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  • 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
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    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