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Mass at SLU’s College Church

Going to college doesn't mean leaving your spiritual identity behind, particularly at a Jesuit university.

What is 9 p.m. Sunday Mass?

At Saint Louis University, students and community members gather every Sunday evening at St. Francis Xavier College Church to join together in worship and prayer. Students lead the prayers, readings and music. Alex, a SLU student from Brentwood, Tennessee, says the 9 p.m. Mass is always welcoming, and that he's usually greeted with a smile and a big hug from somebody.

"This 9 p.m. Mass is really upbeat and the sermons are incredibly relatable and really apply to my life as a college student," says Cincinnati native Ellen. "It's something I look forward to being a part of every week."

Faith on Campus

Even students who are not Catholic are drawn to the community atmosphere at the College Church Mass. It hosts about 650 people each week.

"Even though I'm not part of the Catholic faith, I thought the 9 p.m. mass here at SLU was incredibly welcoming," says Brinda, a student from Naperville, Illinois. "My friends were so excited to bring me to Mass and I never felt like an outsider. I loved it."

A Regular Event

Students agree that the 9 p.m. Mass helps strengthen their faith, especially after a busy week.

"9 p.m. Mass for me means acceptance," says Brinda. "It's about coming together as one community, understanding that even though we may come from different backgrounds, we all have this innate want to just improve the condition around us, get to know people better and try to make SLU an even better place than it is right now."