Category Archives: Special Times of the Year

A Prayer for New Faculty

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God, our Creator, give of all gifts.
We pray today in gratitude for these new faculty who will be joining our community at St. Louis University.
We are grateful for their abilities and their dedication and for the creativity that they will bring to all of us.
We ask you, God, to bless them at this time when they are busy preparing for the new academic year, moving themselves or moving their families, adjusting to new living circumstances, familiarizing themselves with a new and complex institution, preparing classes, and meeting new colleagues. Fill them with a spirit of peace, joy, and hope for the year to come.
May this day be a blessing for them.
May the discussions about our university confirm them in their choice to join us.
May they feel themselves supported by our University, by its policies, its resources, and its people.
May they find in the University mission the description of a common endeavor across all the Colleges–an endeavor to which they might contribute with their many gifts.
May they enjoy the companionship of the new colleagues that they will meet today. May they find their new colleagues admirable for what they have achieved, and may then even dream together of possible future collaborations.
Bless them and bless all of us and bless our work for the glory of God and the service of humanity.
We ask all this of you who are our God forever and ever.

Michael Barber, SJ

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Blessing for our Students

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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Advent Prayer for Hope

Lord Jesus Christ,
who is, who was, and who is to come,
we pray for the virtue of hope,
that amidst the trials and difficulties
of this world,
we may keep our hearts fixed
upon you, who reigns over the cosmos.
May your grace enliven us,
strengthen us,
and defend us,
as we await your coming in glory. Amen

By: David Bennett

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