Ignatian Reflection for Our Times - (Email May 19, 2021)

Dear colleagues,

It has been a year of personal and collective challenge beyond what we could have imagined, in myriad ways.  As we look toward the one-year anniversary of the death of George Floyd on May 25th and the racial reckoning within our nation, we as a Jesuit university also mark on May 20th the 500-year anniversary of the injury sustained by St. Ignatius at Pamplona, which led him to re-orient his life and work (read more about this below). 

Perhaps we, too, have experienced a re-orientation in this time—toward the work of racial justice, toward care for the earth, toward spiritual practices to sustain us, toward flexibility with ourselves and our students.

If you’d like to discern more deeply your intentions for the future, please consider the opportunities, below, especially the Arrupe Seminar for AY21-22 and the Commitment to Justice Conference this June.

Like Ignatius, may each of us find spaces to explore more deeply who we are called to be in these times. 

- Jen Tilghman-Havens on behalf of the Center for Jesuit Education team:
Mary Kay Brennan
Kristi Lee
Jenny Loertscher
Eddie Salazar


The Arrupe Seminar
on the Foundations and Vision of Jesuit Education

The Arrupe Seminar, named after Fr. Pedro Arrupe, S.J., is open to all faculty, staff, and administrators and meets approximately every two weeks for two hours throughout the academic year, beginning in October and ending in early May 2022.
There will be one section offered on Tuesday mornings from 8:15-10:00am.
A team of lay people and Jesuits leads the Seminar, presents material, and facilitates discussions. Visiting experts present some sessions. 

The Seminar offers a scholarly and personal experience that invites participants to read source material, prepare for discussions, and do personal reflection. It is designed to promote: (1) understanding of the Jesuit educational tradition and of the Jesuits, (2) engagement with the knowledge and values of the tradition, (3) application of what one learns to one’s role at the University, and (4) commitment to carrying forward the Jesuit mission in one’s own distinct way.
For further info: Arrupe Seminar on the CJE website

If you wish to explore this opportunity, please respond to: by June 14th. 
We ask you to register now for the Fall cohort in order to send you reading materials during the Summer months in preparation for Fall.

If you have any questions, please direct them to either Jen Tilghman-Havens ( or Donna Teevan (

All are Welcome: Soul Sessions

In the spirit of “contemplatives in action,” Soul Sessions provide a brief and accessible time to breathe, reflect, and find inspiration for the path ahead. 

When? Wednesdays from 12:30-12:45
(note new time)
Through June 2 
Attend every week, or drop in when you’re able. 

May 26 - Jen Tilghman-Havens
June 2 - Charisse Cowan-Pitre

How? Email Center for Jesuit Education to receive Soul Sessions Zoom links in your Outlook calendar. 

If you miss a session, they are all available on the CJE website


500 years ago, 
St. Ignatius of Loyola was wounded in the battle of Pamplona

Live Global Prayer Broadcast
May 23, 2021 | 5PM (PT)

This injury shattered his dreams of worldly glory and put him on a way of conversion which would ultimately lead to the foundation of the Society of Jesus.

This year is an opportunity to celebrate this conversion, to be renewed, to become pilgrims with Ignatius.

You are invited to start this Ignatian Year prayerfully with the global Jesuits on 23 May with an online prayer on this website. Fr. General Arturo Sosa, S.J., will join us in prayer, and people from all over the world will share testimonies. There will be room for silent personal prayers too.

Join & pray with us! Register here.


Commitment to Justice in Jesuit Higher Education
Virtual Conference

Please join in this year’s historic virtual gathering of the Commitment to Justice in Jesuit Higher Education conference, hosted by Georgetown University over six online sessions in two-hour blocks: June 8-24. 

Registration is complimentary, and you can attend as many sessions as you are able.

An amazing roster of plenary speakers will explore the call in Jesuit Higher Education to Racial Justice, Immigration Justice, Environmental Justice, Faith and Justice, and Women’s Leadership and Justice, inspired by the Universal Apostolic Preferences as we mark 20+ years since the founding conference in 2000.  We will close and integrate each session with an Ignatian Examen. 

 Speaker profiles available at:


Prayer, Healing and Action for Racial Solidarity
on the First Anniversary of George Floyd’s Murder

May 25, Tuesday, 7:00pm
St. James Cathedral (804 Ninth Avenue)

You are invited to commemorate the first anniversary of George Floyd’s murder by participating in a prayer service for healing and action.
Archbishop Paul D. Etienne will preside.

Registration to attend in person

Livestream the prayer service:
Via Vimeo
Via Facebook


Summer Day of Reflection: "Like light, we can't be broken"

June 19, 2021, Saturday, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Online via Zoom 
Jennifer Kelly, Presenter

Many of us feel as if we’re in a liminal space in this pandemic. We’re looking toward the future with greater hope but recognizing there’s still pain and grief, and we’re not quite through it yet. Yet as Amanda Gorman reminds us, God has given us the gift of persistence, making us like light that “can’t be broken, even when we bend.”

We invite you to join us for a personal silent mini-retreat to reflect on how we experience that persistent light, whether we see it or not. Presenter Jennifer Kelly will lead us through a day of reflection structured around the four movements of the Ignatian Examen. Each movement consists of a brief presentation, followed by abundant time for quiet prayer and journaling supplemented by questions, art, music, poetry, and scripture passages for reflection.

Like a twin sister to resilience, persistence draws us into the future with a tenacious clinging to hope and to possibility. It reminds us that we are always up to the task not only of this day, but also of tomorrow. It enables us to trust that God will keep making something new of our lives and of our world. We hope that this day will help us to prayerfully reflect on God’s presence in the first half of the year, and to look toward the rest of the year with God's vision of hope.   

Info or to register
For scholarship funding, please contact Center for Jesuit Education


Summer Ignatian Retreat in Everyday Life: "Abide in Me"

July 26, Monday - July 29, Thursday, via Zoom
7:00 - 8:30 pm Evening Presentations & Small Groups
8:30 - 9:00 am Optional Morning Prayer

Fr. Brendan Busse, SJ, Leonetta Elaiho & Al Roehl

This summer, life may look very different. The pace of life may pick up. Travel and activities may begin to refill our calendars. With these anticipated changes, we may need a reminder to abide in the One who abides in us and through whom we will bear abundant fruit as we emerge from the pandemic.

It is in this spirit that we offer you a four-day Summer Ignatian Retreat, entitled “Abide in Me,” that can be made in everyday life, framing your daily routine with creative prayer in the morning and rich reflections in the evening. This virtual real-time retreat on Zoom will be based on a modified version of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. In the evenings, you will be led in prayer, absorb the wisdom of three experienced presenters reflecting on the movements of the Exercises, and be part of small group conversation about the previous day’s prayer experience. Handouts for reflection will be emailed ahead of time, so that you can pray after each presentation on your own time. Or, if you prefer, you can join us the following mornings, for optional Morning Prayer using art, music, poetry and Ignatian prayer practices to help you reflect on the previous evening’s talks. The retreat will end with a Liturgy of the Word and sharing of graces from the retreat.

Info and to register
For scholarship funding, please contact Center for Jesuit Education


Seattle University's Jesuit Mission in the News

Seattle University was lauded for its Jesuit tradition and ideals at the close of an article in The Atlantic (comparing it favorably to Harvard).  

"How College Became a Ruthless Competition Divorced From Learning"
The Atlantic dated May 6, 2021