As the Saint Louis University community temporarily transitions to remote learning, we encourage all to take a moment each day to "plug in" to our common mission and identity by sharing in a communal prayer, reflection, or thought.
The Office of Mission and Identity encourages all to be deliberate about building unity through community by countering fear with faith and by choosing our common mission over isolation.
Pentecost Novena: May 22-30
Join the SLU communitas ad disersionem to pray together as we prepare to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost during this historical and grace-laden pandemic. Each evening at 7 p.m. from May 22-30 a brief reflection will be offered, followed by an opportunity of each member of the community to pray for one another and offer intentions. Join us live on the SLU Mission Facebook page.
- May 22: Befuddled at the Resurrection, Sr. Virginia Herbers, ASCJ
- May 23: Speaking New Languages, Chris Collins, S.J.
- May 24: Huddled in Fear, Sam Conedera, S.J.
- May 25: Cautiously Hopeful, Ronny O'Dwyer, S.J.
- May 26: Doubts Abated, Joe Laramie, S.J.
- May 27: Hungers Filled, Stan and Judi Buncher
- May 28: Peace Received, David Meconi, S.J.
- May 29: Promises Kept, Sr. Virginia Herbers, ASCJ
- May 30: Commissioning, Chris Collins, S.J.
Reflections will be offered by: Fr. Chris Collins, SJ, Fr. Sam Conedera, SJ, Sr. Virginia Herbers, ASCJ, Fr. Joe Laramie, SJ, Fr. David Meconi, SJ, and Fr. Ronny O'Dwyer, SJ
Weekly Facebook Events
The Office of Mission and Identity will have daily posts on Facebook sharing prayers, reflections, livestreams and more. Weekly events include:
- Examen every weekday at 12 p.m.
- Vespers every weekday at 5 p.m.
- Mass every weekday at 5:15 p.m.
- Mass on Saturdays and Sundays at 10 a.m.
- Rosary on Wednesdays at 3 p.m.
- Stations of the Cross on Fridays of Lent at 3 p.m.
Join us weekdays at noon on SLU Mission and Identity Facebook Page.
- April 16: Examen with Joseph Laramie, S.J.
- April 17: Examen with Chris Collins, S.J
- April 20: Examen with Judi Buncher
- April 21: Examen with Sr. Virginia Herbers
- April 22: Examen with Molly Schaller, Ph.D.
- April 23: Examen with Joseph Laramie, S.J.
- April 24: Examen with Sr. Virginia Herbers, ASCJ
- April 27: Examen with Stan and Judi Buncher
- April 28: Examen with Sr. Virginia Herbers, ASCJ
- Ignation Solidarity Network Examen: This examen can help us all through this new and uncharted territory with a grounding in our Ignatian identity. Perhaps taking a moment in the midst of our topsy-turvy days to dedicate to honest reflection is one way to remain hopeful, centered and connected.
Mass from the Manresa Retreat Center
Celebrate Mass with the SLU Jesuits live on the the SLU Mission and Identity Facebook Page Monday through Friday at 5:15 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m.
Facebook Live Prayer Events
- March 19: Rosary with the Apostles of the Sacred Heart Community
- March 20: Stations of the Cross with the Jesuits at Manresa Retreat House
- March 25: Rosary with Sr. Virginia Herbers, ASCJ
- April 1: Rosary with the Apostles of the Sacred Heart Community
- April 3: Stations of the Cross from White House
Sunday Reading Reflections
Find weekly reflections on the Sunday Website at Saint Louis University.
- March 15: Eleonore Stump
- March 22: Ron Rolheiser
- March 29: John Foley, S.J.
- April 5: Larry Gillick, S.J.
- April 12: John Foley, S.J.
- April 19: Eleonore Stump
- April 26: John Kavanaugh, S.J.
Wednesdays With Waide - SLU Archivist
Looking for additional ways to connect to the Jesuit mission during this time?
- Prayer for Coronavirus
- Prayer for Generosity: When our day is coming to a close reflect on the acts of generosity witnessed today while also considering how we can be generous to others.
- Amina Cristi: As we draw nearer to Palm/Passion Sunday, still experiencing the reality of a community dispersed and exiles from attending Mass in person, this hauntingly beautiful prayer might provide a harmonic expression for our hopes, our concerns, and our longings. "Passion of Christ strengthen me, O Good Jesus, hear me..."
- Prayer of Pedro Arrupe: There is nothing more practical than finding God, than falling in Love in a quite absolute, final way.
- The Suscipe: The Suscipe, St. Ignatius' famous prayer, provides a means of petitioning God for our needs as well as placing our trust in God's providence. Let us pray together as OneSLU this act of holy abandonment into God's hands.
- Video: Much on campus is in flux, but many are still responding to the need for help in a multitude of ways. Pray together for one another as a community dispersed but still unified in mission and especially for those in our community most seriously affected.
- Video: Staff in the Office of Mission and Identity explore the “remote possibilities” for building community around mission.
- Video: Prayer in these days does not need to be sophisticated or formal. Watch as Judi Buncher offers a prayer from the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities.
- Video: Hear from David Suwalsky, S.J., and David Miros, Jesuit Archivist, as they discuss a legacy of responding to epidemic with faith and action in the cholera epidemic of 1849.
- "Life is Not a Dominant Seventh Chord": Reflection by Christopher Clowdus- Rivera
- Message of Strength and Hope: Chris Collins, S.J. from the "cave" at White House Retreat Center.
Mission Matters Podcast
- Mission Matters Podcast: Billiken Teacher Corp: With SLU classes moving online, so are many other facets of SLU's learning community, including the classrooms of the Billiken Teacher Corps. Watch as Fr. Ronny Dwyer, Beth Moeller, and Kristen Abbarno gives us a peek into the BTC community now and in its greater context within Catholic education in St. Louis.
- Mission Matters Podcast: Student Experiences
- Mission Matters Podcast: Transformative Justice Initiative
- Mission Matters Podcast: Casa Belize
- Mission Matters Podcast: Midtown Redevelopment
- Mission Matters Podcast: Melissa Apprill and Campus Kitchen
- Good To Me (Audrey Assad): "I put all my hope on the Truth of your Promise..." Take a moment to refresh your spirit and your hope by listening to this piece of prayerful music.
- These Alone are Enough (Dan Schutte): "Give me nothing more than your love and grace. These alone, O God, are enough for me." Take a few minutes to listen to this beautiful prayer, "These Alone Are Enough," a musical rendition of Ignatius' Suscipe prayer, composed by Dan Schutte.
- Blessings (Larua Story): "What if trials in this world are Your mercies in disguise?" Take a moment to pray with this beautiful prayer by Larua Story.
- Redeemer Lord: Marc Conderre, composed by John Foely, S.J.
Talks, Lectures, Articles and More
- Robert O'Toole, S.J., Ignatian Spirituality Lecture: Part 1, Part 2 , Part 3
- Fr. Chris Collins, S.J. : Ignatian Spirituality Lecture Series, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
- America Magazine Article: SLU's Michael Rozier, S.J., of the College for Public Health and Social Justice, offers insight into how we can maintain our humanity during our days of social distance and quarantine.
- Standing at the Foot of the Cross: Sr. Virginia Herbers, ASCJ, talk at the White House Retreat Center
- Digital Ignatian Discernment Retreat: As the days and weeks continue with this global crisis, the longing for making meaning out of the fear and uncertainty becomes all the stronger. The Jesuits have created an Ignatian Digital Retreat that provides a profound experience of praying through these realities. Darkness conquered by light; fear by faith. Participate in this Four-Part Series
- Jesuit Resources from Xavier University
- The Jesuit Post: Signs of Easter: Seeking Good News Around Us