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SLU Catholic Studies Centre serves as nexus for faith, academics

Father David Suwalsky, SJ, gave the homily Feb. 2 at First Friday Mass at The Catholic Studies Centre at St. Louis University. The centre recently dedicated the chapel, where the First Friday Masses are celebrated.

Austin Smith and Byron Abrigg have a passion for economics and entrepreneurship. The friends, who majored in those subjects at St. Louis University, spent time at the Catholic Studies Centre exploring the link between entrepreneurship and Catholic social teaching.

Now SLU alums and out in the workforce, the two carved time out of a recent afternoon to attend a First Friday Mass in the new chapel at SLU's Boileau Hall. Afterward, they stayed for a talk by Bonnie Wilson, an economics professor who focused on the intersection of economics and theology.

Catholic Studies Centre at SLU draws together faith, reason

Father David Meconi (left), SJ, and St. Louis University students Meghan Campbell, Adam O'Neill and Caleb Wiseman had an evening meal together Monday during a meeting of the Campion Society at the new Catholic Studies Center on the SLU campus.

The new Catholic Studies Centre at St. Louis University is the Jesuit institution's latest step in fulfilling a mission of seeking God in all things.

The center opened this summer in the former Marion Rumsey-Cartier Hall, which for years served as the residence of SLU's president. The three-story building now houses several academic offices: the Catholic Studies Program, introduced in 2014 as a minor; the College of Philosophy and Letters, the Jesuit scholastics' program; and the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

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