Faith Formation

For the Greater Glory of God

Go Forth reinvigorated the enduring commitment of SLUH to educating Men for Others who live out the Jesuit, Catholic mission around the world. Go Forth has provided nearly $10,000,000 as direct investments in the Jesuit Catholic character of SLUH.

These investments represent a longterm commitment to the mission of the Church by: remaining a leader in vocation promotion to the Society of Jesus and the Archdiocese of St. Louis; and ensuring that all students, faculty, staff, parents and alumni continue to experience SLUH as a place of encounter with God, and formation for mission.


  • Acquiring and renovating the Madonna della Strada Retreat Center to support the school's strong retreat program. Resting on 88 sprawling acres near Troy, Mo., it features gathering spaces, meeting rooms, dormitories, a freestanding chapel, recreation center, a Spirit Walk nature trail and Stations of the Cross. Learn more at
  • Expanding the retreat program in Campus Ministry by creating Sophomore Service and the Junior Retreat Program, now required for all students, while increasing the number of students attending Kairos Retreat.
  • Beginning in 2023, SLUH will renovate the main school chapel and create the St. Peter Faber, SJ Campus Ministry Center, in Honor of Kelly and David Laughlin. These improvements will not only make more efficient use of space, the heart of the school will become a more inviting space of worship and solitude, grounding academic and athletic achievement in spiritual and moral formation.


Did You Know?

In the summer of 2021, SLUH installed a new rooftop on Backer Memorial and opened up the skylights in the main chapel. This allows for the originally intended natural light to fill the chapel for the first time since the 1927 tornado.

Get a bird's eye view of the new rooftop and skylights >



"I feel blessed to have benefited from a SLUH education, from its consistently excellent academics combined with need-blind admission and the diversity it creates, to a strong emphasis on faith formation and developing Men for Others.

"One of my classmates did not grow up in a family of faith and was not a Catholic when he attended SLUH – yet he was so moved by his high school experience that he went on to become a faith leader in his community. SLUH transformed him, and he is eternally grateful for the path it set him on.

"I don’t want anyone who is qualified to miss out on the SLUH experience I had as well as the lifelong brotherhood and opportunities that the school opened up in my life."


Mark and his wife Debbie made a Go Forth leadership gift to help fund the St. Peter Faber, SJ Campus Ministry Center, in Honor of Kelly and David Laughlin. This new space will be complete in 2024.