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  • Spring 2015

    Posted by Lindsey Hittmeier on 3/4/2015 10:02:22 AM

    Spring by Gerard Manley Hopkins

    Nothing is so beautiful as Spring –          
       When weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush;          
       Thrush’s eggs look little low heavens, and thrush          
    Through the echoing timber does so rinse and wring          
    The ear, it strikes like lightnings to hear him sing; 
       The glassy peartree leaves and blooms, they brush          
       The descending blue; that blue is all in a rush          
    With richness; the racing lambs too have fair their fling.        

    What is all this juice and all this joy?          
       A strain of the earth’s sweet being in the beginning 
    In Eden garden. – Have, get, before it cloy,          
       Before it cloud, Christ, lord, and sour with sinning,          
    Innocent mind and Mayday in girl and boy,          
       Most, O maid’s child, thy choice and worthy the winning.

    Spring brings with it the promise of new beginnings. For us here at Magis, this new beginning comes in the form of recruiting the newest Contemplative Leaders in Action (CLA) cohort. We at Magis believe that our Jesuit education does not end when we graduate, but stays with us in our journey through life. Programs like CLA continue the Jesuit mission: creating men and women for and with others. This is where our passion for this program comes from. Kristen Morgan, a current CLA participant, has written a beautiful reflection on how CLA has impacted her personally and professionally. See below for the link to read Kristen’s reflection on her experience with CLA. 

    In addition to recruiting for the new CLA cohort, Magis, in partnership with the Seattle University Alumni Association, is putting lots of energy into this year’s National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service being hosted on Saturday, April 25th. One of the gifts of the Jesuit mission is the call to serve others. The National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service is a wonderful opportunity for us to connect with one another to serve a greater purpose and to all be Alumni Living the Mission.

    The changing of seasons offers us an opportunity to reflect on last season’s comings and goings. This spring, we invite you to reflect on what it means to be an “Alumni Living the Mission,” and how this takes shape in your life. We would love to hear about anything you discover for yourself in the process!

    Praying that spring brings with it many blessings to you and your loved ones,
    Brooke, Maria, and Lindsey 

     Alumni Living the Mission

                                     Kristin Morgan

    This quarter's Alumni Living the Mission features Kristen Morgan (Class of 2009 and 2013, Jesuit Volunteer Corp NW 2009-10), a two time Seattle U grad and former Jesuit Volunteer who is doing amazing things. In addition, Kristin is also a participant in the Contemplative Leaders in Action (CLA) Ignatian Leadership Program. Click here to read her reflection on discernment, transition, living through values, and how her experience in CLA has helped her grow personally and professionally. 

    Magis Opportunity

    National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service 
    Saturday, April 25, 2015
    Various times and locations throughout the Seattle area

    In partnership with the Seattle University Alumni Association, Magis invites Jesuit alumni to serve in the local community together through the National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service. Alumni volunteers will visit Seattle area sites, such as food banks and community gardens, to assist with a variety of service tasks. This day is part of the National Jesuit Service Initiative, which engages graduates across the nation in shared service, and which demonstrates the life-changing and enduring power of a Jesuit education. To learn more about this service day, please click here or click here to register.

    Sponsored by the Seattle University Alumni Association  and Magis 

    Contemplative Leaders in Action: A Program for Emerging Leaders
    Applications due May 29, 2015 for the 2015-2017 Cohort
    September 2015 – June 2017, 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 between the ages of 25-39, and are interested in engaging and forming your leadership and faith within a small community, Magis has the perfect opportunity for you! Magis is currently accepting applications 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 2015-2017 CLA cohort (which begins September 2015) are available online and are due May 29, 2015. For more information about the CLA program, or details regarding the application process, please visit Magis’ CLA website, or contact CLA Program Coordinator Lindsey Hittmeier.  

    Sponsored by Magis 

      Save the Date  
    Exploring an Ignatian Approach to Leadership - Ignatian Leadership Conference
    Friday, July 31, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    Seattle University (Campion Ballroom)

    St. Ignatius of Loyola was a highly effective and inspiring leader. His methods and practices allowed him to establish and lead one of the world's most impactful organizations, the Society of Jesus. His leadership approach has been used in many different contexts over the past 500+ years. In this one-day conference, alumni and friends will learn how to become an effective, authentic leader the Ignatian way. Explore the concept of Ignatian Leadership and how to apply and integrate Jesuit values and Ignatian practices into your personal and professional life. Fr. Scott Santarosa, S.J., Provincial of the Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus, will be the keynote speaker. Plus, there will be a special mass to celebrate the Feast day of St. Ignatius. Stay tuned for more information as we plan this unique day of inspiration, conversation, and learning! For any questions regarding the conference, please contact Brooke Rufo Hill.

    Sponsored by Magis

     Partner Programs and Events  
    Holy Thursday Pilgrimage
    Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. to Friday, April 3, 2015 at 12:00 a.m.
    St. James Cathedral, Seattle 

    Join Archbishop Sartain and hundreds of young adults throughout the Archdiocese for this beautiful evening of reflection. Mass will take place before the pilgrimage at 6:00 p.m. at St. James Cathedral, and the pilgrimage will start from the western steps around 7:30 p.m. Participants will walk on foot to St. Mary's, Immaculate Conception, and the Chapel of St. Ignatius before returning to the Cathedral. Vans will be available for people who have difficulty walking. Materials will be drawn from Lenten Sunday Evening Reflections throughout the Archdiocese. For more information, visit the event Facebook page

    Sponsored by the Archdiocese of Seattle Office of Youth and Young Adult Evangelization 

    Simply Living: Redefining Success
    Ignatian Spirituality for Men
    Saturday, April 11, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
    Facilitators: Don Manning and Denny Duffell
    St. James Outreach Center, Seattle 

    Join presenters Don Manning & Denny Duffell to explore, through the lens of Ignatian spirituality, what it means for men to be successful today, and how faith might lend wisdom to experience. Through prayer, individual reflection and shared conversation, come gain perspective on how you might live more simply and faithfully, becoming truly “successful” in God’s eyes. This presentation is no cost, free will offering. For more information and to RSVP, click here or email Andrea Fontana.

    Sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center 

    Saying YES to LOVE: Responding to God's Presence in Everyday Life
    Monday, April 13, 2015 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    St. Leo Church (office building), Tacoma 

    Hear the story of how the Tacoma L'Arche Community started when two people said YES to LOVE in a situation that arose in their daily lives. Bring your own story and join in conversation and reflection with other young adults and L'Arche community members about what it means for each of us to say YES to LOVE in everyday life. For more info contact Michaela Kearns

    Sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center 

    Justice Cafés: Postcards from an Unsustainable Future
    Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
    Jean's House of Prayer, Tacoma 

    Join a growing international movement of young adults acting together for justice! Every month Justice Cafés come together to discuss a social justice issue that affects our lives today. The discussion doesn't stop at the end of the night, though. When the evening is over, global solidarity and dialogue builds as the conversation continues on the Justice Cafe Facebook page. Participants can hear how local context affects the topic for people in New York City, Kenya, and other places around the country and world. This month Justice Café’s will be Acting for Eco-Justice. Join in sending letters, thank you notes, and Postcards from an Unsustainable Future to lobby political leaders to support bills that respond to the threat of climate change, and to encourage corporations and businesses to model their practices to do the same. For more information on this event, contact Anthony DeLorenzo

    Sponsored by the Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center 

    Discernment in Daily Life
    6 Thursday weekly gatherings April 16, 2015 through May 21, 2015 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Facilitators: Marilyn Nash and John Hickman
    St. Joseph Church Parish Center, Seattle 

    Are you looking for guidance in making a prayerful life decision, such as discerning your calling, staying in a relationship, determining what to do in retirement, or another life question? Or are you searching for tools for making your choices in daily life with prayerful intentionality? If so, join a group of people with similar questions. Through prayer, presentations and small group conversation, you will learn a process to integrate listening for God’s presence in your life decisions, prayerfully consider guidelines for discernment taught by St. Ignatius, and experience meaningful group reflection. The series cost is $150 with payment plans and partial scholarships available. Registration deadline is Thursday, April 9, 2015. For more information and to register, click here

    Sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center 

    Glorifying God “Mind, Body, and Soul” - Men’s Retreat
    Friday, April 17, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. to Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 1:00 p.m.
    Archbishop Brunett Retreat Center, Federal Way 

    St. John Paul II claimed that “The body, and it alone, is capable of making visible what is invisible, the spiritual and divine. It was created to transfer into the visible reality of the world, the invisible mystery hidden in God from time immemorial, and thus be a sign of it.” Those words ushered in a new era of Catholic theology – theology of the body. This retreat will be facilitated by Fr. John Antony, and will use John Paul II’s reflections to explore various themes related to modern theology and daily life. The retreat will include talks on the sacraments, human development, and the role of the Church. The price for this retreat is $199 per person (private single room), or $165 per person (shared room with one bed), with a special rate of $99.50 for young-adults ages 18-30. Price includes all presentations, six meals, and two nights in a comfortable room with private bath. Scholarships are available. For more information or to register, visit the Retreat Center website

    Sponsored by the Archdiocese of Seattle 

    Praying with our Friends, the Saints - Women’s Silent Retreat
    Friday, May 8, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. to Sunday, May 10, 2015 at 1:00 p.m.
    Archbishop Brunett Retreat Center, Federal Way 

    The saints are our faithful friends and our Heavenly family. When we ask the saints, who already stand in the presence of Jesus, for their intercessions, we are drawn more intimately into the mystical body of Christ. This retreat will be facilitated by Fr. Sean Raftis, and is a traditional silent retreat for women which includes time for individual and communal prayer, spiritual reading, reflection, and devotions. The price for this retreat is $199 per person (private single room), or $165 per person (shared room with one bed), with a special rate of $99.50 for young-adults ages 18-30. Price includes all presentations, six meals, and two nights in a comfortable room with private bath. Scholarships are available. For more information or to register, visit the Retreat Center website

    Sponsored by the Archdiocese of Seattle  

    Habits of a Very Loving Marriage - Marriage Retreat
    Friday, May 15, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. to Sunday, 17, 2015 at 1:00 p.m.
    Archbishop Brunett Retreat Center, Federal Way 

    This marriage enrichment retreat, facilitated by Fr. Pat Freitag, is based on Stephen R. Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and The 8th Habit, and offers a framework for applying a universal, self-discovery approach that enables couples to communicate successfully. During this retreat, participants will: clearly define their vision as a family unit, build a common sense of purpose, values, and goals, learn a process to accomplish family goals, and discover how to achieve better communication as spouses. The price for this retreat is $330 per couple. Price includes all presentations, six meals, and two nights in a comfortable room with private bath. Scholarships are available. For more information or to register, visit the Retreat Center website

    Sponsored by the Archdiocese of Seattle 

     

    Winter 2015

    Posted by Maria Ochoa on 12/4/2014 11:56:19 AM

    A New Year’s Prayer

    Dear Lord,
    Please give me a few friends who understand me and remain my friends;
    A work to do that has real value, without which the world would be poorer;
    A mind unafraid to travel, even though the trail not be blazed;
    An understanding heart;
    A sense of humor;
    Time for quiet, silent meditation;
    A feeling of the presence of God;
    The patience to wait for the coming of these things, with the wisdom to recognize them when they come.
    Amen

    -Anonymous


    We at Magis are grateful for a 2014 filled with many wonderful opportunities and friendships, beginnings and ends. In the winter and spring, we offered some great retreats and leadership programs. Over the summer, we presented at conferences in both New York City and Boston. In the fall, we welcomed back our CLA2 cohort, as well as the new CLA3 cohort – a mix of backgrounds like education, healthcare, law, corporate and not for profit, the cohort is a dynamic group of young adults. We also welcomed Lindsey Hittmeier, our new Graduate Assistant who is doing an outstanding job supporting our CLA program, as well as many other Magis endeavors. At the end of last year, the Magis staff bid farewell to our beloved colleague Liz Coz, who so graciously served Magis as our Program Assistant for three years. Thank you Liz for your service to the Magis community, we will miss you! For all the great experience and moments we had, we are especially grateful for meeting and getting to know so many of you. The Magis staff looks forward to another year of good work to serve Jesuit alumni in the Puget Sound Region.

    This winter, we invite you to reflect on the past year – what did you welcome and say farewell to? What hope or aspiration do you have for this year? If you are looking for ways to deepen your faith, serve in the community, or grow in your leadership, be sure to check out the many ways you can get involved with Magis (in particular, be sure to save the date for our 4th annual National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service coming up in April). We can’t wait to share some new experience with you this year!

    Winter blessings,
    Brooke, Maria & Lindsey 

     Alumni Living the Mission

    Thank you to all the alumni who submitted their stories this last year about how they are living the mission of Jesuit education in their everyday lives! From siblings and father and son duos to attorneys and small business owners, we are proud that our alumni are serving, caring, and leading in the community. If you would like to suggest an alum to feature, please email Magis with your nominee’s name and contact information and tell us how you think that alum is making an impact in the community.
     
     Save the Date

     Jesuit Alumni Chapter Summit
    Thursday, February 19, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Seattle University, Student Center 210

    Calling Jesuit Alumni Chapter leaders in the Seattle area! In an effort to connect local SU and other Jesuit Alumni Chapter leaders, Magis is hosting an evening of socializing, collaboration, and inspiration for the leadership of local Jesuit alumni clubs/chapters. We envision this as an evening not only to share best practices around engaging alumni, but to come together as a community and explore further collaborations as Jesuit alumni representing no less than 10 Seattle alumni chapters who lead in similar ways. Dinner will be provided. If you are interested in attending or wish to send a representative to this event, please contact Magis. 

    Sponsored by Magis

    National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service
    Saturday, April 25, 2015
    Various Locations throughout Seattle

    In partnership with the Seattle University Alumni Association, Magis invites Jesuit alumni to serve in the local community together through the National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service. Alumni volunteers will visit Seattle area sites, such as food banks and community gardens, to assist with a variety of service tasks. This day is part of the National Jesuit Service Initiative, which engages graduates across the nation in shared service, and which demonstrates the life-changing and enduring power of a Jesuit education. To learn more about this service day, please click here

    Sponsored by the Seattle University Alumni Association and Magis  

    Contemplative Leaders in Action: A Program for Emerging Leaders
    Applications for the 2015-2017 Cohort due May 29, 2015

    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 between the ages of 25-39, and are interested in engaging and forming your leadership and faith within a small community, Magis has the perfect opportunity for you! Magis will be recruiting for its Contemplative Leaders in Action (CLA) program, a two-year cohort experience which integrates leadership and faith development, starting this spring. Cohort members meet monthly and grow in self-awareness, faith, leadership and professional skills, while being part of a supportive community. Applications for the 2015-2017 CLA cohort (which runs September 2015 - June 2017 monthly) will be available by March 4th online and are due on May 29, 2015. For more information about the CLA program, or details regarding the application process, please visit the Magis CLA website, or contact CLA Program Coordinator Lindsey Hittmeier.  

    Sponsored by Magis

     Partner Programs and Events

    IgNite: Ignatian Nights for Young Adults
    Spirituality, Work: Incompatible? They Don’t Have to Be
    Facilitators: Kathleen Hosfeld and Brian Meza
    Thursday, January 8, 2015 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
    St. James Cathedral Outreach Center, Seattle

    We spend the majority of our waking hours at work but many of us are also spiritual people who desire to live from our deep connection with God. If you are a young adult between the ages of 21 and 39 and you desire to integrate your spiritual and work life, join us. Presenters Kathleen Hosfeld (President of Hosfeld & Associates) and Brian Meza (Head of the Science Department at Seattle Prep) are deeply spiritual professionals who will share their stories and tools with us and facilitate an evening of engaging conversation, reflection, and sharing. For more information and to RSVP, visit the Facebook event under the same title, or email Michaela Kearns.

    Sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center and St. James Cathedral Young Adult Ministry
     

    St. Joseph Young Adult Social 
    Sunday, January 11, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.
    St. Joseph Church, Seattle

    The St. Joseph Young Adult Community focuses on building spirituality, friendships, and creating social opportunities in the Seattle area. Come play board games with the young adult community after the 5:30 mass on Sunday, January 11th, co-hosted by the St Joseph Young Adult Community and the LGBT Ministry. There will be fun people to meet, good food to eat, and plenty of players to beat! There will be card games, Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, Mafia, Cards against Humanity, and anything that YOU bring too! For more information, contact the St. Joseph Young Adult Community

    Sponsored by the St. Joseph Young Adult Community 
     

    Ignatian Spirituality 101: An Introduction to Ignatian Prayer & Spirituality

    Thursday, January 15, 2015 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
    St. Joseph Church Parish Center, Seattle
     
    Pope Francis, the first Jesuit Pope, is grounded in Ignatian spirituality, but many do not know fully what that means. What is Ignatian spirituality all about? How might you incorporate Ignatian prayer and spirituality into your life? If you would like to know more, this evening introduction to the basics of Ignatian prayer and spirituality is for you! The evening will include: introductions, opening prayer, an overview of the life of St. Ignatius and Ignatian spirituality, experiences of Ignatian prayer, and more information on how to continue to grow in Ignatian spirituality through the ISC, Magis: Alumni Living the Mission, Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life (SEEL), and Christian Life Communities (CLC). Light snacks will be provided. People of all ages, faith traditions and spiritual backgrounds are welcome. If you are already familiar with Ignatian spirituality, we encourage you to think of family, friends or colleagues who might be interested and invite them to attend! This event is no cost; free will offering. For more information or to RSVP, email Andrea Fontana

    Sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center


    Young Adult Service Event at Recovery Café
    Saturday, January 17, 2015 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
    Recovery Café, Seattle
     
    Join other young adults to volunteer at one of the most amazing organizations in town! Recovery Café is a supportive community of sobriety for people in recovery, and it provides safe hospitality for its members. Young adults will be volunteering at the monthly Open Mic Night where members are encouraged to share their talents with the community. Come help to serve dinner and contribute your positivity! To RSVP, contact St. James Young Adult Community

    Sponsored by the St. Joseph Young Adult Community and St. James Young Adult Community


    Justice Café - Upholding the Dignity of Work: Creating a Just Economic System
    Tuesday, January 20, 2015 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
    Caffe Vita, Seattle 

    The Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center acts for justice in the church and in the world. IPJC is sponsored by 18 religious communities and collaborates with Catholic, ecumenical, interfaith and other organizations in carrying out this mission. Join IPJC at Caffe Vita to chat about how we can create a better world where our economic system is just and all work reflects dignity. To find out more, contact Annapatrice Clark

    Sponsored by the Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center


    Washington State Mass and March for Life
    Tuesday, January 20, 2015 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    St. Martin’s University, Lacey WA 

    As Pope Francis recently proclaimed, "Human life is always sacred, valuable and inviolable. And as such, it must be loved, defended and cared for." Catholics from across Washington State will gather to celebrate the annual Mass for Life and honor the sacredness of all human life, especially in its most vulnerable forms. The Mass will begin at 9:30 a.m. and following Mass, everyone is encouraged to participate in the 37th Annual March for Life at the State Capitol in Olympia. Like them on Facebook to keep up on event updates.

    Sponsored by Washington State March for Life 


    Under an Ignatian Influence: Jesuit Values for Life
    January 20 - March 24, 2015 (9 Tuesday evenings - no gathering 3/10) from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
    St. Joseph Church Parish Center, Seattle 

    What would it mean to live in an Ignatian way? What would Jesuits themselves name as their core values and how might you incorporate them into your own way of living? The Jesuits have indeed named eight Characteristics of Our Ways of Proceeding – certain attitudes, values and patterns of behavior born in the life of St. Ignatius, shared by his companions and recently resurrected by the Jesuits in their worldwide congregations. Come absorb personal reflections by Jesuit and lay presenters steeped in the Ignatian tradition, deepen your understanding of what it means to be Ignatian, and engage with others interested in the Jesuit charism. Cost is $130 (partial work scholarships available). Register online (go to the "Under an Ignatian Influence" page) and pay the $30 non-refundable registration fee by Thursday, January 15, 2015. If you have any questions, contact Andrea Fontana

    Sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center 



    Advocacy Skills Training
    Saturday, January 31 or Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
    Seattle University 

    Seattle University is proud to offer advocacy skills training for students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Based on the work of Catholic Relief Services and developed by Just Associates, the Advocacy Skills Training helps participants develop a shared understanding of social justice advocacy, dynamics of political power, effective messaging, and organizing strategies and tactics. The Advocacy Skills Training is in high demand – if you register for the training, please hold the date firmly in your calendar as they are often not able to fill last minute spots from people who cancel, and the seat is then wasted. If you are interested in attending this training, please email Kelly Benkert with your preferred training date. Space is very limited.

    Sponsored by the Seattle University Office of the Provost, the Center for Service and Community Engagement, and Campus Ministry 


    Interfaith Advocacy Day
    Thursday, February 19, 2015
    The United Churches of Olympia, Olympia WA 

    Faith Action Network is a statewide interfaith advocacy nonprofit organization through which thousands of people and 90 faith communities across Washington State partner for the common good. Interfaith Advocacy Day (IFAD) brings to our elected leaders the voice of compassion and justice, and partner with people of all faiths who stand up boldly to challenge the powerful. Click here for more information on this year’s IFAD events.

    Sponsored by Faith Action Network 


    Catholic Heritage Lecture Series – “Field Hospital on the Border(s): A Church in Kinship with Migrants”
    Keynote Speaker: Kristin Heyer, Ph.D.
    Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
    Seattle University, Pigott Auditorium 

    The annual Catholic Heritage Lectures Series engages the intellectual and religious communities of the Seattle area and the Seattle University community to explore aspects of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition and the intersection of Catholicism and culture. Pope Francis has offered a compelling model of church as “field hospital”, calling Catholics to engage those who suffer wherever they are found. The second of this year’s series features Kristin Heyer, Ph.D., who will examine this model, in light of the Catholic call to kinship with persons on the move, particularly those suffering from exploitation, violence and family separation. Panelists will explore how local faith-based and community organizations—specifically the KINO Border Initiative and Seattle’s Eastside Hispanic Ministry—serve as “field hospitals” for migrants in Washington and along the U.S./Mexico border. For more information, visit ICTC online

    Sponsored by The Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture 


    Justice Café - Life on Purpose: Contemplation & Justice
    Tuesday, February 24, 2015 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
    Caffe Vita, Seattle 

    Join IPJC at Caffe Vita to talk about how we can engage with life in a more purposeful and intentional way. How can we practice contemplation and why is it essential to living a life of social justice? To find out more, email Annapatrice Clark

    Sponsored by the Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center 


    On Fire for the Light: Women's Retreat
    Friday, March 20 to Sunday, March 22, 2015
    Archbishop Brunett Retreat Center at the Palisades, Federal Way WA 

    Lent is the season to reflect upon the radical message of the Gospels, and the light of Christ, for which we long. Author, speaker, and Magnificat contributor Heather King will interweave the story of her own holy longing with an invitation to a deeper journey toward Christ's eternal light. The price for this retreat is $199 per person (private single room) or $165 per person (shared room with one bed). Price includes all presentations, six meals, and two nights in a comfortable room with private bath. Scholarships are available. For more information or to register, click here or contact Helen Nguyen

    Sponsored by Seattle Archdiocese


    Join Christ Our Hope Parish to Visit Kids at NPH Dominican Republic
    February 1-8, 2015
    Dominican Republic

    Come experience first-hand how Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH, Spanish for “Our Little Brothers and Sisters”) transforms the lives of the children it supports. Christ our Hope Parish invites you to visit NPH DR with them. You will meet the amazing children, staff and volunteers of NPH and learn the ins and outs of their daily lives. More than anything, the trip offers a chance to build relationships with the children and put your faith into action. The mission trip is a true immersion experience - getting to know its programs, connecting to people, and serving its community. Cost is $450 per person and includes:

    • Accommodations at Casa Santa Ana
    • Local transportation
    • Airport transportation
    • Meals while at NPH
    • Donation to NPH Dominican Republic
    • NPH USA interpreter and guide
    • Travel insurance and background check

    Airfare, outside meals, excursions and sightseeing are not included. For more information or to register, please contact Stephanie Pietramonaco

    Sponsored by Christ Our Hope Parish and Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos 

    Fall 2014

    Posted by Elizabeth Coz on 9/3/2014 10:06:15 AM

    A common conversation starter this time of year is, “How was your summer?” Despite the busyness of back to school and work, this question is a welcome pause to reflect on some highlights of the past several months, isn’t it? Vacations or staycations, travel adventures or extra R & R time at home, summer is reserved for excursions and escapes. Whether you got your fill, or are still feeling a void in the area of ‘retreat’, Magis is excited to promote two opportunities this fall for retreat.
     
    If going somewhere warm in December for international service peaks your interest, consider joining faculty, staff, students, and alumni for Seattle University’s Professionals Without Borders trip to Nicaragua. Help with infrastructure projects at Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos orphanage - home to 250 children located in Jinotepe, a 45 minute drive from Managua - then spend two days exploring Nicaragua’s rich culture, history, and land including Granada and Masaya. A staff member who went in 2013 said, “The long days of hard work and intense heat breaks down any barriers that keep you from feeling like an outsider. Every meal shared is the most delicious food you’ve ever tasted on a simple plastic orange plate. Before every meal the little girls and boys take turns leading us in prayer… you can imagine what it would be like to hear a 7 year old decide what she’d like to pray for! This trip is so much more than a service trip.” You can hear more from past participants in the Alumni Living the Mission section below. The first info session will be held at Seattle University on September 18, 2014. All Jesuit alumni are welcome.

    If you don’t see yourself leaving Seattle in the near future but still want a space to get your fill of time away, join Magis for our Jesuit Alumni Day of Reflection: Living an Integrated and Authentic Life on Saturday, October 11, 2014. Do you ever feel like you are trying to pack 20 lbs. of flour in a 10 lb. sack when it comes to your time? Around here, more free time often means more commitments added to our calendars… so how do we make sure what we are adding is bringing us closer to fullness? As Jesuit alumni, we take pride in what we have come to value – our faith, families, friends, freedoms – however integrating these values amidst the scurry of career and community building is a different story. If you want to explore intentionality and its connection to authenticity, join us – details below!

    Finally, Magis is shifting to a quarterly distribution of our newsletter - you may have noticed from our title. Follow us on Facebook for a daily dose of all things Jesuit and more regular updates on local partner programs!

    Blessing on the start of a new season,
    Brooke, Maria, and Liz

    P.S. Fr. Mike Bayard is nearing 5 weeks since cancer surgery that removed a foot of his colon and 15% of his liver, and recovery is going very well. He begins the first of his chemo infusions this Friday, and remains energized by the support, kindness, encouragement, and prayers. Thank you for holding him in your thoughts.
     

      Alumni Living the Mission

    NPH

    Join Professionals Without Borders in Nicaragua this December   
      

    For the first time since it started in 2007, Professionals Without Borders at Seattle University is opening their service trip to Nicaragua to Jesuit alumni. The concept is simple: connect students, staff, and now alumni with skilled trades people (plumbers, electricians, engineers, etc.) to complete small, but substantial, projects for people in need. This will be the third trip to Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos (Our Little Brothers and Sisters), home to 250 children located in Jinotepe, a 45 minute drive from Managua. Click here to read more about this opportunity!

     Save the Date
    Jesuit Alumni Day of Reflection: Living an Integrated and Authentic Life
    Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
    Seattle University, Campion Hall (Ecumenical Chapel)
     
    What does living an integrated, authentic life mean to you? From juggling career and family needs, to varying commitments like self-care, faith life, and community engagement, we are each striving to make our lives more meaningful and in alignment with our faith, values, desires, and goals. Magis invites you to unplug and connect with other Jesuit alumni as you journey together for a day of guided talks, prayer and reflection, conversation, idea sharing, and community building. This retreat is open to Jesuit alumni of all ages and stages of life; the retreat will be ecumenical in nature and will draw from the Jesuit/Ignatian tradition, as well as contemporary personal development topics. Cost is $20 and includes retreat materials, meals (continental breakfast and lunch), and parking – some partial scholarships are available. To register, click here. Space is limited, so please reserve your spot today! For questions, or more information, contact Assistant Director Maria Ochoa.

    Sponsored by Magis
      
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    IgNite: Ignatian Nights for Young Adults
    Storytelling as Spiritual Practice

    Presented by Presbyterian Pastor Rev. Tad Monroe
    Thursday, September 11, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Liberty Bar, Seattle

    Join the Ignatian Spirituality Center and other young adults to explore the art and practice of storytelling. Discuss how and why story works and why it is such an important spiritual practice - particularly in the context of Ignatian spirituality. This evening will be facilitated by Presbyterian Pastor Rev. Tad Monroe, the Ecumenical and Multifaith Campus Minister at Seattle University. To RSVP or for more information contact their new young adult coordinator, Michaela Kearns.

    Sponsored Ignatian Spirituality Center

    Habitat for Humanity at Rainier Vista
    Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    Rainier Vista, Seattle
     
    Join the St. Joseph Young Adult Community to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity. Come help out with construction at the Rainier Vista Building in Central Seattle. Click here to RSVP or for more information.

    Sponsored by St. Joseph Young Adult Community

    Justice Café:  Living a Life of Solidarity
    Thursday, September 25, 2014 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    Caffe Vita, Seattle

    Justice Cafés are discussion groups for young adults in their 20s and 30s who wish to build community, act for justice and deepen their spirituality. During the third week of every month, Justice Café groups meet at local cafés to share coffee and conversation. Participants dialogue about issues of global concern and reflect on ways they can act for change. Visit the Facebook page or email IPCJ for more information.

    Sponsored by the Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center

    Ignatian Spirituality 101: An Introduction to the Basics of Ignatian Prayer & Spirituality
    Thursday, October 2, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    St. Joseph Parish Center, Seattle
     
    Come learn more about the life of St. Ignatius and key elements of Ignatian spirituality, experience Ignatian prayer, and learn how this rich spiritual tradition is kept alive locally. People of all ages, faith traditions and spiritual backgrounds are welcome. Free will offering. For more information or to RSVP, email Andrea Fontana.

    Sponsored by Ignatian Spirituality Center

    In the Steps of Ignatius I: Ignatian Spirituality for Men
    A Walk in the Park: Simply Finding God in Creation

    Facilitated by Glen Butterworth, S.J.
    Saturday, October 4, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 
    Seward Park, Seattle
     
    Gather with other young adult and adult men at Shelter #1 in Seward Park for a relaxed and meditative walk around the Seward Park loop on St. Francis' Feast Day. The walk will be followed by reflection on how God speaks to us through creation and the outdoors. Bring a sack lunch, a friend, and good walking shoes. Free will offering. For more information or to RSVP, email Andrea Fontana.

    Sponsored by Ignatian Spirituality Center

    Alumni Seminar Series: Pope Francis and the Church
    Tuesday evenings starting October 7, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    Seattle University, LeRoux Conference Center (Student Center 160)

    Led by Patrick Howell, S.J., Dr. Catherine Punslan, and Fr. Michael Raschko, Ph.D., this special Seattle University series explores the life of Pope Francis: his teachings, spirituality, and hopes for the Church and the world. His words, actions and unique way of filling the shoes of the papacy inspire this series which is also relevantly timed to address the first Synod of Bishops that will meet with Pope Francis this fall. The series cost is $210 and includes all materials, parking, and refreshments.To register, please Alumniseminars@seattleu.edu, and include your mailing address, phone number, and whether or not you will require on-campus parking for the seminar. Click here to visit the event site for more information.

    Sponsored by Seattle University College of Arts and Sciences

    Come Into the Heart of God - Guided by St. Ignatius
    Led by Fr. Paul Fitterer, S.J. and Michaela Kearns
    Sunday, October 12, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    St. Mary’s on the Lake, Bellevue

    Join the Magnificat Cenacle of Holy Rosary and Catholic Life Ministries for a day of quiet prayer, instruction, conversation in small groups, and Sunday liturgy, to come more fully into the heart of God. This retreat will be led by Fr. Paul Fitterer of Seattle Prep along with Michaela Kearns of the Ignatian Spirituality Center.

    Sponsored by Catholic Life Ministries
     
    Cornerstone Catholic Conference
    Saturday, October 24, 2014 7:00 p.m. to Sunday, October 25, 2014 10:00 p.m.
    Tacoma Convention Center

    The Bishops of Washington State are sponsoring the Cornerstone Conference to inspire and educate Catholics and others to continue working together to protect human life: the unborn, individuals who live in poverty or on the margins of society, and people at the end of life. For a complete lineup of speakers and more information, click here or visit the Facebook event.

    Sponsored by Washington State Catholic Conference (WSCC)

    Catholic Heritage Lecture Series: “A Poor Church for the Poor”
    Keynote Speaker Jeanette Rodriguez, Ph.D.

    Monday, November 3, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
    Seattle University, Pigott Auditorium

    The annual Catholic Heritage Lectures engage the intellectual and religious communities of the Seattle area and the Seattle University community to explore aspects of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition and the intersection of Catholicism and culture. The first of this year’s series features Jeanette Rodriguez, Ph.D. who will explore the pre and post-Vatican II development of what we now call, “the option for the poor.” Dr. Rodriguez will reflect on the Catholic Church’s teachings on material poverty, spiritual poverty and voluntary poverty, particularly in light of Pope Francis’ call to be a “poor church for the poor.” Click here for more information, or email Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture.
     
    Sponsored by Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture at Seattle University

    Join an Amici Committee

    Amici - Young Professionals Serving Catholic Schools in Western Washington - is looking for committee members to help with the planning of the 2014-2015 school year. If you are interested in participating in the Service, Fellowship, Development or South Sound committees, click here for more information and contact Amici to sign up.
     
    Sponsored by Amici