A Christmas Message from Fr. Sundborg

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at 2:05 PM PST

I would like to take this opportunity to wish our alumni community a very Merry Christmas. It’s hard to believe it’s already December. This season is one that brings to mind the values of family, service to those less fortunate and love for our neighbor. At this time each year, I like to set aside time to reflect. During my reflection, two thoughts came to mind. One is the feeling of gratitude I have for our alumni, our supporters and the entire Seattle U community. I know that if not for you, we would not be fully moving the mission of our university forward as we prepare to celebrate our 125th anniversary in 2016.

The other thought that comes to my mind this time of year is the value of service. It is a value that we embrace year-round at Seattle University and one that every member of our community embodies in some way. Our students serve the community through the Seattle University Youth Initiative and service learning opportunities. Our staff and faculty help prepare our students to be leaders for a just and humane world – a very worthy service. And our alumni, who are regarded as leaders in the community for their work and contributions, also serve Seattle University through their support of our students and our university’s mission and values. 

To quote Pope Francis, “Service is the sign of true love. Those who love know how to serve others. We learn this especially in the family, where we become servants out of love for one another.”

I find that quote especially relevant this holiday season as we are called to be servants for others. My hope is that you will take time this season to reflect on your own life and see the ways in which you already serve and how you might continue to do so. Reflect on the important role you play in our Seattle University family and the role you would like to play. Perhaps you have not returned to your alma mater in years, but you now feel called to take an active role mentoring our students or serving with the Center for Service and Community Engagement. Maybe you’ve remained connected to Seattle University, but are looking to deepen that connection by serving on a board, providing internships to students or volunteering your time with an alumni chapter. 

In whatever way you choose to serve, know that you are a valued member of the Seattle University family. I am thankful for each of you and your contributions this season and always. 

I wish everyone a safe and happy Christmas season and ask you to join me in praying for peace in our world. 

Merry Christmas,

Stephen V. Sundborg, S.J.