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Community in Dispersion Resources

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.

Reflections will be offered by: Fr. Chris Collins, S.J., Fr. Sam Conedera, S.J., Sr. Virginia Herbers, ASCJ, Fr. Joe Laramie, S.J., Fr. David Meconi, S.J., and Fr. Ronny O'Dwyer, S.J.

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. 

Examen 

Join us weekdays at noon on SLU Mission and Identity Facebook Page.

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

Sunday Reading Reflections

Find weekly reflections on the Sunday Website at Saint Louis University.

Wednesdays With Waide - SLU Archivist 

Additional Resources

Looking for additional ways to connect to the Jesuit mission during this time? 

Prayer

  • 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 SuscipeThe 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

  • VideoMuch 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

Music

  • 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.

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