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Father Case prepares for new role

May 17, 2011

It was announced in April that Frank Case, S.J., Jesuit assistant to the School of Law and the Albers School of Business and Economics, has been named vice president for mission at Gonzaga University. Before heading to Spokane to assume his new post in June, Father Case spent some time reflecting on what he’s done so far and what lies ahead. 

On the path his life has taken him: 

There is an old saying we learned early in the course of our Jesuit formation, “God writes straight with crooked lines.” As things developed during my formation years, I was destined to specialize in the field of economics with an eye towards a faculty position at one of our Jesuit universities, Seattle University or Gonzaga University. The Albers School of Business here at Seattle University was kind enough to take me on when I completed my studies. I found great fulfillment in my relatively short career on the economics faculty, particularly in my role of teaching. God had further plans, however, and, as many here on campus know, after six years I was named rector of the SU Jesuit Community, and from there went on to become provincial of the Oregon Province and then regional assistant for the United States and general secretary at  our Roman Curia under Fr. Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, S.J. Then three years ago, after 22 years away, I returned to Seattle University and was eventually assigned to the Division of Mission and Ministry as liaison to the business and law Schools. This was a crooked path in its own right; but I could see the hand of God giving direction throughout. 

On what it was like to return to Seattle University after so many years away:
These two years at Seattle University have been a blessing for me. Besides the great blessing of living with my Jesuit brothers in the Arrupe Community, it has been wonderful renewing old friendships among the Albers faculty, and making new friends both in Albers and in the School of Law. Furthermore, after so many years abroad, I have enjoyed living close to several family members once again. Speaking of family members, when I go to Gonzaga my brother, Dick, and I will be serving in the same city for the first time in his 48 years and my 55 years in the Society of Jesus. We are both looking forward to that.

There has been another powerful blessing for me in returning to Seattle University. When I left in the mid 1980s we Jesuits were just beginning a program of working more closely with our colleagues or partners in ministry here at SU. To see how much this modest project has grown, both in numbers, and particularly in its depth of buy-in to the university’s mission, has given me great consolation, happiness and assurance of SU’s solid future as a Jesuit institution. From a university where the lay people were collaborating with us Jesuits, the institution has become a university where we Jesuits are collaborating with you, our lay colleagues and friends.  I must say I will miss this, but am sure I will find the same spirit and reality at Gonzaga. 

On how his latest stay at SU has prepared him for his new role at Gonzaga: 

Several months ago, I was asked to apply for the position of Vice President for Mission at Gonzaga University. (I have been on their Board of Directors for the past two years plus.) Certainly a key part of Gonzaga’s interest in my application lay in my experience with the Province and the universal Society of Jesus. Presumably, in their eyes they thought I would bring a vision from on high and from afar. That was fine; but what experience did I have with the direct supervision and support of the Catholic, Jesuit, and humanistic mission of an actual university? Did I have any experience of university administration? Rome did not provide for this eventuality. These past two years here at Seattle University have afforded me a wonderful bit of experience on the ground, so to speak. I feel well enough prepared at least to begin this new work, even though I will have lots to learn on the job. I am most grateful to Fr. Peter Ely and the entire Mission and Ministry team for their including me and inspiring me during this time. I can only trust that God will write something straight with the crooked line I lived these past 25 years for the benefit of the our sister institution beyond the Cascade Curtain. 

Fr. Steve to chair AJCU board

May 3, 2011

There’s a number of changes underway for the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, and our very own president factors prominently in the transitions.

The Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities is made up of and represents the nation’s 28 Jesuit institutions of higher education. Charles Currie, S.J., is stepping down as the association’s president on June 30. His 14 years in that role make him the longest serving president in AJCU history. Greg Lucey, S.J., former president of Spring Hill College, will succeed Father Currie. (Father Lucey, by the way, served as vice president for development at SU from 1978-88.)

Also changing is the chair of AJCU’s board. Seattle University President Stephen Sundborg, S.J., will step into that role, succeeding Timothy Lannon, S.J., president of Saint Joseph’s University.

Sign up for Arrupe Seminar

April 15, 2011

The Arrupe Seminar on the Foundations and Vision of Jesuit Education is an opportunity for faculty and staff to engage in a deeper way with the Jesuit heritage and ethos that animates our university. Also known as the Arrupe Seminar, the class runs from October through early May each year and strives to promote: (1) understanding of the Jesuit educational tradition and of Jesuits, (2) assimilation of the knowledge and values of the tradition, (3) application of what one learns and assimilates to the carrying out of one’s role at the university, and (4) commitment to carrying on the tradition. It offers an experience that is both scholarly and personal, requiring a significant amount of reading, discussion and personal reflection, and including presentations by people knowledgeable in the Jesuit tradition. 

Those interested in signing up for the Arrupe Seminar for the 2011-2012 academic year can contact Margaret Moore ( by Friday, April 22. If you have any questions, you can contact Peter Ely, vice president for Mission and Ministry, at or ext. 6158. 

Catching up with Quentin Dupont

April 5, 2011

Quentin Dupont, S.J., is at Seattle University this year as part of his formation as a Jesuit. He recently answered some questions about what he’s doing here, what comes next for him and more…

On what he is doing at Seattle University: 

I am teaching at the Albers School of Business and Economics, and working with Ignatian programs in Campus Ministry. I am at Seattle University for a one-year appointment, and will go to study theology at Boston College next year, in order to be ordained a priest in a few years.

On the similarities between his native city of Lille, France, and Seattle: 

I grew up in Northern France, near a city called Lille, which resembles Seattle in many ways. Lille is a city of modest size (around 200,000 inhabitants), but forms the fourth largest metropolitan area in France taking into account its surroundings (over 1,000,000 people all together). The weather in Lille is very similar to what I have experienced here: lots of cloudy days, and lots of drizzle! Last, but not least, the people of Lille, like the people of Seattle, are extremely welcoming. A French song says that people from the North of the country “have in their heart the sun that they do not have outside.” Likewise, I have been overwhelmed by the hospitality and kindness of people here in Seattle, and especially at Seattle University.

On how he decided to enter the Society of Jesus: 

In the course of my undergraduate studies, I spent a year at Santa Clara University, where I really “met” the Jesuits for the first time. About a year after I graduated, I entered the Society of Jesus in the California Province, where my religious vocation had really taken its shape and roots too. Since joining the Jesuits I have been able to experience the grace of God in very many ways, and my time here at Seattle U has certainly been a highlight of my Jesuit Life. Already when I interviewed for the position, and throughout the year, I have noticed the importance of the Jesuit character and the Ignatian mission of the university throughout campus. I am struck by how deeply this character and the mission have been cared for by faculty and staff across the university. I think that students see this and benefit much from it.

On his experience at SU so far: 

It is sometimes difficult to be assigned to a place for one year, and indeed I wish I could stay for a while longer. But this has not felt like “just one year.” I have a home here, thanks to my Jesuit brothers at the Arrupe Community, to the faculty and staff at the Albers School, in Campus Ministry, and all through campus, and thanks to our characteristically engaged and eager students at Seattle U.

Women in mission

March 21, 2011

Investing in the spirit, investing in excellence

By Marilyn Nash

On a surprisingly beautiful Saturday in March, a group representing Seattle University’s finest women in mission, traveled to Bainbridge Island for a day of retreat. Sponsored by a grant from the Endowed Mission Fund, and organized by a small group of women who have been meeting, praying and discerning in the Jesuit Catholic tradition, the retreat was the first of hopefully many events celebrating and investing in the women who help hold the mission and work of our university.

The retreat, titled “Indulging Our Spirits: Preparing for the Lenten Journey,” explored the theme of journey, asking women to consider releasing and shedding what no longer brings life,  in order to receive and invite new graces as we move forward through Lent towards Easter. Women who work as staff, faculty and administrators enjoyed the opportunity to “be still” in the beautiful, wooded setting at Island Wood, an environmental learning center on Bainbridge Island Comments from attendees confirm the power and benefit that comes from gathering with colleagues for conversation and prayer. Here's what some of them said:

“Sometimes there is an unavoidable feeling of isolation…in [my] work and daily routine… I was “filled with deep joy” being with “like-minded and like-hearted people.”  

“Nature and the Mass really brought me into the present moment” and “touched me deeply.”  

“I feel that I have a new community on campus”  

"I want to learn “how to be Jesuit as a woman and as a member of this university.”  

Women returned to campus and their jobs with a renewed sense of clarity, focus and intentionality. When we talk about investing in the excellence of our staff and faculty, we need to invest in their spirits as well.

The retreat concept was simple. Gather amazing women. Provide them with opportunities for shared meals, quiet walks, scriptural reflection, and shared worship. Throw in some wine, a dessert social, and a northwest ferry ride. What happens after that is pure grace. Look closely, maybe you can see that grace in the face of the next woman you pass on campus.

If you are interested in future events, retreats and conversations with other women who want to explore their faith socially and intellectually, inspired by the Jesuit Catholic tradition, please email to be placed on the mailing list. Everyone is welcome. 

For more pictures taken by Catherine Punsalan, visit SU women's retreat

Marilyn Nash is campus minister for Ignatian spirituality. 

Favorite Catholic apps

March 7, 2011

Ever find yourself looking for a good Catholic iPhone app? Well, look no further. Jack McLain, S.J., of the Oregon Province who is currently rector of St. Ignatius College in Australia, has put together a list of his favorite apps. Read more at America magazine.

Esteemed Jesuit visitors

February 22, 2011

Two well-known Jesuits will visit SU to make compelling presentations in the next couple weeks.  

First, Mark Mossa, S.J., left, of Fordham University will present “Already There: Letting God Find You” from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 23, in Casey 500. Fr. Mossa will talk about his own vocational journey and how the everyday, simple and even quirky things in life seem to “connect with something deep down inside of us and say something meaningful about our human experience.” Mossa is being hosted by Magis and the Ignatian Spirituality Center.

Then, Peter Henriot, S.J., will visit SU to talk about “The Future of Africa and the Catholic Church” at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 4, in the Admissions and Alumni Building. Originally from Tacoma, Fr. Henriot is a member of the Zambia-Malawi Province of the Society of Jesus. Trained as a political scientist, he spent several years in Washington, D.C. with the Center of Concern, and then went to Africa in 1989. He just recently finished 21 years directing the Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection in Lusaka, Zambia, and is now moving to Malawi to assist in the establishment of a new Jesuit secondary school there.  He served in October 2009 as an advisor for the East African Bishops at the Second African Synod in Rome, having published and taught in the area of Catholic social teaching and been engaged in parish ministries. Henriot’s visit to SU is being sponsored by Peter Ely, S.J., vice president for Mission and Ministry, and Victoria Jones, associate provost for global engagement, along with the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers and the Mission Office of the Archdiocese of Seattle.

A month for remembering

February 7, 2011

February may be the shortest month of the year, but that doesn’t keep it from being a rather significant span of time for remembering great Jesuits of the past. The Feast of Pedro Arrupe, S.J., the 28th Superior General of the Society of Jesus, left, was celebrated on Feb. 5, the 20-year anniversary of his death. Also in February, we celebrate eight of the 50 Jesuit saints. In fact, more Jesuit saints are liturgically memorialized in February than any other month.

Ignatius goes to Washington

January 20, 2011

The Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) has compiled a list of Jesuit-educated members who are serving in the 112th Congress and the Obama Administration. "Ten percent of the 112th U.S. Congress are Jesuit college and university alumni/ae. Among the 535 Members of this Congress, 53 of them are alumni/ae of Jesuit institutions. At least 30 alums also serve in appointed positions in the Obama Administration," according to AJCU. Not too shabby considering that the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the U.S. represent a tiny fraction of the thousands of institutions in the country! 

SU welcomes Mark Bosco, S.J.

January 7, 2011

Mark Bosco, S.J., is at SU for winter quarter as the LeRoux Chair in the College of Arts and Sciences, coming to us from our sister Jesuit school, Loyola University Chicago. Fr. Bosco recently took a few moments to respond to some questions.  

On his background:  I grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, in a pretty Italian-American Catholic family. I entered the Jesuits a few years after college, doing the usual training for priesthood. I then did my doctoral studies at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, Calif., in the area of Literature and Theology. It was a great program and it afforded me the opportunity to work with Stanford’s English department and the theological community at the GTU. After living and studying in San Francisco for eight years, my superiors missioned me to teach Loyola University Chicago. I hold a joint position in the departments of English and Theology, teaching in both disciplines, often in courses that are cross-listed in both.

On his scholarly activities:  My scholarship is on the intersection of theology and culture, specifically theology and the literary arts. I write on the 20th century Catholic literary tradition and on the importance of aesthetics in theological thinking and in liturgical worship. I have written a book on Graham Greene and have written on diverse artists such as writers Flannery O’Connor, Georges Bernanos and Margaret Atwood, as well as the Baroque painter Michelangelo Caravaggio and the modernist composer Francis Poulenc. 

On what he’s doing at SU this quarter:  I am here in the LeRoux Chair, teaching an English course on Graham Greene and Flannery O’Connor, and spending the quarter researching and writing a new book, tentatively called “Catholic Literary Modernism.”

On his first impressions of the university:  I am excited to be here and very impressed with Seattle University. There is a great spirit here, both with faculty and students I have met, and you are blessed with a wonderful Jesuit community to boot. The campus looks great and you are right smack in the middle of this wonderful, walkable city (even the hills are wonderful as Chicago is as flat as a pancake!). I look forward to teaching my seminar, meeting faculty, giving the LeRoux Lecture in February, and getting some focused time to write. And last by not least? I get to exchange the cold and snow of Chicago for the cool rains of Seattle! 

Fr. Bosco will deliver a lecture, “O'Connor and Caravaggio?  Reconsidering the Baroque as Artistic Strategy," at 4 p.m. on Feb. 24 in Wyckoff Auditorium.


2010 Opus Prize goes to...

December 6, 2010

The 2010 Opus Prize was awarded to two co-recipients last month, and one of them was a Jesuit, John Halligan, S.J. (left). Founder of an organization called Working Boys’ Center, Father Halligan serves the poorest of the poor in Quito Ecuador. Halligan is the second Jesuit to receive the Opus Prize. Trevor Miranda, S.J., who started Reach Education Action Programme (REAP) to help educate poor children in India, was the 2005 recipient. Joining Halligan in receiving the 2010 prize was Sister Beatrice Chipeta, a Roman Catholic nun who works with orphans in Malawi.

The Opus Prize has been awarded to unsung, faith-based humanitarians since 2004, each time at a Catholic college or university. Recipients are awarded $1 million to support the work of their organizations. They are selected after a very elaborate process involving spotters and jurors. SU hosted the Opus Prize in 2008.


The Ignatian Way

November 22, 2010

Loyola Press recently launched a series of multimedia presentations on the main themes of Ignatian spirituality, which is based on work by Brian Grogan, S.J., and his Irish Jesuit colleagues. The presentations will cover Ignatian prayer, finding God in all things, the Spiritual Exercises, the Daily Examen, discernment, decision making, men and women for others and the life of St. Ignatius. You can watch the first presentation, which is on Ignatian prayer.