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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 Office of Mission and Identity and the Catholic Studies program for Mass, a light lunch, and an in-depth discussion of academics and the Jesuit tradition. Each event begins 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 afternoon.  RSVP at  

The 2018-2019 series features the following speakers and talks:

  • September 7: David Suwalsky, S.J. Ph.D., Office of Mission and Identity, "Saint Louis University After Slavery"
  • October 5: Brooks Goedeker, M.S.W., St Louis Redevelopment Corporation, "A Look at St. Louis/Midtown Redevelopment"
  • November 2: Michael Rozier, S.J., Ph.D., College for Public Health and Social Justice, "Sacred and Social: Why US Health Care Could Benefit from Catholic Insights"
  • December 7: Susan McGraugh, J.D., School of Law, "Restorative Practices in Criminal Courts"
  • January 11: Molly Schaller, Ph.D., School of Education, "The College Student Experience: Why the SOPHOMORE Year May Be So Important"
  • February 1: Craig Adams, Ph.D., PE, FASCE, Parks College of Engineering, "Billikens for Clean Water - Belize"
  • March 1: Matthew Broom, M.D., School of Medicine, "Pediatrics: Community Engagement in an Academic Health Center"
  • April 5: Sara L. Coffin, Ph.D., College for Public Health and Social Justice, "Urban Planning - Why Planning Matters: The Role of Citizens in Promoting a Just Community"
  • May 3: Claire Gilbert, Ph.D., College of Arts and Sciences, "Early Jesuit Missions to Islamic and Eastern Christian Lands"

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 

  • Tuesday April 9, 2019: Embarking on Our Third Century: Reflections from Three Pilgrims. Dr Craig Boyd of the School for Professional Studies, Dr John James of the School of Education, and Dr Randall Rosenberg of the College of Arts and Sciences will present in the Ballroom of St Francis Xavier College Church. Lunch begins at 11:30 am and will be followed by talks and discussion.

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

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.


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 for faculty and staff each semester. Please send questions to

  • Tuesday April 16, 2019: Lenten Twilight Retreat - "Images of the Passion: A Lenten Reflection" with Fr. David Suwalsky, S.J., in the Pere Marquette Gallery on the second floor of DuBourg Hall. Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m., retreats lasts until 8 p.m. Parking available on the street or in Laclede Garage.

Mission and Identity Book Club

The Fall 2018 Mission and Identity Book Club selection is On the Ignatian Way: A Pilgrimage in the Footsteps of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, by José Luis Iriberri, S.J.  and Chris Lowney. 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. The Book Club kicks off with our Opening Luncheon and comes to a conclusion with our Closing Luncheon.

  • December 18, Book Club Closing Luncheon, 11:30 am in the Pere Marquette Gallery of DuBourg Hall

For the spring 2019 semester, the Office of Mission and Identity will offers its first-ever Pop-up Book Club. Details coming soon.

New Employee Orientation Presentation

During the monthly New Employee Orientation provided by SLU Human Resources, a member of the Mission and Identity staff introduces new community members to Ignatian spirituality, the history of the Society of Jesus, and the Jesuit educational mission. This presentation seeks helping new employees understand how their individual role helps carry out SLU's mission while also ensuring a formative experience during their service.