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
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 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 BankSaturday, October 27, 2012 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.St. Mary’s Food Bank, SeattleCome
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
Three-Day Silent Ignatian RetreatFriday, November 9, 2012 through Sunday, November 11, 2012Palisades 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 MagisJustice Education Forum: A Teach-In on Economic JusticeSaturday, December 1, 2012 9:00 am to 2:00 pmSeattle 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
Ignatian Spirituality 101Thursday, October 4, 2012 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 pmSt. 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 MagisFaithful Choices: Applying Ignatian Discernment to the Issues of the DayPart One: Monday, October 8, 2012 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.Seattle University, Chapel of St. IgnatiusPart Two: Monday October 15, 2012 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.Seattle University, Campion BallroomThere 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 & MinistryFilm Screening of Acclaimed Documentary: A Question of HabitTuesday, 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 perspectiveWednesday, October 10, 2012 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.Kells Irish Restaurant and Pub, SeattleWhat 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 Ministry2012 - 2013 Catholic Heritage Lecture Series: Vatican II as an Event with Fr. Joseph KomonchakThursday, October 11, 2012 at 7:00pm Seattle University, Pigott AuditoriumLooking 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 MinistryAccompanying Those in the Margins: The Way of CompanionshipSaturday, October 13, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.St. Joseph Parish Center, SeattleHas 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, CSJPTuesday, October 16, 2012 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Café Allegro, SeattleIn 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 CenterIgnatian Book Group: Inner Compass by Margaret SilfThursdays, October 18, 2012 - December 13, 2012 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 pmSt. Joseph Parish Center, SeattleWhether 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 CenterJustice Café: Conflict MineralsMonday, 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 2012Friday, October 26, 2012 - Sunday, October 28, 2012Seattle UniversityCome 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 DirectionMondays, November 2012 to May 2013 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.St. Joseph Parish Center, SeattleJoin 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, 2012Ghormley Meadow Christian Camp, Naches, WAJoin 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 CommissionAs 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
"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
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 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 BankFourth Saturdays, September 2012 - June 2013 Saturday, September 22, 2012 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.St. Mary’s Food Bank, SeattleCome 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 MagisLast Call for Applications! Deadline is September 15thMexico Mission Trek: A Global Immersion Program for Jesuit-Educated AlumniSunday, November 18 – Saturday, November 24, 2012Tijuana, 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
Three-Day Silent Ignatian RetreatFriday, November 9, 2012 through Sunday, November 11, 2012Palisades 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
Alumni Seminar Series, Fall 2012: Learning from the PastSeattle University, Hunthausen HallThis 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 SciencesSpirituality on Tap An Application of the Senses: Shifting SeasonsThursday, September 20, 2012 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. St. Joseph Parish Center (Mother Theresa Room), SeattleIn 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 ParishSt. Mary’s Foodbank 13th Annual Harvest DinnerSaturday, 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 2013Seattle, 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 101Thursday, October 4, 2012 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.St. Joseph Parish Center, SeattleWhat 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, 2012Ghormley 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