The Pilgrim's Path at Saint Louis University

  This mission-centered walking tour of SLU's North Campus highlights several sites on the North Campus directly connected to the Jesuit legacy begun by St. Ignatius Loyola, a pilgrim for God.. Visit the locations on SLU's campus that depict our Jesuit hi

The Pilgrim's Path at Saint Louis University

St. Louis, Missouri 63107, United States

Created By: Saint Louis University

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Saint Louis University — located in St. Louis, Missouri, with a campus in Madrid, Spain, is one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious Catholic universities. Founded in 1818, SLU is recognized for world-class academics, life-changing research, compassionate health care, and a strong commitment to faith and service.

Guided by our enduring Jesuit mission, we offer our nearly 13,000 students a highly rigorous and deeply transformative education that helps them develop into bold, confident leaders. Rated among the nation’s top research universities, SLU boasts 15 graduate and undergraduate programs ranked among the top 50 in the country by U.S. News & World Report.

Academically, ethics, spirituality and compassion take center stage, while outside the classroom, members of the SLU community provide more than 1.6 million service hours each year — just one reason we’re among the nation's top colleges for making an impact. In fact, more than 150 of SLU's courses integrate community engagement into academics.

A Jesuit education aims to form the whole person. As a Jesuit, Catholic university, Saint Louis University offers students a distinctive educational experience. Built on a spiritual, intellectual and social tradition almost five centuries old, SLU provides opportunities and an environment that encourages the full flourishing of our students in every aspect of their humanity.

The Division of Mission and Identity works to ensure the mission and core values of Saint Louis University are integrated into operations, structures, programs and practices. Through its programs and in collaboration with the colleges, schools, and departments of the university, the Division of Mission and Identity seeks to promote and encourage a deeper understanding of SLU’s foundation as a work of the Society of Jesus, and a ministry of the Catholic Church.

The academic life of the University reflects this mission as an integral part of its intellectual commitment to research and teaching excellence. The mission formation of students, faculty, staff, administration and board members is also a work of the Division of Mission and Identity.

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St. Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556) was the founder of the Society of Jesus, the Jesuits.  Saint Louis University, a Catholic Jesuit university has its origins reaching all the way back to the life of this Spanish saint.  He is depicted he... Read more
This building is named for the archbishop of St. Louis who desegrated St. Louis Catholic churches, schools and hospitals in 1947.
This statue depicts St. Junipero Serra, the famed California missionary of the 18th century.
The image of the Immaculate Conception has been on campus for more than 40 years. It was displaced when the Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering building was built, 2018-20 and moved to its present location near the ponds on the east e... Read more
This statue depicts the famed namesake of the city as well as the university, Louis IX, King of France from 1226-1270, known for his commitment to justice, faith, family, and service to the poor.
Stained glass windows in the nave of the church depict the lives of Jesuit saints. In the south transept, images depict Jesuit professors and SLU students. The stained glass above the high altar is the Holy Trinity surrounded by a choir ... Read more
On the third floor of SLUMA can be found artifacts of Jesuit and Catholic life in St. Louis including the Fr. Pierre Jean De Smet, S.J., famed 19th century missionary to Native Americans in the Rocky Mountain West. (Open Wednesday – Sunda... Read more
At the north entrance to the Pius Library is a bronze statue of a seated Pope Pius XII. The library is named for Pope Pius honoring his decision to have the Vatican archives microfilmed and held in the Vatican Film Library of Saint Louis Un... Read more
A statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary was installed in this garden of the School of Commerce and Finance (established in 1910) in the 1950s. The School of Commerce and Finance is now the Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business.
The clocktower in the center of the North Campus serves as a gathering space for students.  In October 2014, in the wake of the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, six days of peaceful protest at the clocktower (Occupy SLU) resulted in the... Read more
Notice the bas relief above the entrances to Xavier Hall and the Annex.  One depicts the Blessed Virgin Mary with the words in Latin, “Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you.” Xavier Hall was originally built as the (girl’s) hig... Read more
Currently a student residence hall, the Fusz Memorial was built by the Jesuits of the Missouri Province to be the residence for Jesuit students in philosophy studies at SLU. Across the front wall of the entryway is a bas relief sculpture of... Read more
One of three museums found on SLU's campus, MOCRA brings an interfaith focus to contemporary art. Originally, the chapel of the Fusz Memorial, the St. Louis Jesuits debuted many of their most recognizable hymns at the masses celebrated in t... Read more
This statue of the Immaculate Conception was dedicated in 1957 by the first students to live in Marguerite Hall, named for the wife and queen of St. Louis, King of France.
The Catholic Studies Center houses seminar rooms and offices supporting the CS major and minor as well as the offices of the Dean of the College of Philosophy and Letters. Enter from the west side to visit the Chapel of St. Edmund Campion, ... Read more
Opened in August 2022, the Jesuit Center is the home for the Jesuits who work at SLU.  Our Lady Seat of Wisdom chapel is open to the public weekdays, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  The crucifix holds a 19th century British representation of the ... Read more
An abstract depiction in bronze of the Blessed Virgin Mary dedicated in honor of Miss Mary Bruemmer, SLU’s first Dean of Women and long-lived employee and dedicated university volunteer.
The Center for Global Studies was built as the university gymnasium. On October 12, 1964, the West Pine gym hosted a standing room only audience of 3,900 who came to listen to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speak, October 12, 1964. Two days la... Read more
Built by Samuel Cupples as a private home, the Cupples House features remarkable stone and wood work, period furnishings and many religious-themed paintings brought to SLU in the 1840s by Fr. Peter De Smet, S.J. SLU bought the house in 1947... Read more
The Vatican Film Library is a research collection for medieval and Renaissance manuscript studies that provides access to textual and visual resources of the pre-modern world.  Established in 1953 with funding from the Knights of Columbus,... Read more


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