Alumni Spotlight: Mark & Maria Vega

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 4:01 PM PST

When you think of the holidays often you think of sweet treats, family traditions and, of course, Christmas carols. For the alumni couple in this month’s spotlight, music is more than just a way to celebrate the season; it’s what brought them together.

Mark Vega, ‘07, and Maria (Dougherty) Vega, ‘08, met during a rehearsal of the St. Ignatius Choir in 2005. It was when Mark heard Maria sing that their love story began. In 2010 the couple got married in the chapel where they met and the two even performed at their own wedding. 

They now work together at CBRE where they work on the Microsoft account. Maria is a project manager and Mark works as an IT manager. 

But their true passion is music. They have stayed involved with and connected to the university by sharing their gifts for song. The couple can be found singing Sunday mornings during mass in the chapel, at alumni weddings and in the choir during the annual Advent Mass.

Their favorite thing about performing at Advent Mass is how it brings together the diverse alumni community. “It's great seeing everyone at different points in their life journey.  There are recent graduates coming back for their first Advent Mass, others returning with young families and others returning many years after their graduation, all coming together during this time of waiting before Christmas,” they shared.

Advent Mass differs from others because of that sense of community, hope and joy that is palpable during the holidays. ”It is great to see the joy on people's faces when a popular carol is one of the songs.  People at St. Ignatius usually tend to sing along with the music anyway, which is wonderful, but when it is something like "Joy to the World!" or "Angels we Have Heard on High" you can tell nearly everyone in the church is singing.” 

During this season of gratitude, Mark and Maria have their own message of thanks to share. “Seattle University is where our relationship began and is still a large part of our relationship today.  Both Campus ministry and Seattle U's music program brought us together and we greatly appreciate those who have supported the university and those programs.  Both of us were able to attend Seattle University due to scholarships and we are grateful not only for the education we received academically, but also personally and spiritually.”

You can learn more about Mark and Maria and hear them perform in the video by Mark George from Rocket to Antares LLC, “The Wedding Singers.” 

Please join us for Advent Mass this Saturday, December 6 at 4:00 in the Chapel of St. Ignatius. It is followed by a reception in the Pigott Atrium.