Alumni Blog

Jesuit Volunteer EnCorps: Now Accepting Applications

Posted by Seattle University Alumni Association on April 5, 2018 at 10:04 AM PDT

National Volunteer Month seems like the perfect opportunity to share that Jesuit Volunteer EnCorps is now accepting applications! JV EnCorps is a program of Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC) Northwest, facilitating meaningful opportunities for service, community and spiritual formation for adults 50 and older who are committed to social and ecological justice. JV EnCorps is available to individuals living in Seattle, Tacoma, Spokane and Vancouver Washington, as well as those in Portland and Bend Oregon.

During a ten month part-time volunteer service, participants meet regularly in their community to deepen their spirituality and explore the values of community, simple living and social and ecological justice.

Participants have found the program to be a meaningful spiritual and service opportunity.

“I like being a part of our JV EnCorps community because I journey with deep souls and gentle people who love and live in my hometown.” - JV EnCorps Volunteer

“This is my second year. I feel so comfortable and look forward to our monthly meetings. It is like going home each month to my like-minded, caring, giving corps members. I have grown so much in my understanding of our citizens who are just getting by. I am now respectful of everyone I meet and try to hear their concerns. The Jesuit way has become my life. I am intent on seeing God in everything.” - JV EnCorps Volunteer

"I’ve never done anything in my life where I felt more like I belonged than my volunteer work. They could do without me; I’m not sure I can do without them. I’ve been planted there for me, to gain something, to learn something." - JV EnCorps Volunteer

Applications Due: August 15th. 
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Alumni Day of Prayer

Posted by Seattle University Alumni Association on March 1, 2018 at 11:03 AM PST

Alumni are invited to join us for our  Alumni Day of Prayer led by Dave Anderson, S.J. and Liz Johnson, ‘78.

This year, we will be reflecting on the theme of "walking in a manner worthy of the vocation to which we are called," which was recently shared in Pope Francis’ address to the Jesuits.

woman alum praying in chapel

According to Fr. Dave, Alumni Day of Prayer will be an opportunity to continue the long tradition of praying in silence and discussing Pope Francis' recent conversation with the Jesuit community, saying, “Questions will focus around what you find consoling, what challenges you and what helps you grow as you read and reflect on his message which is pertinent to everyone. We will conclude with mass and lunch.” Fr. Dave went on to add that, “This is a great opportunity for us to step outside our normal everyday routines to pray together and discuss at a deeper level. We will also come to know through our prayer and discussion how God might be inviting us to grow as an alumni body as well as explore some ways we can serve together.”

This event is open to all alumni and friends who feel called to attend.

More about Our Leaders:

Dave Anderson, S.J.

Fr. Dave is a graduate of Gonzaga and ministers to the Seattle University community as chaplain for alumni, performing baptisms, weddings and funerals, and attending to the sick. He is also chaplain for the men's basketball and soccer teams and enjoys meeting alumni when he travels with the teams.

Liz Johnston, '78

Liz has served on a number of boards, including Holy Family Kirkland, Holy Names Academy and O'Dea High School and is currently a member of the Peronteau Club and Crozier Society. Liz was a member of the American Women's Association of Hong Kong for four years and is a former nurse.

Alumni Day of Prayer Program

8-9 a.m. Breakfast (optional)
9:00 Introduction and program
11:30 a.m. Private mass for retreatants
12 p.m. Lunch

Reserve your spot now.