2016-17 Events

Catholics Called to Accompaniment: Immigration Summit Summer Gathering

August 5, 2017| 9:30 - noon | Seattle University Student Center, Rm 160

Join us for a gathering to share what we've done, learned so far, and plan to do. Get ideas for first steps or next steps. Discuss challenges, opportunities and resources. Hear what we have learned from immigrant communities through a special listening project.

Questions? Contact either Chris Koehler at ckoehler@stjames-cathedral.org or Joe Cotton at joe.cotton@seattlearch.org.

Presented by St. James Cathedral Immigrant Assistance, Seattle Archdiocese Immigrant and Refugee Ministry, and the Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture at Seattle University

Summer Ignatian Retreat: "A Pilgrimage of the Heart"

2:00 pm Friday, July 7 - 2:00 pm Sunday, July 9, 2017 | Palisades Retreat Center, Federal Way

with Mary Hartrich and Fr. Tom Lamanna, S.J., Presenters

Take the time this summer to rest, renew your soul, and soak in silence on the shores of Puget Sound with this silent 3-day Ignatian retreat at the beautiful Archbishop Brunett Retreat Center at the Palisades in Federal Way. This silent retreat will offer stirring and relevant presentations based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, followed by abundant time for silent reflection and prayer; opportunities for individual spiritual direction; evening prayer and sharing in the Eucharist. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today!

Sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center


Dialogue on Immigration

June 12, 2017

Do you know someone who is conflicted, confused, or concerned about immigration? Perhaps they just don’t know who to believe? Maybe they hear one thing, but experience another? Encourage them to attend our Dialogue on Immigration where they will be able to discuss immigration without fear of being shut down by either ardent supporters or detractors of immigration. On Monday, June 12, St. James Cathedral will host a Dialogue on Immigration from 6:30 to 9:00 PM.  The Dialogue will be an opportunity for people to share their own experiences, thoughts, and feelings about immigration today in a structured, respectful setting.  They will also reflect on immigration in light of Catholic Social Teaching.  A moderator will lead the evening, and questions will guide small group discussion.  The dialogue will not be a debate about government policies, nor prescribe specific positions or actions. This is an opportunity for people to talk through their concerns and opinions in a respectful and supportive setting.   

The evening is about building understanding and among each other and respect for persons, no matter their positions or opinions.  


A New Solidarity with Creation: Catholics Discerning and Acting on Laudato Si' Two Years Later

June 6, 2017

On the secondary anniversary of Laudato Si', Pope Francis' groundbreaking encyclical on the environment, how can we as Catholic parishes and organizations inspire our communities to make a lasting commitment to care for our common home?

Join other Catholic leaders from around Western Washington to assess how Laudato Si' has been received since its release. We'll review best practices of implementing creation care on a parish level, share resources from organizations that can support you in this ministry and envision how to collaborate on future plans.

In Laudato Si'Pope Francis calls us to a "new and universal solidarity.: We hope to emerge from this gathering inspired, renewed and with tangible ways we can live out our call to care for God's creation.

Sponsored by the Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center, the Missions Office of the Archdiocese of Seattle, Earth Ministry, Christ Our Hope Catholic Church, St. James Cathedral and Seattle U ICTC and CEJS.


"An Ultimate Concern": The Life & Work of Flannery O'Connor

“The only concern, so far as I see it, is what Tillich calls the ultimate concern. It is what makes the stories spare and what gives them any permanent quality they may have.”

—Flannery O’Connor

June 1

Organized by Crossroads Seattle Cultural Center and featuring Image editor Gregory Wolfe, this multi-media presentation will offer insights into the life and art of American writer Flannery O’Connor.

A collage made up of film and audio clips—including O’Connor’s own voice—dramatic readings, and narrative background, “An Ultimate Concern” will delve into this Southern writer’s enigmatic stories and their provocative use of violence and the grotesque.

This event is an opportunity to encounter Flannery O’Connor through her own words, in order to enter into the heart of her thought, her stories, her personality, and her brief but intensely fulfilled life.

Sponsored by Crossroads SeattleCo-sponsored by Image & The Institute for Catholic Thought & Culture, Seattle University.


Luncheon with Author & Denise Levertov Award Winner Richard Rodriguez

May 25

Hailed in the Washington Post as “one of the most eloquent and probing public intellectuals in America,” Richard Rodriguez in 1982 published Hunger of Memory, the autobiography of a “scholarship boy,” a widely read memoir that remains controversial today for its objections to affirmative action and bilingual education. His second book, Days of Obligation, an “intellectual travel book” on the moral landscapes of Mexico and the United States, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Brown, his book on racial mixing—the paradox of being brown in black-and-white America—was nominated for a National Book Critics award. His most recent book, Darling, explores the significance of desert landscapes in Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, and has been called “a rich tapestry, a Persian carpet of a book.” His television essays, broadcast over 18 years on the PBS NewsHour, were awarded a Peabody award. Rodriguez has also worked on documentaries for the BBC and American television. He has been a contributor to magazines and newspapers all over the world.

More about Image's Denise Levertov Award.


Chief Diversity Officer Real Talk

From CDO Natasha Martin, J.D:
Dear Seattle U Students,
I write to invite you to join me for a discussion and visioning together on fostering an atmosphere where each of you feels welcome and able to thrive. 
I want to hear from you. Your voice matters to me.
In my new role as Chief Diversity Officer, I sincerely care about the fullness of your experiences at this university. Connecting with you and hearing your ideas remain key to me charting a path in partnership to infuse and embed inclusion, equity and diversity into the DNA of our institution.
I will provide food and snacks!  I’ll bring some questions to get us started and we’ll just talk!
Three Sessions:
Session 1:  Thursday, April 27
Session 2:  Wednesday, May 3
Session 3:  Tuesday, May 9 
If you’re on Facebook, you can find this information on our event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/115318452362386/

Israel Among the Angels: Angels from the Bible to Judaism and Christianity With Mika Ahuvia, PhD, University of Washington

May 4, 2017

Mika Ahuvia is Assistant Professor of Classical Judaism in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. She received her PhD in religion from Princeton University in 2014. She specializes in Late Antique Jewish history, working with Rabbinic sources, liturgical poetry, magical texts, early mystical literature, and archaeological evidence.
What are angels? Why have angels have attracted and repelled religious peoples from antiquity to the present? In this presentation, Prof. Mika Ahuvia will discuss how angels became a part of Jewish and Christian life in the ancient world and how ancient controversies about angels may linger today. 

The Relationship Between Theology and Religious Studies in the 21st-Century Catholic University

with ICTC Fellow Donna Teevan, PhD, Seattle University

May 2, 2017

Dr. Donna Teevan is an Associate Professor in the Theology and Religious Studies Department at Seattle University. She is a systematic theologian who teaches Core courses on God; Christology; women and theology; and science and religion. She also teaches courses in historical and contemporary theology for majors. Her primary research interest is theological method.

Dr. Teevan's research focuses on the present and future of theology and religious studies in the context of undergraduate education at Catholic colleges and universities.


Immigration Stories: Changes in Faith, Food & Culture

May 2, 2017

Join campus leaders for an evening of sharing and reflection.


Catholic + Art

Featuring Readings by Katie Ford & Jen Soriano and Short Films by Emily Holt & José Chalit 

April 24, 2017

Katie Ford is the author of DepositionColosseum, and Blood Lyrics, which was a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize and the Rilke Prize. Colosseum was named among the “Best Books of 2008” by Publishers Weekly and the Virginia Quarterly Review and led to a Lannan Literary Fellowship and the Larry Levis Prize. The New Yorker, The Norton Introduction to Literature, Poetry MagazineThe Paris Review, and The American Poetry Review have published her poems. She served as a 2016 judge for the National Book Award in Poetry. Her next book, The Constancy, will be published by Graywolf Press in 2018. She is Professor of Creative Writing and Director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing & Writing for the Performing Arts at the University of California, Riverside.

Katie’s new work contends with the very problematic but also potentially radical (if seen in its original use as subversive to the first-century Roman empire) metaphors of the “kingdom of God.” Through her poems and remarks, Katie will explore resources for spiritual and communal growth within the Christian lexicon.

(Katie will also be reading at Open Books on Sunday, April 23.)

Jen Soriano is a Filipina-American essayist and fiction writer originally from Chicago. Her literary work has appeared or is forthcoming in Pleiades, Waxwing, Blue Lyra Review, TAYO Literary Magazine and aaduna, among other journals. Her essay “A Brief History of Her Pain” was nominated for a 2018 Pushcart Prize.  She is an MFA candidate in fiction and nonfiction at the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University. 

Jen will read from published work and work-in-progress that touches on complicated histories of Catholic influence on women's bodies--including the demonization of heretics by St. Thomas Aquinas, the protection of Filipina women from coerced sterilization and the evolution of syncretic rituals for women's fertility in the Philippines.

Emily Holt's work has appeared in Brief Encounters: A Collection of Contemporary Nonfiction (W.W. Norton & Co., 2015), The Honest UlstermanAbridged and Talking River, and is forthcoming in Poetry Ireland Review. She has worked as a journalist, editor and caregiver in the U.S. and Ireland and has taught poetry in youth jails and hospitals. She is an alumna of Seattle University and Pacific Lutheran University.

Emily will share Now and at the Hour, a short film exploring the need, in the wake of traumatic loss, for what some critics and poets have called or enacted melancholic, immersive mourning, a concept and form particularly shaped by sectarian conflict in Northern Ireland. Set in her father’s hometown, the film will trace her family’s responses to the loss of her mother and raise questions about the connection between the health of a country and the health of the women who live there.

José Chalit is a senior Film Studies major and Theology minor at Seattle U., and has spent his four years in college integrating theological reflection with film in a variety of ways. His family was all born in Mexico City. He identifies very strongly with liberation theologies of Oscar Romero, Gustavo Gutierrez, the work of U.S. Hispanics such as Virgilio Elizondo or Ada Maria Isasi-Díaz, all of whom deeply influence his commitment to art. He is currently a Shinnyo-En Fellow at SU's Center for Community Engagement, and has worked with numerous organizations in Seattle, including our own Admissions office, to create multimedia content for a wide range of audiences and purposes.

José will share his short documentary film, La Fuerza Interna (2015), which focuses on a particular migrant farmworker struggle that began in 2013 here in WA. The film has screened at several film festivals across the nation, and continues to be used in organizing communities for educational purposes. For José, working with Familias Unidas por la Justicia, (the farmworker union in the film) is an important way to express his religious values of solidarity and commitment to justice.


Seattle U's 4th Annual Interfaith Earth Day

April 20, 2017
Stop by the Student Center between 11:30 AM-1:30 PM for:
· Action Center (in STCN 160): environmental and interfaith groups on campus (and some off campus orgs) will table. There will also be a “Take Action” booth in the center of the room (an online petition; action TBD by Earth Ministry).
· Live music by KXSU SU student performers (STCN Hearth)
· Mindfulness Meditation session by Eco Sangha
·  Interfaith Earth Justice conversations hosted by Campus Ministry and the School of Theology & Ministry (STCN Hearth)
The fair is sponsored by Seattle University's School of Theology & Ministry, Campus Ministry, Eco Sangha, KXSU, Earth Ministry, Washington Interfaith Power, and the Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability. 

Gandhi or Fanon? The Question of Violence in Anti-Colonial Thinking

April 20, 2017

Ali Altaf Mian is assistant professor of Islamic studies in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies. He completed his Ph.D. in religious studies in 2015 from Duke University. His research interests include: Islam in South Asia; Islamic law and ethics; gender and sexuality; feminist theory and practice; Sufism and comparative mysticism; continental philosophy; comparative religion; theory and method in the study of religion. Currently, he is working on two manuscripts: Muslims in South Asia (contracted with Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming in 2019) and Surviving Modernity: Ashraf ‘Ali Thanvi (1863-1943) and the Politics of Muslim Orthodoxy in Colonial India. His publications have appeared in peer-reviewed journals such as Islamic Studies, Muslim World and Journal of Shi‘a Islamic Studies.

His publications can be found here

Each year, Naef Scholars select a professor to give The Last Lecture, a lecture they would give if it were their last, an opportunity for faculty to share their current and abiding research passions. 


Jesuits in Science Series

Jesuits in Science is a series of quarterly events aimed at increasing understanding and appreciation of the place of science and engineering in the long history of Jesuit education. Co-sponsored by Endowed Mission Fund, the Physics Department and the Chemistry Department.


April 10, 2017: Contemplation, Science and the Arts

Featuring Naomi Kasumi, MFA, Associate Professor, Art & Art History; Paul Fontana, PhD, Associate Professor, Physics; Wesley Lauer, PhD, Director, Environmental Science Program

Dr. Kasumi works in installation art, mixed media, book art and digital design and researches the role of memory and memorial rituals in artistic temporary monuments, including and Tsunami memorial & relief projects. Dr. Fontana’s research focuses on experimental fluid dynamics and plasma physics; he recently set up a 2D lab at SU to enable further student research. Geomorphologist and engineer Dr. Lauer is currently studying implications of long-term changes in environmental conditions on river systems and has worked on research and consulting projects around the world.

February 28, 2017: Reflections of a Jesuit Scientist

Featuring Eric Watson, SJ, PhD, Associate Professor, Chemistry

Through research groups with Fr. Watson, students have the opportunity to discover the challenges and delights associated with synthesizing remarkable new compounds. Dr. Watson has degrees in philosophy, divinity and chemistry and spent his novitiate tutoring high school students on the Blackfeet Indian reservation in Montana.

December 1, 2016: Jesuits in the History of Science

Featuring David Boness, Chair of the Physics Department, Seattle University

When many hear the words "Jesuit" and "science" together, they think of the trial and house arrest of Galileo, and perhaps of the teleological view of humanity's destiny advocated poetically by the paleontologist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ. As a scientist teaching at a Jesuit university, Dr. Boness will discuss some of the fascinating Jesuits who devoted years of their lives to doing science---in astronomy, physics, and geophysics. He teaches theoretical, computational and experimental physics courses, and his research areas include geophysics, shock wave physics and biological physics.


Potluck Dinner with Syrian Refugees

Hosted by St. James Immigrant Assistance

April 8

On Saturday, April 8th, the Cathedral will host 16 Syrian families for a potluck dinner. We hope through this potluck to give you the opportunity to get to know your neighbors from Syria, and to grow in community and togetherness; and that the potluck is the start of a new friendship for you both. Please bring your whole family and a favorite dish to share (no pork)!

The dinner will start with a welcome and blessing once everyone has arrived, more or less at 2 pm. We are asking you to be there no later than 1:45 pm so that you can welcome the Syrian families as they arrive. We are expecting 83 Syrians, including 35 kids aged 12 and under. Once the kids have finished eating, we’ll have activities for them. 


Allyship in the Age of Islamaphobia

April 3, 2017

Wondering how you can help the Muslim community? What are some accessibility needs of the Muslim community? The Muslim Student Association is hosting an allyship workshop to help answer these questions. We will be discussing the basics of Islam, bystander intervention, opportunities for interfaith collaboration, and accessibility needs of Muslim folks. MSA members will also share some of their personal experiences. We believe in centering the voices of marginalized groups and active listening. We encourage folks from all backgrounds to attend. #MPowerChange

Registration fee is on a sliding scale of $5-10. Payments will be accepted in cash only or venmo on the day of the workshop. This fee will fund future workshops and compensate the facilitators for their time. Please emailbharooch@seattleu.edu if you require financial assistance. No one will be turned away for lack of funds." 


Nine Day of Grace: Novena

“Building Bridges, Building Hope”

Wednesday, March 8 – Thursday, March 16, 2017

All together, then, we ask the Lord: “Launch us on the adventure of mercy!  Launch us on the adventure of building bridges…”
—Pope Francis (Opening of World Youth Day, Krakow)

Are you longing to restore your relationships with God and others, and renew hope? Come experience for yourself the surprising graces of “Building Bridges, Building Hope,” a unique nine-day Lenten retreat in the midst of daily life! Join us for one, some or all of these nine days of Eucharistic liturgies, featuring meaningful and relevant reflections by Fr. Pat Kelly SJ, Lisa Dennison and Kent Hickey, three Ignatian-inspired presenters, your heartfelt prayers of petition and healing offered through the intercession of St. Francis Xavier, and beautiful musical prayer – all surrounded by an inspiring community of faith-filled people.

Novena liturgies are approximately 60 minutes long, followed by individual prayer for healing.

For more information, contact Andrea Fontana at andrea@ignatiancenter.org or (206) 329-4824.

Presented by the Ignatian Spirituality Center.


Conoche Tus Derechos a St. Mary's Parish


ICTC Fellows Present:

Sharon Suh, PhD: "Occupy this Body: Meditation as Political and Recuperative Strategy."

Michael Jaycox, PhD: “Sustaining the Movement for Black Lives: Intersectional Narratives of Resistance”

March 1, 2017

Suh is assistant professor of Theology and Religious Studies and Pigott McCone Chair at Seattle University. Her presentation, “Occupy this Body: Meditation as Political and Recuperative Strategy,” is also the title of a book she is working on to examine mindfulness and meditation as social justice praxis and reparative political strategies.

Jaycox is assistant professor of Theology and Religious Studies at Seattle University. His presentation, “Sustaining the Movement for Black Lives: Intersectional Narratives of Resistance,” will examine how critical perspectives on class, race, gender and sexuality might offer a basis for reconstructing the natural law methodologies that characterize the Catholic moral tradition.

Brown bag lunch; all are welcome. 


Meena Rishi, PhD: "Laudato Si’, Ecological Debt, and Carbon Pricing: An Empirical Exploration" 

Robert Efird, PhD:  “Effective pedagogy: Responses to Laudato Si' and Pope Francis’ Call for Ecological Education”

March 7, 2017

Rishi is a professor in Economics at Seattle University. She teaches International Political Economy, Asian Economic Development and Macroeconomics. Her scholarly work focuses on capital flight, institutional approaches to development, International finance and pedagogy. She is frequently invited by academic institutions in India to present her research and engage in scholarly collaborations.

Efird is an associate professor in Anthropology, Sociology and Social Work. He is an applied cultural anthropologist with a special interest in environmental education and collaborative research with community partners. His current research focuses on environmental learning in China and in the Pacific Northwest. 


The Trump Presidency Confronts the World

Alumni Seminar Series: Winter, January - March 2017

  • January 18 - Trump Presidency and History
  • February 1 - Trump Presidency confronts Trade and Asia
  • February 15 - Trump Presidency Confronts Catholic Social Thought
  • March 1 - Trump Presidency Confronts Immigration Issues

(Left to right)

  • Stephen Bender, PhD, Associate Dean and Professor of Law, School of Law (Mar. 1)
  • Catherine Punsalan, PhD, Professor, Theology and Religious Studies, and Director, Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture (Feb. 15)
  • Thomas Murphy S.J., History Professor (Jan. 18)
  • Meenakshi Rishi, PhD, Economics Professor (Feb. 1)

Coming Spring 2017: American Ethnic Life in History, Literature and Film


Only Amazement Knows: An Astrophysicist on the Beauty of the Cosmos

February 16, 2017

Fascination with the Moon and the Stars is documented at every stage of human history. In the last century, tremendous advances have improved our understanding of the evolution and content of the Universe. And yet, the same wonder and sense of mystery that drove the builders of Stonehenge is still very much a driver of modern research. In this talk, Monzani will share her experience as an astrophysics looking for one of the most elusive components of the Universe, Dark Matter, and about the experience of beauty in scientific work. 

Dr. Maria Elena Monzani is a Staff Scientist at the Kavli Institute for Astroparticle Physics and Cosmology at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. She received her PhD from University of Milano and University of Paris 7, working on Solar Neutrinos. Her research field is astroparticle physics, which focuses on the intersection between particle physics and astrophysics/cosmology. As a manager of the LUX-Zeplin collaboration, she is building an innovative Dark Matter detector, which will be deployed in the former Homestake mine in South Dakota. She also leads the Science Operations Team for the Fermi Gamma-Ray Space Telescope.

Presented in partnership with Crossroads Cultural Center.


The Jesuit Brand: Perspectives on the Marketing of Jesuit Universities

February 17, 2017

You are invited to a panel discussion on the Jesuit brand. The discussion will feature Director of University Marketing at SU Francesca Lukjanowicz and marketing professors Nicky Santos, S.J. (Marquette University) and Mathew Isaac (Albers School of Business and Economics).

Panelists will explore:

  • Various approaches that Jesuit universities take in marketing and branding themselves
  • How a Jesuit university can remain true to its identity when marketing itself without alienating non-Catholics
  • Potential strategies for a Jesuit university to authentically and appropriately communicate different aspects of its identity when interacting with disparate audiences (e.g., alumni, students, staff, donors, faculty, community partners, employers, parents)

Cosponsored by Albers Arrupe Alumni, the Center for Jesuit Education, Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture, and Marketing Communications. Lunch will be served. RSVP by Feb. 14 tokhouryp@seattleu.edu.


Teach-In: Resistance and Justice, Understanding our Current Political Climate

Presented by the Center for the Study of Justice in Society (CSJS)

February 15, 2017

This will be an interdisciplinary Teach-In, focusing on the current political and cultural US climate.  Professors from across the university, including nursing, engineering and business will speak about this.  Each speaker will speak for 20 minutes at a time, and people are welcome to come in and leave, before and after each presentation, throughout the day, revolving door is ok and planned accordingly. Reception will follow.

Catholics Called to Accompaniment: An Immigration Summit

in partnership with the Archdiocese of Seattle & St. James Immigrant Assistance

February 11, 2017

An opportunity for parishioners, service providers, community leaders, and interested volunteers to gather, discuss the current state of refugee/immigrant/migrant affairs locally and nationally, and explore the ways in which our shared faith inspires leadership and community engagement. The day will include panel discussions, breakout sessions, and opportunities for networking, closing with a mass with Auxiliary Bishop Eusebio Elizondo in the Chapel of St. Ignatius.

MC: Patty Repikoff, Pastoral Advocate for Mission, Catholic Community Services

Keynote: Amelia Derr, PhD, Assistant Professor of Social Work, Seattle University; Consultant for the City of Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs and Office for Civil Rights

Morning Panelists: Greg Schuler , St. Madeline Sophie Refugee Committee; Jose Ortiz , Skagit Valley migrant farmworkers support via St. Charles and Tri-Parish Food Bank; Mirya Roach , St. Vincent de Paul; Jennifer Ibach, Our Lady of Guadalupe & JustFaith Immigration Module

Afternoon Speaker: Patty Bowman, Executive Director, Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center


Interfaith Prayer for Peace


February 9, 2017

Clergy members, scholars, and students from a variety of spiritual and religious backgrounds will offer reflections on what their traditions say about bias and hate crimes and what it means to practice peace.  


Deep Denial: The Persistence of White Supremacy in United States History and Life

A Reading with Rev. David Billings

February 8, 2017

David Billings is a white, Southern working class elder and lifelong antiracist organizer. Formerly a Methodist minister and in his fourth decade as core antiracist trainer with The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, he recently completed a book which documents the 400-year racialization of the United States and how people of European descent came to be called white. A master storyteller, Billings will read from Deep Denial, a work that is part popular history, part personal memoir. Sponsored by the Department of Anthropology, Sociology, and Social Work; Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture; Center for Jesuit Education; and Reignite the Mission. For more information contact Rachel Luft at Luftr@seattleu.edu.


The Teachings of Pope Francis: Towards a Vision of Social Justice and Sustainable Capitalism?

Symposium Schedule and Panels | Presented by the Seattle Law Review

February 4, 2017

A conversation about Pope Francis’s influence on the global dialogue about social justice, capitalism, and climate change and the implications of his teachings on law and policy. Closing Remarks, "Influential Voices: International Law and the Global South," by Steven Bender, Professor and Associate Dean of Research and Faculty Development, Seattle University School of Law.



Creativity, Resistance and the Syrian Revolution

January 30, 2017

Miriam Cooke is the author of Dancing in Damascus: Creativity, Resistance and the Syrian Revolution. Her writings have focused on the intersections of gender and war in modern Arabic literature and on Arab women writers' constructions of Islamic feminism.


Bias and Hate Crime in the Current Political Climate

Presented by Campus Ministry, The Office of Multicultural Affairs, International Student Center, The Office of Institutional Inclusion, and the Council on American Islamic Relations

January 31, 2017

We must take responsibility for preventing acts of hatred. Join us for a discussion about discrimination and hate crimes in the United States. We'll explore the connection to the Japanese internment; hear from a Muslim hate crime survivor; and learn about prevention. 

Light appetizers will be served. Questions? Contact Victoria Carr.


Seeking Refugee: Forced to Flee

A Refugee Camp Simulation

January 21, 2017

Join us for a unique, eye-opening experience on what it is like to enter a refugee camp. While no simulation can give you the full sense of the refugee experience, this simulation will help you to better understand the situation faced by refugees around the world. Of the 65.3 million forcibly displaced people worldwide, 21.3 million are refugees.

Immerse yourself in the difficulties and frustrations experienced by refugees throughout the process of resettlement at St. James Immigration Assistance's refugee simulation: Seeking Refuge: Forced to Flee. Participants will gain insights into the complexities of the process through a simulation facilitated by St. James Staff and volunteers.

 10 am to 12:30 pm - St. James Cathedral Hall, 804 9th Ave, Seattle. Space is limited, and registration is required. You can register by emailing Christopher Koehler at ckoehler@stjames-cathedral.orgLearn more about the refugee crisis.


Trung Pham, S.J. | “Cracking Power”

January 13,2017

Tobya Art Gallery is pleased to present Vietnamese American artist, assistant professor and Jesuit priest Trung Pham. Father Pham’s one-man exhibition, “Cracking Power,” will feature a mix of his paintings and three dimensional works. The exhibit runs through Jan 31. Click here for more information or contact Trung Pham at phamtr@seattleu.edu.

Sponsored by the Department of Art and Art History. Fr. Pham was a 2016-2017 ICTC Faculty Fellow.


An Examen at the Cusp of the Year: "A Pilgrim's Pondering" 


A Winter Day of Reflection
December 31, 2016
Mary Hartrich, Facilitator
Register at www.ignatiancenter.org by December 27th for Early Bird rate!
Unwind from the holidays--give yourself or someone else the gift of a one-day retreat! Join us at the cusp of the year for a quiet guided personal retreat, a Winter Day of Reflection, to ponder the pilgrimage you have undertaken the previous year, and to look toward your journey in the new year. Facilitator Mary Hartrich will lead you through the four movements of a modified Examen, each movement followed by abundant time for personal prayer, silent reflection, and journaling.

COST: Early registration fee is $45 (through Dec. 27). Regular fee is $55 (Dec. 28-31). Light breakfast, lunch and materials included. Partial work scholarships available.  For more information on the program, visit www.ignatiancenter.org.  For questions or more information about partial work scholarships, contact  (206) 329-4824 or andrea@ignatiancenter.org.  Sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center, Seattle.

Simbang Gabi Mass


December 2, 2016

The SU United Filipino Club, in partnership with Campus Ministry, will be holding the Philippine Simbang Gabi (Advent Mass) this Friday at the Chapel of St. Ignatius. Simbang Gabi is a Filipino Advent Tradition, which represents the hopes of the Advent season. Join us and catch the unique carols and colorful Philippine Christmas lanterns on display. Some refreshments will be served after mass.


An Advent Evening of Prayer: "Welcoming the Stranger Home"


Fr. Trung Pham, S.J. and Catherine Punsalan, presenters

Tuesday, December 6, 2016
What would it mean to welcome and make a home in our hearts for the immigrant... the stranger... the Other? Might we encounter Beauty in an unexpected place? Jesus on earth? Contemplate the immigrant stories of the Holy Family, our presenters, and your own. Give yourself time this Advent to breathe during a hectic season and rest in an evening of silence, prayer, art, music, & reflection.
Event is free of charge, and all are invited to attend. Donations appreciated. For more information, visit www.ignatiancenter.org. If you have questions or to RSVP, contact andrea@ignatiancenter.org or (206) 329-4824. Sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center, Seattle.  


December 7, 2016
Mark Shriver, author of the much acclaimed book about his father Sargent Shriver, went in search for the heart and soul of the real Pope Francis in the slums of Argentina and the halls of the Vatican. Seattle U will host Mark for a discussion of his surprising, informative, and moving journey and his new book, Pilgrimage: My Search for the Real Pope Francis. Please join us for a free event with Mark Shriver, author of Pilgrimage: My Search for the Real Pope Francis (Random House). 
A down-to-earth and deeply intimate portrait of Pope Francis and his faith, based on interviews with the men and women who knew him simply as Jorge Mario Bergoglio. By setting an example of humility and accessibility, Francis breathed new life into the Catholic Church, attracting the admiration of Catholics and non-Catholics alike. In Pilgrimage, Mark K. Shriver retraces Francis' personal journey, revealing the origins of his open, unpretentious style and explaining how it revitalized Shriver's own faith and renewed his commitment to the Church. Mark K. Shriver is president of Save the Children Action Network in Washington, D.C. Shriver created the Choice Program and is a former Maryland state legislator.  
This Seattle U 125th Anniversary Event is in partnership with Elliott Bay Bookstore and The School of Theology & Ministry.
Additional  information about Mark Shriver:
Mark as you will remember was our Commencement speaker in 2015.

Mark K. Shriver is President of Save the Children Action Network, where he leads an effort to mobilize Americans to end preventable maternal, newborn and child deaths globally and to ensure that every child in the U.S. has access to high-quality early childhood education. Shriver’s career fighting for social justice in advocacy and service organizations, as well as elected office, has focused on advancing the right of every child to a safe and vibrant childhood.

Shriver joined Save the Children in 2003, serving as Senior Vice President for U.S. Programs until 2013. In that capacity, he created and oversaw the agency’s early childhood education, literacy, health, and emergency preparedness and response programs in the United States.

Shriver was a member of the Maryland House of Delegates from 1994 to 2002. In 1988, he founded the innovative Choice Program, which serves delinquent and at-risk youth through intensive, community-based counseling.

Shriver received his B.A. from The College of the Holy Cross in 1986 and a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University in 1993. He resides in Bethesda, Maryland with his wife and their three children.

Shriver’s New York Times and Washington Post best-selling memoir, A Good Man: Rediscovering My Father, Sargent Shriver, was published in June 2012 by Henry Holt.


Flannery O’Connor: Documenting a (Catholic) Life of an American Master

featuring Fr. Mark Bosco, SJ, PhD

November 17, 2016
Fr. Mark Bosco, SJ, PhD will explore the life of Flannery O'Connor in light of his experience working on a full feature documentary on the writer, sharing two sections of a rough cut of the film. This lecture is free and open to the public.
Fr. Mark Bosco, SJ, PhD, is Director of the Hank Center for Catholic Intellectual Heritage
at Loyola University Chicago, where he also teaches English and Theology, and he is on the Boards of Trustees at Seattle University.  His teaching and research interests include the intersection of theological discourse and literature, especially in light of the 20th century Catholic literary tradition. He has written on Graham Greene, Flannery O'Connor, and the aesthetics of Hans Urs von Balthasar. 
Cosponsored by the Institute for Catholic Thought and CultureImage journal, and the English Department at Seattle University

November 6, 2016

Join fellow SU peers and colleagues for an evening of discussion and reflection on the ways in which our intersecting identities impact how we interact and operate in our lives. Dinner will be served; free and open to all.

Panelists include Rachel Doll O’Mahoney, Ali Mian, Melissa Oeser, and Christina Roberts.


Eucharistic Adoration

6:30 PM | Chapel of St. Ignatius at Seattle University.

Contact JoAnn Lopez for questions.


Indigenous Peoples Institute at Seattle University Launch 

November 12, 2016

About the IPI: The IPI and its supporters affirm the sovereignty of Indigenous peoples and their communities through programming that amplifies Indigenous voices and concerns. We recognize the vital importance of Indigenous youth and elders in all our endeavors, the need to sustain and revitalize languages, and the significance of creating spaces to celebrate and honor the cultural practices of all Indigenous peoples.

IPI supports Indigenous students and youth through: 
1) community building and networking
2) specialized programming 
3) consistent interactions with Seattle U faculty and staff
4) regular opportunities to interact with Indigenous artists, writers, scholars and elders. 

IPI offers frequent workshops and events that raise awareness about working with or on behalf of Indigenous peoples and communities.

Sikh & Acceptance Activism

Featuring: Parminder Singh, President & Ceo of LivSense; Inni Kaur, Painter, Poet, CEO of SikhRI; moderated by Jasmine Marwaha, Board Member, One America Votes

November 13, 2016

Join Campus Ministry in collaboration with the Sikh Research Institute to discuss shattering normative ideas of the “ideal” Sikh.   


Women, Image & Identity

November 10, 2016

Sponsored by the School of Theology and Ministry and Campus Ministry, this event is an opportunity to gather and share what we fear and what inspires us as women, as well as what our courageous responses might be in the midst of this historic election. Dinner included.


Installation of Professor Sharon Suh as the Pigott McCone Chair

November 3, 2016

The Theiline Pigott McCone Chair in Humanities is dedicated to promoting scholarly life among faculty. The President of Seattle University bestows this award to a member of the College of Arts and Sciences faculty who is an outstanding teacher and scholar in one of the basic humanities disciplines. President Stephen Sundborg, S.J., will install Professor Sharon Suh as the Pigott McCone Chair on November 3. Following the installation ceremony, Professor Suh will give a presentation about her book project, Occupy This Body: Meditation as Political Recuperative Strategy that examines mindfulness and meditation as social justice praxis and reparative political strategies for survival in the face of multiple intersecting forms of disempowerment. She will discuss how contemplative practices can be deployed to counteract the damaging effects of multiple intersecting forms of oppression.


Seattle U @ 125 | From There to Here with Tom Lucas, SJ

October 25, 2016
Come hear Tom Lucas, S.J., university professor of Art and Art History and rector of the Arrupe Jesuit Community lead us through a “fast-moving and visually engaging trek through Seattle University’s 125 year history.” Light reception to follow. All are welcome. The lecture is part of Seattle University’s yearlong celebration of its 125th anniversary. For a full schedule of upcoming events commemorating the anniversary and stories shared by SU's alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends, visit www.seattleu.edu/125.


Beyond "Us vs. Them:" Ignatian Discernment and Dialogue in Polarized Times with John McKay and Patty Bowman

October 24, 2016

This divisive election season has exposed a phenomenon in recent American politics and culture - expanding polarization that seems to have resulted in an increasing "Us vs. Them" mentality.  What is going on beneath the surface of our political discourse right now?  What is going on more deeply in our own spiritual lives as a result?  In this climate, how are we to move forward with hope into this crucial time before and after the election? 

Join presenters John McKay (former U.S. Attorney under the G.W. Bush administration) and Patty Bowman (former Director of Social Outreach and Advocacy at St. James Cathedral) to explore through prayer, presentations, personal reflection and group conversation how the gifts of Ignatian spirituality can help us venture outside of our own "bubbles" and navigate the tricky waters of politics with courage, integrity, humility and compassion. 
We hope that people with a range of viewpoints will attend. Please invite folks from "across the aisle"!   

Free will offering (suggested donation:  $10).  Light refreshments will be served.  An RSVP to andrea@ignatiancenter.org or (206) 329-4824 would be helpful (but is not required). More info at www.ignatiancenter.org. Sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center, Seattle.  


Can Catholics Be Pro-Choice? A Debate

October 20, 2016

The debate features, on one end, Dr. Dan Dombrowski, SU Philosophy professor and author of “A Brief, Liberal, Catholic Defense of Abortion,” and on the other end, Stephanie Gray, a young, well-known Catholic pro-life apologist based in Vancouver, BC. 

Sanctuary & Asylum: A Conversation on Migration Today 

October 5, 2016: Lunch with Anthropologist Linda Rabben
October 19, 2016: Lunch with Bishop Eusebio Elizondo

Associate research professor in Anthropology at the University of Maryland, Linda Rabben has studied, written about and worked on human rights, development and environmental issues in the United States, Brazil and other countries for more than 25 years.

She has been the coordinator of a small nonprofit organization, a researcher and country expert for Amnesty International, a campaigner and an independent scholar. As an Amnesty representative she investigated the 1993 Candelária street-children's massacre, the Carandiru Prison massacre and other human rights violations in Brazil.

Most Reverend Eusebio Elizondo, M.Sp.S. is a native of Monterrey, Mexico. He received a bachelor's degree in theology and a canon law degree from the Gregorian University in Rome.

He was assigned to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Bothell, Washington in the year 2000 to provide ministry to the growing Hispanic community in Western Washington upon the request of Archbishop Alex Brunett. Bishop Elizondo is the first Latino bishop in Seattle. He is appointed Vicar General ,Vicar for Hispanic Ministries and Vicar for Vocations of the Archdiocese.


Film Screening of Divided We Fall

 Seattle University Campus Ministry, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture, and the International Student Center present and discuss The Award-Winning Film by Sharat Raju & Valarie Kaur
2008 | 90 min | Color | U.S.A.
Valarie Kaur* was a 20-year-old college student when she set out across America in the aftermath of 9/11 to document hate violence against her community. From the still-shocked streets of Ground Zero to the desert towns of the American west, her epic journey confronts the forces unleashed in a time of national crisis–racism and religion, fear and forgiveness–until she finds the heart of America: halfway around the world.  
Join us for one of the day’s multiple screenings, followed by an evening panel & conversation. This important movie documents the hate crimes in the wake of 9/11, and ultimately, the need for revolutionary love. In an election season tinged with fear and continued crimes of hate and racism this is an opportunity to look at the past in order to choose our collective response to the troubles of our time.

Planning Committee:

  • Marilyn Nash: Campus Ministry; Tyrone Brown: OMA; Jimmy McCarty: Campus Ministry; Catherine Punsalan: ICTC; Dr. Ali Mian: Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies
  • Student support: Morgan Burdick, Alabdullatif, Kholood, Claire Lucas, Madeline Corbin

Film Screening of Ignacio de Loyola

October 4, 2016 | Pigott Auditorium

Ignacio de Loyola, a Philippine historical drama based on the memoirs of St. Ignatius of Loyola, is the 2016 debut of director Paolo Dy. The film--the first Filipino film to screen at the Vatican--follows the journey of St. Ignatius from a brash and arrogant soldier to a physically wounded but spiritually transformed Christian convert.

Free admission or pay what you can! Any proceeds go to the ICTC. Presented in partnership with the Center for Jesuit Education, Campus Ministry and the Arrupe Community at Seattle University.