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Mission and Identity Events

The Saint Louis University Division of Mission and Identity offers regular events, including prayer groups and special annual events that mark significant events during the year, including Masses, lectures and other gatherings.

A young woman places flowers in a basket during a prayer service.


Circle of Hope Prayer Groups

The Division of Diversity and Innovative Community Engagement (DICE) and the Division for Mission and Identity invite faculty and staff to join the Circle of Hope, a weekly prayer group gathering. (#CommunityofPrayer #WeSeeYou).

The group is open to people of all faiths and meets to pray for the needs of the SLU community on Tuesday mornings, 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., in the Mary Bruemmer Room of DuBourg Hall; and the first and third Thursdays of the month on South Campus. 

Community prayer requests submitted to the Circle of Hope prayer groups:

Submit a Prayer Request

Annual Events

Specific dates and times for events will be noted on our calendar. You may also contact the Division of Mission and Identity at 314-977-7065 or at

Mass of the Holy Spirit

The Mass of the Holy Spirit is a tradition at Jesuit schools and universities worldwide. These celebrations date back to 1548, when the initial Mass was celebrated at the first Jesuit school in Messina, Sicily. At SLU, the Mass is celebrated at St. Francis Xavier College Church on one of the first days of classes each fall.

Cannonball Picnic

While SLU's campus is quiet during fall break, this annual gathering for University staff members recognizes and celebrates the contributions of the SLU community. The picnic gets its name from the battlefield injury suffered by St. Ignatius in 1521.

All Souls Day Mass

On the feast of All Souls, November 2, the Saint Louis University community celebrates a special memorial Mass at St. Francis Xavier College Church to remember and pray for the faithful departed. The community is invited to honor the life of a loved one by adding their name to a special book of remembrance that remains in the church during the month of November.

Prayer Service for the Gift-Body Program

Each fall, a memorial service in thanksgiving for gift-body donors is held on the campus of Saint Louis University. First-year medical students organize this event with assistance from faculty and the medical school’s campus minister. The names of the current donors are placed in a basket and covered with flowers. Following the service, students place the flowers at the gravesite.

Ignatian Lunch

Hosted by the Division of Mission and Identity, this annual spring luncheon and keynote address is open to all university faculty and staff as an opportunity for spiritual reflection and community-building.

Bellarmine Lecture

Hosted each fall in collaboration with the Department of Theological Studies, this lecture allows the SLU community to engage with renowned theologians in their specific areas of expertise.

DeLubac Lecture

Hosted each spring by the Department of Theological Studies, the DeLubac Lecture explores the connection between our theology of Christ and how it is demonstrated in every other area of our Christian thinking and acting.

Baccalaureate Mass

The Baccalaureate Mass is an opportunity for the Saint Louis University community to thank God for the gifts and opportunities bestowed upon our graduates and their growth and success. It is also a chance to pray for their continued protection as they are sent out at graduation for the greater glory of God and the service of humanity.

Online Offerings

Daily social media postings on Facebook and Instagram:

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Twice weekly offerings of the noontime examen on Facebook Live:

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Community prayer requests submitted to the Circle of Hope prayer groups:

Submit a Prayer Request