Administered by the Center for Liturgy at Saint
Each year the Center for Liturgy places eight students in parishes
to assist with the liturgy and learn from liturgical leaders.
The placement carefully matches the student intern with the
needs and spirit of one of the parishes in the St. Louis area.
During the year, members of the Center staff provide regular
mentoring and feedback sessions, resources for understanding
liturgy and liturgical seasons, a weekend retreat focusing particularly
on the internal, spiritual grace of liturgy, and an important
three-day liturgy workshop.
(1) Fulfillment of Saint Louis University Goals:
As a Jesuit
institution, Saint Louis University works to create “men
and women for others.” These are persons who listen to
the voice of God within their hearts and translate it into
a life for others. Through the VOICES program, the Center for
has partnered with SLU to emphasize the crucial importance
of liturgical life to this mission.
The Christian, Catholic Church possesses a deep story about
all reality and God’s initiating part in it. By continuing
to tell the life, death and resurrection of Christ in word
and in sacrament, the members maintain and rediscover their
identity both communally and personally.
Behind every person’s activities in daily life there
exists a deep story. This is an understanding of life that
in the culture shares but cannot put into words, that tells
us what the culture is about and who each of us is. So too
liturgy. Students continue to find their identity under God
in the profound presence they find in the Eucharist.
It is within such a broad identity that the individual finds,
develops and renews his or her own personal identity and calling.
Qualifications for Applicants:
• Desire to gain experience in Catholic
parish liturgy and/or music
• Ability to effectively communicate with various groups within a parish
• Ability to effectively handle the details of an independent project and
also experience a broad sense of parish life and ministry
• Sophomore, junior, or senior class standing at the start of the internship
• No previous education, training, or experience in parish ministry is
Liturgical Internship Program has been highly successful since its inception.
Students have found not only fulfillment in the work they do, but also in
the companionship with each other.