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Catholic Studies Program

Saint Louis University’s Catholic Studies Program offers interdisciplinary and integrated study in the intellectual and social traditions of the Church from the time of the New Testament to present day. 

The Catholic Studies Centre Chapel

Offered through SLU’s College of Arts and Sciences, the program is designed to explore major questions that have occupied Christian philosophers, theologians, artists, literary writers, political theorists, historians, and natural and social scientists for two millennia.

The courses in Catholic Studies will center around the following ideas:

  • A sacramental worldview which sees all creatures as reflections of God's own life.
  • The inherent and inalienable dignity of each and every human person.
  • The common good and a proper understanding of the organic unity of all human persons.
  • A radical appreciation and appropriation of how Jesus Christ and his Church have shaped human history.

Why Study Catholic Studies at SLU?

The Catholic Studies Program is for students of all religious faiths and all academic majors who seek an undergraduate experience that more deliberately focuses on the inter-relationship of faith and reason; humanity and divinity;  and the natural and supernatural. Through the lens of the Jesuit tradition, the Catholic Studies program will hope you see "God in all things," fostering the moral and intellectual habits that alone allow for true human flourishing.

Learn More About SLU's Catholic Studies Minor

The Value of SLU's Catholic Studies Minor

The Catholic Studies minor is an important credential in applying for graduate school or for employment after graduation.

No matter what your major or profession you might pursue in the future, the program can develop your critical thinking skills, as well as help you develop excellent written and oral communication skills. You’ll also enhance your capacity to see the big picture through the course of your SLU education.

The Catholic Studies Centre


The Catholic Studies Centre at Saint Louis University was founded to reinvigorate St. Ignatius of Loyola’s call to “find God in all things.”

A Jesuit Catholic University exists in order to guide young minds and hearts into the fullness of truth. Ignatius was convinced that when God became human, Jesus Christ revealed not only who God was but who we too must be. In so doing, Christ consecrated all humanity and all human endeavors. 

To provide some of the means by which to attain this vision, the Centre offers Catholic studies courses in many academic disciplines. There are opportunities for Mass, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, as well as 24-hour Eucharistic Adoration throughout each week. The Centre also holds the Traditio reading group every Friday, as well as hosts the Ignatius Forum, an interdisciplinary gathering led by an international scholar brought to SLU for a semester to foster the Catholic intellectual tradition among our professors and graduate students. There is also an adult-education component, Continuing Catholicism for five consecutive Wednesdays in the fall as well as in the spring.

All the activity at the Centre is ordered toward a sanctifying surrender to the person of Jesus Christ and his Church. This is why we are forming intentional communities, the Campion Sodalities, where college students can draw from virtuous friendships and the accountability that goes with being known. For the intellectual life can be only as deep as the moral life allows, and that is how the Centre is much more about preparing undergraduates for a career but for their vocation to become Christ in the world.

The Edmund Campion Society

campion society

The Edmund Campion Society is a guilt-free group open to all students. It is named after the Oxford priest and martyr (D. 1591).

Weekly Events

  • Monday: Campion Night
    Confessions at 5:15 p.m., Mass at 6:30 p.m. in St. Francis Xavier College Church
  • Tuesday:
    Mass at 9 p.m., Eucharistic Adoration 9:30 p.m. to Wednesday 10 a.m. in Chapel
  • Wednesday:
    Mass at 9 p.m.
  • Thursday:
    Mass at 9 p.m., Eucharistic Adoration 3 p.m. to Friday 3 p.m. in Chapel
  • Friday:
    Mass at 3 p.m.
  • Saturday:
    Confessions at 8 a.m., Rosary at 9 a.m., Mass at 9:15 a.m.

Giving to the Department

The Saint Louis University Catholic Studies Centre welcomes gifts that would help us cover the costs of our amazing Speaker Series, retreats and basic upkeep of the Centre's many needs. Each week, hundreds of undergraduates come here to study, pray and grow in the faith.  Your gift now allows us to continue to strengthen our abilities to bring leading Catholic speakers to SLU and to help young people know and share the countercultural presence of Christ in a 21st century university.


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