Bicentennial Mass & Celebration



Experience the best of SLUH today, while your imagination rekindles your own special experience on Oakland Avenue. Families are welcome, with a variety of kid-friendly activities provided.

4:00 p.m.: Mass celebrated by V. Rev. Ronald Mercier, S.J., Provincial of the Jesuits’ Central and Southern Province, and concelebrated by alumni priests and Jesuits

5:30: Program with remarks from Rev. Fr. Arturo Sosa, S.J., Superior General of the Society of Jesus; V. Rev. Ronald Mercier, S.J.; Tom Santel '76, SLUH Board Chair; and David Laughlin, SLUH President

6:00: Free food and drinks, short programs and live performances by our many clubs, teams and musicians, and much more

8:15: Balloon 'Gratitude Glow' and Fireworks


What is the schedule, and is there an event map?

Where should I park?

Parking will be available in the shared SLUH-Saint Louis Science Center lot, accessible via Oakland Avenue. We will have dedicated spots for handicapped parking in this lot. Overflow parking will be directed to neighboring lots to our west, including Compton Drew Middle School, Health Works and Forest Park Community College. Shuttle buses will provide convenient service to and from SLUH from 3-10pm. All SLUH event parking and shuttle service is free.

If you wish to park in the shared SLUH-Saint Louis Science Center lot, plan to arrive early as we expect several thousand attendees.

Please note our upper faculty/staff lot off Oakland Avenue is dedicated to reserved parking for this event.

What should I wear?

Because of the festival nature of this event, attendees should feel welcome to dress casually. Business casual and even jeans are acceptable. The temperature will be cool (not cold), so you may consider dressing in layers.

Should I bring my whole family?

Yes! Following Mass, a variety of festival games and activities will be provided for kids and adults of all ages. We are excited to unveil our Tribute to the Women of SLUH, highlighting the important role of females in our proud history (click below to learn more). Current and past SLUH moms and female faculty and staff are encouraged to stop by to get their photo taken for this worthwhile project. The event will be a family affair!

Will food and drinks be provided?

Yes! Free food and drinks will be provided following Mass at four separate areas on our campus (both inside and outside). Attendees must show a valid ID for bar service.

How do I participate on social media?

Throughout the event, we'll be posting to our Facebook (@sluhigh), Twitter (@sluhjrbills), and Instagram (@sluh) feeds. We also have a special Snapchat filter that you can use from 3:00-10:00 p.m. that evening. We encourage you to share event photos and experiences on social media with our Bicentennial hashtag: #SLUH200

I cannot attend. Will the event be live-streamed?

Yes! The SLUH Sports Network will be broadcasting the feed on their YouTube page with the help of our media partners at Switch.

Visit to watch the Mass and program. The video will appear when the stream goes lives.

This is a free event and open to the public with RSVP (below). Please help with our planning and let us know if you may attend.

Are you interested in volunteering at the event? If so, click below.

An event with something for everyone!

Food & Drink

Multiple food and drink stations | Multiple bars with beer and wine (must have valid ID)

Special Guest Appearances

Reconnect with current and former faculty | Jr. Billiken mascot (great photo opp!)

Activities & Presentations

Live Music (Cover band with alumni and student musicians; pianists; pep band; SLUH Band) | Memory Lane (Prep News, SLUH Archive) | Backer Biergarten | Dancing by Chinese Lion Club | Quizlets - SLUH Trivia | Sisyphus Out Loud | Student Fine Art | Circus Club | Improvisation | Robotics | Balloon 'Gratitude Glow' and Fireworks

Kids & festival Games

Kids Corridor and Duck Pond with prizes | Basketball Knock Out | Golf Putt-Putt | Ping Pong | Pool | Riflery | Lacrosse Challenge | Baseball Home Run Derby | Football Field Goal Kick | Soccer Penalty Kick | Timed 40m Dash | Pull-up Contest