A Christmas Message from President Sundborg, S.J.

Posted by Caitlin Joyce, '11, '18 on Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 4:34 PM PST

Seasons greetings!

As we head into the holiday season, I reflect on the year and all I am grateful for. This year I am especially thankful for the opportunity to celebrate Seattle University’s 125th anniversary with all of you. Because of the generosity and commitment of our alumni community, we have grown into the forward thinking, impactful institution we are today. And it is with the support of our alumni that we will continue to thrive for the next 25 years.

While we look back on the accomplishments of this great institution, we also look to what we have to celebrate in the present. This fall, for the fourth year in a row, Seattle University was named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, which recognizes universities across the nation that support exemplary community service programs and partnerships. I am very proud of how our students continue to embody our values of care for the whole person and giving back. While we often find it easy to be charitable during the holiday season, I invite you to discern how you too can live our values and give back long after the Christmas season.

This December, I have the joyful task of connecting with our alumni at Advent Mass on campus December 3rd, in the Bay Area on December 7th and across the world in China and the Middle East later on this month. I am excited to have the opportunity to share the blessings of the season in person with these alumni and to come together as a community to celebrate who we are and what we value.

This holiday season, love and community are two values very much on my mind. My hope is that in this time when it feels like there are so many things that can divide us as a nation and global community, that we come together in unity, peace, love and understanding.  Seattle University will remain a place of support, care and inclusion for our students and alumni. Each of us can do our part to make this world a warmer place this season and always.

Know that you, our alumni, are always in my prayers and I hope that you will include me and the Seattle University community in yours.

I want to extend my warmest wishes to you and your family for a very merry Christmas and joyful, peace-filled holiday season.

With blessings,

Fr. Steve