Ignatian Identity

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The Society of Jesus, 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.

Rooted in the history and practice of the Jesuits, SLUH’s “Ignatian Identity” is rooted in our core commitment to cultivating Inner Freedom — the gift of being able to discern God’s will in the movements of one’s own heart and mind and to respond to the graces God offers in daily life. Practically speaking, Ignatian spirituality is rooted in a commitment to prayer inspired by the example of Jesus and rooted in ordinary human experience. The Examen and the Spiritual Exercises are two fundamental touchstones of this approach to prayer.

About the Jesuits

The Jesuits are organized by geographical units called "provinces," each governed by a Jesuit priest who holds the title of Provincial. St. Louis University High is an apostolate of the Central and Southern Province of the Jesuits. This province includes all of the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, southern Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, Texas, Tennessee and Oklahoma as well as the Central American country of Belize and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

SLUH is part of a 470-year-old tradition of schools known worldwide for their academic excellence and rich spirituality. It is one of 60 Jesuit high schools across the U.S. These schools, all members of the Jesuit Schools Network, share common goals and characteristics.

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 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

SLUH's Ignatian Mission and Identity Committee and the Assistant Principal for Mission help to maintain the Jesuit charism of the school. Indicative of its spiritual environment, SLUH is a top feeder school for the Jesuits and Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis.


(DEC 24, 1491 – JUL 31, 1556)

Principal founder and first Superior General of the Society of Jesus; compiler of the Spiritual Exercises and a gifted spiritual director

Canonized a saint on March 12, 1622 and is the patron saint of Guipúzcoa and the Society of Jesus

Described by Pope Benedict XVI as being “above all a man of God, who gave the first place of his life to God...a man of profound prayer.”