Magis: Alumni Living the Mission


  • 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