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Arrupe Seminar

  • The Arrupe Seminar on the Foundations and Vision of Jesuit Education is a great opportunity, within a lively, interesting discussion with your peers, to deepen your understanding of the Jesuit foundations of Seattle University. Click here for current seminar schedule.

    The Seminar is designed to promote: 

    Understanding of the Jesuit educational tradition and of Jesuits

    • Assimilation of the knowledge and values of the tradition
    • Application of what one learns and assimilates to the carrying out of one’s role at the University
    • Commitment to carrying on the tradition. It offers an experience that is both scholarly and personal, requiring a significant amount of reading, discussion, and personal reflection, and including presentations by people knowledgeable in the Jesuit tradition.  

    Seminar basics

    • A team made up of one Jesuit and one lay colleague leads each section, presents material, and facilitates discussions. 
    • Visiting experts present some sessions.
    • The Seminar is open to faculty, staff, and administrators who have completed at least one year at the University.
    • It meets approximately every two weeks for two hours throughout the academic year, beginning in October and ending in early May.
    • Two sections at different times are offered to accommodate different schedules.   

    Seminar statistics

    • Since 2004 about 275 SU faculty and staff will have completed the Seminar.
    • About 30 faculty and staff are currently enrolled. 

    Seminar Leaders (past and present):

    • David Leigh, S.J., English
    • Teresa Ling, Albers School
    • Thomas Murphy, S.J., History
    • Catherine Punsalan, Theology
    • Peter Ely, S.J., Theology
    • Mary Bowman, Law
    • Patrick O'Leary, S.J., Faculty/Staff Chaplain 
    • Jodi Kelly, Matteo Ricci College
    • Terri Clark, Nursing
  • …this seminar has encouraged me to explore research topics related to Jesuit education. I am attending the Colleagues in Jesuit Business Education conference this summer to interact with other Jesuit educators who share similar interests. I am developing a research project to test the impact of Jesuit education on ethics in business. The Arrupe Seminar has changed my view of students; I am committed to forming a relationship with any students who are open to dialogue. I believe a personal relationship between faculty and students helps complete the educational process. I also hope to pass on the concepts of Ignatian spirituality to my students. The beauty of Ignatian spirituality is the inclusiveness and non-judgmental aspects of the philosophy.

    Sarah Bee Accounting
  • I have learned to appreciate the methods by which the Society works. It seems that things don’t happen by chance but rather through a process of discernment, but always looking back to the grand design of Ignatius. I have come to really appreciate the early Jesuits, such as Ricci and di Nobili. They were very courageous and had an amazing ability to work within a culture while acknowledging and using the richness of that culture in their work.

    Marilyn Price College of Nursing
  • Even after receiving a degree in Biblical Studies at Catholic University of America and being taught by Jesuits there, I still did not have the language to capture my experience at Bellarmine with a spiritual language. Now, after experiencing the Arrupe Seminar, I feel like I have a language to capture my experience and relate it to my area of research, the New Testament.

    Matthew Whitlock Theology & Religious Studies