Graduate Ceremony

Commencement Speaker

  • Killian Noe
     For nearly three decades, Killian Noe has lived in and led a number of intentional communities throughout the world. In 1985, she co-founded Samaritan Inns, an intensive, transitional and longer-term healing community for men and women recovering from homelessness and addiction. A comprehensive response to homelessness and addictions, Samaritan Inns has become a national model and has received scores of awards for excellence and innovation in supportive housing and treatment.  

    After nurturing Samaritan Inns for 15 years, Noe moved to Seattle in 1999 and co-founded the New Creation Community, an ecumenical faith community committed to contemplation and action and to addressing the widening gap between the world’s rich and poor.

    In 1999 she founded and currently leads Recovery Café, a therapeutic community and school for men and women recovering from homelessness, addiction and other mental health challenges. Recovery Café provides ongoing support that begins where traditional treatment programs end. Ninety percent of its members report that Recovery Café has helped them maintain sobriety and has given them a deep sense of belonging.

    Noe has received many awards and recognitions, including being honored as a distinguished alumna by Yale Divinity School in 1998 and Wake Forest in 2015. She is also an author having written Finding Our Way Home: Addictions and Divine Love.  

    Noe is a member of Seattle University’s Board of Trustees and an adjunct professor in the School of Theology and Ministry.