Jesuit Tradition and Mission

Mission Statement

SLU-Madrid Identity

The Catholic and Jesuit Identity:

The Mission of Saint Louis University is the pursuit of truth for the greater glory of God and for the service of humanity. The University seeks excellence in the fulfillment of its corporate purposes of teaching, research, health care and service to the community. It is dedicated to leadership in the continuing quest for understanding of God's creation and for the discovery, dissemination and integration of the values, knowledge and skills required to transform society in the spirit of the Gospels. As a Catholic, Jesuit university, this pursuit is motivated by the inspiration and values of the Judeo-Christian tradition and is guided by the spiritual and intellectual ideals of the Society of Jesus.

In support of its mission, the University:

  • Encourages and supports innovative scholarship and effective teaching in all fields of the arts; the humanities; the natural, health and medical sciences; the social sciences; the law; business; aviation; and technology.
  • Creates an academic environment that values and promotes free, active and original intellectual inquiry among its faculty and students.
  • Fosters programs that link University resources to local, national and international communities in collaborative efforts to alleviate ignorance, poverty, injustice and hunger; extend compassionate care to the ill and needy; and maintain and improve the quality of life for all persons.
  • Strives continuously to seek means to build upon its Catholic, Jesuit identity and to promote activities that apply its intellectual and ethical heritage to work for the good of society as a whole.
  • Welcomes students, faculty and staff from all racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds and beliefs and creates a sense of community that facilitates their development as men and women for others.
  • Nurtures within its community an understanding of and commitment to the promotion of faith and justice in the spirit of the Gospels.
  • Wisely allocates its resources to maintain efficiency and effectiveness in attaining its mission and goals.

Jesuit Tradition


As a Jesuit institution, Saint Louis University aims to educate the whole person — encouraging students to challenge ideas, contribute their time and talent to the community and develop ethical and moral leadership abilities. In accordance with the ideals and principles set out by the founder of the Society of Jesus - St. Ignatius of   Loyola — strong emphasis is placed on educating the mind, body and spirit of students so that they will be better able to contribute to the global society.

Saint Louis University — through its curriculum, activities and services  aims to develop students' capacities so as to actively participate in the world, providing them the tools to formulate and defend ideas, develop the ability to think clearly and objectively and argue convincingly, in order to make a difference tomorrow with what they are learning today.

At the Madrid Campus, the Jesuit heritage is enhanced by the fact that Spain is deeply connected to the heritage and tradition of the Society of Jesus. Not only was St. Ignatius born and raised in northern Spain, but the Jesuit ideals of both scholarship and service were reinforced and guided by such Spaniards as St. Francis Xavier and Fr. Pedro Arrupe, who — in particular — urged all people to be women and men for others. Moreover, the current Superior-General of the Order, Fr. Adolfo Nicolás, is a Spaniard from the town of Palencia.

While studying at the Madrid Campus, students of all faiths and denominations are encouraged to join the University's Campus Ministry on a weekend retreat, traveling to the beautiful Basque Country in the north and visiting the Loyola Sanctuary, which was built on the grounds of St. Ignatius' family's home. Information about the Loyola Sanctuary and the history of St. Ignatius, Ignatian Spirituality and the Society of Jesus is available on the Sanctuary's website at:

Higher purpose. Greater good.
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