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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

The fall 2020 series is postponed until a time when large gatherings are permitted.

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.

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.

Recent Speakers and Topics 
  • Craig Adams, Ph.D., Parks College of Engineering, Billikens for Clean Water - Belize
  • Matthew Baugh, S.J., Saint Francis Xavier College Church, Surprising Insights on Governance from Pope Francis
  • Matthew Broom, M.D., School of Medicine, Pediatrics: Community Engagement in an Academic Health Center
  • David Brown, S.J., Vatican Observatory, The Catholic Church and the Vatican: A Long Tradition of Astronomy 
  • Craig Boyd, Ph.D., School for Professional Studies, Reading the Lord of the Rings through an Ignatian Lens
  • 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
  • Christopher Duncan, Ph.D., College of Arts and Sciences, Individualism, Personalism, the Common Good, and America
  • Claire Gilbert, Ph.D., College of Arts and Sciences, Early Jesuit Missions to Islamic and Eastern Christian Lands
  •   Rachel Lindsey, Ph.D., College of Arts and Sciences, Lived Religion
  •  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
  • Mark Ruff, Ph.D., College of Arts and Sciences, Religious Option as an "Option": Reflections on Charles Taylor's A Secular Age
  • Molly Schaller, Ph.D., School of Education, The College Student Experience: Why the SOPHOMORE Year May Be So Important
  • Molly Schaller, Ph.D., School of Education, College Student Life: The Role of Meaning and Purpose

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  


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

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 2021 Lenten Twilight Retreat will be announced in the new year.

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 Office of Mission and Identity will be offering a Mission Book Club for the fall 2020 semester.  The book, A Purposeful Path, by Casey Beaumier, S.J., is the story of the pilgrimage that was part of Fr. Beaumier's Jesuit formation.  Fr. Beaumier shares his story of having a dream in his heart, the courage to request a different sort of pilgrimage, and the way forward through uncertainty, challenges and grace. 

"Fr. Beaumier's pilgrimage is unique because its end is a person, Maya Angelou, not simply a holy place, but a holy voice. Tag along as Beaumier finds himself cold, hungry, and tired along the Appalachian Trail, reliant only on the kindness of strangers and his faith to make it through in one piece.  See through his eyes as he navigates the streets and culture of New York City, and beyond.  Laugh, cry, and cringe with Beaumier as he nervously makes his way through the once-in-a-lifetime holiday dinner with a literary legend. Through it all, Beaumier discovers that the best way through life's hard battles is to trust God and keep on moving."  

The Office of Mission and Identity will provide a copy of the book and a reflection guide to students, staff and faculty who wish 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 will be arranged for those who wish to meet and discus the book.  A book and guide will be sent after registration is received. 

Fr. Casey Beaumier will join the club via zoom at noon on October 22, for a talk and discussion. A link will be sent to registered participants. 

Register for the Fall 2020 Mission Book Club  

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

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.