Magis: Alumni Living the Mission


  • June 2013

    Posted by Elizabeth Coz on 6/3/2013 09:36:02 AM

    Above all, trust in the slow work of God. We are all, quite naturally, impatient in everything to reach the end without delay. We should like to skip the intermediate stages. We are impatient of being on the way to something unknown, something new, and yet it is the law of all progress that is made by passing through some stages of instability - and that it may take a very long time.
    -"Patient Trust," Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, S.J.

    Transition is inevitable, and yet, we sometimes forget it is a regular part of life. We at Magis are excited for the many transitions happening for alumni of all ages: starting new jobs, embracing retirement, preparing for graduate school or travel, welcoming children home for summer break…transitions, both big and small, are all around us. They also open us up to possibilities of what paleontologist and Jesuit Pierre Teilhard de Chardin would describe as the “not yet” in our lives.
    Among these transitions is a reminder that these moments of change usher a new way of being (sometimes whether we feel ready or not!) The energy of transition can be wrought with excitement, anxiety, confusion, gratitude, a need to rest, or a sense of preparation. Moving through the threshold of one way of life into another takes active participation, mindfulness, and a large dose of patience and trust. What thresholds are you moving through right now? Perhaps take a moment to recognize what is actively calling you to a new space in your life.
    In this spirit, Magis would like to bless your transitions, and to also thank you for being active and engaging participants in the process of “living the mission.” Among the alumni we have featured, there have been numerous stories of how they are choosing to embrace the larger transition from student to alumni, seeking the magis as they forge a path in their careers and other pursuits, and embracing opportunities to lead and serve. As Seattle University and our sister universities graduate and send forth men and women for and with others, let us also send blessings to all graduates for courage, resilience, and joy for the countless ways they will ignite the world with the mission of Jesuit education.
    Summer Greetings,

    Brooke, Maria and Liz 

      Alumni Living the Mission

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    David and Stan Lance 

    Father and Son, Stan and David Lance, share more than an affinity for blue blazers, they also embrace cura personalis and prioritize lives of faith, justice and lifelong learning. Click here to read their reflections.
    Magis Opportunity
    Magis Mixer
    Thursday, June 6, 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 
    Partner Programs and Events  
    Q-BBQ: An LGBQT BBQ for Students, Staff, Faculty and Alumni
    Friday, June 7, 2013 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
    Seattle University, International Student Center (Pigott Pavilion for Leadership, 160)
    The Office of Multicultural Affairs is hosting an LGBTQ Barbeque for students, staff, faculty, administrators, and alumni. Come join them this coming Friday for great food and the inaugural Lavender Alumni Awards that will be presented at the barbeque as well. For more information, or to RSVP, email OMA.

    Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs

    Centering Prayer: Half-Day Retreat
    Saturday June 8, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    St. Joseph’s Church, Seattle
    Praying together as a group is a wonderful way to do centering or contemplative prayer. Join St. Joseph’s Centering Prayer Group for a morning retreat with three prayer sessions and brief readings as well as walking meditations. All levels are welcome. A hosted lunch is offered as well as a facilitated discussion about Fr. Thomas Keating, Trappist monk and centering prayer leader. For more information, or to RSVP, email Jerry Haessly or Tracy Bier.

    Sponsored by St. Joseph’s Church  

    Yesler Terrace Annual Juneteenth Event: Volunteers Needed!
    Friday, June 14, 2013 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
    Yesler Terrace Community Center, Seattle

    In anticipation of Juneteenth, celebrating African American freedom, Yesler Terrace Community Center is looking for volunteers to help out one of the most enduring and anticipated events the community center puts on. Volunteers are needed to help out with the day’s activities commemorating the end of the Civil War, which will include guest speakers, picnics, family gatherings, entertainment, arts and crafts, and food from various cultures. For more information, email Don Nguyen

    Sponsored by Youth Employment and Service Learning at Yesler Terrace

    A Pilgrim Pause: An Examen of Life in the Middle of the Year
    Saturday, June 22, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    St. Joseph’s Church, Seattle
    As part of the Ignatian Spirituality Center’s summer programs, ISC invites participants to take a day to examine one's life journey in the middle of the year. The goal is to look at what is important to you and to consider life’s next steps through short presentations, reflections, and journaling. The cost is $45. All are welcome. For more information or to RSVP, email Emily Davis.
    Sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center

    Christ Alive! Mass for Catholic Young Adults
    Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 1:00 p.m.
    Magnuson Park, Seattle

    Christ Alive! Is a young adult Mass for all Catholic young adults and Catholic organizations to join in the celebration of the Eucharist. Hosted at Magnuson Park, this should be a powerful and religiously deepening experience for all. For more information, or to RSVP, visit ChristAlive online.

    A Pilgrimage of Heart: Summer Ignatian Retreat
    Wednesday, July 26, 2013 from 2:00 p.m. to Sunday, July 28, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.
    Palisades Retreat Center
    Are you looking for a retreat this summer? Join the Ignatian Spirituality Center for a transformative experience. This silent retreat will offer presentations based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, silent reflection and prayer, opportunities for individual spiritual direction, evening prayer, and sharing in the Eucharist. All are welcome to attend. The cost is $295 including meals and lodging or $195 commuter fee (including meals only). Some partial work scholarships are available. For more information, or to RSVP, email Andrea Fontana.

    Sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center

    New Job Opportunities:
    Education Event Specialist & Communications and Engagement Specialist for Spiritual Directors International

    Spiritual Directors International is looking to hire two candidates! One as an educational event specialist, and another as a communications and engagement specialist. If you are interested in either position, email Spiritual Directors International with a cover letter stating your salary requirement, and three references. Qualified applicants will be required to a complete a job application as well which be emailed to them later on in the process. All are welcome to apply. Job starts immediately. For more information, email Spiritual Directors International.

    Sponsored by Spiritual Directors International

    Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life
    Annual Nine Month Retreat
    September, 2013 through May, 2014
    SEEL Puget Sound, Seattle  

    Would you consider spending the next nine months falling in love with God? If so, join SEEL for a nine month retreat engaging in the spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius. This is a nine month experience with from September through May and is a powerful, life-changing program of prayer and reflection that can be accomplished by people of varied backgrounds and Christian traditions in the midst of their busy lives. Retreatants commit themselves to praying one hour a day, meeting twice monthly with a Spiritual Director, and to attending monthly Saturday retreat days. Apply online at SEEL Puget Sound’s website. For more information contact SEEL Puget Sound

    Sponsored by SEEL Puget Sound