Magis: Alumni Living the Mission


  • March 2013

    Posted by Elizabeth Coz on 3/1/2013 12:49:28 PM

    We are dreaming of spring here at Magis, and we surprisingly find ourselves smack dab in the middle of Lent, with both Easter and Passover coming before the month’s end. At Ash Wednesday mass here on campus, we were encouraged and called by our own Fr. Tom Murphy, S.J. to “make this a new Lent!” He encouraged us to not pull out the same note cards from past Lenten seasons of our lives, but rather to do or make something different this Lent in order to be more attentive to and intentional in our relationship with God. So, Magis invites you to pause and prayerfully consider - How can I make this a new Lent? What do I want to do differently or risk trying this year? How can I be more attentive to where God is and continues to show up in my life?

    Wherever you are on the spectrum of life, Magis has two opportunities this month to help you carve our time and space to reflect and pray around these questions. On Saturday, March 16th we will offer the annual Alumni Day of Prayer. This year’s retreat facilitators Fr. Pat O'Leary, S.J. and Cissy McLane will share wisdom on spirituality and faith in the second half of life. Then for alumni in their 20’s & 30’s, on Wednesday, March 20th, Magis and the Ignatian Spirituality Center will offer a Spirituality on Tap evening with Brendan Busse, S.J., who will reflect on the role of imagination in our being as a means of discovering and answering the call of our lives. Please see details below under “This Month’s Opportunities.”

    Finally, are you committed to the values of your Jesuit education, yet find it challenging to integrate faith, justice and leadership into your profession and everyday life? If so, check out Magis’ special Contemplative Leaders in Action (CLA) two-year program for emerging leaders in their 20’s & 30’s. Magis will launch its second-ever CLA alumni leadership cohort in September 2013 and applications are now available. Please see details below.

    Many blessings on your “new” Lent!

    The Magis Staff

    P.S. Registration for National Alumni Day of Service (Saturday, April 27th from 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.) opens on March 12th! Show your Jesuit pride and join other local Jesuit-educated alumni for this annual event!
     Alumni Living the Mission

    Haley Woods photo
    Haley Woods, Seattle University 2007 & 2009

    What do a full time high school teacher, bike aficionado, Contemplative Leaders in Action participant and brewery founder/owner have in common? A Jesuit education. Seattle University alumna Haley Woods is crunched for time, but finding meaning among her commitments. Click here to read her reflection.

      Magis Opportunity 
    Magis Mixer
    Thursday, March 7, 2013 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    Elysian Brewery, Seattle
    We at Magis invite you to join our staff for a happy hour mixer, where you can connect with Magis staff, learn about our programs, and meet other Magis participants. We will provide some light appetizers for everyone. Happy hour prices apply. For more information contact Magis.

    Sponsored by Magis 

    Alumni Day of Prayer
    Loved into Gratitude: Depth and Wonder in the Second Half of Life
    Facilitated by Pat O'Leary, S.J. and Cissy McLane
    Saturday, March 16, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    Seattle University, Chapel of St. Ignatius
    Magis is pleased to offer this special Ignatian retreat in everyday life. Facilitators Pat O'Leary, S.J. and Cissy McLane will share wisdom on spirituality and faith in the second half of life. The day features opportunities for prayer and reflection, small group sharing, gentle music, and liturgy, all taking place in the beautiful Chapel of Saint Ignatius. If you are entering or experiencing your second half of life, join us and invite a friend. Cost is $20 and includes a light breakfast, coffee service, lunch, retreat materials and parking. This retreat is focused for alumni in their second half of life, all faith and spiritual backgrounds are welcome. To RSVP, or for more information, email Magis
    Sponsored by Magis

    Spirituality on Tap
    Meant to Be? Imagine That: Personal Vocation and the Ignatian Call to Creative Imagination
    With Brendan Busse, S.J.
    Wednesday, March 20, 2013 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
    Seattle University, Casey Commons (500)
    Join us for an evening of reflection and conversation with Brendan Busse, S.J. who will reflect on the role of imagination as a means of discovering and answering the call of our life in creation, relation, and dedication. We will explore the idea of personal vocation in response to a deceptively simple question: How do we accept the great gift of our life, and what can we possibly give in return? Please join us for this wonderful evening retreat in everyday life! This program is geared for alumni and friends in their 20’s and 30’s, all faith and spiritual backgrounds are welcomed. Event is free. To RSVP, or for more information, email Magis.

    Sponsored by Magis and Ignatian Spirituality Center   

    Contemplative Leaders in Action: A Program for Emerging Leaders
    Applications are now available for the 2013-2015 cohort!
    September 2013 – June 2015, monthly sessions

    Are you an emerging leader striving to integrate faith into your personal and professional life? Are you seeking an intentional and meaningful community?  If you are a Jesuit-educated alum in your 20’s or 30’s, and are interested in engaging and forming your leadership and faith within a cohort community, Magis has the perfect opportunity for you! Magis is currently recruiting for its Contemplative Leaders in Action (CLA) program, a two-year cohort experience which integrates leadership and faith development. Cohort members meet monthly and grow in self-awareness, faith, leadership and professional skills, while being part of a supportive community. Applications for the 2013-2015 CLA cohort (which begins September 2013) are currently available and are due on May 17, 2013. For more information about the CLA program, or details regarding the application process, please visit Magis’ CLA website or contact the Director for Magis Brooke Rufo Hill, or CLA Program Manager Katie Steele. We look forward to hearing from you!

    Sponsored by Magis 

    Save the Date  
    National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service
    Saturday, April 27, 2013 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
    Seattle University
    In partnership with Seattle University Alumni Relations, Magis hosts National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service for all alumni of Jesuit universities in the Puget Sound.  Alumni volunteers will serve at organizations within the Seattle University Youth Initiative that tie into this year's theme - food justice.  Registration will be open soon! Please check back on March 12th. To learn more, visit Alumni Relations.

    Sponsored by Magis and Seattle University Alumni Relations

    Ignatian Leadership Summit with Karin Botto
    Wednesday, May 8, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

    Seattle University, Student Center (LeRoux Conference Room 160)
    Magis and its Contemplative Leaders in Action (CLA) Alumni Leadership program is hosting an Ignatian Leadership Summit featuring keynote speaker Karin Botto, Director of Organizational Learning & Leadership at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia. Karin’s presentation will focus on Ignatian Leadership and why the world needs Ignatian leaders. The evening will include Karin’s talk, dinner, and facilitated reflection and conversation. Cost is free, but space is limited. To RSVP or for more information, email Magis.

    Sponsored by Magis’ Contemplative Leaders in Action Alumni Leadership Program
    Magis Young Alumni Retreat
    Friday, May 17, 2013 to Sunday, May 19, 2013
    Camp Burton, Vashon Island

    Are you a young alum in your 20’s or 30’s and looking for a weekend to get away for some restorative time with new friends? The Magis Young Alumni Retreat is a three-day retreat for those seeking time to reflect on their current life circumstances while grounding them in a sense of faith. This Ignatian-style retreat includes facilitation by retreat directors, creative exercises, small-group sharing, and plenty of free time. The retreat is open to persons of all faith backgrounds and walks of life, and will be led by Jack Bentz, S.J., Cathy Beckley, S.N.J.M, and Maria Ochoa. To register, or for more information, email Magis.
    Sponsored by Magis  

     Partner Programs and Events
    Alumni Workshop Series
    Out of the Middle Marketing for Therapists & Coaches: Creating Connections With Your Ideal Clients & Referral Partners
    Tuesdays in March (5, 12, 19, & 26) 2013, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    Seattle University, Engineering Building (307)

    The offices of Alumni Relations and Career Services at Seattle University are excited to bring you this workshop to help aspiring therapists and coaches exceed in the job market. This workshop will provide four talks giving participants information on marketing, how to find a job that allows you to do what you love, leveraging your enterprise, and your expectations as you enter the job market. You will be encouraged to think about what you are good at, how you can utilize those strengths, and what you expect to achieve in your professional life. Registration fee is $50 and includes participant meals and meals. For more information please contact Career Services. Register online on the Redhawk Network.

    Sponsored by Alumni Relations and Career Services

    2013 Search for Meaning Book Festival
    Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 9:00 a.m.
    Seattle University, Pigott Hall

    The fifth annual Search for Meaning Book Festival features over 40 authors surrounding the human search for meaning on issues of spirituality, faith, social justice - a life lived with and for others. The 2013 Festival keynote speakers are Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Michael Chabon, interviewed live on stage by National Book Award winner Sherman Alexie, and internationally renown writer and scholar Reza Aslan. Live artists and musicians expressing their search for meaning and interactive art areas for participants will also be featured. All authors are available for book signings. Elliott Bay Book Company and Seattle University Bookstore will provide books for purchase. Free tickets are required, and are available now. Click here for tickets or more information.

    Sponsored by Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry

    Ignatian Spirituality for Men
    God Meets You Where You Are: An Experience of Ignatian Prayer
    Saturday, March 16, 2013 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
    St. Joseph Parish Center (Arrupe Room), Seattle 

    Men of all ages and faith backgrounds are invited to attend and experience a morning of individual and group prayer and reflection. Participants will hear speaker Jeff McDowell, S.J. who will facilitate an experience of Ignatian prayer. To RSVP or for more information, email Andrea Fontana.
    Sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center 
    Catholic Advocacy Day
    Friday, March 22, 2013
    Olympia, WA

    Catholic Advocacy Day is an opportunity for members from the wider Catholic community to advocate for social justice in Washington State. Participants will have an opportunity to meet with the legislators from their district. Advocacy Priority Issues for the 2013 Legislative Session include: funding for the Basic Health Plan; access to basic health services by low-income people; Aged, Blind or Disabled Assistance Program, Housing & Essential Needs (HENS) and Medical Care Services; and Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) grants and vital services. All participants will receive a short training on the advocacy issues and some tips to help with the legislative meetings. To RSVP and sign-up for a free ride down to Olympia, email to Dialogue for Justice.

    Sponsored by Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center, Washington State Catholic Conference, Catholic Community Services, Archdiocese of Seattle, St. Vincent de Paul

    Nominate a 2013 Krista Colleague: Transforming Domestic & International Service Experiences into Lives of Service Leadership

    The Krista Foundation invites members and friends to nominate young adults for the 2013 Krista Colleague program. This is an opportunity for qualified women and men to receive a $1000 Service and Leadership Development grant as well as the mentoring, support, conferences, retreats, and leadership development that the Krista Foundation offers its members. Think of young leaders that you know who are beginning vocational or volunteer service and the ways in which the Krista foundation may empower these individuals by encouraging their continued leadership, training, and experience. Nominations are due by March 20th so send this on to your friends and family and help get the word out! For more information or questions, please contact the Krista Foundation for Global Citizenship.

    Sponsored by the Krista Foundation for Global Citizenship

    Book Talks with Author Fr. Patrick Kelly, S.J.
    Catholic Perspectives on Sports: From Medieval to Modern Times

    Patrick Kelly, S.J., an associate professor of theology and religious studies at Seattle University, will present his book Catholic Perspectives on Sports: From Medieval to Modern Times  at both the Elliot Bay Bookstore on March 8, 2013 and at Seattle University’s Search for Meaning Book Festival on March 9, 2013. Fr. Kelly’s book gives insight into how Catholics have engaged in play and sports from the medieval to the 20th century and how this involvement has related to theological and spiritual sensibilities. He challenges the idea that Christians did not partake in sports and play, and shows their involvement in the form of recreation in moderation as is exemplified in liturgical artwork, architecture, and in prayer books. Fr. Kelly will be talking about all this and more at both of his speaking engagements. Be on the lookout for his talk titled “Homo Ludens Revisited: Playing Sports and Human Flourishing” at Seattle University’s Search for Meaning Book Festival.

    Archbishop’s Holy Thursday Midnight Pilgrimage for Young Adults
    Thursday, March 28, 2013, at 12:00 a.m.
    St. James Cathedral, Seattle 

    The Archbishop's annual Young Adult Pilgrimage will take place on Holy Thursday, March 28, 2013. Participants will walk through Seattle, visit different churches, grow in fellowship, and have the chance to meditate and pray throughout the evening. Meet the group at St. James Cathedral at midnight after the Mass of the Lord’s Supper and then walk 5 miles to visit St. James Cathedral, Immaculate Conception Church, Holy Names Academy Chapel, St. Joseph’s Church, and St. Ignatius Chapel. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes.  For questions or more information, email Bridget Harris.

    Sponsored by Office for Youth and Young Adult Evangelization

    Engaging Justice Advocacy Training
    Saturday, April 20, 2013 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    Seattle University

    Based on the work of Catholic Relief Services and developed by Just Associates, this is an opportunity for students, faculty, staff, and alumni to develop a shared understanding of social justice advocacy, dynamics of political power, effective messaging, and organizing strategies and tactics. Training is a full day commitment.  Participation is free. To register or for more information, contact Kelly Benkert. Please register only if you are certain you can make it, as space is very limited.

    Sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the Center for Service and Community Engagement

    Alumni Workshop Series
    Tools for Career Transition: Workshop Series for Seattle University Alumni Looking for a Job, a Career Change or Re-Start
    Tuesday, April 23 and 30, 2013 & May 7 and 14, 2013
    from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    Seattle University, Pigott Pavilion For Leadership (50)

    Are you looking to change careers? This kind of change could call for some self-assessment and personal and vocational reflection. Seattle University’s Career Services office is looking to help those embarking on this time of change in attending this four-part workshop that will focus on strategy development, self-assessment, personal narrative, and marketing tools for those looking to change careers. This workshop, put on by Blue Bridge Career Coaching, will be held on four consecutive Tuesday evenings: April 23, and 30 and May 7. Cost to attend is $50 including workshop materials and meals. To register or for more information, contact Career Services.

    Sponsored by Alumni Relations and Career Services