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SUAA Expands Spirituality Offerings

Posted by The Seattle University Alumni Association on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 12:42 PM PST

On March 1, the Seattle U Alumni Association (SUAA) officially started its partnership with the Ignatian Spirituality Center (ISC) to offer Ignatian program offerings directly to Seattle University alumni. Already a partner with other areas of the university, ISC responds to the spiritual hunger in our world by providing spiritual direction services and programs intended to “assist persons of all faiths to serve Christ’s mission of compassion, healing and justice.”

The ISC offers a wide variety of programs and retreats to meet you where you are in your spiritual journey and to help you deepen and explore your relationship with God. By using the Ignatian lens to faith, which focuses on discernment, finding God in all things and becoming contemplatives in action, the ISC is able to serve alumni of all faith traditions and stages of life.

“We are excited to bring an expanded suite of quality spirituality offerings to our alumni in partnership with the Ignatian Spirituality Center. They are leaders in Ignatian formation and spiritual development in the Seattle area. Through this partnership, we are able to meet our alumni’s requests for more spirituality programming,” says Jonathan Brown, Assistant Vice President of the Seattle University Alumni Association.

Weekend and one-day retreats invite you to engage in reflection and discernment and experience the gifts of Ignatian prayer and contemplation. Spiritual direction services connect alumni with spiritual directors who can support them as they navigate life choices. This Ignatian Life series explores the intersection of Ignatian spirituality and current issues, such as immigration and the climate crisis, in daily life and culture. A series for men invites them to reflect on relevant life issues using an Ignatian lens.

ISC has two program for younger alumni. IgNite program retreats are geared toward the specific needs and interests of our alumni aged 21-35. Contemplative Leaders in Action (CLA) is a two-year faith formation and leadership development program for young adults (20's and 30's) that nurtures individual growth and strives to develop a cohort of leaders who can bring the dynamics of faith and justice to lead their families, co-workers and communities.

While ISC programs are not exclusively for Seattle U alumni, as we look toward the future, we have the possibility of SU-only programming and bringing ISC programs to campus.

A few of the upcoming events:

Novena of Grace
Tuesday, March 10—Wednesday, March 18

12:30 pm at Chapel of St. Ignatius, Seattle University (Eucharist)
6:30 pm at St. Joseph Church, Seattle (Contemplative Prayer)*
1:00 pm at St. Joseph Church (Eucharist)
1:00 pm at Chapel of St. Ignatius (Eucharist)
Gerry Scully, Mary Pauline Diaz-Frasene, and Fr. Mike Bayard, Retreat Presenters

This Ignatian Life: Reimagining Racial Justice
Sunday, March 29, 2020
1-4 p.m.
St. Joseph Parish Center, Seattle
Jimmy McCarty & Marilyn Nash, Presenters

God at Work: Young Adults Practicing Ignatian Spirituality in the Workplace
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
6:30-9 p.m.
Seattle Preparatory School, Seattle

Learn more about the Ignatian Spirituality Center and their retreats and programs.