Upon graduation from Seattle University you take with you your degree, your Jesuit values, life-long friends, and your very own alumni chaplain. Fr. David Anderson, S.J., is a graduate of Gonzaga University and has acted as the Seattle University alumni chaplain for the past seven years.
As the alumni chaplain, Fr. Dave celebrates weddings, baptisms, first communions, as well as attending to other spiritual needs that arise in the daily lives of our alumni. On any given day, you might find him visiting the sick, providing prayers and comfort, and presiding over the funerals of those community members who pass away. “What I value most about my job is being there in a time of crisis, and providing support and prayers to those in need. Simply being in the room with someone can bring tremendous comfort.”
Father Dave’s presence at Seattle University extends across campus and beyond. He presides over the annual alumni Advent mass, performs invocations at alumni events, and participates in the Lenten Reconciliation services on campus. Fr. Dave has the opportunity to connect with current students, in his role as resident minister in Campion Hall.
Those who regularly attend Men’s basketball games will know that he also serves as the chaplain to the men’s basketball team. In this role, he provides support and reflection for these young men who are under immense pressure. “I also go on the road with the team. This really adds something when people can see our Jesuit Catholic influence because there is a Jesuit sitting on the bench.”What you may not know about Father Dave is that he is also the Crystal Mountain chaplain, where he celebrates mass for Catholics on the mountain. What’s his favorite part about being the Chaplain there? Presiding over the 6 a.m. sunrise Easter mass and seeing the sunrise over the snowcapped mountains. If you have spiritual needs and would like to get in contact with Fr. Dave, email him or contact Margaret Moore.