Chapel Renewal to Reaffirm Mission, Form Church Leaders

Pat and Aja Stokes have pledged to match $2 million in gifts made toward SLUH’s Chapel renewal project. This initiative, a cornerstone of a comprehensive campaign to further SLUH’s mission in its third century, will punctuate the school’s Jesuit, Catholic identity and commitment to forming Men for Others.

“We are deeply humbled and grateful for the Stokes’s extraordinary generosity,” says President Alan Carruthers. “This pledge will double the impact of all gifts made to this important project while renewing the central sacred space of the school so that all students, faculty, staff, parents and alumni will experience SLUH as a place of encounter with God.”

By renovating the main Chapel, while simultaneously creating the David J. and Kelly E. Laughlin Campus Ministry Center, SLUH will make more efficient use of space, create positive environmental impact and reaffirm its commitment to vocations and creating leaders for the Church. SLUH has historically been one of the top feeder schools to Kenrick-Glennon Seminary for the Archdiocese of St. Louis and the Society of Jesus. In addition, thousands of graduates play active roles in their parishes and dioceses as leaders of competence, conscience and compassion. A renewed Chapel will further this faith-filled tradition.

“It is truly time to restore our Chapel to its original dignity, to inspire our community toward greater praise, reverence and service for God,” says Fr. Ian Gibbons, SJ, SLUH Principal. “The Chapel’s new lighting, seating and restored aesthetic will engage the senses and stir the hearts of our young men.”

The Chapel renovation and creation of a new Campus Ministry center are among the top priorities of Go Forth, a transformative campaign that positions SLUH for future generations with a deepened focus on financial accessibility, program excellence and a 21st century campus. The restoration of the chapel and new campus ministry office follow SLUH’s recent acquisition of the Madonna della Strada retreat center near Troy, Missouri.

“The future of SLUH will be built on the strength of our Jesuit, Catholic mission,” says Carruthers. “We are proud to solidify our character and our charism for future generations of Jr. Bills through the Go Forth campaign.”

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