Society of Jesus Affirms SLU's Jesuit and Catholic Identity and Mission Priorities
Saint Louis University’s Jesuit and Catholic identity and mission priorities have been affirmed by the Society of Jesus.
University President Fred P. Pestello, Ph.D., announced the decision in a message to the campus community on Wednesday, Sept. 18.
In a letter of leaders of the Central and Southern Province of Jesuits and to the University earlier this month, Arturo Sosa, S.J., superior general of the Society of Jesus, officially concluded the University’s Mission Priority Examen process.
The Examen is an internal reflection and peer-review process for reaffirming the Jesuit, Catholic mission priorities of U.S. Jesuit colleges and universities: education.
During the 2018-2019 academic, SLU participated in the Mission Priority Examen process. A Mission Priority Examen Steering Committee was formed to facilitate the process and held 30 listening sessions throughout campus with more than 700 participants.
After a visit in February 2019, the Peer Visitor Committee recommended that the Society of Jesus should reaffirm Saint Louis University as a Jesuit and Catholic institution of higher education.
SLU’s Mission Priorities
- Priority 1: Increased commitment to Ignatian identity
- Priority 2: Hiring for Mission
- Priority 3: University Leadership formation for Mission
- Priority 4: Student formation for discernment
In his official statement, Sosa commended the SLU community for its engagement throughout the Examen, and noted that the clarity of SLU’s priorities and, “excellent foundation on which to build.”
“Saint Louis University is well placed to continue its discernment process, prioritizing and effecting the changes you note,” Sosa wrote to University and Jesuit leaders.
The affirmation and SLU’s commitment to its Jesuit and Catholic identity was also praised by Ronald A. Mercier, S.J., provincial of the Central and Southern Province of the Society of Jesus.
“In sum, Saint Louis University has shown through this Mission Priorities Examen how well it functions as a Jesuit and Catholic school. While you have areas in which to grow, you do so from a position of strength,” Mercier wrote.
SLU Mission Priority Examen Steering Committee
- Anne Marie Apollo-Noel
- A.J. Baggio
- Bert Barry, Ph.D.
- Carol Beckel, Ph.D.
- Donna Bess Myers
- Rob Boyle, Ph.D.
- Chris Collins, S.J.
- Patrick Cousins
- Pete Garvin
- Jordan Glassman
- Paloma Gomez de Salazar Cordero
- Paul Lynch, Ph.D.
- Patrick Maloney
- Gina Merys, Ph.D.
- Gerrie Meyer, Ph.D.
- Molly Schaller, Ph.D.
- Jonathan Smith, Ph.D.
- David Suwalsky, S.J.
- Bobby Wassel, Ph.D.
Founded in 1818, Saint Louis University is one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious Catholic institutions. Rooted in Jesuit values and its pioneering history as the first university west of the Mississippi River, SLU offers nearly 13,000 students a rigorous, transformative education of the whole person. At the core of the University’s diverse community of scholars is SLU’s service-focused mission, which challenges and prepares students to make the world a better, more just place.