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  • Winter 2016

    Posted by Maria Ochoa on 1/13/2016 10:35:47 AM

    Help Us Enter the New Year

    God of all time, help us enter the New Year quietly,
    thoughtful of who we are to ourselves and to others,
    mindful that our steps make an impact
    and our words carry power.
    May we walk gently.
    May we speak only after we have listened well.
    Creator of all life,
    help us enter the New Year reverently,
    aware that you have endowed
    every creature and plant, every person and habitat
    with beauty and purpose.
    May we regard the world with tenderness.
    May we honor rather than destroy.
    Lower of all souls,
    help us enter the New Year joyfully,
    willing to laugh and dance and dream,
    remembering our many gifts with thanks
    and looking forward to blessings yet to come.
    May we welcome your lavish love.
    In this new year, may the grace and peace of Christ bless us now and in the days ahead.

    Vinita Hampton Wright, Managing Editor, Loyola Press; Prayer offered by Douglas Ruschman

    Looking back to 2015, we at Magis are very grateful for the opportunities to have served Jesuits alums of the Puget Sound Region. From the National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service and Ignatian Leadership Conference, to Contemplative Leaders in Action and the All Jesuit Alumni Mass & Brunch, we are amazed at the level of commitment and engagement Jesuit alums have to the mission of Jesuit education in their personal and professional lives. We hope in 2016 to continue to offer quality programs and opportunities which reflect Ignatian values, principles, and practices for everyday life.

    Even with the many challenges, struggles, and conflict that last year brought to our communities and world, there is so much to be grateful for and to look forward to. What are you grateful for from 2015? What do you look forward to in 2016? How might you grow in faith, justice or leadership – personally or professionally? Just as the prayer says, we at Magis hope to “enter the New Year joyfully, willing to laugh and dance and dream, remembering our many gifts with thanks and looking forward to blessings yet to come.” 

    Read below to learn more about this year’s Alumni Day of Service (happening February 6th), Jesuit Alumni Day of Reflection (in March), and Ignatian Leadership Summit (later this spring). We look forward to sharing this New Year with you in the months to come and wish you the very best this 2106!

    Winter blessings,

    Brooke, Maria, Fr. Bob, and Anne-Marie

    Alumni Living the Mission

    Tilghman-Havens Family

    Amid the fullness of family life, Jesuit alums Jennifer (Boston College MA/MSW ‘01, MBA '07) & Matt Tilghman-Havens (Boston College BA '98, JD '06) have taken to using a kid-friendly version of the Ignatian Examen as a way to center their family life each day. Click here to read more about this version of reflection in this month’s Alumni Living the Mission.

    Save the Date

    Alumni Day of Service
    Saturday, February 6, 2016 - Times Vary by Site
    Multiple Sites throughout Seattle Metro Area

    Seattle University will once again offer the Alumni Day of Service to bring together Seattle U alumni, Jesuit alumni, friends, and family from across the nation to participate in service projects. Join us as we live the mission to serve others and give back to the community. This event is part of the SU Homecoming Weekend. To register for one of sixteen sites, visit the online registration page.

    Sponsored by Seattle University Alumni Association and Magis

    Jesuit Alumni Day of Reflection
    Saturday, March 12, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

    What does living a life of compassion mean to you? Each of us is juggling varying commitments, from career to family needs, while striving to make our lives more meaningful and in alignment with our faith, values, and desires. Compassion – in relationship to God, self, and other - is a spiritual practice that allows us to navigate life with increased awareness, serenity, and gratitude. Join Magis to unplug and connect with other Jesuit alumni as you journey together for a day of guided talks, prayer and reflection, conversation, 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. For more information, or to register, email Magis or call (206) 296-2637. Space is limited, so please reserve your spot today!  

    Sponsored by Magis

    Search Retreat 45th Anniversary Reunion
    Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
    Seattle University (Connolly Center North Court)
     
    All Seattle University grads are invited to celebrate 45 years of the Search Retreat and reconnect with friends and alumni during Reunions Weekend 2016. There will be lunch, awesome Search memorabilia, and fantastic memories to share. To register, visit the SU Alumni events website.
     
     
    Ignatian Leadership Summit: Leading with Jesuit Values in a Secular World
    Weeknight Evening in Spring 2016

    Join Jesuit alumni and friends in the Puget Sound Region for an opportunity to be inspired, network and learn more about Ignatian Leadership! The evening will include a chance to reflect and share with others about your own experience, challenges, and hopes for integrating Ignatian Leadership principles into your personal and professional life. Be on the lookout for more information in the weeks to come. For more information, email Magis.

    Sponsored by Magis
     
    Partner Programs and Events
    2016 Martin Luther King Celebration - Soul of the Nation
    Tuesday, January 19, 2016 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    Seattle University (Campion Ballroom

    Join the Seattle University Office of Multicultural Affairs to honor the legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King during their Annual MLK Celebration on January 19, 2016. The theme of the program is the “Soul of the Nation,” recognizing the narratives and significant contributions of African American/Black/African women as leaders for social justice. Black womanhood will be reflected through spoken word, music, and art through performances by: Dajeanne Washington, Undergraduate Student Performer; Olivia Smith, Undergraduate Student Speaker; Northside Step Team; Seattle Women’s Steel Pan Project; and Nikkita Oliver, Educator, Organizer, and Spoken Word Artist. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and light refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs or visit their Facebook event online.

    Sponsored by Seattle University Office of Multicultural Affairs 

    Meet Me at McRory’s! A Festive Evening with Friends Benefitting Seattle Nativity School
    Thursday, January 21, 2016 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

    Seattle Nativity School cordially invites you to F.X. McRory’s Steak Chop & Oyster House. This event is a fundraiser with a paddle raise benefitting the students of Seattle Nativity School, a tuition-free, Jesuit-endorsed middle school dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty through education. Appetizers and beverages will be served. Space is limited. To register, email Judy Shafer by January 16. Stay afterwards to watch the Gonzaga University Men’s Basketball Team take on St. Mary’s College. For more information about Seattle Nativity School, visit their website.

     
    Immersions in Ignatian Prayer: Prayer Practices for Life
    Five Thursdays January 28, February 4, 11, 18 and 25, 2016 from 6:30 to 8:45 pm 
    St. Joseph Parish Center, Seattle 

    Do you feel like you need to unplug and reconnect with God? Does your prayer life need a jump start? Or maybe a revival? Would it help to have some new prayer forms to draw upon? Immerse yourself in an experience of Ignatian prayer! On Thursday evenings this coming winter, you are invited to learn about and experience up to five unique forms of Ignatian prayer, including Lectio Divina, the Examen, Imagination in Prayer, and more! Evenings will include Opening Prayer, a presentation and experience of a prayer form, followed by small group reflection and sharing about the experience of prayer. Whether you are new to or experienced in Ignatian spirituality, these evenings are wonderful opportunities to engage in prayer practices that you can integrate into your daily life. Either journey with the same small group through the whole series or visit individual session/s of your choice. Cost is $90/series (including $25 non-refundable registration fee) or $20/session. Partial work scholarships are available. To register, visit ISC online by Thursday, January 21.  For more information or questions, contact Andrea Fontana.

    Sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center and St. Joseph Parish
     
    Catholic Heritage Lecture 
    Integral Ecology: Pope Francis and Planetary Thinking
    Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
    Seattle University (Pigott Auditorium)

    In the second of the Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture's 2015-2016 Catholic Heritage Lecture series, "Care for the Earth, Care for the Poor," inspired by Pope Francis' new encyclical, keynote speaker Christiana Peppard, PhD of  Fordham University will explore how Catholic social thought draws connections between ecological destruction and social injustice. What does Laudato Si' say about the realities and dynamics of ecological sin, and what does this mean for human relationships with the Earth and with each other in the twenty-first century? Christina Roberts, PhD and Wesley Lauer, PhD will share their expertise and insight into how our daily actions, consumption patterns, and local engineering projects affect not only our local rivers and the Puget Sound but the rights of indigenous peoples. This event is free, and all are welcome. To register, email ICTC. For more information, visit online or email Emily Holt.

    Sponsored by the Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture
     
    Nine Days of Grace: Novena 2016
    Have We Forgotten the Good News? -  A Lenten Retreat in the Midst of Daily Life
    Wednesday, March 2 – Thursday, March 10, 2016
    Saturday, March 5 – 1:00 p.m. only at St. Joseph Church, Seattle
    Sunday, March 6 – 1:00 p.m. only at Seattle University, Chapel of St. Ignatius 

    Terrorism. Mass shootings. War. Illness. Death. With all the darkness we hear about in the news and experience in the world today, we might wonder: Have We Forgotten the Good News? This is the poignant question that this year’s retreat team - Fr. Bob Stephan, SJ, Tricia Trainer, and Deacon Denny Duffell - asks us to ponder as the title for the Nine Days of Grace: Novena retreat this Lent. They hope to convey that in the face of so many dark places in our hearts, in our communities, and in our world, the scriptures this Lent point to another way. We, the people “sitting in darkness,” are invited to “see a great light,” a way of consolation and healing that might involve remembering what our eyes have already seen—the good news of our faith! Join people of all ages and various faith traditions for this nine-day Lenten retreat in everyday life, to beg God for this light of remembrance, to be inspired by three wise presenters steeped in the Ignatian tradition and vision, to lift up your deep prayers for God’s grace, all within the context of the Eucharist, and a supportive faith-filled community. Let’s remember the Good News this Lent! Join for one, some, or all of the Masses. Choose whatever location is most convenient each day, and/or make the retreat online. Novena Masses are approximately 60 minutes long, followed by individual prayer for healing.  Free will offering. Seating is first-come, first-served.  For more information, email Andrea Fontana.

    Sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center
     
    Lenten Small Group
     
    Lenten small group program for young adults exploring the spiritual and corporal works of mercy. The program uses the book Mercy in the City by Kerry Weber to learn more about the works of mercy. The six week program includes: prayers, discussion questions, reflections, weekly challenges to practice one spiritual and one corporal work of mercy, a leader's manual, and one free copy of Mercy in the City for the group leader. Parishes can hold their small group meetings whenever it works best for their young adults. Books are available to purchase for just $5 through the Office for Youth and Young Adult Evangelization. To find a parish group to join, email Caitlin Lanigan.

    Sponsored by Office of Youth and Young Adult Evangelization
     
    A Pilgrimage to Spain
    In the Footsteps of Ignatius of Loyola: Loyola, San Sebastian, Xavier, Manresa, Montserrat, Barcelona & More
    June 16 to 27, 2016

    Join Rev. Pat O’Leary, S.J., Ms. Lisa Dennison & Rev. Natch Ohno, S.J. for a 12 day Ignatian Pilgrimage to various sites in Spain honoring the footsteps of St. Ignatius of Loyola. Full Package: Air & Land $3,299. Discount Price (payment by check) or $3,498 Standard Price (payment by credit card). Land Only Package: $2,499 Discount Price (payment by check) or $2,698 Standard Price (payment by credit card). For more information, visit the travel page online or email Natch Ohno, S.J.

    Sponsored by Seattle University Office the Chaplain for Faculty & Staff

     

    Fall 2015

    Posted by Maria Ochoa on 9/16/2015 02:26:28 PM

    On July 31st, Magis hosted the first ever Ignatian Leadership Conference, welcoming 130 alumni to Seattle University’s campus for a day of learning, conversation, and sharing about Ignatian Leadership - the emerging leadership model that puts love at the center.

    Participants explored the developing concept of Ignatian Leadership and reflected upon their own lives and leadership in light of the Ignatian Leadership principles and framework. They also began to imagine how to integrate the concept into their work, communities and families by conversing and connecting with other Ignatian-inspired leaders. Alumni hailed from various professional organizations, including: Seattle Police Department, Boeing, Providence Health Services, Sala Credit Union, T-Mobile, Nordstrom, City of Redmond, South Seattle College, and more. There was such a positive response to this conference that Magis is happy to announce that we are planning to offer it again next year, so stay tuned for more info!

    The Magis team is pleased to welcome the newest cohort to the Contemplative Leaders in Action (CLA) program. Cohort 4 is a stellar group of 24 emerging leaders from varying professions such as wealth management to social work, higher education to global health. They happily gathered and kicked off the CLA experience with the opening retreat last weekend. Cohort 3 is moving into the second year of CLA, and participants are excited to get started on their Enacted Love Projects, where they will work as teams to create a response to a social need and injustice. We wish these cohorts the best as they begin this fall!

    CLA4

    Lastly, we encourage you to read some inspiring stories about how a Jesuit education has impacted men and women across the U.S. The Association of Jesuit Colleges & Universities is sharing these stories online using the hashtag #JesuitEducated and can be read online here. Similarly, we are inviting you to listen to local alumni share their stories at Lives Transformed by Jesuit Education: All Jesuit Alumni & Friends Mass & Brunch happening Sunday, November 22nd at Seattle University. We hope to have a great turn out to hear Fr. Steve Sundborg, S.J. and inspiring alumni tell why a Jesuit education has impacted their lives. Please see below for more information and join us!

    Blessings as you start the fall season,
    Brooke, Maria, Fr. Bob, and Anne-Marie

    Alumni Living the Mission

    Fr. Bob Stephan, S.J. v2

    Fr. Bob Stephan, S.J. is the newest addition to the Magis team. As the Chaplain for Ignatian Leadership, Bob serves as the co-facilitator for the Contemplative Leaders in Action (CLA) program. Over the course of his life, he has asked himself “Are you driven or drawn?” as a way of discerning God’s invitation, and not simply his own determination, in making life choices. Click here to read more about his story and his new role at Seattle University.

    Save the Date

    Ignatian Silent Retreat
    Friday, November 6 at 5:00 p.m. to Sunday, November 8, 2015 at 2:00 p.m.
    Archbishop Brunett Retreat Center at the Palisades (Federal Way)

    Looking for a quiet weekend retreat? The Ignatian Silent Retreat is a three-day experience which provides prayer, reflection, individual spiritual direction, and community. Jesuit-educated alumni join faculty and staff of Seattle University for the weekend. Be sure to sign up for this retreat opportunity! The cost of the retreat is $125, which includes a $25 non-refundable deposit (to be applied towards the balance of your retreat cost) in order to hold your spot. The weekend includes rooming, meals, and materials. To RSVP, or for more information, email Magis.

    Sponsored by Office of Jesuit Mission & Identity and Magis

    Lives Transformed by Jesuit Education: All Jesuit Alumni & Friends Mass & Brunch 
    Sunday, November 22, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 
    Seattle University
    Special Alumni Mass (optional): 9:00 a.m., Chapel of St. Ignatius
    Networking Brunch: 10:00 a.m., Student Center 160

    In collaboration with a number of local Jesuit alumni chapters, Magis invites Jesuit alumni, family and friends to gather for food, networking, and inspiration. Come join us this fall morning to hear reflections from Seattle University’s President Fr. Steve Sundborg, S.J. and inspiring alumni on what it means to be Jesuit-educated and how Jesuit education has transformed their lives. Please save the date and invite your family and friends to join you!  More details and registration will be available in early October. Individual tickets are $25, or reserve a table of 8 for your alumni chapter and/or family and friends. This is a family friendly event; kids 12 and under are free.  

    Sponsored by Magis

    Alumni Advent Mass 
    Saturday, December 5, 2015 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m
    Seattle University
    Mass: 4:00 p.m., Chapel of St. Ignatius
    Reception: 5:00 p.m., Student Center (First Floor)

    Seattle University invites Jesuit-educated alumni, family and friends to attend the annual Alumni Advent Mass and Christmas Reception. The mass will be held in Seattle University's Chapel of St. Ignatius. Space is limited and seating is first come, first served. Light refreshments and food will be served at a reception immediately following mass, with an opportunity to connect with fellow Seattle U alumni and friends. For more information or to register for the event, contact the Seattle University Alumni Association.

    Sponsored by Seattle University Alumni Association

    Partner Programs and Events

    Ignatian Spirituality for Men
    Lectio & Laudato Si': Prayerful Reading & Response to the Pope's Encyclical
    Saturday, October 3, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
    St. Joseph Parish Center

    Seattle Prep faculty member Paul Peterhans will guide you and other men in praying with Laudato Si' through a modified practice of Lectio Divina ("Divine Reading"). This interactive morning will help you prayerfully connect to the spiritual dimension of Francis' document with your whole heart, mind and soul, so as to move your body into action appropriate to your life circumstances. Bring your favorite passage from the Encyclical and watch the Spirit at work! Gather at 9:00 am for a light breakfast social. The program will begin at 9:30 a.m. and end at 12:00 pm, followed by a sack lunch. Please bring your own lunch. Though copies of Laudato Si' will be available, please bring your own copy if you have one, along with your favorite passage. Bring a friend, too! Men of all ages and faith backgrounds are welcome. Event is free, donations appreciated. For more info, visit Ignatian Spirituality Center online. For questions or to RSVP, email Program Coordinator Andrea Fontana.

    Sponsored by Ignatian Spirituality Center

    Fall Alumni Seminar Series: What is Happening to Our Common Home?
    The Debate about Pope Francis’s Recent Letter on the Environment and the Economy

    Tuesday evenings October 6, 20; November 3, 17; December 1, 15, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m
    Seattle University

    The seminars, which take place during six evenings in the fall, will address Pope Francis’s letter, Laudato Sí. The letter raises questions about the ecology and the economy in the United States, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. What does this have to do with faith? With Catholic social teaching? With our responsibility to creation and to human ecology? Join us as we read and discuss this long and eloquent document about the future of our planet. We will both engage the proposals of Pope Francis and participate in the worldwide debate they have caused. Click here to read more about this series, or here to register

    Sponsored by Seattle University College of Arts & Sciences

    Ignatian Spirituality 101: An Introduction to Ignatian Prayer & Spirituality
    Thursday, October 8, 2015 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
    St. Joseph Parish Center

    Pope Francis, the first Jesuit Pope, is grounded in Ignatian spirituality, but what exactly does that mean?  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! People of all ages, faith traditions and spiritual backgrounds are welcome. Bring a friend!  If you are already familiar with Ignatian spirituality, we encourage you also to invite family, friends or colleagues to attend. This event is free, donations welcomed.  For more info, visit Ignatian Spirituality Center online.  For questions or to RSVP, email Program Coordinator Andrea Fontana.

    Sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center, Christian Life Communities (CLC), Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life (SEEL), and Magis

    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
      
    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 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

    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
     

    May 2014

    Posted by Elizabeth Coz on 5/6/2014 04:00:41 PM

    “When the heart is touched by direct experience, the mind may be challenged to change.”
     - Fr. Peter Hans Kolvenbach, S.J., former Superior General of the Society of Jesus

    In the spirit of transformational education, Magis is excited to announce it will be expanding the Contemplative Leaders in Action (CLA) Ignatian Leadership Program, starting an additional cohort this fall! CLA is a two-year experience which integrates leadership and faith development, and Magis is looking for Jesuit alumni ages 25-39 who seek to grow in their faith and leadership within a supportive community of peers. If you or someone you know would be a good fit, please apply or forward the application along.See below for more details and a link to the application.

    If you are curious about what participants in CLA are learning and experiencing, we encourage you to read the reflection in our Alumni Living the Mission section by Angeline Thomas (Seattle University School of Law, 2011). As a law school graduate, Angeline has questioned how to go about her practice of law. CLA has been a place to discern her path among others having the same career questions.  She says, “Thanks to CLA, I do not have to grapple with these big decisions alone.” 

    Lastly, you may be interested in attending the Ignatian Inspired Leaders Panel tomorrow, Thursday, May 8 at the Sorrento Hotel where we are co-hosting an alumni panel and conversation on the "Ignatian" approach to leadership. Space is limited but all are welcome to attend! Please see below for more information.

    Here’s to learning and leading,

    Brooke, Maria, and Liz

      Alumni Living the Mission  

     CMS Angeline 

    Angeline Thomas, Seattle University School of Law '11  

    Angeline Thomas is a current participant in Contemplative Leaders in Action - an Ignatian Leadership program. Click here to read more about how the CLA program is helping her, and 31 other emerging leaders, discern everyday life commitments, and connecting her to other Jesuit alums.

    Magis Opportunity  
    Ignatian-Inspired Leaders Panel
    with Seattle University President Fr. Stephen Sundborg, S.J.
    Thursday, May 8, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    Sorrento Hotel, Seattle

    With a Jesuit Pope who is making waves, more people than ever are asking what the "Jesuit" or "Ignatian" approach to leadership is. Join Seattle University’s Alumni Relations and Magis' Contemplative Leaders in Action (CLA) Alumni Leadership program for an exciting evening of networking and meaningful conversation around authentic leadership and what it means to ground one’s leadership in the values of a Jesuit education. A diverse alumni panel from a variety of professional fields will join Seattle University President Fr. Stephen Sundborg, S.J. sharing insights out of their lived experiences of leadership, and an opportunity for structured networking will follow. Cost is $15, and space is limited. All are welcome to attend! Click here for more information or to register.

    Sponsored by Magis and Seattle University Alumni Relations

    Partner Programs and Events
    Finding God's Footprints on the Office Floor
    Thursday, May 8, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    Seattle University (Admissions and Alumni Building)

    Join Amici for their 5th annual Speaker Series! Moderated by Emmy award winner Brian Callanan, this will be a dynamic evening of professional connection and rich dialogue as we hear from business and educational leaders on issues of leadership, professional life and faith. This year's panelists include Chris Richard (Senior Manager, KPMG), Jack Connelly (Owner/Partner, Connelly Law Offices), Mary Herche (Vice Chair, Gonzaga Board of Regents). Click here for other important details or email Amici for more information.

    Sponsored by Fulcrum Foundation

    Focusing: An Embodied Way of Knowing
    An Enrichment Day for Spiritual Directors (but open to all!)

    Susan Dougherty, Presenter
    Friday, May 16, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    St. Joseph Parish Center

    Focusing (BioSpirituality) is a process that invites & welcomes the body’s deep wisdom. In this workshop we will practice some basic skills of Focusing, and integrate them with the Examen. Learning to attend to our inner movements of Consolation and Desolation in this richly embodied way can enhance our awareness of and responsiveness to God’s “still, quiet voice” within us. Open to all! Cost is $40 in advance, $50 at the door. Register and pay online here. Contact Carolyn for more information. 
     
    Sponsored by Ignatian Spirituality Center

    Amici Trivia Night:
    Fundraising for Visitation Catholic STEM Academy

    Tuesday, May 20th, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.
    World Sports Grille (second level)

    Trivia Night is back for its 11th appearance this spring, with all proceeds benefiting Amici's partner school - Visitation Catholic STEM Academy! Amici's development committee invites you out again for dinner, drinks and trivia domination. Wear your Seattle Mariners gear! There is an entry fee of $10/person (online or at door), but reduced to $5 at the door if you bring a package of LEGO or DUPLO blocks (to help St. George is start a LEGO club). Contact Amiciwith questions.

    Sponsored by Fulcrum Foundation

    Summer Day of Reflection: Changing Light
    An Examen of Life in the Middle of the Year
    Rosanne Michaels, Facilitator

    Saturday, June 21, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    St. Joseph Parish Center   
                                             
    This June, you are invited to take time to slow down, step back, and prayerfully “examine” your life’s journey in the middle of the year.  Using the metaphor of the changing light throughout the 24-hour day, Rosanne Michaels will offer brief presentations on the movements of the Examen, followed by abundant time for reflection and journaling on the first half of your year or another longer period of time.  This day invites you to ponder what is most important to you and to consider possible next steps in your life. 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.  Invite a friend, colleague or family member to join you! Light breakfast and lunch will be provided. Click here to register, or contact Andrea Fontana for more information.

    Sponsored by Ignatian Spirituality Center

    Apply for JV EnCorps: A Volunteer Service Program for 50+
    September 2014 – June 2015
    Seattle

    JV EnCorps is a program of Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC) Northwest that engages women and men ages 50 and older in a transformative experience of volunteer service and spiritual growth. Participants (JVEs) commit to 10 months of service in their local communities and to the exploration of JVC Northwest’s core values: community, simple living, spirituality, and social & environmental justice. The JV EnCorps experience includes: volunteer service for 10 months in one community agency or institution for 5 to 10 hours weekly; monthly JVE community meetings plus three day-long retreats for learning, reflection and spiritual growth; commitment to building a JVE community of like values and serving others; sustaining an individual practice of prayer, meditation and/or reflection. For information and application materials for the inaugural Seattle program contact Helen Pitts.  

    Sponsored by Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest

    “According to Father” Video Series

    Submit your real questions about the Catholic faith to be answered by local Seattle priests. 8 videos with great questions have been released so far. If you have missed any, visit the Young Adult Ministry Youtube channel to get them all. Submit questions that you would like to have answered by a priest via Facebook, Twitter (#accordingtofather and mention @WWCatholicYA) or by email.

    Sponsored by Archdiocese of Seattle  

    March 2014

    Posted by Elizabeth Coz on 3/5/2014 08:51:17 AM

    Today is Ash Wednesday and marks the start of Lent, a forty day journey of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving for Christians worldwide. Magis invites you to consider how you might: make space for mindful reflection or engaging spiritual practices? Consider transforming a life-draining habit or relationship? Give through service to others and the community? - all through your everyday life these next few weeks.

    For starters, Magis looks forward to offering the annual Alumni Day of Prayer on Saturday, March 22nd at Seattle University’s Ecumenical Chapel in Campion Hall. Alumni Day of Prayer is an Ignatian day of reflection for Jesuit alumni who are 50+, or identify with being in the second half of life. The day provides retreat and renewal, and features opportunities for prayer, quiet reflection, small group conversation, gentle music, and an optional closing liturgy. One past retreatant put it “I would recommend this to everyone - particularly the way it brought meaning to the daily happenings of life, past and present.” This year Jean Ederer and Fr. Paul Fitterer, S.J. join us, breaking open scripture and story around their experiences of the second half of life. Jean and Paul guide from their years of wisdom and sage experience as a lay retreat leader/spiritual director and Jesuit, respectively. For more information, read below or visit our online flyer.

    This month, we are featuring Paul Milan, Ph. D., Seattle University professor and graduate ('64), as our Alumni Living the Mission, who is the Faculty Director of Xavier Global House, and an immersion program connecting students to the complex realities of Tijuana, Mexico. Read how, after 40+ trips to Mexico, Paul has encouraged students to move forward in their careers with a broader world view and better sense of compassion and justice. In this same spirit, we invite you to give of your time through service at our 3rd annual National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service on April 26th. Magis and our partner Alumni Relations are joining Jesuit universities and colleges across the U.S. to engage graduates across the nation in shared service, demonstrating the life-changing and enduring power of a Jesuit education. For more information, please read below. Registration will open tomorrow, March 6th.

    Join us in praying, fasting, and giving together these next weeks.

    The Magis Team


      Alumni Living the Mission

    Paul Milan Photo CMS

    Paul Milan, Seattle University '64
    (pictured fourth from top right )
    with students, alumni, and community in Tijuana, Mexico

    Fr. Peter Hans Kolvenbach, S.J. called us as Jesuit alumni to become more engaged in the world. This call inspired Paul Milan (Seattle University, '64) to not only travel to Mexico 40+ times, but to help create both an academic course and an international, community-based program at Seattle University that forms students and alumni alike.  Click here to read Paul's reflection.

     Magis Opportunity  
    Alumni Day of Prayer: “‘Teacher, where do you live?’ ‘Come and see…’”
    For Alumni & Friends 50+
    Retreat Presenters: Jean Ederer & Fr. Paul Fitterer, S.J.

    Saturday, March 22, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    Seattle University (Campion Hall Ecumenical Chapel)
     
    Magis welcomes Ignatian retreat leaders Jean Ederer and Fr. Paul Fitterer, S.J. who will break open scripture and stories around experiences of the second half of life, as well as explore questions in relation to self, God, and church. This Ignatian day of reflection is ecumenical in nature and provides retreat and renewal, with opportunities for prayer, quiet, small group conversation, gentle music, and an optional closing liturgy. This retreat is designed especially for Jesuit–educated alumni and their friends and family who are 50+ or identify as being in the second half of life. Cost is $20; lunch and parking are included. To register, or for more information, email Magis.

    Sponsored by Magis   
     
    Save the Date  
    National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service
    Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    Registration opens Thursday, March 6, 2014!
     
    In partnership with Seattle University Alumni Relations, Magis offers alumni of Jesuit universities and colleges an opportunity to serve the local community, cultivating a spirit of being men and women for and with others. Alumni volunteers will disperse to nearby Seattle area organizations where they will assist with a variety of service tasks. This program is part of the National Jesuit Service Initiative, which engages graduates across the nation in shared service which demonstrates the life-changing and enduring power of a Jesuit education. Click here to register. For more information, email Magis.

    Sponsored by Magis and Seattle University Alumni Relations

    Ignatian-Inspired Leaders Panel
    with Seattle University President Fr. Stephen Sundborg, S.J.

    Thursday, May 8, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    Sorrento Hotel

    With a Jesuit Pope who is making waves, more people than ever are asking what the "Jesuit" or "Ignatian" approach to leadership is. Join Seattle University’s Alumni Relations and Magis' Contemplative Leaders in Action (CLA) Alumni Leadership program for an exciting evening of networking and meaningful conversation around authentic leadership and what it means to ground one’s leadership in the values of a Jesuit education. A diverse alumni panel from a variety of professional fields will join Seattle University President Fr. Stephen Sundborg, S.J. sharing insights out of their lived experiences of leadership, and an opportunity for structured networking will follow. Cost is $15, and space is limited. All are welcome to attend! Click here for more information or to register.

    Sponsored by Magis and Seattle University Alumni Relations

    Partner Programs and Events  
    Called to Become Ourselves:
    Navigating the Fog of Vocational Transitions in the Light of God’s Story

    Thursday, March 6, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    St. Therese Parish Center

    Join presenter Sam Charters for an evening of storytelling, film, poetry, scripture and sharing personal narrative for young adults to help understand the purpose of vocation and transitions. This presentation will not only engage the mind, but also the heart, to discover the interplay between God's authoring of our story and God's call to be ourselves as co-authors. This program is for young adults ages 21-35. For more information, or to register, email Emily Davis.
     
    Sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center
     
    SU Advantage - Tools For Transition: Jump-Start Your Career!
    Thursday evenings March 6, 13, 20, and 27, 2014 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    Seattle University (Bannan Science Building Room 202)

    Connect with fellow Seattle University alumni and have the opportunity to sharpen your professional networking skills. The workshop will cover: Self-assessment tools to identify the job/career that’s right for you; Approach to creating your strategy – key success factor in post-2008 economy; Development of personal narrative and positioning – key marketing tools to sell YOU; Coaching on networking and informational meetings – 95% of jobs are found that way; Successful resume formats, LinkedIn, online presence, cover letters, emails to get results; Tactics to enlist help and “be a vulture where you want to work”; and Job interview coaching, including prep for behavioral and fad questions. Registration fee of $50 includes complete package of handouts, self-assessment tools, sample resumes and cover letters, interview coaching guide and more. Click here register.

    Sponsored by Seattle University Alumni Relations
     
    Volunteer with St. Joe’s Young Adults at the Senior Resource Fair
    Saturday, March 8, 2014 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    St. Joseph Parish Center
     
    St. Joseph Parish is seeking young adult volunteers for their Senior Resource Fair. Volunteers will help set up and take down materials for the event and help seniors with directions among other activities. This will be a great opportunity to get involved with other communities. For more information, or to volunteer, email St. Joe’s Young Adults.
     
    Sponsored by the St. Joe’s Young Adults
     
    Questioning for Purpose:
    A Workshop on Life Stage & Career Discernment

    Thursday, March 13, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
    Seattle University (Chardin Hall, Room 142)
     
    Wondering what to do next with your life, passions, gifts, skills, or career? This is a free interactive workshop for those seeking to deeply consider their career and potential life changes. The workshop includes opportunities for self-reflection, journaling, pair-share, and guided discussion. This is an open and inclusive opportunity for all interested. For more information, or to register, email Colette Casavant.

    Sponsored by the Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry
     
    Novena of Grace: “There is Something Greater Here”
    Wednesday, March 12 – Thursday, March 20, 2014
    Weekdays: 12:30 p.m. at Seattle University Chapel of St. Ignatius ** and 7:00 p.m. at St. Joseph Church
    Saturday, March 15: 1:00 p.m. only at St. Joseph Church
    Sunday, March 16: 1:00 p.m. only at Seattle University Chapel of St. Ignatius

    Enter more deeply into Lent this year by participating in the Novena of Grace, a meaningful nine-day “retreat in everyday life.”  Presenters Matt Barmore, Fr. Peter Ely, S.J., and Marilyn Nash will reflect on the theme “There is Something Greater Here” from an Ignatian perspective within the context of the Eucharist.  This Lent, prayer will be intended to help one respond with hope to God’s invitation to each one of us – to behold something greater here in our midst. For more information, or to register, email Andrea Fontana.

    Sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center
     
    Immersion in Ignatian Prayer
    Tuesday, March 25, 2014, April 8, 2014, and April 22, 2014 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
    St. Joseph Church and Parish Center
     
    During Lent this season, immerse yourself in an experience of Ignatian Prayer. On Tuesday evenings, you are invited to learn about and experience unique forms of Ignatian prayer. Evenings will include opening prayer, a presentation, and an experience of the prayer form followed by small group reflection. Whether you are new to or experienced in Ignatian spirituality, these evenings are an opportunity to engage in prayer practices that easily integrate into your daily life. For more information, or to register, email Andrea Fontana.
     
    Sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center
     
    Archbishop’s Holy Thursday Pilgrimage:
    Passion for our Faith

    Sunday, April 27, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
    St. James Cathedral
     
    Begin your Holy Triduum with Archbishop Sartain as he leads hundreds of young adults (age 18-39) on a Eucharist-centered pilgrimage to several Seattle churches. This is the largest annual gathering of Catholic young adults in western Washington, coming together for prayer and community with the Archbishop. The pilgrimage will include a six mile walk around the city of Seattle and the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at each site visit. For more information, or to register, email Bridget Harris.
     
    Sponsored by The Archdiocese of Seattle
     
    Seattle University Alumni Seminar Series: Reading our Favorite Poems
    Tuesday Evenings, April 8, 2014, May 7, 2014, May 21, 2014, and June 4, 2014
    from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
    Seattle University

    Seattle University’s College of Arts and Sciences invites alumni, students, and other college graduates to a series of live readings and discussions of poetry. Professors William Taylor, Sharon Cumberland, Susan Meyers, and David Leigh, S.J., and others will read from their favorite poetry and will invite alumni to present their favorites as well. These evenings will be for those seeking a higher-quality learning experience, discussions on life’s deeper questions, and the companionship of other active minds. Cost for the six-session seminar will be $195 including parking, all materials, and refreshments. For more information, visit the website or email Alumni Seminars.

    Sponsored by the Seattle University College of Arts and Sciences
     
    Joy of the Gospel
    Lenten Small Study Groups

    March through April, Sunday evenings at 5:30 p.m.

    Join a study group that fits with your schedule this Lent. If you are a young adult, this is an opportunity to delve into study of the Gospel and the works of Pope Francis. Study groups will explore texts from Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation, the Joy of the Gospel, and discuss how his vision can challenge and inform us as we live our Christian faith in our parishes and our world. Groups will meet at different times throughout the week for five sessions. For more information, or to register, visit the Lenten Series website.

    Sponsored by St. James Cathedral

    Seattle Catholic Young Adults
     
    Sign up to receive an email digest of general Catholic young adult events in Seattle by contacting John Dogero of Jet City Catholics and check out the Jet City Catholics Facebook Page.
     
    St. James Young Adult Ministry provides social, spiritual, and social justice focused opportunities for young adults in their twenties and thirties around Seattle. Sign up to receive updates by emailing Caitlin Lanigan.
     
    The St. Joseph Young Adult Community focuses on building spirituality, friendships, and creating social opportunities in the Seattle area. Sign up to receive updates by emailing Annapatrice Clarke.
     
    Official Archdiocese of Seattle Young Adult App

    The Archdiocese of Seattle has launched their official mobile app for Catholic young adults in Western Washington. Available for apple and android, the app will allow users to view an event page, see what events are happening near you, and view video messages from the Archdiocese. Search for WWCatholicYA in your App store to download the application. For more information or questions, email Bridget Harris.

    Sponsored by the Archdiocese of Seattle Young Adults
      

    January 2014

    Posted by Elizabeth Coz on 1/8/2014 11:46:33 AM

    It’s a New Year and obviously, resolutions abound. Whether it is exercising more and eating better, or making a habit of calling your friends or family each week, this yearly transition ushers newness and with it, an opportunity to embrace life more abundantly, healthily, and creatively.
     
    However, have you ever thought to invite God in your exploration of New Year’s resolutions? Perhaps finding a new practice to be still and reflect, journal, or meditate. Or, perhaps it is choosing to carve out space for a retreat where you can ponder prayerfully the ways your life is calling you to new endeavors, habits, or attitudes. As we begin to have longer days with more light and draw more energy from the greening of our environment, take notice of how God might be yearning for you to also be light-filled and changed.
     
    Magis and the Ignatian Spirituality Center invite young alumni (20’s and 30’s) on Saturday, January 11th for Everyday Ignatian. The retreat will be focused on engaging spiritual practices, and will be hosted at the lovely Peace & Spirituality Center in Bellevue. Check out our online flyer for details and consider it an opportunity to kick off your New Year with God in mind. The Magis staff wishes you the best this New Year and hopes you will consider Magis programs in your resolutions for personal, faith, and leadership development.

    Happy 2014,
    Brooke, Maria, & Liz 

     Alumni Living the Mission

    Jim at FB 

    Thanks to all of the Jesuit-educated alums who let us highlight them as women and men living for and with others – these stories are excellent examples of “where the rubber hits the road.”  All the 2013 reflections are accessible here, and we encourage you to share your own stories with us for 2014!  Email Magis to nominate someone or submit a reflection yourself.
     
    Magis Opportunity  
    Everyday Ignatian: A Young Alumni Retreat Series
    Engaging Spiritual Practices

    Saturday, January 11, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    St. Mary-on-the-Lake Peace and Spirituality Center, Bellevue
     
    Do you have a hard time figuring out how to pray, sit with silence, or meditate in the midst of a full and fast-paced life? If so, join Magis and the Ignatian Spirituality Center for conversation, food, practice, and community! In this day long retreat, retreatants will have an opportunity to experience various spiritual practices inspired by Ignatian spirituality or offered in an “Ignatian way”, as well as share with others in small groups, reflect individually, and enjoy company of other young adults. Retreat is free of cost; space is limited. Lunch will be provided. This retreat is open to Jesuit-educated alumni in their 20’s and 30’s and local area young adults. For questions, or more information, contact Maria Ochoa.

    Sponsored by Magis and Ignatian Spirituality Center

    Save the Date
    Justice Conversation
    Thursday, February 27, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Seattle University (Student Center 160)

    Do you want or need to make a practical action plan towards living a life of service and justice? Would you like to hear from fellow alumni on how they are taking steps to make service an everyday reality in their lives? Are you interested in connecting with local organizations looking for volunteers to assist with service projects and/or leadership opportunities? Join Magis for an evening of conversation and connection with others looking to be inspired on how to take the next step in living out Jesuit values of service and justice. This program is a follow up for those who attended the Justice Education Forum held December 8th, or anyone interested in the topic at hand. The evening will include dinner and a brief volunteer fair; space is limited. For more information, or to register, email Magis.

    Sponsored by Magis
     
    Alumni Day of Prayer

    Saturday, March 22, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    Seattle University, Campion Hall (Ecumenical Chapel)

    Join us for this annual day-long facilitated Ignatian retreat. It takes place in the Seattle University Ecumenical Chapel in Campion Hall and features opportunities for sharing, reflection, small groups, music and liturgy. This retreat is designed for alumni 50+ and friends, and focuses on themes related to the second half of life. For more information or to register, email Magis.

    Sponsored by Magis 
     
    National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service
    Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
    Locations TBD
     
    In partnership with Seattle University Alumni Relations, Magis offers alumni of Jesuit universities and colleges an opportunity to serve in the local community in order to bring about a spirit of being men and women for and with others. National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service will send alumni volunteers to nearby Seattle area agency sites where alumni will assist with a variety of service tasks. This day of service is part of the National Jesuit Service Initiative, which engages graduates across the nation in shared service which demonstrates the life-changing and enduring power of a Jesuit education. Details coming soon! For more information, email Magis.

    Sponsored by Magis and Seattle University Alumni Relations

    Partner Programs and Events
    Young Adult Interfaith Conference
    Many Faiths, One Humanity: Unity in Our Diversity

    Sunday, January 12, 2014 from 1:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    St. Mark’s Cathedral

    If you are in your 20s or 30s, join others of diverse faiths to build an interfaith community. This conference is an opportunity to experience and share faiths and traditions, network for the common good, and create interfaith action for a better world! Internationally acclaimed interreligious scholar Rabbi Susannah Heschel, Ph.D. will open the conference. Breakout sessions include How Interfaith Collaboration is Changing the World, Understanding and Challenging Our Biases, and Hate Crimes: How They Affect Our Communities and What We Can Do. For more information and to register click here.

    Sponsored by Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center

    Solidarity with the Philippines Fundraiser:
    Rafael in Concert and Fast for Climate Justice

    January 16, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
    Seattle University (Campion Ballroom)
     
    Join Seattle University’s Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability to support those affected by Typhoon Haiyan which devastated the Philippines in 2013. YouTube sensation, AJ Rafael will perform and all proceeds from the concert will benefit School of the SEA (Sea and Earth Advocates), a leading environmental education organization whose facilities were devastated by Typhoon Haiyan. Members of the Seattle University community will fast in solidarity with Yeb Sano, the chief Filipino negotiator to the UN climate change meetings this past November. Click here to purchase tickets ($10 for students, $15 for the general public). For more information click here or contact Mike Schut.
     
    Sponsored by Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability

    Ignatian Spirituality 101:
    An Introduction to the Basics of Ignatian Prayer & Spirituality

    Thursday, January 16, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    St. Joseph Parish Center (Mother Teresa Room)

    What is Ignatian spirituality all about? What might Ignatian prayer and spirituality have to offer you? The first Jesuit Pope, Pope Francis, is grounded in Ignatian spirituality. If you have heard of Ignatian spirituality but would like to know more, this evening of introduction to the basics of Ignatian prayer and spirituality is for you! 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. No cost. For more information or to RSVP, email Andrea Fontana.

    Sponsored by Ignatian Spirituality Center, Magis, Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life (SEEL) and Christian Life Communities (CLC)

    Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration: Imagine a World
    Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.
    Seattle University (Pigott Auditorium)

    Come and experience a world inspired by MLK’s life and legacy, 50 years after the March on Washington! The theme this year is “Imagine a World”, and will be portrayed by a collection of performers and artists from Seattle University and the surrounding community, including Gabriel Teodros, Liberation United Church of Christ Choir, YouthSpeaks Seattle, and more. For more information, or to register, email OMA.  

    Sponsored by Seattle University Office of Multicultural Affairs, Office of Student Activities, International Student Center, Black Student Union, and Center for Service and Community Engagement

    International Dinner 2014: Exploring Our Cultural Roots
    Saturday, January 25, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 pm
    Seattle University (Campion Ballroom)

    The International Dinner is a student-run event coordinated for the entire campus community and features incredible cultural performances and cuisine from a variety of cultural backgrounds from around the world. There will be fantastic raffle prizes throughout the evening as well. For more information, or to get your ticket, email ISC.

    Sponsored by Seattle University International Student Center and Division of Student Development

    The Jesuits in World History: International Symposium and Teacher's Workshop
    Friday January 31 to Saturday, February 1, 2014
    Seattle University

    Seattle University is proud to announce an international symposium and teacher’s workshop dedicated to exploring new scholarship and teaching strategies on the theme of “The Jesuits in World History.” Scholars from England, Canada and the United States will explore emerging scholarship on the critical role that the Jesuits played in shaping world history. The Society of Jesus was, as one historian has noted, “The most important organization in the early modern world.” Their travels and writings defined cross-cultural encounters and dialogues across the globe. Following there will be a half-day teachers’ workshop for high school and college-level world history teachers focusing on innovative ways to integrate key resources in Jesuit history into world history classes.  Sessions will focus on a prize-winning classroom exercise exploring the Jesuits in China, a critical look at world history films dealing with the Jesuits, and primary source materials on Jesuit travelers. This event is free and open to all; space is limited. For more information, or to register, email Thorne Clayton-Falls or visit the College of Arts & Sciences online.

    Sponsored by Seattle University College of Arts and Sciences

    In the Steps of Ignatius: Ignatian Spirituality for Men
    Large Group Session III - Seeing the Face of God in Our Relationships, with Joe Orlando

    Saturday, February 8, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
    St. Joseph Parish Center

    Men of all ages and faith backgrounds are invited to come together this year for any or all of four large group offerings of Ignatian spirituality especially for men. These Saturday morning gatherings will focus on discerning God’s presence in various aspects of everyday life. Each morning will include a half-hour gathering with light refreshments, followed by prayer,  a presentation, and time to reflect individually & with others. Join other men interested in integrating spirituality & daily life. Contact Andrea Fontana for more information.

    Sponsored by Ignatian Spirituality Center 

    2013-2014 Catholic Heritage Lectures: Catholicism in a Religiously Plural World with José Casanova, Ph.D.
    Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
    Seattle University (Pigott Auditorium)
     
    The Seattle University Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture sponsors events that provide a Catholic lens to on-going conversations at the university, conversations that are especially relevant to our local community and our world today. The 2013-2014 lecture series examines the roots of the Church’s call for engagement with religions, and will continue with featured speaker José Casanova, Ph.D. for his talk ”The Church in a Global Pluralistic World: Challenges and Opportunities”. Visit ICTC online for information on other upcoming Winter 2014 Catholic Heritage Lecture speakers, including Agnes Brazel, Mel Piehl, and Fr. Heru Prakosa, S.J. Events are free and open to the public. For more information, email ICTC director Catherine Punsalan with any questions.
     
    Sponsored by Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture

    Seattle Catholic Young Adults
     
    Sign up to receive an email digest of general Catholic young adult events in Seattle by contacting John Dogero of Jet City Catholics.
     
    St. James Young Adult Ministry provides social, spiritual, and social justice focused opportunities for young adults in their twenties and thirties around Seattle. Sign up to receive updates by emailing Caitlin Lanigan.
     
    The St. Joseph Young Adult Community focuses on building spirituality, friendships, and creating social opportunities in the Seattle area. Sign up to receive updates by emailing Annapatrice Clarke.
     
    Official Archdiocese of Seattle Young Adult App

    The Archdiocese of Seattle has launched their official mobile app for Catholic young adults in Western Washington. Available for apple and android, the app will allow users to view an event page, see what events are happening near you, and view video messages from the Archdiocese. Search for WWCatholicYA in your App store to download the application. For more information or questions, email Bridget Harris.

    Sponsored by the Archdiocese of Seattle Young Adults


    November 2013

    Posted by Elizabeth Coz on 11/6/2013 11:06:47 AM

    “I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the community, and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.”
    - George Bernard Shaw

    If you’ve ever felt torn between wanting to live a life of service and justice, but not knowing how to do it, raise your hand.  

    Chances are, if we were in a room of 100 Jesuit-educated alumni, most everyone’s hand would be up. The holistic Ignatian education we receive – of the mind and of the heart –challenges us to make decisions that serve those on the margins. But in a struggling economy and with so many competing commitments, it can be hard to prioritize the needs of those most vulnerable when we ourselves feel vulnerable. 

    As we enter November, we elect our government officials, dial up the thermostat, and reset our clocks. We settle into new routines. Do you have service built into your weekly, monthly or yearly routine? Do you make time to connect with the poor or advocate for those with no voice? Thanksgiving, Advent, and Christmas tend to spark exceptional generosity and we witness gift-giving as a love language shared to unite friends, families and the community at large. But what holds us back from pouring out our resources of time, money and presence year-round?

    On December 7th, our annual Justice Education Forum will focus on answering the question “What does a life of service and justice mean to me, and how do I live it in my everyday life?”.  It’s not easy, but it can be done. We will hear from leaders in our community who are living as men and women for and with others as they share their approaches to service and justice in daily life.

    It can be hard to know what to do when you know someone needs help — a homeless man with nowhere to go huddled in a doorway, an elderly woman in line at a food bank, the mentally ill person on the bus. We invite everyone who is interested in exploring practical and relevant ways to serve to join us December 7th  (details below). Also, stay tuned for follow-up events in the same spirit of sharing. We wish you many blessings as 2013 comes to a close, and may we all embrace the openings in 2014.

    Brooke, Maria and Liz

    P.S. Late Monday night, Magis learned that West Livaudais, who is featured as this month’s Alumni Living the Mission with his twin sister Catherine, was hit by a car on November 3 in Guatemala. Once his condition is stable enough to travel, he will be flown to a hospital in Portland where his family is anxious to be with him.  Until then we await news on his condition. Please send prayers of healing and hope to the entire Livaudais family and keep West in your intentions at this time.
     
    Alumni Living the Mission

    Livaudais

     
    Catherine and West Livaudais

     (Gonzaga '00, JVCNW [Catherine])

    Catherine and West Livaudais are twins by birth, but mission-driven ministers of peace and presence by choice. Even from afar, their core values of prayer and service to others inspire one another. Click here to read their reflections. 

     Magis Opportunity

    Everyday Ignatian: Young Alumni Retreat Series
    Vocation & Life's Purpose - Facilitated by Kathy Collins
    Thursday, November 21, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Seattle University (Student Center 160)

    Magis is excited to welcome Ignatian facilitator, retired Seattle University campus minister, and recent Maryknoll Missionary Kathy Collins! Kathy will share a brief story on St. Ignatius' life and share some from her own experience. She will then moderate a panel of fellow Jesuit-educated alumni in sharing their vocational stories, as well as tools and tips for meaningful discernment. The evening will include a space for you to ponder how you are presently called in your own life, share in small groups, and hopefully leave a little more inspired. Join us for conversation, food, practice, and community! For questions, or more information, contact Assistant Director Maria Ochoa. Be sure to check out our Facebook page for more information on speakers in the coming weeks.

    Sponsored by Magis 
    Save the Date  
    Justice Education Forum:
    Living a Life of Service and Justice
    Saturday, December 7, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
    Seattle University (Student Center 160)

    Jesuit education imbues a deep spirit of being men and women for others in its graduates. But, living a life of service and justice takes hard work! Since graduating from your alma mater, you may have struggled with trying to  fit a commitment to service/justice into an already packed schedule, been challenged in naming and connecting your gifts, skills, and interests with local service/justice opportunities, or incorporating these values into your relationships, communities, and work life. Justice Education Forum is a space where alumni can ask the meaningful question “What does a life of service and justice mean to me, and how do I live it in my everyday life?”

    This year’s keynote speaker, Kent Koth (Director of the Seattle University Center for Service and Community Engagement and Seattle University Youth Initiative) will lead an interactive conversation and reflection on this important question. Justice Education Forum aims to inspire alumni in identifying ways they are already participating in meaningful service and acts of justice, naming challenges towards meaningfully living into those values, and re–imagining ways to take action today. The day will also include an opportunity to attend one of three workshops focused on practical topics such as how make a living and make a difference at the same time, and balancing personal and service/justice commitments. Justice Education Forum is free of charge and includes lunch; space is limited. Jesuit-educated alumni and the larger community are invited to attend. To register, or for more information, email Magis.

    Sponsored by Magis 

    Alumni Advent Mass 
    Sunday, December 8, 2013 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    Seattle University (Chapel of St. Ignatius)

    Seattle University invites Jesuit-educated alumni, family members and friends to attend the annual Alumni Advent Mass and Christmas Reception. The mass will be held in Seattle University's Chapel of St. Ignatius. Space is limited and seating is first come, first served. Light refreshments will be served at a reception immediately following mass in the Paccar Atrium of the Pigott Building. For more information or to register for the event, contact the Office of Alumni Relations.

    Sponsored by Seattle University Alumni Relations and Magis

    Everyday Ignatian: A Young Alumni Retreat Series 
    Engaging Spiritual Practices
    - Saturday, January 11, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    Location TBD
     
    Do you have a hard time figuring out how to pray, sit with silence, or meditate in the midst of a full and fast-paced life? If so, join Magis and the Ignatian Spirituality Center for conversation, food, practice, and community! In this day long retreat, retreatants will have an opportunity to experience various spiritual practices inspired by Ignatian spirituality or offered in an “Ignatian way”, as well as share with others in small groups, reflect individually, and enjoy company of other young adults. Retreat is free of cost; space is limited. Lunch will be provided. This retreat is open to Jesuit-educated alumni in their 20’s and 30’s and local area young adults. For questions, or more information, contact Assistant Director Maria Ochoa.

    Sponsored by Magis and Ignatian Spirituality Center

    Partner Programs and Events 
    Mother Earth and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples:
    Exploring our Connections in a Globalized World
    Thursday, November 7, 2013 and Friday, November 8, 2013
    Monday, January 6, 2014 and Saturday, November 11, 2014
    March, 2014
     
    One Equal Heart Foundation invites you to gather and discuss the issues facing Mexico’s southernmost state of Chiapas. Thousands of indigenous people from Chiapas will gather at the Indigenous Congress on Mother Earth to reflect on the environmental, human rights, and economic challenges that Chiapas is facing and develop a coordinated response to them. In solidarity with the Chiapas, One Equal Heart Foundation invites local organizations, schools and universities, faith communities, and individuals to gather and discuss these same issues with the Chiapas. For more information, or to register for the discussion, email One Equal Foundation.

    Sponsored by One Equal Heart Foundation
     
    Ignatian Spirituality Center Book Group:
    Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion

    Tuesday, November 12, 2013 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    Tuesday, November 19, 2013 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    St. Joseph Parish Center
     
    In Fr. Greg Boyle, S.J.’s New York Time bestselling book, Boyle explains his experiences working in the ghetto using parables inspired by faith and essays about universal kinship, redemption, and moving examples of the power of unconditional love and the importance of fighting despair. Join the Ignatian Spirituality Book Group, co-facilitated by David Coffey and Emily Davis, in reading and discussing this “quick read” as a reminder that no life is less valuable than another. For more information, or to register, contact Emily Davis.
     
    Sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center
     
    Wine and Wisdom
    Thursday, November 7, 2013 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Thursday, November 14, 2013 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Thursday, November 21, 2013 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    The Ram Restaurant and Brewery
     
    The fall Wine and Wisdom series continues this year with discussions on how to keep our prayer life vibrant in our 20’s and 30’s. Each Thursday until November 21st, a speaker will share his/her wisdom and fellowship with the group. Join for great discussions, lessons, and an optional mass at St. Francis Cabrini at 6:00 p.m. For more information, or to register, email Bridget Harris.
     
    Sponsored by the Office for Youth and Young Adult Evangelization
     
    SEYA Spirituality on Tap
    Dreams, Imagination and Ignatian Contemplation

    Thursday, November 14, 2013 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    St. Therese Parish Center
     
    Join a group of young adults in an exploration of the physiology of dreaming. The group will look at how to interpret dreams and the role of imagination in Ignatian prayer. Come with a dream you’d be willing to share with the group and a question you may have about it. For more information, or to register, email Emily Davis.
     
    Sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center
     
    Living out God’s Vocation
    Saturday, December 7, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
    St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, Bellevue
     
    The Ignatian Spirituality Center invites men of all ages to come to a series of large group gatherings focusing on discerning God’s presence in various aspects of everyday life. This event, led by Brendan Busse, S.J., will focus on living out God’s vocation, including a half-hour gathering with light refreshments, followed by prayer, a presentation, and individual reflection. For more information, or to register, email Andrea Fontana

    Sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center
     
    Young Adult Retreat:
    Discerning God’s Will and Your Gifts

    Friday, December 13, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. to Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 1:00 p.m.
    Archbishop Brunett Retreat Center
     
    Join Fr. Bryan Dolejsi on this retreat for Young Adults discerning God’s gifts in life. Participants will spend time reflecting on the particular gifts God has given us and how to best utilize them for the building up of the kingdom of God. The retreat will include time for prayer, presentation, discussions, and silent person time. All young adults 18-35 years-old of the Archdiocese are welcome. For more information, or to register, email Helen Nguyen.
     
    Sponsored by the Office for Youth and Young Adult Evangelization
     
    An Advent Posada: A Journey of Immigrants
    Saturday, December 14, 2013 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    St. Mary’s Church
     
    The Ignatian Spirituality Center invites you to join them in a Posada: a Latin American tradition of Advent dramatizing the search of Joseph and Mary for lodging. This will be a way to enter more fully into Advent and into a deeper reflection on immigration. The evening will include song, scripture and stories from recent immigrants and processions to nearby homes. All ages are welcome. For more information email Emily Davis.
     
    Sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center
     
    Seattle Catholic Young Adults
     
    Sign up to receive an email digest of general Catholic young adult events in Seattle by contacting John Dogero of Jet City Catholics.
     
    St. James Young Adult Ministry provides social, spiritual, and social justice focused opportunities for young adults in their twenties and thirties around Seattle. Sign up to receive updates by emailing Caitlin Lanigan.
     
    The St. Joseph Young Adult Community focuses on building spirituality, friendships, and creating social opportunities in the Seattle area. Sign up to receive updates by emailing Annapatrice Clarke.
     

    September 2013

    Posted by Maria Ochoa on 8/26/2013 01:31:59 PM

    Every summer is filled with journeys. Where did this summer take you? For some, it was going to a coast, camp ground, or lake. For others, like our Assistant Director Maria L. Ochoa, it was the MAG+S Ignatian immersion and World Youth Day events in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (you can read her reflection in this month’s Alumni Living the Mission). Wherever you went this summer, there were bound to be moments of joy, excitement, challenge, and learning. As fall starts up, we are excited to see you at Magis programs and hear your summer journey stories.
     
    In the meantime, Magis has been planning some new opportunities to better support you in living out Jesuit values in the everyday journey. Among the great new programs starting this fall is Everyday Ignatian: A Young Alumni Retreat Series  kicking-off October 10th. The accessible two-evening and one-weekend day retreat format was designed to integrate Ignatian reflection and learning over a few months. Alumni in their 20’s and 30’s will have an opportunity to explore topics from community to spiritual practices. Magis is also excited to be partnering with the Ignatian Spirituality Center for the third retreat of the series, and is working to bring engaging speakers for this program. See below for more details.
     
    Magis is also happy to share that the second cohort of Contemplative Leaders in Action (CLA) is well on its way. The two-year journey officially began September 3rd and CLA participants have started to build their community of life-long learners. If you were starting an adventure of learning, what word or image might you carry with you? Share with us on Facebook an inspiring picture from your summer journey, and you may get chosen to win a pair of Magis pint glasses.

    Here’s to a great end-of-summer and for future journeying together this year!

    The Magis Staff

      Alumni Living the Mission 

    Brasil

    Brazil & Back: A Pilgrimage Reflection
    by Maria L. Ochoa, Assistant Director of Magis

    Alumni include: Matthew Salazar (Seattle U ‘09), Michael Alcantara (Seattle U ‘09), Andrew Giron (Seattle U ‘09), and Thuong ChuChe (Gonzaga ‘06 & Seattle U ’13)

    For three weeks this past July, Maria Ochoa and Matthew Pyrc, S.J. traveled alongside a group of thirteen Seattle University students and alumni to embark on a journey of living the magis. They participated in MAG+S, a pastoral experience of Ignatian immersion for pilgrims from Jesuit institutions leading up to World Youth Day. Among 2,000 other students, alumni, Jesuits and lay partners hailing from over 50 countries, Maria's pilgrim experience could be best described as a joyful mess. Click here to read Maria's reflection.

       Save the Date

    Everyday Ignatian: Young Alumni Retreat Series
    Thursday, October 10, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Mosaic Coffee House, Seattle
    Thursday, November 21, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Student Center 160, Seattle University
    Saturday, January 11, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Location TBD
     
    This fall, alumni in their 20’s and 30’s are invited to participate in a dynamic three-part retreat series focusing on faith and spirituality topics as seen through the Jesuit/Ignatian perspective. Topics will be diverse as: discovering your vocation, engaging spiritual practices & integrating Jesuit values into everyday life. Join us for conversation, food, practice, and community! Participants are encouraged to journey for the entire series, but may attend individual sessions. For questions, or more information, contact Assistant Director Maria Ochoa. Be sure to check out our Facebook page for more information on speakers in the coming weeks.

    Sponsored by Magis

    Magis Mixer: An Evening with Fr. Greg Boyle, S.J.
    Friday, October 25, 2013
    Pre-event Mixer at 6:00 p.m., Olympia Pizza, Capitol Hill
    Event at 7:30 p.m., St. Joseph Church, Seattle
     
    Join Magis and other Jesuit-educated alumni for a Mixer-style evening with pre-event food and drinks at Olympia Pizza on Capitol Hill and then a chance to hear Father Greg Boyle, S.J.  Fr. "G" is an internationally acclaimed speaker and founder of Homeboy Industries which helps former gang members redirect their lives and become contributing members of their families and the community by offering hope, training and job skills. They provide free services and programs that provide alternatives to re-incarceration or a return to former gang lives, and is the largest gang rehabilitation program in the country. In recognition of 30 years of providing the Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life (SEEL) in the Puget Sound region, SEEL is hosting this event to raise funds that will support the continuing ministry of SEEL now and into the future. Magis has 30 tickets to offer at a reduced rate of $10 each on a first-come, first-served basis for you and up to one guest. To reserve your spot, email Magis. Tickets are available for purchase directly through Brown Paper Tickets.

    Sponsored by SEEL Puget Sound and Magis

    Ignatian Silent Retreat
    Friday, November 8, 2013 to Sunday, November 10, 2013
    Palisades Retreat Center, Federal Way
     
    The Ignatian Silent Retreat provides participants with an opportunity for prayer, silence and renewal in the context of the Christian faith tradition. It is open to alumni, university faculty and staff members and spouses. The retreat draws upon the inspiration of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, the pattern of prayer and meditations developed by the founder of the Jesuits. Seasoned spiritual directors lead retreatants through the weekend, which begins on Friday evening with dinner and ends Sunday at 3:00 p.m. Cost is $100 and includes room and board. For more information, or to register, please contact Magis.

    Sponsored by The Office of Jesuit Mission and Identity and Magis

    Justice Education Forum
    Saturday, December 7, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
    Seattle University (Student Center 160)

    The Justice Education Forum is an annual program which explores the alumni experience of living a commitment to justice and service. This is accomplished through a day of conversation and learning, and includes a keynote presentation, workshops, as well as an opportunity for small group discussion. More details coming soon!  For more information, contact Maria Ochoa.

    Sponsored by Magis
    Partner Programs and Events
    Spirituality on Tap
    Meditation: Medicine for the Soul

    Thursday, September 5, 2013 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    St. Joseph Parish Center, Seattle
     
    Mindfulness and meditation practice are becoming increasingly popular as ways to aid healing for illness and to mitigate the effects of stress from our frantic modern way of life. This experiential evening will help you learn simple ways to incorporate mindfulness and meditation into your day and increase your awareness and gratitude for all that God has given. Contact Emily Davis for more information.

    Sponsored by SEYA at Ignatian Spirituality Center
     
    Saturday in Service, King County
    Saturday, September 7, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    St. Mary’s Foodbank, Seattle
     
    Join fellow young adults in Seattle at the food bank at St. Mary's Parish in Seattle to support Central District neighbors. Open to young adults ages 18-39. More information is available at the Facebook event. Contact Bridget Harris for more information.

    Sponsored by Office for Youth and Young Adult Evangelization

    Theology on Tap: Living Your Faith 7 Days a Week
    Wednesdays, September 11 and 18, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
    The Chieftain, Seattle
     
    This is a three week series exploring how Catholic young adults (20’s and 30’s) in Seattle can live out their baptismal call all week long. From sitting in the pew on Sunday, to cranking through the work week, to meeting friends at the bar on the weekends, explore how to stay connected to God and deepen your faith the whole week through. Pre-event mass at 6:15 p.m. located at the Chapel of St. Ignatius on Seattle University’s campus. RSVPs via Facebook are highly encouraged and appreciated.

    Work Hard, Pray Hard: Finding God during the work week

    September 11, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
    David Unger, St. James parishioner, young adult, husband, and father of two will share his insight on how he has learned to keep his faith alive all week long while working as an economist at KPMG.

    From the Party to the Pew
    September 18, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
    Deacon Steve Wodzanowski serves as Pastoral Associate at St. Joseph Parish. A former Jesuit volunteer and father to two young adults, he will address the subject crossing every young adult’s mind approaching the weekend.

    Sponsored by St. James Cathedral Young Adult Ministry

    Local Harvest: A Benefit in Support of the Ignatian Spirituality Center
    Friday, October 18, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. 
    St. Joseph Parish Center, Seattle
     
    Join Ignatian Spirituality Center for an evening of food, fun and friends! Enjoy local music, food and beverages, and bid on beautiful works of art created by local artists. Test your knowledge of all things Ignatian by participating in Jesuit Jeopardy! For more information, visit ISC online or email Andrea Fontana.

    Sponsored by Ignatian Spirituality Center
     
    Seattle Catholic Young Adults
    Sign up to receive an email digest of general Catholic young adult events in Seattle by contacting John Dogero of Jet City Catholics.
     
    St. James Young Adult Ministry provides social, spiritual, and social justice focused opportunities for young adults in their twenties and thirties around Seattle. Sign up to receive updates by emailing Caitlin Lanigan.

    The St. Joseph Young Adult Community focuses on building spirituality, friendships, and creating social opportunities in the Seattle area. Sign up to receive updates by emailing Annapatrice Clarke.

    July 2013

    Posted by Elizabeth Coz on 7/3/2013 08:33:35 AM

    “What does integrating the values of Jesuit education in everyday life look like?” This is the question Magis staff and advisory board have been holding as we embarked in a year-long process to revise the organization’s strategic plan. After considering the multi-faceted realities of alumni, vetting through best practices, and cultivating new ideas through conversations and brainstorming, Magis is excited to announce there will be some new initiatives and program updates starting this fall. We hope these changes will provide a greater integration of Jesuit values into your everyday life. The Magis staff would like to thank the Magis Advisory Board for ushering the process with creativity and courage. We are excited to see how the revised strategic plan will better serve Jesuit-educated alumni living in the Puget Sound region.

    Among the updates starting September 2013, Magis will offer programming which will fall within three strategic priorities: fostering authentic community, supporting faith formation and spiritual development in the Ignatian tradition, and inspiring a commitment to service and justice. We hope to offer spaces for conversation on what the impact of Jesuit education means to you, and how it is expressed in your life, family, and work. We welcome your feedback if you have any ideas or creative ways we could offer experiences that are relevant and accessible.

    In this vein, Magis will also be publishing this eNewsletter on an every-other-month basis. We hope this will streamline information on upcoming opportunities, as well as give the staff an opportunity to foster conversations that are important to you through the use of other media. For example a great way to be updated on a more day-to-day basis is through Facebook. Be sure to follow us in order to see what opportunities are coming down the road, or by joining the conversation and telling us how you are integrating faith, justice, and leadership into day-to-day life (the first one to post on our Facebook page using the hash tag #everydaylife in their post will win a pair of custom made Magis pint glasses to enjoy this season!)

    Stay cool and stay tuned for more developments in the months to come,
    The Magis Staff

      Alumni Living the Mission

    Jim at FB  

     
    Over the last year, Magis has highlighted some amazing alumni: from newly graduated to seasoned, single to partnered, groups, communities, and families… each and every one of them expressed how important it has been to live the magis beyond their college experience and into their personal and professional lives. Click here to read back on some of these great stories we featured. In the months to come, Magis wants to hear from you about those “Magis Moments” you have experienced post-graduation – you know, the kind where you realized you were called into something more, whether in your family life, work, or service for or with others. Email us and let us know - we would love to share your Magis Moment!
     
     Save the Date  
    Magis Mixer
    Thursday, August 8, 2013 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
    Poquitos, 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. For more information contact Magis.

    Sponsored by Magis
     
    Love Into Practice: An Everyday Mini-Retreat Series for Young Alumni
    Monday, October 21, 2013 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Thursday, November 21, 2013 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Saturday, January 11, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
     
    This fall, alumni in their 20’s and 30’s are invited into a dynamic three-part mini-retreat series focusing on faith and spirituality topics as seen through the Jesuit/Ignatian perspective. Topics will be diverse, such as: discovering your vocation, engaging spiritual practices, integrating Jesuit values into professional life, and searching for a faith community. Join us for conversation, food, practice, and community! Participants are encouraged to journey for the entire series, but may attend individual sessions. Locations, speakers, and topics are forthcoming. For questions, or more information, contact Assistant Director Maria Ochoa.

    Sponsored by Magis
     
    Partner Programs and Events  
    A Pilgrimage of the Heart: Summer Ignatian Silent Retreat
    Friday, July 26, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. to Sunday, July 28, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.
    The Archbishop Brunett Retreat Center at the Palisades, Federal Way
     
    Take time this summer to rest, renew your soul, and soak in silence on the shores of Puget Sound with this 3-day Summer Ignatian Retreat. This retreat will offer stirring and relevant presentations based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, followed by abundant time for silent reflection and prayer (suggestions for prayer will be available for each prayer period), opportunities for individual spiritual direction, evening prayer and sharing in the Eucharist. Resident retreatants will have lodging and meals. Commuter retreatants will have meals only. 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. Some partial work scholarships are available. For more information, contact Andrea Fontana.  

    Sponsored by Ignatian Spirituality Center 
     
    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 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

      

     

    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

      
     

    May 2013

    Posted by Elizabeth Coz on 4/24/2013 09:27:36 AM

    Today we experience the best of what the Pacific Northwest has to offer: sunny warmth with a side of effervescent green shining brightly all around us. It’s the first day of May, and we are blessed to encounter the radiance of nature’s surrounding beauty! With that gift comes the opportunity to take time to enjoy it. How about a retreat? Retreats are greatly known to offer many benefits such as to: promote self-care, increase capacity for decision-making and discernment, renew spiritual practices, reignite faith, foster intimacy, and cultivate an awareness of God and/or the Sacred in one’s life. Retreats restore by stepping outside of everyday life, and entering a space which enables one to examine and reassess how she/he wants to move forward with integrity.
     
    This month, Magis is pleased to host its annual Young Alumni Retreat (for Jesuit-educated alumni in their 20’s or 30’s), being held at Camp Burton on Vashon Island. The retreat starts off on Friday evening (so you can get a full work day in) and ends Sunday afternoon (so there is still time to get some chores done or center before the week starts up again).  Here is what participants have to say about the Magis Young Alumni Retreat:

    • “[Come] if you need something, are searching, feel stagnant, need space/time to reflect and or reconnect.”
    • “It is a relaxing peaceful time to reflect in community and develop a deeper understanding of God.”
    • “The team is fantastic, the planning stellar, and the location incredible.”

    Do any of these remarks sound like something you could use right now? If so, please see below for more details on this opportunity.  Like another participant said “Find what you didn’t know you needed!”  If you have a friend who is Jesuit-educated, why not invite them to join you, too? Let’s take in the beautiful environment of our region and center ourselves with God, together.

    Enjoy the sun!

    Brooke, Maria and Liz 

    P.S.: Magis’ Contemplative Leaders in Action Alumni Leadership Program is accepting applications through May 17th – see below for more details.

     

    Alumni Living the Mission 

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      Heather Thomason (Marquette '07, SU '11) & Aubrey Thonvold (SU, '12)

    Heather Thomason and Aubrey Thonvold met while attending Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry, so naturally, they are thankful for a shared Jesuit education for many reasons. "Our Jesuit experience gave us the gift of being able to be fully ourselves and to live out the callings God has placed in our lives."
    Click here to read their reflection.  

     
    Magis Opportunity    

    Magis Mixer
    Thursday, May 2, 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 

    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' 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 at 7pm to Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 2pm
    Camp Burton (Vashon Island, WA)  

    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 weekend 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. Cost for this retreat is $125, which includes room and board for the weekend. Some scholarships are available. For information or to RSVP, email Magis.

    Sponsored by Magis   

    Contemplative Leaders in Action: A Program for Emerging Leaders
    Applications Due May 17 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.

    Sponsored by Magis  
       


    Partner Programs and Events

    AMICI 4th Annual Speaker Series
    Thursday, May 2, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    Bishop Blanchet High School

    AMICI is hosting their fourth annual speakers series moderated by Emmy award winner Brian Callanan. This will be a dynamic evening of professional connections and rich dialogue. The group will hear from business and educational leaders on issues of leadership, professional life, and faith. Panelists include Mick McHughJoseph Prague, and Brooke Rufo Hill. Tickets on sale now.  

    Sponsored by AMICI

    Faith and Values in the Public Square:
    How to Live a Contemplative Life in a 24/7 World
    Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 7:00 pm
    Seattle University, Wyckoff Auditorium 

    Esteemed and prolific journalist, poet, and essayist, Judith Valente, will be speaking at Seattle University as part of the Faith and Values in the Public Square Lecture Series. Known for her work in the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and contributions to PBS-TV, National Public Radio, and Chicago Public Radio, she will be speaking to students and the public about how to live life contemplatively in the midst of often busy lives. Tickets are required for the event, but are free. For more information, or to RSVP, email Hannah Hochkeppel.
     
    Sponsored by Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry 

    Volunteers Needed!
    Community Connections Distribution

    Monday, May 8, 2013 through Saturday, May 13, 2013

    Community Connections, a Seattle University newsletter connecting students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends to SU's neighborhood, could use some help distributing its print publication this issue. If you’d like to get in a good walk and are available between Monday, May 8 and Saturday, May 13, 2013, they would love your help. For more information, or to volunteer, e-mail Annie Beckmann.
     
    Sponsored by the Center for Service and Community Engagement

    Jesuit Universities Engaging Poverty:
    Perspectives from Seattle and Managua
    Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
    Seattle University, Pigott Auditorium

    Consider joining Seattle University’s Campus Ministry for a morning conference on community engagement in relation to poverty. The Seattle University community will join colleagues from the Universidad Centoamericana (UCA) in Managua, Nicaragua to share the best practices in teaching, research, and community engagement in relation to poverty. This conference is designed for a broad audience and will feature presentations about signature community engagement projects in Nicaragua and Seattle as well as joint disciplinary workshops on how poverty education is integrated into various disciplines. The conference is free, open to all, and includes lunch. To RSVP, click here.  

    Sponsored by Seattle University's Office of Jesuit Mission & Identity and the Poverty Education Center of  Matteo Ricci College, in partnership with the Universidad Centoamericana.

    24th Annual Tobin Lecture
    St. Francis, Pope Francis, and a Vision for the 21st Century Parish
    Wednesday, May 15, 2013 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    All Saints Catholic Church (Portland, OR)

    Are you up for a road trip to Portland? Join the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon in seeing the 24th Annual Tobin Lecture. Jack Jezreel, the Executive Director and founder of JustFaith Ministries and the JustFaith program will be speaking on the legacy of Pope Francis and what his position will mean for the future of American Catholicism. For more information, or to RSVP, email the Office of Life, Justice, and Peace 

    Sponsored by the  Archdiocese of Portland   

    Former Volunteer Retreat
    Friday, May 17, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. to Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 12:00 p.m.
    Miracle Ranch (Port Orchard, WA)

    Are you a former post-graduate service volunteer? Join other former volunteers and facilitator Marilyn Nash, for a weekend away reflecting on life after volunteer service. Kitsap Peninsula will be your setting for rest, reflection, rejuvenation, networking, conversing, and a lot of laughter. Volunteers from all service organizations are welcome. Cost for the weekend will be $35 and includes lodging and meals. For more information, or to RSVP, email JVC Northwest

    Sponsored by Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest

    Sought through Prayer and Meditation:
    A Spiritual Retreat for Women
    Sunday, May 19, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    Peace and Spirituality Center (Bellevue, WA) 

    Join other women for this retreat seeking to stimulate conscious contact with God through prayer and meditation. The group will gather together overlooking Lake Washington for prayer and meditation practices and a chance to connect and listen to each other. It will be a peaceful day away from the hustle of your everyday life. Enjoy good food. Bring a friend, sister, daughter, or mom, and come enjoy a wonderful day! Cost of attendance is $75 including a light breakfast and lunch. For more information, or to RSVP, email Carol Wilson or Mary Ellen Weber

    Spirituality on Tap Bowling Party:
    The Spirituality of Strikes and Gutters

    Thursday, May 23, 2013 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    The Garage, Seattle

    To celebrate another successful programming year of Spirituality on Tap, please join us for a night of fun, socializing, and prayerfulness as we celebrate the community that we have built together over the past year. This event is for young adults ages 21-35. For more information, email Matt Salazar.
     
    Sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center

    The Universe as a Sacred Community Series
    St. James Cathedral (Pastoral Outreach Center, Holy Names Room), Seattle 

    Join us this Easter season as we look at the sacredness of creation from a variety of perspectives about how our understanding of theology affects our concern for Creation and each other. Sessions will focus on topics that are worth of consideration for moving our religious leaders to take action on the terrible environmental challenges we must face as a human community. For a full list of dates, session topics and more information, email Patty Bowman.
     
    Sponsored by St. James Cathedral 

    Q-BBQ: An LGBTQ BBQ for Seattle University Staff, Faculty, Administrators, and Alumni
    Friday, June 7, 2013 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
    Seattle University, International Student Center
     
    Join the Seattle University Office of Multicultural Affairs for a social BBQ and the LGBTQ achievement awards. Event is free. Please RSVP to OMA and contact Sabina Neem for more information.

    Sponsored by the Seattle University Office of Multicultural Affairs 

    Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) Adult Softball
    June to August, 2013    

    Interested in playing softball this summer? Then start thinking about putting together an adult softball team at your parish! Games are co-ed and slow-pitch. Each team will need to assign a coach to attend the May 22nd coaches meeting at the CYO Athletics office, and league games start in June. Season ends with a one day tournament in August. Games are played regionally at parish fields on Monday and Thursday evenings. For more information about the softball league, please contact Scott Bailey.  

    Sponsored by the Office for Youth & Young Adult Evangelization, Archdiocese of Seattle   

    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

    Manna Project International
    New, Shorter International Program Director Positions

    Manna Project International (MPI) is now offering shorter International Program Director positions. This is an opportunity to work with MPI in either Guatemala, Ecuador, or Nicaragua to live and work for five, seven, or thirteen months implementing a range of community development projects in fields such as education, healthcare, the environment, and microfinance. Program Directors would develop and run community programs, manage organizational operations, build relationships in your country, and raise awareness for international issues. This a great opportunity for those looking to volunteer for a shorter amount of time while still receiving the full experience of being a Program Director. Application deadlines for the 7 month and 5 month Program Director positions are May 15, 2013. For more information, or to RSVP download the Program Director Handbook, or email MPI

    Sponsored by Manna Project International  

    Redhawk Network Mentor Program
    Mentors, Questions, and Calling
     
    Do you remember trying to make career choices as an undergraduate? Now is your chance to help that questioning undergraduate as a mentor. Seattle University’s Career Services is looking for alumni interested in engaging with students and graduates as they make vocational discernments. Whether you have years of experience in one field, you have changed careers multiple times, or you are just now embarking on your professional journey, you would be a valuable guiding voice to a student trying to learn the ins-and-outs of a field before committing to one career. This is also a chance to strengthen your leadership, coaching, and management through an opportunity that is flexible with your schedule. For more information, or to register for this opportunity, email Monica Duke.

    Sponsored by Career Services

    April 2013

    Posted by Kathryn Gilbert on 4/2/2013 03:49:17 PM

    “The fullness of joy is to behold God in everything.” St. Catherine of Genoa

    Last month was an exciting one to be Jesuit-educated – we anticipate a decrease in the number of people to whom you may have to explain what being “Jesuit-educated” actually means with the election of Pope Francis! The national and global media coverage on what makes him as a Jesuit different from past church leaders, as well his already noticeable radical extensions of hospitality and lived expressions of justice, may come as quite a shock to people outside the Catholic world who associate the Pope with the Plexiglas box Pope mobile. But to us, it’s a welcome affirmation of St. Ignatius’ vision to live as a man or woman for and with others.

    But if you ARE asked what being Jesuit-educated means, how would you respond? We think the quote by St. Catherine summarizes part of our response. With very full lives, we reflect and are able to find God in the good, the bad, and the confusing; thanks to critical thinking skills we exercise concern for the common good. In many ways, the expression by St. Catherine of Genoa, or the choice of Pope Francis to celebrate Holy Thursday in a juvenile detention center, captures the opportunity of rising to the occasion in faithful leadership when called to serve others. 

    This month Magis, in collaboration with the National Jesuit Service Initiative and Seattle University’s Office of Alumni Relations, invites you to carve time from your schedule to be of service to others. The National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service is an opportunity to volunteer with other Jesuit-educated alums at local Seattle organizations whose work is connected to food justice.  Registration is now open so to sign up or to learn more, see below. 

    Magis’ signature program, Contemplative Leaders in Action (CLA), is another opportunity to grow personally and communally in the Jesuit values of faith, justice and leadership. If you are an alumnus/na in your 20’s or 30’s who identifies as an emerging leader and person of faith, this unique two-year cohort experience may be right for you. CLA is an avenue for taking time to grow, committing to a social justice project with a small group, and learning about your role in work, family, and social life. For more information about the CLA program, see below.

    As spring sets in, we hope to see you for one of our programs soon, whether as time taken for yourself, your community, or your faith!
     
    Brooke, Maria and Liz

    P.S. Don't miss your chances to learn more about the CLA program at this month's Magis Mixer and the Ignatian Leadership Summit! Details for both events are below. 

     Alumni Living the Mission

     
     Jeremy Orbe

    Jeremy Orbe, Saint Louis University '12, JVCNW '12-'13
    (pictured on far left)    


    Jeremy Orbe is a Saint Louis University graduate now serving as a Jesuit Volunteer in Seattle. In addition to his work at Lifelong AIDS Alliance as the Public Policy and Advocacy Coordinator, Jeremy serves on the Magis Advisory Board. Click here to read his reflection.  
     
    Magis Opportunity  
    Magis Mixer
    Thursday, April 4, 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. This Mixer will double as a Contemplative Leaders’ in Action (CLA) info session and will be an opportunity to learn more about the CLA program, hear personal experiences about CLA from a few of our current cohort members, and ask questions. Happy hour prices apply. For more information contact Magis.

    Sponsored by Magis
     
    Magis at the Movies: Alumni Dinner and Band of Sisters Film Screening
    Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 5:30 pm
    Dinner at Piecora’s Pizza, Film Viewing at Northwest Film Forum (Seattle)
     
    Magis is happy to host a night at the movies to view the film Band of Sisters, which tells the story of Catholic nuns and their work for social justice after Vatican II of the 1960’s. For Catholics who wonder what became of the nuns they knew in habits and convents many years ago, for activists who may feel profoundly discouraged given the problems of today’s world, for women seeking equality in their church, and for people of all faiths yearning for an inclusive and contemplative spirituality, Band of Sisters challenges us to ask what really matters in life. And as we seek what matters, how do we go about changing our lives and the world around us? The evening will include gathering for a meal and conversation at Piecora’s Pizza, and then walking two blocks to Northwest Film Forum for the screening. Space is limited to the first twenty alumni who RSVP to Magis (alumni may RSVP for a spouse, partner or family member to join them). For questions or more information, email Assistant Director Maria Ochoa.

    Sponsored by Magis

    Careers in International Development
    Thursday, April 25, 2013 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
    Seattle University (Bannan Engineering Building, Wyckoff Auditorium)

    A panel of Seattle University alumni will share their reflections and experiences working in global development organizations such as Care, PATH, and more. The panel will be followed with a Q&A and breakout conversations around the themes of Global Health, Community & Economic Development, and Human Rights. This event is FREE. For more information, contact James Vivé

    Sponsored by Seattle University Career Services, The Office for Global Engagement, Poverty Education Center and Magis
     
    National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service
    Saturday, April 27, 2013 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
    Seattle University
     
    Join Seattle University, Magis: Alumni Living the Mission, and local alumni from fellow Jesuit universities in making a difference in the community and fulfilling our commitment to service. Participate in the 2nd Annual National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service on Saturday, April 27th from 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.! This year’s theme is food justice and the service sites that Alumni Relations and Magis are partnering with focus on work that relates to this theme. Registration is now open! Space is limited. To learn more, visit Alumni Relations.

    Sponsored by Magis and Seattle University Alumni Relations 

    Contemplative Leaders in Action: A Program for Emerging Leaders
    Applications are now available for the 2013-2015 cohort! Due May 17!
    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 
    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' 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. Cost for this retreat is $125, which includes room and board for the weekend. Some scholarships are available. For information or to RSVP, email Magis.
     
    Sponsored by Magis   
     
    Partner Programs and Events
    Immersions in Ignatian Prayer
    Tuesday, April 2, 2013 and April 16, 2013 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m
    St. Joseph's Church (Parish Center), Seattle

    On Tuesday evenings biweekly during this season, you are invited to learn about and experience a unique form of Ignatian prayer.  Evenings will include Opening Prayer, a presentation and experience of the prayer form, followed by small group reflection and sharing about the experience of prayer. Whether you are new to or experienced in Ignatian spirituality, these evenings are wonderful opportunities to engage in a prayer practice to integrate into your daily life. To RSVP or for more information, e-mail Andrea Fontana.
     
    Sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center.

    Ignatian Spirituality for Men: In the Steps of Ignatius III
    Making Decisions with God: Learning about Ignatian Discernment
    Saturday, April 6, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m
    St. Mary's Parish, M&M Café

    Men of all ages and faith backgrounds are invited to come together this Spring for the last of three offerings of Ignatian spirituality. This morning will include gathering with coffee and light breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., followed by a presentation by John Hickman. When we have been touched by God’s presence in our lives, we desire to know, love and serve God more deeply. Ignatian spirituality offers us insights and the tools to become aware of our deepest desire and God’s deepest desire for us in the world. Using Ignatian practices we will explore by example and by an examination of our own experience how we can discern what we are called to do in God’s world. For more information or to RSVP, email Andrea Fontana.

    Sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center

    Alumni Sponsored Easter Egg Hunt
    Sunday, April 7, 2013 after the 11 a.m. mass at the Chapel of St. Ignatius
    Seattle University, Union Green (outside the Chapel of St. Ignatius)

    Join the Seattle University Alumni Board of Governors for 11:00 a.m. mass in the Chapel of St. Ignatius, followed by an Easter egg hunt on the Seattle University Union Green. If the weather is bad, the Easter egg hunt will be held in Bannan Auditorium. Bring your family, invite your friends, and enjoy this fun, family activity including coffee and treats for kids.

    Sponsored by the Seattle University Alumni Board of Governors

    "Irreconcilable Conflict & Political Deadlock: Interfaith Dialogue as a Way Forward"
    A Deep Dialogue with the Interfaith Amigos
    Wednesday, April 17, 2013 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Seattle University, Pigott Auditorium

    What if greater spiritual awareness is the prerequisite to any effective healing of the major social and political challenges of our time? What impacts might that have nationally and internationally? Come to this deep dialogue with the Interfaith Amigos. The Interfaith Amigos explore the spiritual roots of their traditions as a way toward true interfaith dialogue and collaboration. They focus on the inner work required for any significant outer change to last.

    Sponsored by Interfaith Amigos

    Discernment in Daily Life
    Thursday, April 18, 2013 to Thursday, May 16, 2013 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    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 reflection, you will learn a process to integrate listening for God’s presence in your life decisions and consider guidelines for discernment taught by St. Ignatius, and experience meaningful group support. To attend, the cost is $140 and the register deadline is Thursday, April 11. For more information or to RSVP, email Andrea Fontana.  

    Sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center

    Spirituality on Tap
    Jesuits on the Frontier:

    The Travels and Friendships of the Early Jesuits and How their Journeys Inform our Own
    Thursday, April 18, 2013 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m
    St. Catherine of Sienna, Seattle

    In their early days, the Jesuits’ traveled throughout Asia and defined their relationship with the world. The lives of Francis Xavier and Matteo Ricci give us some insights into the Jesuit missionaries and how they were able to maintain friendships across great distances. What were Francis Xavier’s successes and failures on his voyages and what inspired Matteo Ricci to write his book On Friendship? What does this tell us about their work as missionaries? Join other young adults for an evening of discussion on the lessons from those travels and a reflection on their applications to our own as we ourselves maintain friendships around the nation and world. For more Information or to RSVP, email Matt Salazar.

    Sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center

    Tools for Career Transition:
    Workshop Series for Seattle University Alumni Looking for a Job, 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, April 30, May 7, and May 14 from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Cost to attend is $50 including workshop materials and meals. Register online on the Redhawk Network. For more information, contact Career Services

    Sponsored by Alumni Relations and Career Services

    Strengthening Resilience & Ritual and Myth:
    A Two-in-One Workshop for Spiritual Directors
    Friday, April 26, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m
    St. Joseph Church (Parish Center), Seattle

    Join the Ignatian Spirituality Center for two workshops to help strengthen your ritual practices and spiritual life. Elsa O’Connor will use the American Psychological Association guidebook on building resilience with Joan Chittister’s book The Gift of Years and Eckhart Tolle’s Oneness Worth All of Life to help guide participants through the roadblocks on the spiritual journey of aging to help open up new pathways. Then, Mike O’Connor will discuss the power of myth as grounded in Joseph’s Campbell’s notions of myth complemented with psychosocial and transpersonal dimensions of ritual. The workshop will overview Campbell’s ideas and offer a taxonomy for understanding types of rituals. Participants will also be invited to create and share ideas for rituals for possible use in their direct practice. To attend, the cost is $40 for general admission or $20 for student. For more information or to RSVP, email Carolyn Hickman

    Sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center 

    Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) Adult Softball
    June to August, 2013    

    Interested in playing softball this summer? Then start thinking about putting together an adult softball team at your parish! Games are coed and slow-pitch. Each team will need to assign a coach to attend the May 22nd coaches meeting at the CYO Athletics office, and league games start in June. Season ends with a one day tournament in August. Games are played regionally at parish fields on Monday and Thursday evenings. For more information about the softball league, please contact Scott Bailey.

    Sponsored by the Office for Youth & Young Adult Evangelization, Archdiocese of Seattle

     

    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

    February 2013

    Posted by Elizabeth Coz on 2/6/2013 01:54:22 PM

    Only weeks into the New Year, and life is already bursting at the seams! That is why intentionally making time to ground ourselves in the midst of ensuing busyness is, simply put, a good thing. What are ways you take time for yourself in the midst of whirling responsibilities, commitments, and goals you’ve chosen for the New Year? For some, the upcoming liturgical season of Lent serves as a call to make time to go inward in order to encounter stillness. For others, it may be a practice such as yoga, taking a long walk at a favorite park, or journaling with a cup of coffee. Whichever way you prefer, we invite you to look for a way to create space in order to “check-in” with yourself regularly.

    This coming March, Magis will offer two signature programs that provide an avenue to do this. The Alumni Day of Prayer, hosted on March 16th, will be featuring Pat O’Leary, S.J. and Cissy McLane, and they will lead an inspiring day for those alumni who are entering or are experiencing their second half of life. It promises to be a day of exploration on the experiences and questions of what that stage of life means. A few days later on March 20th will be Spirituality on Tap led by Brendan Busse, S.J. (our Alumni Living the Mission featured this month), who will facilitate a conversation on how vocation and imagination are intertwined. If you are in your 20’s or 30’s, we invite you to join us and bring a friend along. Information on these programs and more are located below.

    Lastly, don’t forget that tomorrow is our Open House between 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. in our new home located in the Pigott Leadership Pavilion #126. Stop by for bit or for a while – either way, we are excited to have you!

    Here’s to a great start to your February,
    Brooke, Maria, Liz
     
      

    Alumni Living the Mission 

    Image - Busse

    Brendan Busse, S.J.
     
     This month’s featured Alumni Living the Mission, Brendan Busse, S.J., first graduated from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and says, “I made a good decision and a bad discernment… I consulted my head while absolutely ignoring and perhaps even silencing my heart.”  As a now Jesuit and current professor of Ignatian Spirituality at Seattle U, he reflects on how sometimes our doing less enables our being more.  Click here to read Brendan’s reflection.
     

     Magis Opportunity 
    Magis Open House
    Thursday, February 7, 2013 from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
    Seattle University, Pigott Pavilion for Leadership (Room 126)
     
    Magis has moved! We are now in the Pigott Pavilion for Leadership, Room 126. In lieu of our monthly Magis Mixer in February, we invite you to join us for appetizers, drinks, and conversation in our new space.  In addition to refreshments, there will be raffles! Email Magis with any questions.

    Sponsored by Magis

    Calling All Alumni 55+: Join a Magis Small Group Today!

    Magis’ Older Adults and Retiree Small Group (OAR) is for alumni who are 55+ and who would like to integrate Ignatian Spirituality and Magis core values of faith, justice, and leadership in their own journey. OAR members pray together, share their stories, encourage one another and learn more about Ignatian Spirituality by reading and discussing books such as Finding God in Each Moment: The Practice of Discernment in Everyday Life by Carol Ann Smith and Eugene F. Merz, S.J. Those willing and able go out to lunch together after the meeting. If this sounds like a good fit for you, please contact us! To sign-up or for more information, email Assistant Director Maria Ochoa.

    Sponsored by Magis 

    Magis Appreciation Night at KeyArena
    Free Tickets to SU Men's Basketball Game!
    Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
    Key Arena, Seattle
     
    Seattle University would like to invite Jesuit-educated alumni from the Puget Sound region to join us for Magis: Alumni Living the Mission Appreciation Night at KeyArena in the Seattle Center for the Redhawk men’s basketball game against Louisiana Tech. It’s a great opportunity for a Valentine’s date, a family outing, or just coming together with a group of friends. To access two complimentary tickets and purchase additional seats if needed, click here.

    Sponsored by Seattle University Athletics and Magis 

    Save the Date  
    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 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    Seattle University, Chapel of St. Ignatius
     
    Magis is pleased to offer again 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 sacred space of the Chapel of Saint Ignatius. If you are entering or experiencing your second half of life, join us and bring a friend! Cost is $20 and includes 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 for an evening of reflection and conversation with Brendan Busse, S.J. who will reflect on the role of imagination in our being and becoming 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 as an ongoing answer 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 of cost. To RSVP, or for more information, email Magis.

    Sponsored by Magis and Ignatian Spirituality Center

    Ignatian Leadership Summitwith Karin Botto
    Wednesday, May 8, 2013 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
    Seattle University, LeRoux Conference Room (Student Center 160)
     
    Magis and its Contemplative Leaders in Action (CLA) Alumni Leadership Cohort are 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 feature Karin’s talk, dinner, and a facilitated reflection and conversation.  Cost is free, space is limited. For general information, please 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 an alumnus/na in your 20’s or 30’s and looking for a weekend to getaway for some restorative time with great new friends? The Magis Young Alumni Retreat is a three-day Ignatian retreat for those seeking a way to reflect on their current life circumstances, while grounding them in a sense of faith. This retreat includes facilitation by retreat directors, creative exercises, small-group sharing, and plenty of free time to enjoy the beautiful outdoor space. The retreat will be led by Jack Bentz, S.J., Cathy Beckley, S.N.J.M, and Maria Ochoa, and is open to alumni of all faith and spiritual backgrounds and walks of life. Cost is $125 and includes rooming, meals, and retreat materials. To register, or for more information, email Magis.
     
    Sponsored by Magis 

     Partner Programs and Events
    Immersions in Ignatian Prayer: Experience Ignatian Prayer this Lent & Easter
    5 Tuesdays in Lent and Easter from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    St. Joseph Parish Center, Seattle

    This Lent and Easter, immerse yourself in an experience of Ignatian prayer! On Tuesday evenings biweekly during these holy seasons, you are invited to learn about and experience a unique form of Ignatian prayer followed by reflection on the prayer individually and in a small group. Whether you are new to or experienced in Ignatian spirituality, these evenings are wonderful opportunities to engage in a prayer practice to integrate into your daily life and prayer. Participants may attend each session independently or journey with a small group throughout the whole series. Cost: $20/session or $90/series. To attend independent sessions, or to sign up for the series with a small group, contact Andrea Fontana by February 12.  

    Sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center
     
    Come and See with the Jesuits – Discernment Day for Young Men
    Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 9:00 a.m.
    Seattle University (Arrupe House)
     
    Join Jesuits and other Catholic men discerning a call to religious life, in a morning of prayer, conversation, food, and urban hiking to Seattle Jesuit sites. Participants will gather at Arrupe Jesuit Community on the campus of Seattle University then hike to Seattle Preparatory High School and then on to St. Joseph’s Church, the Jesuit Parish in Seattle where they will enjoy lunch together. The morning ends with a return to Seattle University. For more information, email Matthew Pyrc, S.J.

    Sponsored by the Oregon Province Jesuits
     
    In the Steps of St. Ignatius: Ignatian Spirituality for Men
    Part I - The Ignatian Way: God in All Things
    Saturday, February 9, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
    St. Joseph Church, Seattle
     
    Men of all ages and faith backgrounds are invited to come together for the first of three offerings of Ignatian spirituality especially for men. This first morning will include gathering with coffee and light breakfast followed by presenters Gene Delmore, S.J. and Ned Delmore, and guest panelists reflecting on what it means to “find God in all things” and be a “contemplative in action.” There will be time for individual and group reflection on questions such as “Where is God in my life?,”  “How can I deepen my spirituality in my daily routine and busy schedule?,” and “How does my faith guide my relationships, responsibilities and identities as a son, father, brother, partner, single person, friend, colleague, retiree, church-goer, or citizen?” Free will offering. To RSVP, or for more information, contact Andrea Fontana.  

    Sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center
     
    Spirituality on Tap: Relationships and Discernment

    Facilitated by Carla and Joe Orlando
    Thursday, February 21, 2013 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  
    Piecora’s Pizza, Seattle 
     
    There are many kinds of relationships in our lives: family, coworkers, friends, and loved ones. Join Carla and Joe Orlando along with other young adults (20's and 30's) to explore how Ignatian discernment can be used to help us be more aware and more effective in our relationships with all those with whom we share ourselves. Carla and Joe have been informed by in Ignatian spirituality for over two decades and have worked throughout that time in a variety of ministry, vocation, and educational settings including their current roles at Seattle Pacific University and Seattle University, respectively. They have been married 17 years and have twin 13 year old daughters. For young adults ages 21-35. RSVP required by February 11. For more information or to RSVP email Matt Salazar.

    Sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center

    Novena of Grace: Finding My Way Home
    Wednesday, March 6, 2013 through Thursday, March 14, 2013
    12:30 p.m. at the Chapel of St. Ignatius, Seattle or
    7:00 p.m. at St. Joseph Church, Seattle
     
    Are you longing to find a meaningful connection to God in your busy schedule? Are you thirsting to hear spiritual wisdom relevant to your daily life? Are you uplifted by worshiping in community with others? Enter more deeply into Lent this year by participating in the Novena of Grace, a meaningful nine-day “retreat in everyday life.” Experienced presenters Jennifer Kelly and Paul Fitterer, S.J. return to the Novena community to help us reflect on the theme of “Finding My Way Home” from an Ignatian perspective within the context of the Eucharist. Join a community of others to sing and pray with St. Francis Xavier for healing and graces. For more information, email Andrea Fontana
     
    Sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center 
     
    Young Adult Lenten Retreat
    Friday, March 8, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. to Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 4:00 p.m.
    Far-Away Retreat Center, Seattle
     
    Spend some time this Lenten season in prayer and reflection with your fellow young adults. Fr. Lukasz Misko, associate director at the University of Washington's Newman Center, will be leading the retreat. Fr. Lukasz will guide us in prayer and meditation as we dive deeper in the the season of Lent. The cost of the retreat is $85 for singles and $150 for married couples. There is a limit of 30 available spots for the weekend, so please sign up ASAP. To register or for more information, contact Rochelle Borthwick.

    Sponsored by the Office for Youth and Young Adult Ministry

    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. Free tickets are required, and are available now. 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. Click here for tickets or more information.

    Sponsored by Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry

    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 by February 20th.

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

    Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center Women’s Convocation V: Grace on the Margins
    Saturday – Sunday, April 12 -13, 2013
    Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue
     
    The Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center welcome you to their Women’s Convocation April 12 -13 at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, Washington. This is a chance to celebrate the possibility of change inherent in the Spirit of our world, church, and lives. Open to both women and men, the convocation will debut the musical "Grace on the Margins" as well as feature speakers on a wide range of topics concerning spirituality, transformation, and justice. Come and join over 2,000 participants for prayer, lectures, and workshops. For information, or to RSVP in advance, email IPJC.
     
    Sponsored by Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center
     
    Manna Project International Summer Internship Program
    Manna Project International is a non-profit organization that specializes in holistic community development. We connect young professionals and recent college graduates with international service opportunities in Guatemala, Ecuador, and Nicaragua. Apply to be a 7 or 13 month International Program Director and design and implement community development initiatives in a range of fields, including health, environment, education, and micro-finance. For more information visit their website or email Kat Mueller.
     
    Sponsored by Manna Project International 
     

    January 2013

    Posted by Maria Ochoa on 1/8/2013 04:10:42 PM

    Ignatian pedagogy would assert there is power in reflection.  January is a year-ending and year-beginning reflection time; while we give thanks for all the events and growth of the year gone, we also ask ourselves, “How do I want to create the new year?” What kind of commitments do I want to make to myself? To my community? We at Magis are trying to intentionally take some time to answer these questions as individuals and as a team. 

    If you set 2013 as your year to serve others or to be a person more committed to your community, we have several unique opportunities to facilitate your follow-through this year – most notably our Mexico Mission Trek for Alumni, for which it is not too late to apply (see below). As Jesuit-educated alumni, we are charged with including global communities and oppressed people of the world in our consideration of ‘community.’ We have been reminded the past month by national and world tragedies that life is precious. This increased awareness of life’s everyday sacredness helps us further welcome January and 2013 as opportunities to establish new practices which help us to best live in a way that honors all life, including our own. Consider joining us in Tijuana for a week, in April, for National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service on the 27th, or even once a month at St. Mary’s Foodbank. 

    If you have already been transformed by post-graduate service or are considering a year of service now that you are further away from graduation, join us for the Post-Grad Service Networking Event on Wednesday, January 16 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. See event details below.

    As you consider the people with whom you would like to deepen your relationships in the year to come or pieces of inward work you would like to accomplish, Magis hopes to offer you outlets for taking steps towards those goals.

    Happy 2013,

    Brooke, Maria and Liz

    P.S. Instead of a Magis Mixer next month, join us on Thursday, February 7th for the Magis Open House and check out our new home on campus.  See details below.


    Alumni Living the Mission    

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     Bethany Kelsch, Zach Gerdes, Michelle Miller

     

    Zach Gerdes (Seattle University 2011), Bethany Kelsch (Seattle University 2011) and Michelle Miller (Seattle University 2012) shared a common passion for working with incarcerated youth and feared “this flame was going to be extinguished simply by evolving away from our Jesuit institution.” So they found a way to keep the flame lit and started a mentoring program for incarcerated youth that now is a service bridge for people seeking to support at-risk youth in our community.  Click here to read their reflection.  

      
      Magis Opportunity  

     Apply for Mexico Mission Trek: A Global Immersion Program for Jesuit-Educated Alumni
    (Applications Due Friday, January 11, 2013)
    Sunday, April 14 – Saturday, April 20, 2013
    Tijuana, Baja California (Mexico)
     
    Magis is excited to announce its first ever global immersion opportunity! Mexico Mission Trek aims to build a community experience for a group of sixteen Jesuit-educated alumni who will engage in a short-term service project with a community in Tijuana, Mexico via Esperanza International, a non-profit agency which “cultivates global citizenship through international service experiences in working toward a better world.” Pre-Trek, alumni participants will explore what a faith that does justice means to them, along with social analysis on some of the issues impacting the local community, work together for one week alongside the community in Tijuana in order to bring about a sense of being men and women for and with others, and reflect on the experience of service with each other via a post-Trek gathering and retreat. Deadline for applications is January 11, 2013. Cost for the immersion program is $525 (includes lodging, transportation, site visits, and meals) plus cost of airfare to/from San Diego. Consider applying with a spouse/partner/immediate family member. Please visit our Programs page for an application, or email Assistant Director Maria Ochoa with any questions.
     
    Sponsored by Magis  
       
    Post-Grad Service Pizza & Networking Night
    Wednesday, January 16, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
    Seattle University, Casey Building (Room 500)
     
    Did you volunteer in a post-graduate service program (e.g. Peace Corps, Jesuit Volunteer Corps, Jesuit Volunteers International, Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest, Teach for America, AmeriCorps, L’Arche)? If so, would you be willing to connect with current Seattle University juniors and seniors who are discerning whether to serve and/or which post-grad service program they would be interested in pursuing? If so, please join current SU students, program recruiters and other former volunteers for an evening of pizza, drinks and good conversation and reflection around post-grad service and its impact.  To RSVP, or for more information, email Magis.  

    Sponsored by Seattle University's Campus Ministry, Career Services, Center for Service & Community Engagement and Magis

    Service Saturday at St. Mary’s Food Bank
    Saturday, January 26, 2013 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
    St. Mary’s Food Bank, Seattle

    Come together with other Jesuit-educated alumni to serve at St. Mary’s Food Bank in Seattle’s Central District. St. Mary’s Food Bank provides nutritious food to families and individuals who are struggling with hunger through a variety of services, including the Walk-In Program, where over 6,700 people receive groceries each month. Alumni Volunteers assist with distribution of food, checking-in clients, sorting food items, and participating in a short reflection following service. If you are interested in serving as a Service Saturday volunteer or Alumni Leader, please email Magis. Alumni family and children welcome, children as young as 7 can participate and must be accompanied by an adult.

    Sponsored by Magis 

    Follow Magis on Twitter!
    We will soon be tweeting under @SU_Magis_Alumni!  Be sure to follow us for the latest in all things Jesuit-education and Ignatian Spirituality.

    Save the Date  
    Magis Open House
    Thursday, February 7, 2013 from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
    Seattle University, Pigott Pavilion for Leadership (Room 126)
    Magis has moved! We are now in the Pigott Pavilion for Leadership, Room 126. In lieu of our monthly Magis Mixer in February, we invite you to join us for appetizers, drinks, and conversation in our new space.  In addition to refreshments, there will be raffles! Email Magis with any questions.

    Sponsored by Magis

    Alumni Day of Prayer
    with Retreat Directors Pat O'Leary, S.J.
    and Cissy McLane
    Saturday, March 16, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    Seattle University, Chapel of St. Ignatius

    Join us in the Chapel of St. Ignatius for a day-long Ignatian retreat experience led this year by Fr. Pat O'Leary, S.J. and Cissy McLane, co-founders of the Ignatian Spirituality Center and retreat directors. The day will have a focus on older adulthood and will include opportunities for sharing and reflection, small groups, music and culminates with a Liturgy of the Eucharist. More details to follow! Cost for the day, including meals and parking is $20. To register or for more information, email Magis.
     
    Sponsored by Magis
     
    Spirituality on Tap
    Featuring Brendan Busse, S.J.

    Wednesday March 20, 2013 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Seattle University, Casey Building (Room 500)

    Join other young adults for an evening of small group conversation and personal reflection on Ignatian spirituality and vocational discernment. The evening will include featured keynote speaker Brendan Busse, S.J., professor of spirituality at Seattle University and regular contributor to The Jesuit Post. Light refreshments and snacks will be provided. More details to follow!
     
    Sponsored by Magis and Ignatian Spirituality Center
      

    Partner Programs and Events  
    Catholic Schools Basketball Classic and Pre-Party
    Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 3:30 p.m.
    Key Arena, Seattle

    The Fulcrum Foundation has partnered with Seattle University to bring you Catholic Schools Night at the Redhawks game. Through this partnership, Seattle University will be donating $8 of every ticket back to Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Seattle. $6 will go directly back to a Catholic school and $2 will go to the Fulcrum Foundation programs. Come out and represent your school while we celebrate Catholic education in our archdiocese! For more information or to purchase tickets, visit Fulcrum Foundation online.

    Sponsored by Amici

    Employer Information Session: America India Foundation
    Tuesday, January 15, 2013 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
    Seattle University, Student Center Pavilion (Pavilion Living Room)

    Want to spend 10 months living in India growing professionally and gaining a deeper understanding of development in India? The William J. Clinton Fellowship for Service in India is helping to shape the next generation of global leaders committed to impactful change while also strengthening civil society to be more efficient and effective. Come learn about available fellowships in education, public health, social enterprise, environment, human rights, and livelihoods. Email Career Services with any questions.

    Sponsored by Seattle University Career Services

    Spirituality on Tap
    Centering Prayer: Finding God Within Ourselves

    Facilitated by Kathy Heffernan, MAPS, BCC
    Thursday, January 17, 2013 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    St. James Cathedral, Seattle

    Join other young adults ages 21-35 for an evening of reflection on Centering Prayer - a method of silent prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of contemplative prayer, prayer in which we experience God's presence within us. This method of prayer is both a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship. Kathy Heffernan is a board-certified chaplain, spiritual director, and retreat leader. She has ten years of experience providing spiritual care to patients and families experiencing chronic illness and loss. For more information email Matt Salazar.

    Sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center

    Seattle University 2013 Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
    Featuring Carlotta Walls Lanier

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
    Seattle University, Pigott Auditorium

    Seattle University’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration will feature Carlotta Walls LaNier, one of the Little Rock Nine, and a performance by the Liberation Ministries Choir on Tuesday, January 22, at 7:00 p.m. in Pigott Auditorium. Mrs. LaNier, a Congressional Gold Medal winner, was the youngest of the nine students who desegregated Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1957. She serves as the president of the Little Rock Nine Foundation and is the author of A Mighty Long Way: My Journey to Justice of Little Rock Central High School. For more information and to RSVP, email OMA.

    Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Seattle University

    Catholic Perspectives on Sports: From Medieval to Modern Times
    by Pat Kelly, S.J.

    In his new book, Associate Professor of Theology and Religious Studies Pat Kelly, S.J., discusses the involvement of Catholics in sports throughout U.S. history. Fr. Kelly makes the case that not only did Catholics indeed take sports seriously prior to the Reformation, but that they even considered sports part of their spiritual values. In his book, he also offers a history of sports in Jesuit universities and sheds light on earlier cultural and theological traditions that provide us with resources for addressing problems in sports in a modern perspective – such as the recent scandal with performance drugs. To purchase or read more, click here.

    Engaging Justice Advocacy Skills Training
    Saturday, February 2, 2013 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    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, 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. This training is a full day commitment, and participants must attend the session in full. There is no charge for participating. Email Kelly Benkert with your preferred training date. Please only register if you are certain you can make it, as space is very limited.

    Sponsored by Seattle University's Office of the Provost and the Center for Service and Community Engagement

    An Evening with Archbishop Peter Sartain

    Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
    St. Joseph Church, Seattle
     
    Many of us have read about our Seattle Archbishop in the news, but likely fewer of us have had the opportunity to listen to him in person. Join the Ignatian Spirituality Center at St. Joseph’s Church for Archbishop Sartain’s personal reflection on God’s friendship, wisdom, and love, as found in the call to follow his son, Jesus. For more information visit ISC online.

    Sponsored by Ignatian Spirituality Center
     
    Meaning Making for Men Part I: Ignatian Spirituality for Men
    Saturday, February 9, 2013 from  8:30am to 11:00 a.m.
    Location & Presenter TBD

    Ignatian Spirituality Center invites men of all ages and faith backgrounds to come together for the first of three offerings this Winter and Spring devoted entirely to Ignatian spirituality for men. This Saturday morning will include gathering with coffee and light breakfast, then a presentation on the gift of Ignatian spirituality in “finding God in all things,” and time for prayer and reflection on questions such as “Where is God in my life?,” “How can I deepen my spirituality in my daily routine and busy schedule?,” and “How does my faith guide my relationships, responsibilities and identities as a son, father, brother, partner, single person, friend, boss, employee, colleague, retiree, church-goer, or citizen?” Men of all ages and faith backgrounds are welcome!  For more information or to register, email Andrea Fontana.

    Sponsored by Ignatian Spirituality Center 
     

     


    December 2012

    Posted by Elizabeth Coz on 11/29/2012 03:12:01 PM

    “Make a place to sit down. Sit down. Be quiet…Breathe with unconditional breath the unconditioned air. Shun electric wire. Communicate slowly. Live a three-dimensioned life; stay away from screens. Stay away from anything that obscures the place it is in. There are no unsacred places; there are only sacred places and desecrated places.”  - Wendell Berry
     
    We all know how crazy busy this time of year is, and inspired by Wendell Berry, we at Magis would like to invite you to sit down (imagine that!), be quiet, be present and find moments to breathe throughout the hustle and bustle of this holiday season.  Amidst holiday shopping, decorating, Christmas card writing, holiday partying and so much more, we encourage you to find and create sacred space and moments this Advent season, both in personal prayer and in community with those friends and family you treasure the most.  Our hope is that you are able to slowdown this December, when most everything and everyone are encouraging you to speed up, and embrace what’s sacred, peace-filled and joyful. 
     
    One opportunity to pause and celebrate what’s sacred this Advent is to join Magis and Seattle University’s Alumni Relations for the annual Alumni Advent Mass and Christmas Reception on Sunday, December 9th (please see details below).  This will be a celebratory event with lovely music, festive food, and joyful community. 
     
    Also, as you may have seen last month, Magis’ new global immersion program for alumni, Mexico Mission Trek, has now moved to April 2013! Please see below for details on how to apply for this unique opportunity open to Jesuit-educated alumni living in the Puget Sound region. Applications are due January 11, 2013.
     
    May you have a blessed Advent, Christmas, and holiday season!    
    Brooke, Maria & Liz

      Alumni Living the Mission

     Romo Brothers  

     Job, Abe and Pedro Romo
      

    AMDG can be found on many Jesuit University campuses and is a concept embraced by Jesuit-educated alumni well beyond their years in school.  This month’s featured Alumni Living the Mission are brothers Job, Abe and Pedro Romo.  While their inspirations from this phrase vary individually from business to personal wellness, to engineering, collectively they all integrate Ignatian ideals into their professions and personal lives. Click here to read their reflections.
     
      Magis Opportunity 
    Magis Mixer
    Thursday, December 6, 2012 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 are available until 6 p.m. Be sure to invite your Jesuit-educated alumni friends and family. No need to RSVP, just come!  For more information, email Magis.

    Sponsored by Magis
     
    Alumni Advent Mass and Christmas Reception
    Sunday, December 9, 2012 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    Seattle University, Chapel of St. Ignatius

    Join fellow alums and their families for a gathering to celebrate the season for peace and joy.  Mass will be concelebrated by Fr. Patrick O’Leary, S.J., Fr. Peter Ely, S.J. & Fr. David Anderson, S.J. and accompanied by the Alumni Choir led by Joy Sherman. A Christmas reception with light refreshments will follow in the Pigott Paccar Atrium, where canned food donations for St. Mary’s Food Bank will be collected. Click here to RSVP.

    Sponsored by Magis and Seattle University Alumni Relations
     
    Apply for Mexico Mission Trek: A Global Immersion Program for Jesuit-Educated Alumni
    (Applications Due Friday, January 11, 2013)
    Sunday, April 14 – Saturday, April 20, 2013
    Tijuana, Baja California (Mexico)

    Magis is excited to announce its first ever global immersion opportunity! Mexico Mission Trek aims to build a community experience for a group of sixteen Jesuit-educated alumni who will engage in a short-term service project with a community in Tijuana, Mexico via Esperanza International, a non-profit agency which “cultivates global citizenship through international service experiences in working toward a better world.” Pre-Trek, alumni participants will explore what a faith that does justice means to them, along with social analysis on some of the issues impacting the local community; work together for one week alongside the community in Tijuana in order to bring about a sense of being men and women for and with others; and reflect on the experience of service with each other via a post-Trek gathering and retreat. Deadline for applications is January 11, 2013. Cost for the immersion program is $525 (includes lodging, transportation, site visits, and meals) plus cost of airfare to/from San Diego. Consider applying with a spouse/partner/immediate family member. Please visit our Programs page for an application, or email Assistant Director Maria Ochoa with any questions.

    Sponsored by Magis    

    Save the Date 
    Service Saturday at St. Mary’s Food Bank
    Saturday, October 27, 2012 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
    St. Mary’s Food Bank, Seattle

    Come together with other Jesuit-educated alumni to serve at St. Mary’s Food Bank in Seattle’s Central District. St. Mary’s Food Bank provides nutritious food to families and individuals who are struggling with hunger through a variety of services, including the Walk-In Program, where over 6,700 people receive groceries each month. Alumni Volunteers assist with distribution of food, checking-in clients, sorting food items, and participating in a short reflection following service. If you are interested in serving as a Service Saturday volunteer or Alumni Leader, please email Magis. Alumni family and children welcome, however, volunteers must be 16 years of age or older, and accompanied by an adult.

    Sponsored by Magis 
     
    Alumni Day of Prayer
    with Retreat Director Pat O'Leary, S.J
    .
    Saturday, March 16, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    Seattle University, Chapel of St. Ignatius

    Join us in the Chapel of St. Ignatius for a day-long Ignatian retreat experience led this year by Fr. Pat O'Leary, S.J. who recently received the Ignatius Medal. The day will include opportunities for sharing and reflection, small groups, music and culminates with a Liturgy of the Eucharist. More details to follow!
     
    Sponsored by Magis 
     
    Spirituality on Tap
    Featuring Brendan Busse, S.J.
    Wednesday March  20, 2013 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Seattle University, Casey Building (Room 500)

    Join other young adults for an evening of small group conversation and personal reflection on Ignatian spirituality and vocational discernment. The evening will include featured keynote speaker Brendan Busse, S.J. Light refreshments and snacks will be provided.  More details to follow!
      
    Sponsored by Magis and Ignatian Spirituality Center 

    Partner Programs and Events 
    Amici Christmas Party
    Thursday, December 6, 2012 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Urban Enoteca, Seattle
    Kick off the holiday season with Amici at Urban Enoteca, the best kept secret in Seattle. An old warehouse turned into an expansive work of art and owned by a Catholic school graduate, tickets are only $25/person and include a light dinner and drink.  To reserve your spot or for more information, click here or email Amici.

    Sponsored by Amici

    Accompanying Those in the Margins Small Group Opportunity
    Monday, December 10, 2012 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 pm
    St. Joseph Parish Center, Seattle

    The Ignatian Spirituality Center is offering a small group gathering for prayerful support of our efforts and ongoing discernment of our ministries as we journey with those in the margins.  The evening includes time for prayer, sharing, discernment, and group spiritual direction. Participation is open to all. Suggested donation $10 per session with scholarships available.  For more information or to register, email Carolyn Hickman

    Sponsored by Ignatian Spirituality Center

    Meaning-Making for Men Part I: Ignatian Spirituality for Men
    Saturday, February 2, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
    Location and presenter TBD

    Ignatian Spirituality Center invites men of all ages and faith backgrounds to come together for the first of three offerings this Winter and Spring devoted entirely to Ignatian spirituality for men.  Coordinated by Vince Herberholt, the morning will include gathering with coffee and a light breakfast between 8:30 - 9:00 am, then a presentation on the gift of Ignatian spirituality in "finding God in all things," and time for prayer and reflection on questions such as "Where is God in my life?," "How can I deepen my spirituality in my daily routine and busy schedule?" and "How does my faith guide my relationships, responsibilities and identities as a son, father, brother, partner, single person, friend, boss, employee, colleague, retiree, church-goer, or citizen?" More details about events II and III to come!  For further information or to register, email Program Coordinator Andrea Fontana.
     
    Sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center
     
    MAP Mentorship Program Seeking New Volunteers!
    Teenage crime, recidivism, and gang activity are increasing in Seattle, yet resources for incarcerated youth continue to decrease. MAP (“My Action Plan”) is a re-entry planning program for incarcerated youth that emphasizes autonomy, empowerment, and goal setting through one-on-one mentorship relationships with young people incarcerated in the King County juvenile detention system. MAP Mentorship would be an excellent fit for someone passionate about volunteer work with marginalized youth interested in seeking a consistent and intentional way to directly serve this population. For more information or to request an application, email Terri Stewart.

    Sponsored by The Youth Chaplaincy Coalition 
     
    One Equal Heart Foundation Seeking Board Members and Volunteers
    One Equal Heart Foundation seeks candidates for their Board of Directors and volunteers who share a commitment to the mission of One Equal Heart and an interest in fundraising, finance, community outreach and international development.  One Equal Heart Foundation supports locally-led programs in Chiapas, Mexico, that partner with Tseltal Maya indigenous communities to create healthy families, healthy communities and a healthy planet. Their approach to international development is long-term and values-based, and places a high priority on deepening relationships with Tseltal Maya communities and Chiapas partners (the Center for Indigenous Rights and the Jesuit Mission of Bachajon).  For more information, please contact Executive Director Jeannie Berwick, or visit their website.  

    Sponsored by One Equal Heart Foundation
     
    Seattle University College of Arts and Sciences' Alumni Seminar Winter Series
    Beginning Dialogue with Other Faiths: Seminars on Conversations Across Religious Boundaries

    Wednesday, January 9, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    Seattle University, Administration Building (Room 205)
     
    Seattle University faculty members from various religious backgrounds will engage in conversations with each other about their beliefs and then invite questions and responses from the Alumni Seminar participants. Religions included will be Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Muslim, and Hindu. All SU alumni and friends are invited to join in this seminar. To register, for more information, and to see a complete schedule click here.

    Sponsored by the Seattle University College of Arts and Sciences
      

    November 2012

    Posted by Elizabeth Coz on 11/6/2012 10:49:34 AM

    Fundamentally, as people formed in the mission of Jesuit education, we are called to love. Love is a faithful response which requires us to learn, share, and act together for justice. In light of yesterday’s important national election, we anticipate what the future will hold for our families and communities. Among the critical issues of our time, the economy is one that many Jesuit-educated alumni have voiced as a particular concern to them. The economic downturn has impacted us all, and Magis is committed to creating a space where we may come together to form loving responses as a community of learners and educators alike.

    Do you identify as:

    • a recently graduated alum or mid-career professional unsure of how you will reach your career goals when the market is so competitive and you are struggling to obtain a full-time job?
        
    • someone trying to establish security in a broken economy while remaining grounded in a community which believes in a faith that does justice?
        
    • a leader serving a marginalized community which has been directly impacted by this issue, looking for inspiration to respond in a just-filled way?

    We invite you to join Magis for the annual Justice Education Forum: A Teach-In on Economic Justice on Saturday, December 1, 2012, now offered in a half-day teach-in format. This year, Mark McDermott, MPA – a long time social justice advocate and policy strategist whose career has spanned working for social and health services to labor organizations – will serve as our keynote speaker. Mark will offer an interactive presentation covering a historical overview and political/economic analysis, creating context in which following workshops will take place. This will enable participants to further dialogue with each another, as well as learn from organizations who want to empower alumni and community members to form meaningful responses. Justice Education Forum is open to the public, so we encourage you to bring friends, family members, and colleagues along! Please see below for more details.

    See you December 1st,
    Brooke, Maria, and Liz

    P.S. Magis’ new global immersion program for Jesuit-educated alumni, Mexico Mission Trek, has now moved to April 2013! Please see below for details on how to apply for this unique opportunity open to Jesuit-educated alumni living in the Puget Sound region. 

    Alumni Living the Mission 

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    Jocelyn Tidwell

     “Want the change.  Be inspired by the flame / where everything shines as it disappears.” This introduction by Rainer Maria Rilke seems appropriate for Jocelyn Tidwell, Seattle University 2011, to borrow when she thinks about what Jesuit education has meant for her.  "It is a sense of catching fire that stands out. I’ve always been an intense, ideal-driven person, but while I was in my graduate program at Seattle U, the passions that had been quietly smoldering inside – to make a difference with my work, to participate in justice that restores – blossomed into full flame."  Click here to read Jocelyn's full reflection.

    Save the Date   

    Justice Education Forum: A Teach-In on Economic Justice
    Keynote Speaker – Mark McDermott, MPA
    Saturday, December 1, 2012 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
    Seattle University, LeRoux Conference Room (Student Center 160)

    Justice Education Forum gathers Jesuit-educated alumni and the larger Seattle community for a teach-in to discuss the role of faith and justice in the current economy. Using a combination of personal stories, history, and political/economic analysis, keynote speaker Mark McDermott, MPA, will distinguish between charity and justice in these hard times through an interactive presentation on the root causes and historic shifts that have led to economic injustice in the U.S.  Among his vast career, Mark has served as the former Senior Labor Policy Advisor for Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels, Director of the Division of Income Assistance for the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, and Regional Representative for U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis’ Pacific Northwest and Northern Plains region. Workshops for both young and seasoned alumni include topics such as career decision-making during hard economic times, as well as the federal budget and the common good.  Workshops will be presented by Seattle University Career Services, Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center, and JustFaith Ministries. Event is free and open to the public. To view a full schedule and description of workshops offered, visit Magis online. Lunch is included and registration is required as space is limited. To register, or for more information, email Magis

    Sponsored by Magis 
      

    Alumni Advent Mass and Christmas Reception
    Sunday, December 9, 2012 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    Seattle University (Chapel of St. Ignatius)

    Join fellow alums and their families for a gathering in celebration of the season for peace and joy.  Mass will be concelebrated by Fr. Patrick O’Leary, S.J., Fr. Peter Ely, S.J. & Fr. David Anderson, S.J. and accompanied by the Alumni Choir led by Joy Sherman. A Christmas reception with light refreshments will follow in the Pigott Paccar Atrium, where canned food donations for St. Mary’s Food Bank will be collected. Click here to RSVP.

    Sponsored by Magis and Seattle University Alumni Relations
     

    Apply for Mexico Mission Trek: A Global Immersion Program for Jesuit-Educated Alumni
    Sunday, April 14 – Saturday, April 20, 2013
    Tijuana, Baja California (Mexico)

    Magis is excited to announce its first ever global immersion opportunity! Mexico Mission Trek aims to build a community experience for a group of sixteen Jesuit-educated alumni who will engage in a short-term service project with a community in Tijuana, Mexico via Esperanza International, a non-profit agency which “cultivates global citizenship through international service experiences in working toward a better world.” Pre-Trek, alumni participants will explore what a faith that does justice means to them, along with social analysis on some of the issues impacting the local community; work together for one week alongside the community in Tijuana in order to bring about a sense of being men and women for and with others; and reflect on the experience of service with each other via a post-Trek gathering and retreat. Deadline for applications is December 20, 2012. Cost for the immersion program is $525 (includes lodging, transportation, site visits, and meals) plus cost of airfare to/from San Diego. Consider applying with a spouse/partner/immediate family member. Please visit our Programs page for an application, or email Assistant Director Maria Ochoa with any questions.

    Sponsored by Magis  
     
    Partner Programs and Events  
    Wine and Wisdom: Trivia Night! The Church Around the World
    Wednesday, November 7, 2012 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Kells Irish Restaurant and Pub, Seattle

    This month, join Joe Hastings of Catholic Relief Services for a trivia night on “The Church Around the World.” Teams, games, prizes and discussion at Kells Irish Restaurant and Pub will follow mass at Christ Our Hope.  For more information, email Bridget Harris.

    Sponsored by Office for Youth and Young Adult Ministry

    Spirituality on Tap: Life Transitions and Transformations

    Tuesday, November 20, 2012 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Seattle Prep Campus (Ignatius Building Room A100)

    All around us and every day there are changes in our lives and hidden transformations that take place. Join facilitator Chris Gavin, Principal of Bellarmine Preparatory School, and other young adults for an evening conversation in the Ignatian tradition on how to stay grounded in God’s love and to stay open to what God is calling us to fully be. For more information or to RSVP, please email Matt Salazar.

    Sponsored by Ignatian Spirituality Center

    Take Advantage of Seattle University's Career Services!

    Helping alumni discover their purpose and facilitating meaningful professional connections are essential functions of Career Services Offices within the Jesuit Network. Did you know that all 28 Jesuit institutions' career centers have a reciprocity agreement? This allows all Jesuit-educated alumni to access the online job boards, professional networking/recruitment events and one brief individual appointment with a career center staff member within all 28 universities. Simply email to the director of your alma mater's career center requesting he/she send an email to the corresponding director of the desired Jesuit institution, endorsing reciprocity for you. For questions on career-related services, email Seattle University's Career Services Office or call (206) 296-6080.
     
    Sponsored by Seattle University Career Services

    October 2012

    Posted by Elizabeth Coz on 9/28/2012 10:09:33 AM

    What does life after graduation look like for you?  For some, life after graduation has newly started. It may be a return home, working a part-time job as you discern graduate school, traveling internationally, doing a year of service, or reconnecting with friends and making new ones. You just left school and you are okay with that! For others who graduated five, ten or twenty years out, you may be juggling a career and/or family, trying to figure out what a life of service might look like, wanting to re-engage with your alma mater, and perhaps even taking your leadership to the next level by mentoring a young person who might consider a Jesuit university for their education. And, for those who have been long out of the university for some decades, it can be a quest to find that volunteer project that is “just right”, increasing time with family, searching for work that will bring about meaning in this phase of life, or looking toward your Jesuit university to offer some new learning opportunities.

    Wherever you might lie in the continuum, how are you staying engaged with your Jesuit alma mater, program, or community? This season, many alma maters are hosting their homecoming, alumni and family weekends, or reunions. We know there will be a lot of fond memories revisited and new ones made. So, we invite you to post a picture on our Facebook page showing how you are staying connected to Jesuit education. We bet you are all doing great things and what better way than to share it! Post an image and we will enter you to win a Magis free t-shirt. We want to see your pictures of volunteering, retreating, serving in the community, with your favorite Jesuit, mentor or mentee, or learning and acting for justice.
     
    On another note: now that fall is here and your calendar is filling up with so many busy opportunities, why not make space for some quiet time to get away, rest, and reflect? Magis is gladly taking registration for the Ignatian Silent Retreat happening the weekend of November 9-11, 2012. Please see below for more details. Lastly, we encourage you to also save the date for the Justice Education Forum: A Teach-In on Economic Justice being held on Saturday, December 1, 2012. We are excited to bring you a new format which will offer a deeper experience of the topic at hand, with an opportunity to learn, share, and act.

    Here’s to a great fall,

    Brooke, Maria and Liz 

      Alumni Living the Mission 

      The Collins Family  

    The Collins Family 
    (Katie, Kathy, Bill and Sheila) 
     
      "Laugh and grow strong" - St. Ignatius of Loyola

    Laugh and grow strong is an Ignatian phrase that captures the Collins’ family approach to life. As this month’s featured Alumni Living the Mission, the Collins family shares their perspective of how Jesuit education has shaped them into a family which finds God in all things. From working and studying at Jesuit universities, to choosing graduate programs in social work and disability advocacy, not to mention moving to Bolivia for a year to volunteer with Maryknoll Lay Missioners, Kathy, Bill, Sheila and Katie have made a commitment to be of service to others. As they note “We have been able to laugh, grow strong, and also challenge and encourage each other on our individual journeys. We try to consider what God is calling each of us to bring to and take from the world.” Click here to read their reflections.

     Magis Opportunity 
    Magis Mixer - New Time and Location!
    First Thursdays of each month
    Thursday, October 4, 2012 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 are available until 6 p.m. Be sure to invite your Jesuit-educated alumni friends and family. No need to RSVP, just come!  For more information, email Magis.

    Sponsored by Magis
     
    Service Saturday at St. Mary’s Food Bank
    Saturday, October 27, 2012 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
    St. Mary’s Food Bank, Seattle

    Come together with other Jesuit-educated alumni to serve at St. Mary’s Food Bank in Seattle’s Central District. St. Mary’s Food Bank provides nutritious food to families and individuals who are struggling with hunger through a variety of services, including the Walk-In Program, where over 6,700 people receive groceries each month. Alumni Volunteers assist with distribution of food, checking-in clients, sorting food items, and participating in a short reflection following service. If you are interested in serving as a Service Saturday volunteer or Alumni Leader, please email Magis. We are taking sign-ups for September 2012 - June 2013. Alumni family and children welcome, however, volunteers must be 16 years of age or older, and accompanied by an adult.

    Sponsored by Magis  

    Save the Date

    Three-Day Silent Ignatian Retreat
    Friday, November 9, 2012 through Sunday, November 11, 2012
    Palisades Retreat Center, Federal Way
     
    Looking for a quiet weekend retreat? The Ignatian Silent Retreat is a three-day experience which provides prayer, reflection, individual spiritual direction, and community. Jesuit-educated alumni join faculty and staff of Seattle University for the weekend. Be sure to sign up for this retreat opportunity! The cost of the retreat is $135.00 including a $25.00 non-refundable deposit (to be applied towards the balance of your retreat cost) in order to hold your spot. To RSVP, or for more information, email Magis.

    Sponsored by Office of Jesuit Mission & Identity and Magis

    Justice Education Forum: A Teach-In on Economic Justice
    Saturday, December 1, 2012 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
    Seattle University, LeRoux Conference Room (Student Center 160)
     
    The presidential election is just around the corner. Are you one of the many asking “How is this economic reality ever going to change?” Explore ways to be an agent of change as a Jesuit educated alumnus/na by joining Magis for the Justice Education Forum, an annual program that gathers leaders from different sectors for in-depth discussion and exploration of current topics of social justice. This December, Magis will bring you a teach-in experience filled with opportunities to hear from experts and organizations that are doing good work around the theme of economic justice. Connect with other Jesuit-educated alumni and community members who have a desire to learn and put that learning into action for justice. A full schedule of workshop presenters covering a wide range of topics related to economic justice will be available in the coming weeks. If you or your organization offers a workshop related to economic justice, contact Assistant Director Maria Ochoa as Magis is currently recruiting workshop presenters. Cost for this event is free and lunch is included. Registration is required, and limited space is available. To register, or for more information email Magis.

    Sponsored by Magis

    Partner Programs and Events 
    Ignatian Spirituality 101
    Thursday, October 4, 2012 from 7:00 p.m. to  9:00 pm
    St. Joseph Parish Center (Mother Theresa Room), Seattle
     
    What is Ignatian spirituality all about? What might Ignatian prayer and spirituality have to offer me? If you have heard of Ignatian spirituality, but would like to know more, this evening of introduction to the basics of Ignatian prayer and spirituality is for you! 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. Light snacks will be provided. For more information or to RSVP, contact Andrea Fontana, Program Coordinator or call (206) 329-4824.

    Sponsored by Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life (SEEL), Christian Life Communities (CLC), and Magis

    Faithful Choices: Applying Ignatian Discernment to the Issues of the Day
    Part One: Monday, October 8, 2012 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Seattle University, Chapel of St. Ignatius
    Part Two: Monday October 15, 2012 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Seattle University, Campion Ballroom

    There are many issues in the church and in the public sphere this election season calling us to make informed decisions as people of faith and conscience. Gather with others to pray and reflect deeply on how to make faithful choices about issues of the day using the gift of discernment in the Ignatian tradition. Admission by free will offering. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Andrea Fontana or (206) 329-4824. 

    Sponsored by Ignatian Spirituality Center and Seattle University Division of Mission & Ministry

    Film Screening of Acclaimed Documentary: A Question of Habit
    Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 6:30 p.m.
    Seattle University, Lemieux Library (Boeing Room)

    Join us for this full length documentary film that examines the depiction of Catholic nuns in contemporary U.S. popular culture with discussion afterwards, with the film’s producer, Dr. Bren Murphy of Loyola University-Chicago! Narrated by Susan Sarandon, and with over thirty women religious, cultural critics, historians and artists interviewed, this film contrasts these images with the lives of actual women religious, both historical and current. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, visit the Seattle University Communication Department online.

    Sponsored by the Seattle University Communication Department

    Wine and Wisdom: Immigration and our Catholic perspective
    Wednesday, October 10, 2012 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Kells Irish Restaurant and Pub, Seattle

    What does the Catholic Church teach about immigration and the rights of immigrants? Join fellow young adults and Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, M.Sp.S. to explore this issue and how as Catholics (and non-Catholics) we can respond to the complex topic.  To learn more, contact Bridget Harris or call (206) 274-3175.

    Sponsored by the Office for Youth and Young Adult Ministry

    2012 - 2013 Catholic Heritage Lecture Series: Vatican II as an Event with Fr. Joseph Komonchak
    Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 7:00pm
    Seattle University, Pigott Auditorium

    Looking for an opportunity to understand better how Second Vatican Council has shaped not only the Catholic world but the context of contemporary faith and practice? Join the 3rd year of Seattle University’s Catholic Heritage Lectures this year as they focus on “Vatican II: Achievement and Challenge.” The first lecturer is Fr. Joseph Komonchak, one of the leading scholars on Vatican II and its reception over the past 50 years. No RSVP is required.  For more information and complete listing of lectures, visit Catholic Heritage Lecture Series online.

    Sponsored by Office of the Vice President for Mission and Ministry

    Accompanying Those in the Margins: The Way of Companionship
    Saturday, October 13, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
    St. Joseph Parish Center, Seattle

    Has your heart been moved by compassion for those suffering? Do you feel moved to respond, but are unsure of how to begin? Kae Eaton from Mental Health Ministries will present a clear language and compassionate approach to companionship, approaching each other as human beings and souls of infinite worth and value. The day will be practical, experiential and inspiring. Follow up small groups will be offered to prayerfully support your discernment and ministry.  Suggested donation: $20.  To register, contact Carolyn Hickman or call (206) 329-4824.

    Sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center

    Spirituality on Tap: Eco-Spirituality with Sister Alexandra Kovats, CSJP
    Tuesday, October 16, 2012 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Café Allegro, Seattle

    In an era when the ecology can easily be reduced down to little more than a buzzword or a fad, it is easy to forget that we are all a part of creation. However, there is a long tradition in Christianity of glorifying the natural world and our place in it. Well-known for her work in spirituality and cosmology, Sister Alexandra Kovats will lead an exploration of Ecological Spirituality through the Scriptures, Christian Mystics, and Church writings.  This event is for young adults ages 21-35. For more information contact Matt Salazar.

    Sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center

    Ignatian Book Group: Inner Compass by Margaret Silf
    Thursdays, October 18, 2012 - December 13, 2012 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 pm
    St. Joseph Parish Center, Seattle

    Whether you are a devoted follower of Ignatian spirituality or a spiritual seeker, you will benefit from exploring Margaret Silf’s dynamic presentation of the profound insights of St. Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises, facilitated by Bev Austin and Al Roehl. If you are seeking to deepen your relationship with God, Inner Compass offers renewed direction and purpose, helping you recognize the will of God within your own heart.  People of all ages, faith traditions and spiritual backgrounds are welcome.  Cost is $70 (includes book, refreshments, facilitation and space).  Register by Thursday, October 11, 2012. For more information, contact Andrea Fontana or call (206) 329-4824.

    Sponsored by  the Ignatian Spirituality Center

    Justice Café: Conflict Minerals
    Monday, October 15, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
    Wayward Café, Seattle
     
    Did you know that your cell phone impacts the lives of people around the world? Come join in the conversation about conflict minerals Justice Café is a program for young adults to build community, act for justice and deepen their spirituality. Every third week of the month, participants around the country and in Africa meet at a café to share coffee and conversation about issues of global concern.  Parking available in the Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center parking lot, 1216 65th Ave NE, Seattle. For more information, contact Emily LaHood.

    Sponsored by the Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center 

    Seattle University Alumni & Family Weekend 2012
    Friday, October 26, 2012 - Sunday, October 28, 2012
    Seattle University

    Come back to your alma mater to celebrate and reconnect with classmates you know and meet new ones, tour the newest buildings on campus, attend a sporting event, or join us for mass and a Sunday afternoon tailgate. However you decide to enjoy the weekend, remember ... it's your SU!  Click here for more information, a weekend schedule, lodging information, and FAQs.  

    Sponsored by Seattle University Alumni Relations
     
    Ignatian Companions: Small Group Spiritual Direction
    Mondays, November 2012 to May 2013 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    St. Joseph Parish Center, Seattle

    Join a small group of 4-7 people committed to accompanying and supporting one another for the purpose of cultivating attention to God at work in prayer and daily life. This is a group spiritual direction process, and will be guided by an experienced facilitator in the Ignatian tradition. There will be one facilitator per small group, either Steve Wodzanowski (Pastoral Associate, St. Joseph Parish) or Marilyn Nash (Campus Minister for Ignatian Spirituality at Seattle University). Each evening will typically include communal prayer, ritual, check-in, deeper sharing, reflective listening, and silence. Group members are expected to have an active prayer life, experience with Ignatian spirituality, a willingness to articulate the fruits of their prayer, and an openness to listening carefully to oneself and others. For more information or to register, contact Andrea Fontana or visit ISC online

    Sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center 

    Former Volunteer Retreat
    Friday evening, November 9 to Sunday afternoon, November 11, 2012
    Ghormley Meadow Christian Camp, Naches, WA

    Join Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest for a great weekend of reflection with facilitator Jack Kennedy to explore the question, "How do I engage in a life-giving way with a life-sucking world?"  FJVs or former volunteers from ALL service organizations welcome, 30 years-old and younger, spouses welcome, no children please. $35 per person, travel not included, carpools arranged upon request.  To register or for more information email Liz Purdy.

    Sponsored by Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest
     
    Apply for the Young Adult Ministry Commission
    As the Archdiocese of Seattle continues to expand offerings for young adults, they are looking for young adults to help plan and shape events.  If you are interested in advising on the needs of young adults in the Archdiocese, contact Bridget Harris for a position description and an application.

    Sponsored by the Office for Youth and Young Adult Ministry
     

    September 2012

    Posted by Elizabeth Coz on 9/4/2012 01:38:00 PM

    "Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace. The garden door is always open to the holy."
     
    This quote by May Sarton seems appropriate as summer is waning and fall seems to be upon us. From the sunny stretch of summer, with its rejuvenating and creative energy, we search for practices that give shape to an everyday rhythm that fall is so well known for. What practices do you have that set you into the fall rhythm? What do you consider to be holy?  Perhaps it’s waking up early on these crisp mornings to drink hot coffee or go for a run. Or maybe you are harvesting vegetables from seeds planted back in spring.  Maybe it’s seeing children off as they go back to school, bringing a sigh of happiness (or relief!) as they return to their own practice of learning and growing. For others, it may be the excitement of pulling out the calendar to save the date for ways to connect with community – meals with loved ones, favorite Magis programs, weekend explorations – chances to engage, serve, share or learn together. All these 'practices' connect us to the rhythm of fall.

    Among all the opportunities this season, Magis invites you to some meaningful ways to engage your Jesuit education. For one, Magis is eager to announce that the application deadline for Mexico Mission Trek has been extended to September 15th. A small community of Jesuit-educated alumni will share the experience of working side-by-side with a family to build a home, connecting justice education through reflection before and after the trek.  If any part of you is curious or stirred, we hope you will apply for this unique service opportunity!

    Also, Service Saturdays are starting back up this month at St. Mary’s Food Bank. If you haven’t been able to go in the past, we highly encourage you to sign up for a Saturday for one of our ten spots per month. Make new friends, meet our community, and feel like you are making a difference to someone – you'll encounter first hand the diversity of all those served by this ministry. And don’t forget: Magis Mixers have moved to first Thursdays at the ElysianBrewery. The Magis staff would love to meet you, learn more about what you have been up to since graduating from a Jesuit university and celebrate a head start to the weekend together… we’ll also make sure you know what Magis is up to and how you can get involved.

    Lastly, if you are looking to kickstart your season, consider the annual Ignatian Silent Retreat at the Palisades Retreat Center. Magis knows this retreat is a favorite to our alumni community, as it is a chance to take in the beauty and wonder of the Puget Sound in prayer and reflection.
     
    May the end of your summer and beginning of fall be marvelous!

    Brooke, Maria & Liz

      Alumni Living the Mission

    Mark Flynn Photo


    Jesuit education can impact a person well beyond years spent as a student. Alumnus Mark A. Flynn (Saint Louis University 1967, 1972) credits Fr. Tom Cummings, S.J. (president of Rockhurst High School in Kansas City where his sons attended high school), with part of his formation. Fr. Cummings poignantly said “a talent is not a gift until it is given away”. This line has stuck with Mark through all the many personal and professional experiences he has had since. Be sure to read more of Mark’s story, as well as those of other fellow Jesuit-educated alumni and how they are staying rooted in the mission of Jesuit education by visiting Alumni Living the Mission.

    Magis Opportunity

    Magis Mixer - New Time and Location!
    First Thursdays of each month
    Thursday, September 6, 2012 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 are available until 6 p.m. Be sure to invite your Jesuit-educated alumni friends and family. No need to RSVP, just come!  For more information, email Magis.

    Sponsored by Magis
     
    Service Saturday at St. Mary’s Food Bank
    Fourth Saturdays, September 2012 - June 2013
    Saturday, September 22, 2012 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
    St. Mary’s Food Bank, Seattle

    Come together with other Jesuit-educated alumni to serve at St. Mary’s Food Bank in Seattle’s Central District. St. Mary’s Food Bank provides nutritious food to families and individuals who are struggling with hunger through a variety of services, including the Walk-In Program, where over 6,700 people receive groceries each month. Alumni Volunteers assist with distribution of food, checking-in clients, sorting food items, and participating in a short reflection following service. If you are interested in serving as a Service Saturday volunteer or Alumni Leader, please email Magis. We are taking sign-ups for September 2012 - June 2013. Alumni family and children welcome, however, volunteers must be 16 years of age or older, or accompanied by an adult.

    Sponsored by Magis

    Last Call for Applications!  Deadline is September 15th
    Mexico Mission Trek: A Global Immersion Program for Jesuit-Educated Alumni

    Sunday, November 18 – Saturday, November 24, 2012
    Tijuana, Baja California (Mexico)

    Mexico Mission Trek aims to build a community experience for a group of sixteen Jesuit-educated alumni who will engage in a short-term service immersion with a community in Tijuana, located in Baja California, Mexico, via Esperanza International, a non-profit agency which “cultivates global citizenship through international service experiences in working toward a better world.” Alumni participating in Mexico Mission Trek will work together for one week alongside the community in Tijuana in order to bring about a sense of being men and women for and with others; engage in social analysis and conversation on some of the critical issues impacting the local community, broaden the scope of understanding on the current realities brought about by Mexico/U.S. relations, and reflect on the experience of service with the community in Tijuana and with each other post-Trek exploring a faith that does justice. The deadline for applications has been extended to September 14.  Please visit our Programs page for an application, or email Assistant Director Maria Ochoa with any questions.

    Sponsored by Magis

     Save the Date

    Three-Day Silent Ignatian Retreat
    Friday, November 9, 2012 through Sunday, November 11, 2012
    Palisades Retreat Center, Federal Way
     
    Looking for a quiet weekend retreat? The Ignatian Silent Retreat is a three-day experience which provides prayer, reflection, individual spiritual direction, and community. Jesuit-educated alumni join faculty and staff of Seattle University for the weekend. Be sure to sign up for this retreat opportunity! The cost of the retreat is $135.00 including a $25.00 non-refundable deposit (to be applied towards the balance of your retreat cost) in order to hold your spot. To RSVP, or for more information, email Magis.

    Sponsored by Office of Jesuit Mission & Identity and Magis

    Partner Programs and Events 
    Alumni Seminar Series, Fall 2012: Learning from the Past
    Seattle University, Hunthausen Hall

    This fall, members of the Seattle University History Department kick off discussions addressing the lessons we can learn from the early Greeks up to the tragedies of the past 200 years.  Taught by Seattle University faculty and special guests, the Executive and Alumni Seminars are open to Seattle University alumni and other college graduates in the Seattle area who seek a high-quality learning experience, stimulating discussions of life's deeper questions, and the companionship of other active minds.  The cost of the six-session seminar, which includes texts, teachers’ stipends, parking, and refreshments is $240.  Please indicate when you apply if you will need reserved parking on campus for the six sessions (the cost is already included in the tuition).  To register by September 15, 2012 click here or email Alumni Seminars .

    Sponsored by Seattle University College of Arts and Sciences

    Spirituality on Tap
    An Application of the Senses: Shifting Seasons

    Thursday, September 20, 2012 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
     St. Joseph Parish Center (Mother Theresa Room), Seattle
    In our prayer, St. Ignatius asks us to reflect and savor our experiences with all of our senses. Join other young adults ages 21-35 for a night of prayer, small group sharing, and reflection as Marilyn Nash from Seattle University Campus Ministry guides us in this Ignatian technique and we prepare ourselves for the fall season. Refreshments will be provided. For more information please email SEYA Coordinator Matt Salazar.
     
    Sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center and St. Joseph's Parish

    St. Mary’s Foodbank 13th Annual Harvest Dinner
    Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 5:30 p.m.
    Seattle Design Center, Seattle
     
    Support the work of St. Mary's Food Bank and the services they provide the community at their annual Harvest Dinner. A fun event, great venue and only $45 for appetizers, dinner and wine plus pre-entertainment from members of the Garfield High School Jazz Ensemble as well as a silent and a live auction.  For more information or to reserve a table or seats, email Jarod or call (206) 852-4558.

    Sponsored by The Food Bank at St. Mary’s

    Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life (SEEL)
    September 2012 - May 2013
    Seattle, WA
     
    The Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life is a nine month retreat format of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, with retreat communities meeting in Seattle and Tacoma, beginning in September and running through May. It is a powerful, life-changing program of prayer and reflection that can be done by busy people of varied backgrounds and Christian traditions in the midst of their daily lives. Retreatants commit themselves to praying one hour a day, meeting twice monthly with a Spiritual Director, and to attending monthly Saturday retreat days. Learn more by visiting SEEL online or call (206) 721-3518.

    Sponsored by Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life of Puget Sound
     
    Ignatian Spirituality 101
    Thursday, October 4, 2012 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    St. Joseph Parish Center, Seattle

    What is Ignatian spirituality all about?  What might Ignatian prayer and spirituality have to offer me?  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.  The evening will include introductions, opening prayer, an overview of Ignatian spirituality, an experience of the Ignatian Examen, and more information on how to continue to grow in Ignatian spirituality through the ISC, Magis, SEEL, and 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 friends or colleagues who might be interested and invite them to attend! For more info or to RSVP, email Andrea Fontana.

    Co-sponsored by Magis, Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life (SEEL) & Christian Life Communities (CLC).

    Former Volunteer Retreat 
    Friday evening, November 9 to Sunday afternoon, November 11, 2012
    Ghormley Meadow Christian Camp, Naches, WA
     
    Join Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest for a great weekend of reflection with facilitator Jack Kennedy to explore the question, "How do I engage in a life-giving way with a life-sucking world?"  FJVs or former volunteers from ALL service organizations welcome, 30 years-old and younger, spouses welcome, no children please. $35 per person, travel not included, carpools arranged upon request.  To register or for more information email Liz Purdy.
     
    Sponsored by Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest

    August 2012

    Posted by Elizabeth Coz on 7/31/2012 10:32:11 AM

    Just yesterday - July 31st  - was the feast day of St. Ignatius: founder of the Jesuits, animator of the Spiritual Exercises, and patron of the Jesuit educational mission.  Recently, a couple Magis staff members attended a conference at Loyola University Chicago, wherein the life of St. Ignatius was revisited as applied to the work we do with Jesuit-educated alumni.   Always invigorated by the story of how the Jesuit educational mission came to be, our friends at Fairfield University have come up with a light-hearted video to share the story of Iñigo, the once charmer turned mystic, through the perspective of an olive – that’s right, an olive. Check it out here…we guarantee some laughs and a greater appreciation for the life of St. Ignatius.

    Also, a reminder that today is the deadline for alumni leader applications for Mexico Mission Trek! Visit our Programs page for more information and an application. Alumni leader positions are funded (covers participants fee and airfare) and are a great way to use your prior service experiences in support to Magis staff and participants in the immersion program. Contact Assistant Director Maria Ochoa with any questions.  Applications for all other participants are due August 15th. We are excited to see who will become part of our first ever global immersion program!

    Summer blessings,

    Brooke, Maria & Liz


     Alumni Living the Mission

    Hilda

    For Hilda Guiao (Seattle University, 2008), education is more than just mental stimulation or rigorous academic study. "It’s about engaging the whole person to ask the challenging questions of our past, of our world and society and to seek "the more" in life and to be who it is that God is calling us to be. Education should push us outside of our comfort zones and urge us to grow and be stretched in new ways..." Click here to continue reading Hilda's reflection.

    Magis Opportunity 
    Magis Mixer
    Thursday, August 9, 2012 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    Poquitos Restaurant, 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 are available until 6 p.m. Be sure to invite your Jesuit-educated alumni friends and family. No need to RSVP, just come! Please note: Magis will announce a new location and dates starting September 2012.  For more information, email Magis.

    Sponsored by Magis

    Submit Your Application Today!
    Mexico Mission Trek: A Global Immersion Program for Jesuit-Educated Alumni
    Sunday, November 18 – Saturday, November 24, 2012
    Tijuana, Baja California (Mexico)  

    Mexico Mission Trek aims to build a community experience for a group of sixteen Jesuit-educated alumni who will engage in a short-term service immersion with a community in Tijuana, located in Baja California, Mexico, via Esperanza International, a non-profit agency which “cultivates global citizenship through international service experiences in working toward a better world.” Alumni participating in Mexico Mission Trek will work together for one week alongside the community in Tijuana in order to bring about a sense of being men and women for and with others; engage in social analysis and conversation on some of the critical issues impacting the local community, broaden the scope of understanding on the current realities brought about by Mexico/U.S. relations, and reflect on the experience of service with the community in Tijuana and with each other post-Trek exploring a faith that does justice. Priority deadline for applications is August 1st for those interested in being an alumni leader (which covers the cost of participation and airfare) and August 15th for all other applicants. Please visit our Programs page for an application, or email Assistant Director Maria Ochoa with any questions.

    Sponsored by Magis

    Save the Date

    Sign Up for Magis Service Saturdays at St. Mary’s Food Bank
    Fourth Saturday every month from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
    St. Mary’s Food Bank, Seattle

    Are you looking for a way to get involved in community service? Join Magis as an Alumni Volunteer for an ongoing opportunity as part of our partnership with the Seattle University Youth Initiative. Come together with other Jesuit-educated alumni to serve at St. Mary’s Food Bank in Seattle’s Central District. St. Mary’s Food Bank provides nutritious food to families and individuals who are struggling with hunger through a variety of services, including the Walk-In Program, where over 6,700 people receive groceries each month. Alumni Volunteers assist with distribution of food, checking-in clients, sorting food items, and participating in a short reflection following service. If you are interested in serving as a Service Saturday volunteer or Alumni Leader, please email Magis. We are taking sign-ups for September 2012 - June 2013. Alumni family and children welcome, however, volunteers must be 16 years of age or older, or accompanied by an adult.

    Sponsored by Magis

    Partner Programs and Events  
    Wine and Wisdom
    Wednesday, August 1, 2012 from 7:15 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Kells Irish Restaurant and Pub, Seattle

    Join us as we conclude the Summer 2012 Wine and Wisdom Series with Fr. Bryan Dolejsi, Archdiocesan Vocations Director, who will be leading discussion on “Balance: Well Being of Mind, Body, Spirit and Soul”. Prior to meeting at Kells, all are invided to attend the 6:30 p.m. Mass at Christ Our Hope in downtown Seattle. For more information email Bridget Harris.

    Sponsored by Office for Youth and Young Adult Ministry

    St. Mary’s Foodbank Volunteer Appreciation Potluck Picnic
    Saturday, August 11, 2012 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
    St. Mary’s Foodbank, Seattle

    If you have served with Magis on Service Saturdays, you are invited to join food bank staff, board members and other volunteers for the annual Volunteer Appreciation Potluck Picnic.  There will be lots of food and raffle prizes!  Email Tina Kimbrell for more information.

    Sponsored by The Foodbank at St. Mary’s

    Flower March in Support of U.S. Catholic Sisters
    Sunday, August 12, 2012 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
    Louisa Boren Lookout Park, Seattle

    Please join I Stand With The Sisters for The Flower March in support of U.S. Catholic Sisters and their lived gospel values. The Leadership Conference of Women Religious annual assembly meets in St. Louis in early August and this event is for those who want to stand in solidarity with the sisters as they discuss their response to the Vatican's mandate for reform.  The march begins at Louisa Boren Lookout Park and ends at St. James Cathedral.  Click here for more information, or email Lisa Visintainer.

    Sponsored by I Stand With The Sisters   

    St. Mary’s Foodbank 13th Annual Harvest Dinner
    Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 5:30 p.m.
    Seattle Design Center, Seattle
     
    Support the work of St. Mary's Food Bank and the services they provide the community at their annual Harvest Dinner. A fun event, great venue and only $45 for appetizers, dinner and wine plus pre-entertainment from members of the Garfield High School Jazz Ensemble as well as a silent and a live auction.  For more information or to reserve a table or seats, email Jarod or call (206) 852-4558.

    Sponsored by The Food Bank at St. Mary’s

    Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life (SEEL)
    September 2012 - May 2013
    Seattle, WA

    The Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life (SEEL) is a nine month retreat format of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, with retreat communities meeting in Seattle and Tacoma, beginning in September and running through May. It is a powerful, life-changing program of prayer and reflection that can be done by busy people of varied backgrounds and Christian traditions in the midst of our daily lives. Retreatants commit themselves to praying one hour a day, meeting twice monthly with a Spiritual Director, and to attending monthly Saturday retreat days. Learn more by visiting SEEL online or call (206) 721-3518.

    Sponsored by Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life of Puget Sound
     
    Jesuit Volunteer EnCorps Program
    Jesuit Volunteer EnCorps (“encore”) is a program of Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest (JVCNW), for women and men ages 50 and older offering spiritual growth, service and monthly reflection for mid-life retired men and women. JV EnCorps program is built on core values of community, simple living, social and ecological justice, and spirituality. It offers a part-time, flexible and substantial program of service to others, including monthly meetings with fellow EnCorps members. Please click here to read more about the JV EnCorps, including how you might help the program. 

    Sponsored by Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest

     

     

    July 2012

    Posted by Elizabeth Coz on 7/11/2012 01:14:04 PM

    It seems the “Oh my goodness I live here” moments are no longer fleeting as summer arrives to Seattle – they are daily now that the glory of the Pacific Northwest shines its brightest.  July welcomes exciting new looks, and at Magis, those are more than the long awaited tan lines.  Three big changes are here: we are recruiting for a new Global Immersion program, we are moving office spaces on campus, and we have a redesigned website!

    The first ever Mexico Mission Trek for Alumni to Tijuana, Mexico will allow sixteen Jesuit-educated alumni to serve for a week with the non-profit organization Esperanza International on November 18-24, 2012. In addition to a service project, this global immersion trip will offer faith and justice education opportunities to explore the complex realities which impact the community in Tijuana as well as our relationships in the global community.  If you are interested in your Thanksgiving week taking on a ‘new look,’ see the link below for more information.  Application deadline is August 1st for those interested in being an alumni leader and August 15th for all other applicants.

    Magis is preparing for a move into the Pigott Leadership Pavilion this fall, which will put us in closer proximity to our campus partners in Career Services and Alumni Relations.  During the summer months, we will be located on the fourth floor of Loyola Hall.  If you have not found an excuse to come visit us before, consider this your cue and block out a day in the fall to stop by.
     
    Finally, we have a redesigned website!  The contemporary look and feel is part of a university–wide online overhaul, and luckily for us, we were one of the first to transition.  Enjoy browsing, both online and outside. We look forward to this slower but certainly not less than full season.

    Alumni Living the Mission 
      

     Rossmans

    Katie and Patrick Rossmann

    Magis is proud to bring you yet another story of a family who is living out Jesuit values in their personal and professional lives. Jesuit-educated alumni Katie and Patrick Rossmann(Marquette University 2003, Jesuit Volunteer Corp 2003-04 and Boston College 2003, Jesuit Volunteer Corp 2003-04) have been greatly impacted by Jesuit values...click here to read their reflection.
       

    Magis Opportunity

    Magis Mixer
    Thursday, July 11, 2012 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    Poquitos Restaurant, 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 are available until 6 p.m. Be sure to invite your Jesuit-educated alumni friends and family. No need to RSVP, just come! For more information, email Magis.

    Sponsored by Magis

    Submit Your Application Today!
    Mexico Mission Trek: A Global Immersion Program for Jesuit-Educated Alumni
    Saturday, November 18 – Saturday, November 24, 2012
    Tijuana, Baja California (Mexico)

    Mexico Mission Trek aims to build a community experience for a group of sixteen Jesuit-educated alumni who will engage in a short-term service immersion with a community in Tijuana, located in Baja California, Mexico, via Esperanza International, a non-profit agency which “cultivates global citizenship through international service experiences in working toward a better world.” Alumni participating in Mexico Mission Trek will work together in service for one week alongside the community in Tijuana in order to bring about a sense of being men and women for and with others; engage in justice education in the form of social analysis and conversation on some of the critical issues impacting the community which they will serve in order to broaden one’s scope of understanding on the current realities brought about by Mexico/U.S. relations; and reflect on the experience of service with the community in Tijuana and post-trek with each other in order to deepen a commitment to a faith that does justice. Priority deadline for applications is August 1st for those interested in being an alumni leader (which covers the cost of participation and airfare) and August 15th for all other applicants. Please visit our programs page for an application, or email Assistant Director Maria Ochoa with any questions.

    Sponsored by Magis

    Save the Date

    Sign Up for Magis Service Saturdays at St. Mary’s Food Bank
    Fourth Saturday every month from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
    St. Mary’s Food Bank, Seattle

    Are you looking for a way to get involved in community service? Join Magis as an Alumni Volunteer for an ongoing opportunity as part of our partnership with the Seattle University Youth Initiative. Come together with other Jesuit-educated alumni to serve at St. Mary’s Food Bank in Seattle’s Central District. The St. Mary’s Food Bank provides nutritious food to families and individuals who are struggling with hunger through a variety of services, including the Walk-In Program, where over 6,700 people receive groceries each month. Alumni Volunteers commit to assisting with distribution of food, checking-in clients, sorting food items, and participating in a short reflection following service. If you are interested in serving as a Service Saturday volunteer or Alumni Leader, please email Magis. We are taking sign-ups for every month through the 2012-2013 programming year. Alumni family and children welcome, however, volunteers must be 16 years of age or older, or accompanied by an adult.

    Sponsored by Magis

     
    Partner Programs and Events

    Wine and Wisdom
    Wednesday, July 11, 2012 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
    Kells Irish Pub, Seattle
     
    Wine and Wisdom explores how we are called to live our Catholic Faith in our daily life.  Join us for the kick off with Fr. Bill Watson, SJ as we discuss "Serving God in Our Everyday life."  Mass begins at Christ our Hope in Downtown Seattle at 6:30 p.m. and then we begin the discussion at Kells Irish Pub at 7:30 pm.  For more information, visit OYYAM online.

    Sponsored by Office for Youth and Young Adult Ministry

    Young Adult Service Opportunity
    Saturday, July 14, 2012
    Seattle, WA
     
    Spend a day volunteering at a local organization, enjoy mass, lunch and exploring Catholic Social Teaching with your peers.  All adults ages 18-39 are welcome to come serve our local community.  More details are available here or contact Bridget Harris.

    Sponsored by Office for Youth and Young Adult Ministry

    Last Call for Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest Applications!
    Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest
    Deadline: Sunday, July 15, 2012
     
    Are you a recent college graduate and haven’t decided what to do next?  What’s better than making a difference in the world and possibly earning a $5,550 AmeriCorps Education Award to put toward school loans or further schooling?  There is still time to apply to Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest for the 2012-2013 service year, beginning this August!  JVCNW is still in need of applicants who are interested in issues surrounding homelessness, are fluent in Spanish, or are interested in working with or teaching youth on Native American Reservations.  Email Leah Nusse for more information or call (503) 335-8202.  

    Sponsored by JVC Northwest

    Three-Day Summer Ignatian Retreat
    Friday, July 27 at 2:00 p.m. – Sunday, July 29, 2012 at 2:00 p.m.
    Palisades Retreat Center, Federal Way

    Take the time this summer to renew and refresh your soul, and soak in silence on the shores of Puget Sound with this rich and meaningful Three-Day Summer Ignatian Retreat led by Fr. Peter Byrne, SJ and Anne Tropeano. This retreat will offer stirring presentations based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius; an atmosphere for silent reflection; and opportunities for individual spiritual direction, prayer, and sharing in the Eucharist. Cost: $285 "Resident Retreat" fee which includes lodging (individual rooms with private bathrooms) and meals; or $185 "Commuter Retreat" fee which includes meals only. Some partial work scholarships are available. Register onlineby July 6. For more information, please contact Andrea Fontana.

    Sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center

    St. Mary’s Foodbank 13th Annual Harvest Dinner
    Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 5:30 p.m.
    Seattle Design Center, Seattle
     
    Support the work of St. Mary's Food Bank and the services they provide the community at their annual Harvest Dinner. A fun event, great venue and only $45 for appetizers, dinner and wine plus pre-entertainment from members of the Garfield High School Jazz Ensemble as well as a silent and a live auction.  For more information or to reserve a table or seats, email Jarodor call (206) 852-4558.

    Sponsored by The Food Bank at St. Mary’s

    Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life
    September 2012 - May 2013
    Seattle, WA

    The Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life is a nine month retreat format of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, with retreat communities meeting in Seattle and Tacoma, beginning in September and running through May. It is a powerful, life-changing program of prayer and reflection that can be done by busy people of varied backgrounds and Christian traditions in the midst of their daily lives. Retreatants commit themselves to praying one hour a day, meeting twice monthly with a Spiritual Director, and to attending monthly Saturday retreat days. Learn more by visiting SEEL online or call (206) 721-3518.

    Sponsored by Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life of Puget Sound

    June 2012

    Posted by Eli Christopher on 6/26/2012 03:36:01 PM

    "A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.”
    - Oliver Wendell Holmes

    With commencement approaching for Jesuit universities across the nation, Magis sends a heartfelt congratulations and welcome to all soon-to-be alumni graduating this summer. Oliver Wendell Holmes’ quote captures what a strong Jesuit education does for so many students – stretches them to be transformed as women and men who will in turn transform the world. Magis encourages both new and seasoned alumni to continue the path of new experiences towards transformation through any one of the formative programs offered these coming months.

    In light of this, Magis is excited to announce a first-ever Mexico Mission Trek to Tijuana, Mexico with non-profit organization Esperanza International on November 18-24, 2012. This global immersion program will include a group of sixteen Jesuit-educated alumni who will serve on a week-long service immersion in Tijuana. In addition to the service project, alumni participants will engage faith and justice education opportunities through pre- and post-immersion gatherings to explore the complex realities which impact the community in Tijuana, as well as reflect upon and integrate the immersion experience with each other. Priority deadline for applications is August 1st for those interested in being an alumni leader (which covers cost of airfare and participantion fee), and August 15th for all other applicants. Please read below for more details and to access an application.

    We hope you have a great start to your summer!

    Alumni Living the Mission

    Sheely Web
    Sheely Mauck

    This month Magis brings to you the story of alumna Sheely Mauck (Seattle University ‘09, MPA). Sheely has come through adversity in her own life, but as she says “I have always strived to be more and do more than what others might expect of me or even what I expect of myself”. This sensibility has compelled her to serve both in her community and professional life. Click here to read Sheely’s reflection.

    Magis Opportunity

    Magis Mixer
    Thursday, June 14, 2012 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    Poquitos Restaurant, 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 are available until 6 p.m. Be sure to invite your Jesuit-educated alumni friends and family! No need to RSVP, just come! For more information, email Magis.

    Sponsored by Magis

    Magis Service Saturdays at St. Mary’s Food Bank
    Saturday, June 23, 2012 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
    St. Mary’s Food Bank, Seattle

    Are you looking for a way to get involved in community service? Join Magis as an Alumni Volunteer for an ongoing opportunity as part of our partnership with the Seattle University Youth Initiative. Come together with other Jesuit-educated alumni to serve at St. Mary’s Food Bank in Seattle’s Central District. The St. Mary’s Food Bank provides nutritious food to families and individuals who are struggling with hunger through a variety of services, including the Walk-In Program, where over 6,700 people receive groceries each month. Alumni Volunteers commit to assisting with distribution of food, checking-in clients, sorting food items, and participating in a short reflection following service. If you are interested in serving as a Service Saturday volunteer or Alumni Leader, please email Magis. We are taking sign-ups for every month through the 2012-2013 programming year. Alumni family and children welcome, however, volunteers must be 16 years of age or older, or accompanied by an adult.

    Sponsored by Magis


    Save the Date

    Mexico Mission Trek: A Global Immersion Program for Jesuit-Educated Alumni
    Saturday, November 18 – Saturday, November 24, 2012
    Tijuana, Baja California (Mexico)
    Submit Your Application Today!

    Mexico Mission Trek aims to build a community experience for a group of sixteen Jesuit-educated alumni who will engage in a short-term service immersion with a community in Tijuana, located in Baja California, Mexico, via Esperanza International, a non-profit agency which “cultivates global citizenship through international service experiences in working toward a better world.” Alumni participating in Mexico Mission Trek will work together in service for one week alongside the community in Tijuana in order to bring about a sense of being men and women for and with others; engage in justice education in the form of social analysis and conversation on some of the critical issues impacting the community which they will serve in order to broaden one’s scope of understanding on the current realities brought about by Mexico/U.S. relations; and reflect on the experience of service with the community in Tijuana and post-trek with each other in order to deepen a commitment to a faith that does justice. Priority deadline for applications is August 1st for those interested in being an alumni leader (which covers the cost of participation and airfare) and August 15th for all other applicants. Please visit our programs page for an application, or email Assistant Director Maria Ochoa with any questions.

    Sponsored by Magis

    Partner Programs and Events

    A Summer Day of Reflection: A Middle of the Year Examen
    Saturday, June 23, 2012 from 9:00 a.m.to 3:00 p.m.
    St. Joseph Parish Center

    This June, you are invited to take time to slow down in the middle of your busy life, to step back and prayerfully "examine" your life in the middle of the year. Through short presentations and abundant time for reflection and journaling, this day invites you to ponder what is important to you and to consider possible next steps in your life. 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. Invite a friend, colleague or family member to join you! Cost: $45 (includes lunch). Partial work scholarships available. Register online by June 19. For more information, email Carolyn Hickman.

    Sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center

    Three-Day Summer Ignatian Retreat
    Friday, July 27 at 2:00 p.m. – Sunday, July 29, 2012 at 2:00 p.m.
    Palisades Retreat Center, Federal Way

    Take the time this summer to renew and refresh your soul, and soak in silence on the shores of Puget Sound with this rich and meaningful Three-Day Summer Ignatian Retreat led by Fr. Peter Byrne, SJ and Anne Tropeano. This retreat will offer stirring presentations based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius; an atmosphere for silent reflection; and opportunities for individual spiritual direction, prayer, and sharing in the Eucharist. Cost: $285 "Resident Retreat" fee which includes lodging (individual rooms with private bathrooms) and meals; or $185 "Commuter Retreat" fee which includes meals only. Some partial work scholarships are available. Register online by July 6. For more information, please contact Andrea Fontana.

    Sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center