The Society of Jesus, commonly known as the Jesuits, is one of the largest religious orders in the Catholic Church. It was founded in 1540 by St. Ignatius of Loyola, a Basque nobleman and soldier who found God in all things. Since then, the Jesuits have responded to human needs in a variety of ministries throughout the world.
In order to effectively administer their world-wide operation, the Jesuits have created geographical units called "provinces," each governed by a Jesuit priest who holds the title of Provincial. St. Louis U. High is an apostolate of the Missouri Province of the Jesuits. The Missouri Province includes all of the states of Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Colorado along with part of Illinois; it also includes the country of Belize in Central America. Learn more about the Jesuits at the Missouri Province Web site.
St. Louis University High School is owned and operated by the Jesuits. As a Jesuit institution, SLUH is part of a 450-year-old tradition of schools that are known worldwide for their academic excellence and rich spirituality. It is one of 59 Jesuit high schools across the United States. These schools, which are all members of the Jesuit Secondary Education Association (JSEA - www.jsea.org), share common goals and characteristics.
The identity of SLUH, as an apostolate of the Society of Jesus, reflects one of St. Ignatius' visions. In this vision Ignatius was placed by God the Father with Jesus the Son as a companion, and afterward he was inspired to work with Christ in the task of helping souls. Similarly, the Father partners SLUH with Jesus Christ in this same work.
SLUH's focus in all of its endeavors reflects the Jesuit motto A.M.D.G., or "Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam," a Latin term meaning "For the greater glory of God."
Preserving Our Charism
SLUH instills Ignatian ideals in its students, as well as others, through a variety of opportunities (see Campus Ministry). Some examples include:
- Daily mass
- All-school and class liturgies
- Theology class five days per week
- Active retreat and community service programs
- Daily reflective silence dedicated to the Examen of Consciousness
As part of SLUH's support structure, the Ignatian Mission and Identity Committee and the Assistant Principal - Mission help to maintain the Jesuit charism of the school. Indicative of the level of its spiritual environment, SLUH is the top feeder school for Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis.
Grad at Grad
The profile of the SLUH "Graduate at Graduation" outlines a series of characteristics that a graduate of the school should embody at graduation. These attributes are organized into five categories: Open to Growth, Intellectually Competent, Religious, Loving and Committed to Doing Justice. In fact, all 59 schools within the Jesuit Secondary Education Association (JSEA) share these common characteristics of the "Grad at Grad."
Click HERE to download the "Grad at Grad" profile.
Did You Know?
After students cheered Cardinal Pacelli (later Pius XII) during a visit to SLUH in 1936, he gave them a free day!