February 18th - Febraury 26th
Join us for our annual Mission Week, February 18th-26th. This is a week full of activities and discussions as we celebrate our University's mission. Click below to learn more about the week's activities!
A compilation of meditations, prayers, and contemplative practices developed by St. Ignatius Loyola to help you deepen your relationship with God. Participants will meet with a spiritual director weekly and can do the 5-week or 30-week version.
As Hawks, we live the mission every day in our classrooms, in our offices, in the community, on the fields, and in the residence halls.
The next annual Mission Week will be from February 20th - 27th, 2022, and it is a great opportunity for us to come together as a community, to hold up our hopes and ideals for all to see and to champion this vision that we have created together. During this week a wide range of activities and discussions to fuel our exploration of our mission will take place. In the schedule for the week, you will find engaging conversation, community-building activities, and opportunities for service and giving back to the community.
Philadelphia Service Immersion Program
PSIP, Philadelphia Service Immersion Program, is a unique opportunity for students to participate in community service, explore historic and cultural destinations in the Philadelphia area, and foster a community amongst your peers rooted in the Jesuit mission of being with and for others.
PSIP is offered in multiple formats, including an early move in experience for first year students, an early move in experience for upperclassmen, and an immersion experience over fall break.
For over 50 years, members of the SJU community of many different faith traditions and those who have no particular tradition at all have participated in doing a version of the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius Loyola, a 500-year-old process of reflection on daily life and considering the movement of God’s spirit.
The Spiritual Exercises are a method of speaking to and listening to God daily; an honest self-evaluation weekly with a person experienced in leading persons through meditation and contemplation. There are a few versions:
- 24 weeks - This is called the 19th Annotated Exercise
- 5 weeks
- Ignatian Exercises - The use of scripture for contemplation and the practice of the daily “examen” for greater integration of prayer and work. This is also called the 18th Annotated Exercises.
Ignatian Spirituality and Leadership Conference
St. Ignatius of Loyola was one of the most effective leaders in human history. His methods and practices allowed him to establish and lead one of the world’s most successful organizations, the Society of Jesus.
SJU is proud to host its fifth annual Spirituality and Leadership Conference. We invite you to learn new tools for enhancing self-awareness and methods for personal discernment and healthy group process. Feel energized, inspired and ready to lead for the greater good!
SJU Community Garden
The Saint Joseph's University Community Garden serves as an intersection for sustainability and social justice by providing an intentional and reflective space for the SJU community to come together and promote the Jesuit ideals of appreciation of things both great and small, community engagement, and commitment to service and the environment. All food, herbs, and spices grown in the organic, raised-bed garden will be donated to one of several community partners. Since breaking ground in our Merion Campus location in April 2019, we have donated over 930lbs of produce to local organizations and SJU’s food panty, HawkHub.
SJU Haiti Partnership
For the last six years, Saint Joseph’s University’s Project Haiti in Philadelphia has been assisting the 17 Jesuit grammar schools and 1 vocational school throughout Haiti. Since the earthquake on January 12, 2010, whose epicenter was just outside of Port-au-Prince, the Haitian Jesuits have started a new school system, called in French Foi et Joie. An official document emanating from a meeting of Jesuits in August 2005, entitled in French Projet de Fondation de Foi et Joie en Haiti and signed by the Provincial Superior of the Jesuits of French Canada, established Foi et Joie in Haiti.