Grow: Spiritual Development

Saint Louis University’s Department of Campus Ministry offers many opportunities for you to grow in your understanding and integration of the Christian faith and for you to participate more fully in the life of your faith communities.

Christian Life Communities

Christian Life Communities are small groups of six to 10 students, faculty and staff that meet weekly to seek and understand God's activity in their lives. They are led by a trained facilitator during an initial six-week discernment period. After that point, the group decides whether or not to continue together.

Join a Christian Life Community

Christian Life Communities, also known as CLCs, are a fixture at many Jesuit universities. They provide a way for lay people to integrate Ignatian spirituality into their daily lives. Participants use discernment, imagination and the idea of God in all things to understand how God is active, personal and present in their lives. There are nearly 40 active CLCs at SLU, and the number grows each year.

Applications for Christian Life Communities are accepted on a rolling basis, and groups are placed on the third Tuesday of the fall and spring semesters. For more information contact Jen Petruso at jennifer.petruso@slu.edu.

Spiritual Direction

If you would like to develop a more meaningful spiritual or religious life, you may find a one-on-one relationship with a trained spiritual director beneficial. Spiritual direction creates a space for you to honestly evaluate your life, seek the meaning behind important decisions about the future and to find a pathway to better understand who God is for you … and who you are for God.

This process can be helpful whether you want to further develop an existing prayerful relationship with God, or if you find that you struggle in your faith and need encouragement.

The time spent in spiritual direction is unique to you, but a typical session lasts about 45-60 minutes and takes place about once a month. God works through all things, so there are really no limits to what can be shared. The director listens to you, and together you’ll seek to hear how God is working in your life.

Some directors may charge a small fee, so it's best to discuss this prior to meeting.

Find a Spiritual Director

Please note: Some spiritual directors are trained pastoral or psychological counselors, but problem solving or therapy is not the focus. The focus of a spiritual direction relationship is your experience of God. Therapeutic counseling is available through University Counseling at 314-977-8255.

Other Spiritual Guidance

 

Pastoral Conversations

SLU’s campus ministry staff members are available for individual conversations — these can be serious, light or anything in between.  Appointments can be set up ahead of time by contacting a campus minister, but drop-ins are always welcome.

Campus ministers can assist you with transitions, evolving relationships and other life issues. They also foster prayer and faith development and discernment about your life direction, career or vocation.

Bereavement Ministry

Sharing your grief with peers who have had similar experiences is one way of dealing with the complexity of feelings which arise following the death of a loved one. If you are mourning the loss of a family member or friend, you can meet individually with a campus minister or as part of a group for support. For more assistance with your grief, contact campus minister Jim Roach at 314-977-1525 or jim.roach@slu.edu.  

Marriage Preparation

St. Francis Xavier College Church can assist engaged couples in meeting church requirements for marriage preparation.

 

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

If you are not currently a member of the Catholic faith, the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the process through which you may become a full member of the church. Full membership involves a committed formation process that culminates in the sacraments of initiation: baptism, confirmation and Eucharist.

This process involves a journey of faith and conversion through which you will be introduced to the beliefs, life, liturgy and apostolic work of the Catholic Church.

The Rite of Christian Initiation, or RCIA,  is designed primarily for those seeking baptism. Because baptized Christians from other denominations may seek membership in the Catholic Church, the RCIA process is adapted to their needs as well. RCIA is also open to baptized but "unchurched" Catholics who would like to complete their initiation by receiving confirmation.

Request Information about RCIA

Meetings are held on Sundays from 7-8:30 p.m. Contact Father Nick Smith at 314-977-1535 or nicholas.smith@slu.edu.

Faith and Leadership

You can grow as a leader in your faith community by applying through campus ministry to assist with immersion experiences, CLCs, retreat teams, liturgy planning and more. Formation opportunities focus on community, Ignatian spirituality, social justice and solidarity. Contact any campus minister to explore leadership opportunities.