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St. Francis Xavier (College) Church, St. Louis, MO 63108

Mission Statement

We are a Eucharist-centered, spirit-filled people who choose to form parish community and to experience spiritual growth through life-giving liturgies in a worship space of beauty and reverence. Out of a long history of spiritual leadership from the Society of Jesus, we are challenged with the Gospel values of love, compassion, and social justice. As a worshipping community, we extend hospitality and fellowship. We enrich our faith through prayer, diversity of membership, attention to family life and social ministry. We empower the laity in bringing forth the Kingdom of God and foster interfaith partnerships. We seek to deepen and grow in our commitment to being a Jesuit Parish at Saint Louis University in the center of the City of Saint Louis.

Background Information on St. Francis Xavier Church

St. Francis Xavier “College” Church was founded by the Jesuits in 1836. Originally, the congregation met in the College Student Chapel of St. Louis University and, therefore, became familiarly known as the “College Church”, a name by which it is known to this day. In 1897, the neighborhood around the church boasted some of the grandest homes in the City of St. Louis. One-hundred years later the face of the neighborhood is quite different with homeless people, low-income residents and people in transitional housing dominating the area.

Today Social Ministry and the outreach efforts play a significant role in the St. Louis area. In 2008 over 3,900 individuals were helped through this program. An integral part of our mission at St. Francis Xavier Church is outreach assistance for poor, transient and homeless people living in our city area who are most in need. Our visitors come to us from the streets, from neighboring shelters, and from many agencies that now refer them to us for our special outreach services. We are known city-wide for the financial and technical assistance we provide to poor and low-income people in obtaining some form of identification – a state photo ID and a requisite birth certificate. This is a unique and basic service that very few state institutions, agencies or religious organizations are providing for this population at this time.

St. Francis Xavier “College” Church
3628 Lindell Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63108-3302
314-977-7300 (church parish center)
Contact: Joe Linhares

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St. Gerard Majella

Career Development Series
The Benefits of Using a Recruiting Firm in Your Job Search
When: February 20, 7:15-8:30pm
Where: St Gerard Majella
Catholic Church Building 2005,
Parish Meeting Room 224
1971 Dougherty Ferry Rd
St.Louis, MO 63122
Please join us at our next Career Development Workshop, where Craig Lavelle will discuss the benefits of using a recruiting firm in your job search.  He will also provide key insights into:
  1. Job interview preparation
  2. How to avoid 7 interview mistakes
  3. Likeability factors and interest level in a job search
  4. Sample behavioral questions.
Craig is Vice President, Permanent Placement Services at Robert Half Finance & Accounting, a division of Robert Half International (RHI), the world's largest specialized staffing firm.  The specialized staffing divisions of RHI place professionals in accounting and finance; technology; office administration; law; and the creative, marketing and design fields. Craig has been with Robert Half for 15 years.  He is an experienced recruiter and business consultant whose primary focus is helping both candidates and clients achieve their respective career goals and organizational recruiting needs.  Prior to joining RHI, Craig received his Bachelor’s Degree from Saint Louis University and spent 20 years in various accounting roles, including the President and CEO of Gimbel Vision in Calgary Alberta Canada. We hope you will join us so we can continue to help and support each other!  If you have questions, please contact us at  There is never any cost for our service.

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