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Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus, sought and saw God in all things and believed himself called to be a co-laborer with God. His vision of the world lies at the heart of the Jesuit method of teaching, research and service.

Saint Louis University’s Office of Mission and Identity invites you to discover what it means to work at a Jesuit university and the difference it makes to your profession and field of study. 

Heartland Delta Faculty Conversations Conference: Under Pressure: Cura Personalis and Apostolica

Feb. 21-23, 2020

Saint Louis University invites Jesuit college and university faculty members to come and explore matters of our shared mission raised by the latest issue of Conversations Magazine. Through presentations and discussions with colleagues, participants will thoughtfully engage the experiences of the contemporary Jesuit institution. 

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Pop-up Pilgrimage

Though SLU faculty and staff are surrounded by our great Jesuit, Catholic heritage, the sights and places that mean so much to our history and spirituality are often overlooked or forgotten during our busy work days. Our series of mini-pilgrimages seeks reminding community members about SLU's fascinating mission and identity as well as the fact that our journey through life is an ongoing pilgrimage.

Faculty and staff should regularly check Newslink and our Facebook page for announcements about Pop-up Pilgrimage experiences. Pilgrims are led by David Suwalsky, S.J.

Past pilgrimage sites include:

  • St. Francis Xavier College Church bell tower, choir loft and gallery walkway
  • Cupples House
  • Fusz Hall and Museum of Contemporary Religious Art 
  • Pius XII Library and University Archives 

First Friday Mass and Speaker Series

Join the Office of Mission and Identity and the Catholic Studies program for Mass, a light lunch, and an in-depth discussion of academics and the Jesuit tradition. Each event begins at noon on the first Friday of every month at Boileau Hall.

Attendees are invited to bring a friend to this spiritually and intellectually stimulating afternoon. RSVP at and visit our Facebook page for more information and updates.

A selection of First Friday talks will be posted for viewing on our Mission and Identity playlist on the Saint Louis University YouTube channel. Please check periodically for new videos.

Spring 2020 Schedule
  • January 10, Molly Schaller, Ph.D., School of Education, College Student Life: The Role of Meaning and Purpose
  • February 7, Rachel Lindsey, Ph.D., College of Arts and Sciences, Lived Religion
  • March 6, Craig Boyd, Ph.D., School for Professional Studies, Reading the Lord of the Rings through an Ignatian Lens
  • April 3, Mark Ruff, Ph.D., College of Arts and Sciences, Religious Option as an "Option": Reflections on Charles Taylor's A Secular Age
  • May 1, Matthew Baugh, S.J., Saint Francis Xavier College Church, Surprising Insights on Governance from Pope Francis
Recent Speakers and Topics 
  • Christopher Duncan, Ph.D., College of Arts and Sciences, Individualism, Personalism, the Common Good, and America
  • David Brown, S.J., Vatican Observatory, The Catholic Church and the Vatican: A Long Tradition of Astronomy 
  •  Petruta Lipan, Ph.D., SLU Museums and Galleries, Why Art Matters 
  •  Ronny O'Dwyer, S.J., Billiken Teacher Corps, To Teach as Jesus Did: Reflections from the Catholic School Vineyard
  • Molly Schaller, Ph.D., School of Education, The College Student Experience: Why the SOPHOMORE Year May Be So Important
  • Craig Adams, Ph.D., Parks College of Engineering, Billikens for Clean Water - Belize
  • Matthew Broom, M.D., School of Medicine, Pediatrics: Community Engagement in an Academic Health Center
  • Sara L. Coffin, Ph.D., College for Public Health and Social Justice, Urban Planning - Why Planning Matters: The Role of Citizens in Promoting a Just Community
  • Claire Gilbert, Ph.D., College of Arts and Sciences, Early Jesuit Missions to Islamic and Eastern Christian Lands

Ignatian Lunch

Each semester, the Office of Mission and Identity invites members of the University community to deepen their understanding of SLU's Ignatian vision and their commitment to its Jesuit mission by attending the Ignatian Lunch. Guest speakers will present on a topic as it relates to the Jesuit mission while attendees enjoy fellowship and a meal. Please send questions to  

The date and location of the Spring 2020 Ignatian Lunch will be announced soon.


Throughout the year, the Office of Mission and Identity celebrates Mass for a selection of Holy Days and special dates on the Jesuit or University calendar. All members of the SLU community are invited to join us for the Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the Mass of the Holy Spirit, Founders Day, and many other special occasions.

Conversations Roundtable

The magazine Conversations on Jesuit Higher Education examines issues related to life and teaching on the campuses of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. Each semester, faculty and staff gather for roundtable discussion sessions, facilitated by SLU colleagues.

The sessions are co-sponsored by the Office of Mission and Identity and the Center for Teaching Excellence.

Read the current issue of Conversations


Retreats provide an opportunity to deepen your awareness of yourself, other people and the world around you. They enable the process of clarifying what is essential in your life from what is merely "the business of living.” The Office of Mission and Identity provides retreats for faculty and staff each semester. Please send questions to

Short Guided Retreat

 Short-guided retreats based on the 19th Annotation of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola will be offered during Lent 2020. Over the course of six to eight weeks, spiritual directors will guide participants in one-on-one meetings that will deepen the experience and understanding of the Lenten season. Participants will be guided through methods of discernment, journaling and spiritual direction. A Bible and a journal to record daily prayer experiences will be provided. To register and to reserve a place at our opening and closing luncheons, please complete this form.

  • Opening Luncheon, Boileau Hall, Monday February 24, 2020, 12 p.m.
  • Closing Luncheon, Boileau Hall, Wednesday April 15, 2020, 12 p.m.
Lenten Twilight Retreat

Especially during Lent, it is important to dedicate time to deepening your awareness of the season and how developing this understanding bears spiritual benefits for your life and the lives of the people around you. Information about our 2020 Lenten Twilight Retreat will be announced soon.

Advent Twilight Retreat

As we anticipate the coming of Christmas, it is important for us to gather for community, spiritual nourishment, and rejuvenation during a time of work, social obligations, and holiday frenzy. Information about our 2020 Advent Twilight Retreat will be announced in Fall 2020.

Mission and Identity Book Club

The Book Club recently completed its exploration of its Fall 2019 selection, Abide in the Heart of Christ: A 10-Day Personal Retreat with St Ignatius of Loyola by Joe Laramie, S.J. A member of SLU's Campus Ministry staff, Father Laramie created this work to provide readers with transformative, practical spiritual wisdom based on Jesuit spirituality in a format that fits into busy lives. 

Information about our Spring 2020 Book Club selection will be provided soon. 

The Office of Mission and Identity will provide a copy of the book to faculty and staff wishing to participate. Participants can form their own group or register as an individual and be connected with others who are interested in forming a group. Discussion groups can meet every other week or whenever individual groups decide. The Book Club kicks off with our opening luncheon and comes to a conclusion with our closing luncheon.

For more information about Book Club participation, please send a message to

Manresa Groups

For Lent 2020 we are offering to faculty and staff small faith sharing groups similar to our Book Club experience. Groups will be formed around a book designed to deepen a participant's experience of Ignatian spirituality by strengthening personal and collective vocations to be men and women for others. Book options are What is Ignatian Spirituality?  by David Fleming, S.J., and Henri Nouwen's Life of the Beloved.

Groups of six to 10 members will meet once a week during Lent from February 24 to April 15 and meetings will take place according to an established format. There will be potential for groups to continue meeting beyond Lent if desired. 

Opening Luncheon, Boileau Hall
Tuesday, February 18, 2020, 12 p.m.

Closing Luncheon, Boileau Hall
Thursday, April 16, 2020, 12 p.m.

For more information, please send a message to

Cura Personalis Series

In the spirit of caring for the needs of the SLU community beyond the workplace, the Office of Mission and Identity and partners provide the Cura Personalis series of talks based on topics relating to our lives of mission off campus. Each talk will be followed by opportunities for conversation and Q&A. To register, please complete this form.

Spring 2020 Schedule

Grief and Loss

Christopher Collins, S.J., and Virginia Herbers, ASCJ, Office of Mission and Identity

  • Wednesday, February 19, 2020, 12 p.m., Jesuit Hall
  • Thursday, February 20, 2020, 3:30 p.m., Crave Coffee
Caring for Aging Parents

Gerrie Meyer, Ph.D., RN, School of Nursing and Peggy McAuliffe, RN, M.S., SLUCare

  • Wednesday March 25, 2020, 12 p.m., Jesuit Hall
  • Thursday March 26, 2020, 3:30 p.m., Crave Coffee
Talking to Children about the Faith

Ronny O'Dwyer, S.J., and TBA
Billiken Teacher Corps

  • Tuesday April 21, 2020, 12 p.m., Jesuit Hall
  • Tuesday April 21, 2020, 3:30 p.m., Crave Coffee

New Employee Orientation Presentation

During the monthly New Employee Orientation provided by SLU Human Resources, a member of the Mission and Identity staff introduces new community members to Ignatian spirituality, the history of the Society of Jesus, and the Jesuit educational mission. This presentation seeks helping new employees understand how their individual role helps carry out SLU's mission while also ensuring a personal formative experience during their service.