About the Office of Mission

Saint Joseph's University students serving their community.The core inspiration for the Saint Joseph’s model of education is the Catholic faith and intellectual tradition expressed through the nearly 500-year-old Jesuit educational network.  Catholic, Jesuit values articulated by our University mission include: an education rooted in the liberal arts; the pursuit of personal and professional excellence; a focused concern for on social justice and the common good; a lifelong commitment to learning; and a commitment to finding God in all things.

The Office of Mission Programs promotes these values by providing support for the teaching, research and service which are central to the work of Saint Joseph’s University. Faculty, staff, students, parents and alumni are invited to engage in a variety of programs which bring to life the vision of Saint Ignatius Loyola and the mission of Saint Joseph’s.

Mission Statement

As Philadelphia's Jesuit Catholic University, Saint Joseph's provides a rigorous, student-centered education rooted in the liberal arts.  We prepare students for personal excellence, professional success, and engaged citizenship.  Striving to be an inclusive and diverse community that educates and cares for the whole person, we encourage and model lifelong commitment to thinking critically, making ethical decisions, pursuing social justice, and finding God in all things.

Upcoming Programs


Spiritual Exercises

Beginning in late September 2022 to April 2023
These sessions are offered for personal reflection and groups will meet weekly with a guide. A five-week session will run from late September to the end of October, while an extended 30-week session will run from late September 2022 through to the end of April 2023.

Fall Afternoon of Reflection at The Barnes

Oct. 13, noon-4:30 p.m.
Staff, administrators and faculty. Take a break from the routine of work and enjoy the beauty of the Barnes Arboretum with some guided meditations and an opportunity to reflect.


Reading Groups

Oct. 1-31
Join reading groups of five to six SJU colleagues led by a peer in reading daily meditations written by Patrick Saint-Jean, PsyD, S.J. Attendees will share insights weekly into the work of being a community that engages the work of establishing racial justice.