland Faculty Conversations
Selected faculty members from 11 Jesuit colleges and universities in the Heartland and Delta regions gather each February for a two-day conference to deepen their understanding and appreciation of the University's Jesuit mission and identity.

National Ignatian Spirituality Conference
Developed by the St. Louis Center for Ignatian Spirituality and sponsored by Saint Louis University and the Missouri Province of the Society of Jesus, the conference is designed to educate and encourage those who practice Ignatian spirituality as well as those involved in works rooted in Ignatian spirituality. Conferences have been held at SLU as recently as July 2015. They attract 400-500 participants from throughout North America

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