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Gift of silence

October 10, 2016

Our very own Chapel of St. Ignatius is featured in a reflection, "The Gift of Silence in the Morning," which recently appeared in Busted Halo.

Meet SU's 2016-2017 Jesuits

September 27, 2016

The members of Seattle University's Arrupe Jesuit Community gathered for a group picture on Sept. 26. Here's the caption and picture, which was taken by University Photographer Yosef Kalinko.

Back row (left to right ): Bill Watson (President, Sacred Story Institute), Natch Ohno (Chaplain for Magis, Assistant Rector), Fadi George (Graduate Student), Pat Twohy (Director, Rocky Mountain Mission, Urban Native American Ministry) and Dave Anderson (Alumni Relations) 

Middle row (left to right): Frank Savadera (Campus Ministry, Graduate Student), Tom Murphy (History), James Taiviet Tran (Boeing engineer, Vietnamese pastoral ministry), Josef Venker (Art & Art History), Quentin Dupont (Graduate Student), Jerry Cobb (English, Special Assistant to the President), Eric Watson (Chemistry), Dave Leigh (English) and Trung Pham (Art & Art History) 

Front Row (left to right): Pat Howell (School of Theology & Ministry, Institute for Catholic Thought & Culture), Peter Ely (Theology), Steve Sundborg (President), Tom Lucas (Art & Art History), John Topel (Jesuit Assistant to Law School) and Bob Grimm (Jesuit Assistant to Albers) 

Absent: Pat Kelly (Theology), James Selinsky (Controller's Office). 

(A special thanks to Margaret Moore of Arrupe for providing the caption.)

GC36 to elect new leader of Jesuits

September 14, 2016

September 15, 2016  

While many of us are myopically focused on the 2016 presidential race, there is another election of great importance taking place this fall. On Oct. 2, two hundred Jesuits from around the world will gather in Rome for General Congregation 36 (GC36) to elect a new leader.

GC36 was convoked by Jesuit Superior General Adolfo Nicolás, S.J., after he announced his intention to resign, having served in that role since 2008. His successor will be the 31st superior general in the 475-year history of the Society of Jesus. You can read more about GC36 here.

The delegates representing the Oregon Province--of which we are still a part before joining the California Province for a new Jesuits West Province in 2017--are Provincial Scott Santarosa, S.J., and Tom Lamanna, S.J., superior of the Jesuit Community at Bellarmine Preparatory School in Tacoma.

An interesting side note pointed out by Joe Orlando, director of the Center for Jesuit Education Resources: "One of the U.S. Jesuits helping to organize this congregation is Mark Ravizza, S.J., of the California Province. He is our spring lecturer here at SU for the Catholic Heritage Lecture Series."

Of Jesuits and JVs

August 23, 2016

August 23, 2016

We've got some people to recognize this month-Jesuits celebrating important milestones and alumni beginning their service in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. 

First the Jesuits. Seattle University's own Peter Ely, S.J. (left) , and Pat Kelly, S.J., both associate professors of theology, are celebrating 60 and 25 years in the Society of Jesus (a.k.a. the Jesuits), respectively. 

Other nearby Jesuits who are celebrating milestones include John Rashford, S.J. Father Rashford, who works in hospital ministry and lives in the Capitol Hill Jesuit community (now called Faber House), is marking his 60th year as a Jesuit. Gene Delmore, S.J., and Gerry Chapdelaine, S.J., who both live in the Bellarmine Tacoma Jesuit community, are respectively marking 60 years in the society 50 years as a priest. 

Peter Henriot, S.J., who is moving to the Bellarmine Community is celebrating 60 years as a Jesuit. Father Henriot was transferred from the Oregon Province to the Zambia/Malawi province many years ago and most recently has served as director of development for a new school, Loyola Jesuit Secondary School, in Kasungu, Malawi.  

Now onto the Jesuit Volunteers (JVs). The following seven Seattle University graduates are serving in JVC or JVC Northwest.

Madeline Tomich: JVC NW, St. Xavier School (Hayes, Mont.)

Germe Ambion: JVC, Native American Health Center (San Francisco)

Jose Rodriguez: JVC, Nativity Prep Academy (San Diego)

Vanessa Lam: JVC, St. Anthony Foundation (San Francisco)

Alexandra Thomas: JVC, USC Caruso Catholic Center (Los Angeles)

Kaylyn Armstrong-Shiira: JVC, Frannie Peabody Center (Portland, Maine)

Annabelle Hufana: JVC Mustard Seed School-Loaves and Fishes, Sacramento

Jesuit Volunteers spend a year (or more, in some cases) serving others, living in community and deepening their spirituality and faith lives. To learn more, visit Jesuit Volunteer Corps and Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest. Also, click here for a PBS video on the impact of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps.

Thank you to Margaret Moore in the Arrupe Jesuit Community and Jimmy McCarty in Campus Ministry for providing the foregoing information.

Chapel mass schedule

July 13, 2016

Campus Ministry has provided this helpful guide to masses at the Chapel of St. Ignatius during the summer:

  • Sunday mass continues year-round at 11 a.m. 
  • Now through the end of July, weekday mass will be held only on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, at 12:30 p.m. 
  • On Friday, July 29, the Seattle University community will celebrate St. Ignatius Day (which falls on Sunday) with a mass at 12:30 p.m. (As part of the celebration, a continental breakfast will be served earlier in the day (8-9:30 a.m.) at the Arrupe Jesuit Residence. 
  • From Aug. 1 through Sept. 9 there will be no weekday mass in the Chapel of St. Ignatius, except for Monday, Aug. 15, the Solemnity of the Assumption, at 12:30 p.m. 
  • From Sept. 12 on, the chapel will return to a weekday mass schedule of Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, at 12:30 p.m.

The Jesuits and eloquence

June 8, 2016

Four Arts and Sciences faculty have contributed pieces to the new book Traditions of Eloquence: The Jesuits and Modern Rhetorical Studies (Fordham University Press). 

David Leigh, S.J., contributed "The Changing Practice of Liberal Education and Rhetoric in Jesuit Education, 1600-2000." John Bean, Larry Nichols and Jeff Philpott coauthored "Jesuit Ethos, Faculty-Owned Assessment, and the Organic Development of Rhetoric Across the Curriculum." 

The book will be reviewed and featured in the next issue of the magazine Conversations on Jesuit Higher Education.

Sacred spaces

May 25, 2016

In search of a place on campus for quiet contemplation? 

Campus Ministry offers the following indoor options. (Of course, our beautiful campus offers numerous outdoor spaces that are conducive to contemplative pursuits, too.)

Chapel of St. Ignatius
The Chapel of St. Ignatius is our main chapel on campus that primarily hosts our Roman Catholic liturgies.  Find more information about Seattle University's world-renowned chapel.

Ecumenical Chapel
Located off the Campion Hall lobby, the Ecumenical Chapel hosts The Well, our weekly Protestant worship service, along with other special events throughout the year.

Immaculate Conception Chapel
Located on the 2nd floor of the Administration building, the Immaculate Conception Chapel is available for private prayer.

Multifaith Prayer Room
On the south side of the Campion Hall lobby, this serves our Muslim, Jewish, Hindu and Buddhist students for both individual contemplation and group prayer.

Chardin Prayer Room
Located in Chardin Hall it is available for individual prayer and small group gatherings. It is able to host Roman Catholic and Christian liturgies and prayer services for other traditions.

Commencement quiz

May 10, 2016

As President Sundborg, S.J., announced, SU's commencement speakers are Geoffrey Canada of the Harlem Children's Zone and Jack DeGioia, president of Georgetown University.

So who's speaking at other Jesuit colleges and universities? Match the following institutions and speakers.

(Answers: 1-D; 2-E; 3-G; 4-I; 5-B; 6-A; 7-J; 8-C; 9-F; 10-H )

For a full list of commencement speakers at Jesuit colleges and universities, visit AJCU. 

In his honor

May 10, 2016

Pat Kelly, S.J., blesses a rowing shell named for him in late April. Click here for the full story.


Jesuit wisdom for middle managers

April 25, 2016

Magis: Alumni Living the Mission, its Contemplative Leaders in Action program and the Jesuit way of proceeding were recently highlighted in-of all places-Forbes

Brooke Rufo-Hill, director of Magis, is quoted extensively in the article titled "Stuck In The Middle With You: A Survival Guide For Middle Managers (And The Zombie Apocalypse)." 

Rufo-Hill (left) discusses the traits and expectations of Millennials who, she says, now represent the largest share of the workforce and offers some very Ignatian advice to middle managers. You can read the full article in Forbes.

Sister schools

April 12, 2016

For members of Seattle University's faculty and staff, March was a month of high engagement with other Jesuit schools throughout the world. 

SU was well represented at the recent launch of the new academic year for the Universidad Centroamericana (UCA) in Managua, Nicaragua, through a trip organized by Joe Orlando of the Office of Jesuit Mission and Identity. Serving as panelists of a colloquium, five of our faculty took up Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si': Pat Kelly, S.J., and Jeanette Rodriguez of the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, Michael Trice and Leticia Guardiola-Saenz of the School of Theology and Ministry and Russ Powell of Global Engagement. The university has a longstanding partnership with UCA, which was formalized in 2014. (UCA President Chepe Idiaquez, S.J., recently visited SU and participated in the university's Mission Day.) 

Also in March, Jesuit Mission and Identity led a group of faculty and staff on the university's first India Immersion Experience. Included in the pilot program were Orlando, Powell, Jenny Loertscher (Chemistry), Sonora Jha (Communication),and Meena Rishi (Economics). This visit was designed in partnership with St. Joseph's College, a Jesuit institution of higher education in Bangalore, India. 

(Pictured from left to right at the Universidad Centroamericana: Joe Orlando, Michael Trice, Russ Powell, Jeanette Rodriguez, Leticia Guardiola-Saenz and Pat Kelly, S.J.)

In solidarity

March 30, 2016

The student body presidents of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the U.S. have issued a joint statement against racial injustice. Mallory Barnes-Ohlson, president of Student Government of Seattle University, joined other student leaders in signing the statement on March 28.

In part, the statement reads: "We, as a collective of Jesuit colleges and universities, have a duty to humanity. Our Jesuit education encourages individuals to think critically, reflect deeply on the realities of injustice, and fight tirelessly for a just world."