Spiritual growth is a vital part of our mission as a Jesuit parish. We embrace lifelong learning and development as integral to our personal and communal relationship with God. In fact, Ignatius of Loyola began as a layperson to guide others with the Spiritual Exercises and teach catechism long before the official founding of the Society of Jesus in 1540 (The First Jesuits; John O’Malley, 1993).


LIGHTWORKS is a 14-week experience of Ignation prayer offered by St. Francis Xavier College Church. For detailed information see the brochure here. If you have questions, contact Joe Milner at milnerjv@slu.edu or 314-977-7305.

Dialogue with the Word

Each Sunday morning, September through May, from 9:40-10:20 AM, people desiring to better understand the Sunday readings gather in the parish center to discuss, pray, and reflect on them. The facilitator offers some insight into the texts and participants explore their application to life. If you would like to experience Scripture in a small group with people who sincerely wish to live its message, consider attending Dialogue With The Word. No advanced notice or preparation is required; just come when you can. For more information, contact Carla Mae Streeter, OP at streeter@slu.edu.

Centering Prayer Group

Centering Prayer is a method of silent prayer which prepares us to receive the gift of God’s presence; it is at the same time a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship. Twice a month, College Church members gather at 9:35 a.m. on Sundays (Davis Shaughnessy Hall Room 171) for a shared experience of Centering Prayer and to support each other in building a regular practice. For more information, contact Shirley Dowdy (shirleydowdy@earthlink.net) or Ann Jeschke (jeschkee@hotmail.com).

Women’s Group

Are you looking for opportunities to meet College Church women, in a warm environment that nurtures your faith and connection to others? The SFX Women's Group meets for discussion and faith sharing in the home of a parishioner in Webster Groves on the third Thursday of each month, 7:00-8:30 PM, September through May. You are welcome to join us anytime to see if this group is a good fit for you. We provide reflection material (poem, song, brief reading) at our gathering each month so no advanced reading or preparation is necessary! For more information, contact Jean Taylor at j1627taylor@sbcglobal.net.

Speaker’s Series

The parish Adult Faith Commission offers a Sunday Speakers Series each fall and spring on a variety of topics. Speaker dates and topics are announced in the bulletin a few weeks before each presentation and are also posted on the parish calendar.

Lenten Reflection Series

In this Year of Faith, our parish is offering weekly Lenten discussion groups that reflect our Jesuit identity. Six sessions in Lent 2013 will focus on personal discernment in daily life, supported by the Ignatian practice of the Examen and our discussions of the book Becoming Who You Are: Insights on the True Self from Thomas Merton and Other Saints by James Martin, SJ. Hosts will pick a day/time convenient to them (daytime, evenings, weekend) and parishioners will select a group suited to their schedule. Help us mark this special Year of Faith; consider hosting or belonging to a group this Lent (email ann_steffen@umsl.edu for more information).

Here at St. Francis Xavier College Church, opportunities for adult faith formation and spiritual growth are many and varied, emerging as they do from collaborations between parishioners, parish staff, members of the Society of Jesus, the St. Louis University faculty, and local Dominicans from Aquinas Institute of Theology.

We value suggestions and welcome participation; if you are interested in learning more about this ministry, please contact Joe Milner, milnerjv@slu.edu or Deacon Jim Griffard, griffardjm@slu.edu.