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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.

SLU Bicentennial Mission and Identity Lecture Series 

As part of SLU's bicentennial celebration, the Office of Mission and Identity join the Jesuit Influence in American Spirituality, Education and Society to host four Monday evening presentations in 2018.  Each event will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at St. Francis Xavier College Church.

  • Feb. 26: Discerning Our Role in Creating a Society of Justice and Love with Mark Thibodeaux, S.J.
  • April 16: Lessons from Pope Francis on American Politics and the Civic Life with Matt Malone, S.J.
  • Sept. 23: Reimagining HealthCare: Ignatian Insights for Achieving the Greater Good with Michael Rozier, S.J. 
  • Nov. 5: Jesuit Education: Do We Need a New Paradigm? with Michael Garanzini, S.J. 

First Friday Mass and Speaker Series

Join the Division of Mission and Identity and the Catholic Studies program for Mass, a light lunch and an in-depth discussion of Catholicism and faith. The event is held at noon on the first Friday of every month at Boileau Hall.

Attendees are invited to bring a friend to this spiritually and intellectually stimulating morning.  RSVP at  

  • March 9: Maureen Wangard, Ph.D., will present "Fr. Paul Reinert: SLU's Visionary for Catholic Higher Education."
  • April 6: Greg Beabout, Ph.D., professor of philosophy, will present "A 21st Century Core Curriculum?"
  • May 11: Chad Flanders, Ph.D., professor and administrator at the School of Law, will present "And Who is My Neighbor?"

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.  RSVP at 

The spring 2018 Ignatian Lunch will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 22, at Saint Francis Xavier College Church. The theme for this semester's lunch is "The Ignatian Charism of Dialogue."

In our current culture of "fake news" and winless debate, what ever happened to the art of dialogue? Ignatius Loyola advised his followers 470 years ago about the skill and power of dialogue, counseling them to be slow of speech, considerate and kind, pay attention to the whole person and five conversation the time it needs. How do we in  Jesuit higher education create a culture of dialogue, employing this Ignatian understanding? How have we experienced the need for and our use of this Ignatian gift?

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

Christian Life Community

Praying with the tools of Ignatian Spirituality, Christian Life Communities are small groups that meet weekly to seek and understand God's activity in their lives. For more information, contact

Helping Our Own

Funded by SLU employees for SLU employees, Helping Our Own provides a one-time monetary gift to any permanent employee experiencing a financial crisis. Helping Our Own exemplifies the University mission in action — as we continue to build a community concerned for one another and committed to serving those in need.

Learn more about Helping Our Own


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 each semester for faculty and staff.

Mission and Identity Book Club

The 2017-18 Mission and Identity Book Club selection is What’s Your Decision? How to Make Choices with Confidence and Clarity, by J. Michael Sparough, S.J., Tim Hipskind, S.J., and Jim Manney. The club is open to all interested faculty and staff.

The Office of Mission and Identity will provide a copy of the book to anyone wishing 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 can meet every other week or whenever the group decides.