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ICP @ SLU (Ignatian Colleagues)

The ICP @ SLU (Ignatian Colleagues Program at Saint Louis University) is an immersive mission-formation experience open to faculty, staff and administrators of the SLU community. Cohorts of six to eight members are formed each fall and meet monthly during the academic year to discuss Ignatian scholarship, experience Ignatian spirituality and engage in Ignatian service. ICP @ SLU participants form a community of colleagues gathered around and strengthened by our common Ignatian heritage and Jesuit mission. 

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ICP @ SLU Curriculum

Over two academic years, cohorts will pursue an in-depth and hands-on exploration of the intellectual, spiritual, and service-oriented aspects of Ignatian thought and praxis. At the conclusion of the program, each participant will have presented a capstone project demonstrating the integration of their learning into their role at SLU.

Year One: In the Ignatian Tradition
  • August: Luncheon Keynote on Jesuit Education
  • September: The Jesuit University Writ Large and SLU in Specificity
  • October: The Faith that Does Justice
  • November: Expressions of Charism
  • Winter Break Group Read 

Winter Break: Cohort Day of Service

  • January: Luncheon Keynote on Ignatian Pedagogy
  • February: Cura Personalis

Overnight Ignatian Retreat (24-hour)

  • March: Ignatian Leadership
  • April: A Way of Proceeding
  • May: Mid-Program Examen

Summer Break: Group Read

Year Two: Ignatian Spirituality
  • August: Luncheon Keynote on Ignatian Spirituality
  • September: Discernment of Spirits
  • October: Contemplatives in Action
  • November: Ignatian Indifference

Winter Break: Cohort Day of Service

  • January: Luncheon Keynote on Ignatian Imagination
  • February: Inculturation

Overnight Ignatian Retreat (48-hour)

  • March: Catholicity 
  • April: The Suscipe
  • May: Commencement Examen

Summer Break: Capstone Project Design

Get Involved with ICP @ SLU

SLU faculty, staff and administrators interested in joining the ICP may nominate a colleague or fill out an application themselves. They can also find more information by downloading this brochure (PDF)

Attend a Virtual Info Session

Nominate a Colleague

Apply for the Program

History of the Ignatian Colleagues Program

Saint Louis University has participated in the national Ignatian Colleagues Program (ICP) of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) since 2015. The national ICP “seeks to develop Ignatian partners in Jesuit higher education who are capable of and committed to assuming leadership within the Ignatian spiritual and educational heritage and who will sustain their school’s Jesuit Catholic character into the future. It also seeks to enhance local, regional, and national networks of Ignatian leaders who work collaboratively to enrich Jesuit higher education.”  

ICP @ SLU continues the good work begun by alumni of the ICP by inviting all SLU colleagues (faculty, staff, and administrators) to experience a similar opportunity, strengthen our mission to strive continuously to build upon our Catholic, Jesuit identity and promote activities that apply our intellectual and ethical heritage to work for the good of society as a whole.

To that end, ICP @ SLU is designed with the same basic structure and principles as the national ICP but specified to SLU’s local scholarly, spiritual and service realities. As a mission-formation program, ICP @ SLU is a two-year immersion into our Ignatian and Jesuit history, mission, and call as an educational institution in the St. Louis metropolitan area. ICP @ SLU is designed for any university employee, recognizing that every person in the community, regardless of position, role or creed, is a vital contributor to the lived mission of Saint Louis University.