Magis: Alumni Living the Mission
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    Posted by Maria Ochoa on 12/4/2014 11:56:19 AM

    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


    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!

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    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
    Partner Programs and Events  
    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, 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

    July 2014

    Posted by Elizabeth Coz on 7/2/2014 10:03:06 AM

    i thank You God for most this amazing
    day: for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
    and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything
    which is natural which is infinite which is yes.

    - e.e. Cummings
    As summer rolls around, we have much to be grateful for, especially the beautiful summer days we have been experiencing as of late. What a great year of wonderful participation by all of YOU in the various retreats, service opportunities, and leadership panels we hosted this year! Furthermore, we are thankful to all who applied to the Contemplative Leaders in Action (CLA) Ignatian Leadership Program as well. The Magis staff is excited to journey with a new community of young Jesuit alumni starting this fall.
    Just to give you a snapshot of who applied, we had nearly 40 applications for CLA representing several Jesuit universities and colleges, including: Seattle University, Gonzaga University, Saint Louis University, University of San Francisco, Fairfield University, Georgetown University, Loyola University New Orleans, Loyola University Chicago, Santa Clara University, and Boston College. Our discernment was challenging in that we had to narrow down our decision to a small group out of a very strong pool of candidates, but we trust the process and look forward to welcoming the new cohort this September.
    We are also grateful to Jesuits Fr. Glen Butterworth, S.J. and Fr. Natch Ohno, S.J. who will join our two CLA cohorts as Chaplains. As you might know, Magis co-founder and former CLA Chaplain Fr. Mike Bayard, S.J. has moved on from Seattle U to serve with the Oregon Province. With his transition, we were left with one space, plus another for our new cohort, which will run concurrently. Fr. Glen serves as the Parochial Vicar of St. Joseph’s Parish in Capitol Hill, and Fr. Natch serves as an Assistant to VP for Student Development at Seattle U. Each are looking forward to spending time with the CLA community, and have shared some thoughts in the Alumni Living the Mission section about what inspires them as they begin with us later this year. Thank you Fr. Glen and Fr. Natch for saying yes!
    In the meantime, be sure to check out the Save the Date section for a list of annual Magis programs and opportunities coming this fall. Until then, stay cool and enjoy the summer.

    Sunny blessings,
    Brooke, Maria, Liz

      Alumni Living the Mission

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    Fr. Glen Butterworth, S.J. & Fr. Natch Ohno, S.J.

    Setting the world on fire, or as Alberto Hurtado, S.J. said, “a fire that kindles other fires,” is just the call of Magis: Alumni Living the Mission according to Fr. Natch Ohno, S.J. Click here to read about what he and Fr. Glen Butterworth, S.J. are looking forward to in their new roles as CLA2 and CLA3 Chaplains respectively.

    Save the Date  
    "Stay Connected. Stay Jesuit."
    Take advantage of Magis' three Signature Programs to get your quarterly dose of all things Jesuit: 

    Jesuit Alumni Day of Reflection
    Saturday, October 18, 2014
    Seattle University
    Ignatian Leadership Evening
    Thursday, March 19, 2015
    Seattle University

    National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service
    In partnership with Seattle University Alumni Relations
    Saturday, April 25, 2015 
    Various Sites 

     Partner Programs and Events 
    Summer Ignatian Retreat: "A Pilgrimage of the Heart"
    Retreat presenters: Fr. Jerry Cobb, S.J. and Jennifer Kelly (with Fr. Jack O'Leary, S.J. supporting)
    Friday, July 25, 2014 to Sunday, July 27, 2014
    Archbishop Brunett Retreat Center at the Palisades, Federal Way
    Take the time this summer to rest, renew your soul, and soak in silence on the shores of Puget Sound with this rich and meaningful three day Summer Silent Ignatian Retreat at the beautiful Palisades Retreat Center in Federal Way. This silent retreat will offer stirring and relevant presentations based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, followed by abundant time for silent reflection and prayer; opportunities for individual spiritual direction; evening prayer and sharing in the Eucharist. Commuter retreatants will have meals only, and resident retreatants will have lodging (individual or shared rooms with private bath) and meals in a beautifully renovated retreat center overlooking Puget Sound. People of all ages, faith traditions and spiritual backgrounds are welcome, especially those with an openness to deepening one's experience of prayer in the Ignatian tradition. Register here by July 9. Contact Andrea Fontana for more information.
    Sponsored by Ignatian Spirituality Center

    Jesuit Volunteer EnCorps Seattle
    Jesuit Volunteer EnCorps (JV EnCorps), a program of JVC Northwest, is excited to announce our pilot year in Seattle. JV EnCorps is a faith-based volunteer program for people 50 and older. Participants engage in 5-10 hours per week of transformative service at local nonprofits. During their ten months of volunteer service, participants meet together regularly in community, deepen their spirituality, and explore the values of simple living, social and ecological justice. For more information, contact Helen Pitts or click here to apply.

    Sponsored by Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest

    Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life (SEEL) 2014-2015
    The Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life (SEEL) will begin once again in September 2014! This everyday adaptation of St. Ignatius Loyola's Spiritual Exercises (often referred to as the 19th Annotation) takes place over the course of 9 months and involves a commitment to daily prayer, monthly retreat mornings, and twice-monthly meetings with a spiritual director. Retreatants will become better able to discern their inner desires and to see how God is working in their lives and in the world, learn how to bring together contemplation and action, and become increasingly aware of the presence and activity of God in all things. Applications are due no later than August 15, 2014. For more information, click here.

    Sponsored by Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life

    Volunteer Opportunity with Care Team
    Seattle, WA
    Samaritan Center is recruiting and training volunteers to join CareTeams in service to those suffering with HIV/AIDS and other terminal diseases. CareTeam is a group of 4 - 7 volunteers who provide practical, emotional, and spiritual support to a person or household affected by HIV/AIDS. Volunteers come to the program as individuals or might be based out of churches, civic groups, academic institutions, spiritual communities, or the community at large and range in age from 18 to 85 and represent diverse cultural backgrounds, belief systems, and life experiences. Please click here for more information or visit the Samaritan Center website. Contact Michael Barrett Miller to sign up.

    Sponsored by Samaritan Center of Puget Sound

    Theology on Tap Summer Series
    Make a Mess: Living Pope Francis's Call

    Thursday, August 7, 2014
    Finn MacCool's Irish Pub, Seattle  
    Join Theology on Tap for the first session of its summer series as Archbishop Sartain leads a discussion on Pope Francis's call for young adults to "Make a mess." Drink specials and happy hour pricing at Finn's for all Theology on Tap participants. Contact Edwin Ferrera for more information.

    Additional Theology on Tap nights:
    August 13th - Cause for Celebration, with Fr. Glen Butterworth, S.J.
    August 20th - Living authentically, with Maria L. Ochoa, MATS
    August 27th - A Life of Love

    Sponsored by the Office of Youth and Young Adult Evangelization

    Cornerstone Catholic Conference
    Friday, October 24, 2014 to Saturday, October 25, 2014
    Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center (Tacoma, WA)
    Register now for this event that happens once every ten years, bringing together all four Bishops from Washington state to inspire and educate Catholics and others to continue working together to protect human life. There is a great lineup of speakers as well as young adult options for socials and car pools. Registration prices increase after July 1. Click here for more information and to register.

    Sponsored by WA State Catholic Conference