Blessing for our Students

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God our Father, the fountain of all wisdom and learning.  We ask you to enlighten the minds of our students that they may acquire the knowledge we seek to impart to them. 

Strengthen their memories that they may retain what they will learn.  Govern their hearts that they may be eager and diligent in their studies and open to your voice. 

Guide them in their decisions and choices.  Keep them safe and protect them during their time at SLU. 

And let your Spirit of truth, judgment, and prudence guide their understanding so that they will perceive how they may fulfill your holy plan for our world.

Kathleen Brady

Vice President, Facilities Management and Civic Affairs

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Fall Prayer

Gracious God,

As the season changes, we are reminded that you are an unchanging God, but it is your desire to continue to change us–to mold and shape us, to teach us to have faith like a child. Lord, be our teacher!

Teach us to praise. Father, we praise you for awe, wonder, and excitement as new programs and plans are introduced at Saint Louis University this fall.

Teach us to confess. At this time of year, we are inundated with busyness. Forgive us, Father, when our busyness overshadows you.

Teach us to be thankful. We are thankful that in teaching us, you change us. Teach us, Father, to trust in you for guidance and direction.

Father, help us realize the magnitude of your grace and then to teach others what it means to live with that grace. As we seek to further your kingdom, fill us with the same exuberance, wonder, and awe that we see in children at the beginning of a new school year.


Kathleen Brady       

Vice President Facilities, Management and Civic Afairs

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The End of the School Year

O God of all beginnings and endings,
we praise and thank you for the gift of this school year.
It has been a time filled with grace and blessings,
with challenges and opportunities, joys and sorrows.

The days have passed quickly, O Lord.
The weeks, the months, the seasons, and holidays,
the exams, vacations, and breaks
have all come from your hand.

We pray that our efforts this past year,
will bear fruit according to Your will,
and we ask for your continued blessings on
Saint Louis University.


Kathleen Brady
VP Facilities Management and Civic Affairs

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Lord, help us make the world better,
Help us do it today.
Let’s all work together to find the best way.

To give social justice its rightful high place,
And to strive to support each person and race.

To teach one another the things we should know,
And to search for your guidance in the ways we should go.

To all work in harmony, one for another,
Whether Christian or Muslim, Judaic or other.

To make this world righteous, a place we can stay.
To live for each other in your chosen way.

We pray this can happen.  We pray for today.

Philip O. Alderson, M.D.

Dean School of Medicine

VP Health Sciences

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Prayer for Executive Staff Meeting

Good and gracious God, shine your light on the most gifted areas of our lives.

Give us understanding of how to utilize our gifts effectively so we may fulfill our calling and our destinies.

With joy and satisfaction, allow us to be helpers of humanity, exuding kindness, love and humility to lift up and improve the lives of others, for the betterment of all your people.

Lord, we ask you to release in each of us your creative spirit.

We ask for open minds and open hearts, that we might be clever and inventive in identifying solutions to complex problems in our world.

We ask for your wisdom and for the perseverance necessary to develop significant, life changing ideas.

Release all the creativity you have placed within us, enabling us to draw others near as we endeavor to live together, at this time, on this Earth, in solidarity.

We give thanks for the many blessings we receive from you, and especially for the gift of companionship, that we do not have to make our journeys alone.

We offer this prayer in your name.


Kent Porterfield

VP of Student Development

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