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Our Ignatian Identity

SLUH is part of a nearly 500-year-old Jesuit tradition of schools known worldwide for their academic excellence and rich spirituality.

As a Jesuit school, we embrace the pedagogy and spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus, also known as the Jesuits. We promote Christ's justice and love for all people and bring the Gospel message to future generations, while functioning as an apostolate of education. The focus of SLUH in all endeavors reflects the Jesuit motto AMDG, or Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam, a Latin term meaning For the Greater Glory of God.


The Graduate at Graduation

SLUH, like other Jesuit schools, uses the profile of the Graduate at Graduation (Grad at Grad) to outline important characteristics students strive to embody upon graduation: open to growthintellectually competent, religious, loving and committed to doing justice.

profile of the grad at grad

Ignatian Spirituality

The Ignatian identity of SLUH is grounded in a 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 of Consciousness and the Spiritual Exercises are two fundamental touchstones of this approach to prayer.

Sponsorship & Collaboration

SLUH, sponsored by the Jesuits USA Central and Southern Province, is one of 60 Jesuit high schools across the country. The schools, all members of the Jesuit Schools Network, share common goals and characteristics.

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(DEC 24, 1491 – JUL 31, 1556)

Founder of the Society of Jesus, the largest religious order in the Catholic Church, in 1540

A Basque nobleman and soldier who found God in all things

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.”