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Lay leadership at Jesuit schools

August 2, 2010

With Thayne McCullough’s appointment as Gonzaga University’s first lay president, nine of the 28 institutions in the Association of Jesuit Colleges and University are currently led by non-Jesuit presidents, reports Melissa Collins Di Leonardo, director of communications at AJCU. Seven institutions have lay presidents: Canisius, Georgetown, Gonzaga, Le Moyne, LMU, Saint Peter's and University of Detroit Mercy. Two institutions have religious, non-Jesuit presidents: Rockhurst and Wheeling Jesuit. Five presidential searches are underway at Jesuit colleges and universities: Marquette, Creighton, Loyola Marymount, University of Detroit Mercy and Wheeling Jesuit.

The future of Jesuit education

July 15, 2010

SU President Stephen Sundborg, S.J., was significantly involved in “Shaping the Future of Higher Education in a Globalizing World,” a worldwide conference in Mexico City to which all presidents of Jesuits institutions were invited. Adolfo Nicolás, superior general of the Society of Jesus, gave the keynote address on “Depth, Universality and Learned Ministry: Challenges to Jesuit Higher Education Today,” which is now available online. Click on this video to hear what Father Sundborg took away from the experience.

Jesuits weigh in on immigration

June 11, 2010

The leaders of every Province of the Society of Jesus in the United States recently took the rare step of hand delivering a joint letter to the White House and each individual Congressional office to express concern over the immigration law recently enacted in Arizona, and to urge immediate and comprehensive immigration law.

“With the new Arizona law, there is a real risk that life on our national borders will become subject to a patchwork of state responses; Congress is faced with both a constitutional and moral imperative to act,” said Jesuit Father Thomas Smolich, president of the Jesuit Conference of the United States. “Despite what some reactionary politicians would have us believe,” Smolich added, “we can secure our borders in a way that does not cost us our humanity.”

Referencing the Justice for Immigrants Campaign sponsored by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Smolich said “the Catholic Church has been a leading advocate of immigration reform. We wanted to send a clear message to the president and Congress as well as invite all Jesuits and our many lay partners to join us in support of the Church, speak out for the least among us and ask your members of Congress to act now.”

Read the June 4 letter in its entirety.

Fr. Natch talks about his calling

June 2, 2010

Ever wonder how a Jesuit decides to become a Jesuit? It’s different for each individual person, of course. The Oregon Province is running a series called “Jesuits Revealed,” in which members of the Society of Jesus talk about how they received their respective callings. SU’s own Natch Ohno, S.J., is featured in one of these videos.

Join the Arrupe Seminar

May 4, 2010

The Arrupe Seminar on the Foundations and Vision of Jesuit Education - a great opportunity within a lively, interesting discussion with peers that will deepen your understanding of the Jesuit foundations of Seattle University.

It’s not too late to join the next "Arrupe Seminar" which will commence in Fall Quarter 2010. The seminar has been offered every fall since 2004. If you are interested in joining the seminar this fall please contact Margaret Moore at

The Seminar is designed to promote:

  • Understanding of the Jesuit educational tradition and of Jesuits
  • Assimilation of the knowledge and values of the tradition
  • Application of what one learns and assimilates to the carrying out of one’s role at the University
  • 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.

Seminar basics:

  • A team made up of one Jesuit and one lay colleague leads each section, presents material, and facilitates discussions.
  • Visiting experts present some sessions.
  • The Seminar is open to faculty, staff, and administrators who have completed at least one year at the University.
  • It meets approximately every two weeks for two hours throughout the academic year, beginning in October and ending in early May.
  • Two sections at different times are offered to accommodate different schedules.

President Stephen Sundborg, S.J., has stated in a letter to all SU faculty and staff: "I urge you to give careful consideration to participating in the Seminar. If it does not fit your schedule during this coming year 2010/11, you might want to consider it another year. Interest in the Seminar is such that it has become a regular offering on the part of the Jesuits and the University."

For full information please visit The Arrupe Seminar Web Page.