Ignatian Reflections for Our Times - Late Spring 2020

Dear colleagues,

Cura Personalis (care for the whole person) is an Ignatian term with a deep resonance and meaning in the Jesuit mission of Seattle University.  It is the principle that underlies our commitment to “educating the whole person,” it echoes in our core values (“We put the good of students first”), and it even appears on the jackets of our Public Safety officers, guiding their approach to promoting health, safety and well-being. 

While we often think of it as a way to care for others, Cura Personalis also includes an essential call to self-care.  A holistic educational approach emerges from those who practice a holistic care for themselves. 

In the midst of these stressful days, as we all juggle the pressures of work and home in a time of pandemic, we encourage each of you to pursue Cura Personalis grounded in self-care.  We share a few resources below and invite you to take time to nourish your spirit, mind and body as you navigate these days.

Please know that our team is available to you to support your health and well-being in any way we can – feel free to email any of us to connect.

Below we also provide some updates and opportunities from the Center for Jesuit Education and our partners.

With gratitude for each of you, and prayers for your families,

The Center for Jesuit Education Staff

Joe Orlando
Jen Tilghman-Havens
Eddie Salazar


A Few Resources for Self-Care:          

Spirituality Resources:

Seven Spiritual Strategies for a Time of Pandemic (Marina McCoy, Boston College)

A Video Prayer Of Praise and Hope by Christine Valters Paintner


Six Self-Care Strategies

Mindfulness, Hope and Compassion: A Leader’s Road Map to Renewal

Music & Poetry Resources:

Yo-Yo Ma playing #SongsOfComfort on YouTube

Wendell Berry reading his poem: “The Peace of Wild Things”


Updates & Opportunities:

  • The Center for Jesuit Education continues to recruit for next year’s SEEL Retreat (Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life over the course of nine months). If you are interested in exploring this idea, feel free to email Jen or Joe and visit the SEEL website:
  • The online academic journal, Jesuit Higher Education: A Journalhas announced a call for submissions of articles exploring the Universal Apostolic Preferences (UAPs) of the Society of Jesus, and their implications for Jesuit colleges and universities. The Journal hopes to provide AJCU, the International Association of Jesuit Universities, and the Society of Jesus with longer, scholarly, in-depth discussions of how the universities (part of the "intellectual apostolate" of the Society) contribute to the promotion, implementation and integration of the preferences. For more information, contact the general editor Dr. Kari Kloos of Regis University (
  • This week marks the 5th Anniversary of Pope Francis’ Encyclical, Laudato Si
    Learn how to get involved:






Ignatian Reflections for Our Times - Mid Spring 2020

Dear colleagues,

In this time of uncertainty, we are eager to connect with you and provide resources of hope.  Throughout the past 500 years, Jesuit education has faced many opportunities to adapt to a changing world, and St. Ignatius believed strongly in flexibility as Jesuits embraced “the signs of the times.”  Each of you is facing challenges you haven’t endured before, and as we enter into this new normal, we appreciate and affirm all that you continue to uphold and deepen our Jesuit mission in this new context.

In this newsletter, we provide CJE program updates, we remember Fr. Peter Ely, SJ, and we offer resources for Jesuit educators in a period of Covid-19.  

Please continue to be in touch, and to share the ways that you are finding meaning and purpose, consolations and desolations in this time.


CJE Program Updates:

  • Arrupe Seminar continues to meet via Zoom, please contact Jen Tilghman-Havens for link
  • Colleagues in Jesuit Education will meet on May 7, Thursday, at 4:00-5:30pm.
    Please request the zoom link at 
  • Women in Jesuit Mission brought together 39 women on April 23 and is pursuing options for a virtual May retreat.  Stay tuned!
  • SEEL: Are you interested in participating in the Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life retreat next year?  If so, we’d welcome the chance to talk with you about this 9-month retreat in daily life, based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. If you are interested in exploring this idea, feel free to email Jen or Joe, and visit the SEEL website at:


Gratefully Remembering Fr. Peter Ely, SJ

We remember with fondness our colleague Fr. Peter Ely, SJ, who passed away on Saturday, April 11th as he was returning to Campion Hall from a walk in the sunshine. Peter was a beloved teacher, retreat leader, spiritual director, mission leader and friend to all who knew him on our campus and beyond. While at Seattle University, Peter served as Rector of the Arrupe Jesuit Community, Professor in THRS and Vice President for Mission and Ministry. His support and vision helped to create the Arrupe Seminar on the Foundations and Vision of Jesuit Higher Education, the Catholic Heritage Lectures, the Interreligious Dialogue Initiative, and the Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture. Peter leaves a great legacy that will live on and bring hope to many on our campus and beyond. He also leaves many of us with memories of his willingness to enter into conversation, his wit and laughter, his authenticity and his curiosity and wonder at the great questions of humankind. 

Please visit the Gratefully Remembering Fr. Peter Ely page where you can send a rememberance


Spirituality, Jesuit Education, and Social Justice




The First Spiritual Exercises





6:45 - 8:15 PM (PST)



Register HERE by April 29, 2020


Suggested articles: 


Sheltering in Place: How I Find Stillness During Crisis - Yes Magazine

'Prayer Is Not Enough.' The Dalai Lama on Why We Need to Fight Coronavirus With Compassion - Time


Jesuit Education:


Ritual, Rhythm, Community: Everything Higher Ed Does Best, the Coronavirus Attacks 

featuring the University of Scranton - Chronicle of Higher Education 

As Covid-19 Erases Line Between Work and Home, Professors Learn to Teach Remotely While Watching Their Kids featuring St. Joseph University - Chronicle of Higher Education


Social Justice:


Catholic Community Services of Western WA Provides Regional Opportunities for Reaching Out

Ignatian Solidarity Network Offers National Conversations on Social Justice Response to COVID-19


All the best to you are your families and students,

  • The Center for Jesuit Education Staff

Joe Orlando

Jen Tilghman-Havens

Eddie Salazar


  • CJE Faculty Associates 

Kristi Lee

Mary Kay Brennan


  • CJE Jesuit Associate

David Leigh, SJ





Ignatian Reflections for Our Times - Early Spring 2020 


Dear colleagues,

In the midst of this unfamiliar, challenging time, the Center for Jesuit Education hopes to be a resource to you as we move forward as a physically distant but mission-connected community.  Although we cannot gather in the presence of one another (and we are missing you greatly!), we hope to feel more connected virtually and will be reaching out on a regular basis. 

CJE Programming Updates:

  • Arrupe Seminar and Arrupe Seminar 2 will continue to meet via Zoom. 
    Be in touch with Peter or Jen if you haven’t received Zoom invitations.
  • Mission Day has been cancelled, but a variety of resources were sent in the
    recent communication by Fr. Steve on March 30th.
  • We are exploring how to offer a virtual experience of Colleagues in Jesuit Education.  Stay tuned!
  • Women in Mission is exploring a “Zoom WIM lunch” for April. 
    The Women in Mission retreat scheduled for May 1-3 has been cancelled.
    We’re hoping to reschedule for 2020-2021.

We extend our gratitude to each of you as you invest your time, energy and creativity into online teaching, and in serving our students in new and imaginative ways using remote technology.  We also offer a special thanks to those faculty and staff serving the university as essential personnel on campus in these days, especially members of Public Safety, Facilities, IT, Residence Life, and the Health Center.  We are so grateful for your care of our physical campus and the 200 students who remain on campus during this time.

Resources and Inspiration:

Spiritual Resources

If you could use spiritual resources, here are a few we appreciate:

Jesuit Educational Resources

Social Justice Issues

And this resource from Ignatian Solidarity Network has important articles on responding to social justice issues raised by the pandemic.


Availability of the CJE Team

We strive to be a place where you can continue to share your inspirations or bring your concerns. Each of us are available for confidential conversation and connection via Zoom or phone, whether simply for connection, consultation or spiritual direction.   Please feel free to email any of us at our email addresses below. 

Please share with us!

If you come upon a poem, video, image, or reflection that can help support and sustain our mission-inspired community during this time, please send it our way to

Below are some additional resources from our Jesuit tradition that you may find helpful.

With confidence in our resilient community, and with gratitude for all you are doing to keep SU’s mission, vision and values alive,

The CJE Team

The Center for Jesuit Education Staff

Joe Orlando
Jen Tilghman-Havens
Eddie Salazar 

CJE Faculty Associates 

Kristi Lee
Mary Kay Brennan 

CJE Jesuit Associates

Peter Ely, SJ
David Leigh, SJ 

Further Resources: 

Fr. Arturo Sosa, SJ – Video Message in Response to the Pandemic

Ignatian Spirituality Center Spiritual Direction Connections
The ISC has a spiritual director matching service and the spiritual directors are able to meet virtually.

The Novena of Grace (March 10-18) was recorded and can be accessed online!
Ignatian Spirituality Center’s Annual Novena of Grace: Turn to the Waters of Life
Be inspired by the preaching of three presenters steeped in the Ignatian tradition and vision, offer up your deepest desires in prayer, and join a faith-filled community virtually. Pray with us any or all of the nine days to experience God’s abundant grace!

Did you know that you can take a virtual tour of the Chapel of St. Ignatius?

Jesuit Prayer Resources During the Coronavirus Pandemic