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Postponed: Weather Forecast Delays Groundbreaking Event for Jesuit Center

March 9 Update: Due to a forecast of inclement weather for Thursday, Saint Louis University has decided to postpone the groundbreaking event. A new date will be announced at a later time. 

Jesuit Center

An artist’s rendering of the new Jesuit Center on SLU’s north campus.

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Members of the Saint Louis University community are invited to join University leadership and members of the Jesuit Central and Southern Province for a virtual groundbreaking ceremony for a new Jesuit Center which will also serve as the on-campus residence for SLU Jesuits.

The event will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 11, and will be live-streamed on the University’s Facebook page.

The Center will be located on the north side of Laclede Ave., just west of Spring Ave., with Fusz Hall to the North and Beracha and Spring Halls to the east.

The Jesuit Center will have 20 bedrooms for SLU Jesuits and five for guests. It will also have a chapel, dining space and meeting rooms. The chapel will be visible from the West Pine Mall. The project is similar to Jesuit residences built recently at Loyola University Chicago and Marquette University.

SLU Jesuits and other members of the Society of Jesus have resided in Jesuit Hall since 1973. In 2020, former Jesuit Provincial Ronald Mercier, S.J., confirmed a plan to create two new communities from Jesuit Hall: One designed for retired Jesuits and those who need medical support, and the second for Jesuits missioned as professors, pastors and staff members at the University.

The project will take 18-20 months to complete. The University has launched a fundraising campaign to help pay for the project. In addition, the proceeds from the pending sale of Jesuit Hall will be applied to the expense of the new residence.