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Spring 2016

Posted by Maria Ochoa on April 13, 2016 at 5:04 PM PDT

i thank You God for most this amazing day

i thank You God for most this amazing
day:for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is yes

(i who have died am alive again today,
and this is the sun’s birthday; this is the birth
day of life and of love and wings: and of the gay
great happening illimitably earth)

how should tasting touching hearing seeing
breathing any–lifted from the no
of all nothing–human merely being
doubt unimaginable You?

(now the ears of my ears awake and
now the eyes of my eyes are opened)

e.e. cummings

Spring is definitely here! With that, we find ourselves immersed in the stunning green and blue of the Pacific Northwest, sprinkled with showers and delightful flowers, and always the surprising sunny day; we live in a beautiful and magical place. As we approach Earth Day, we truly thank God for these amazing spring days!

In this spirit, we are also grateful to all those who attended the Ignatian Leadership Dinner which was held April 6th. A special thank you to our speakers Dr. Thayne McCulloh (president of Gonzaga University), Mary Hartrich (executive director of the Ignatian Spirituality Center), and moderator Michele Murray (vice president for Student Development at Seattle University). We were inspired not only by their reflections, but also the level of engagement and conversation that came from our participants throughout the evening. We also unveiled our new video about Magis, which you can view here. We have much to celebrate!

Among the new things emerging this spring is the recruitment of our 5th cohort of the Contemplative Leaders in Action Ignatian Leadership Program. This two-year spiritual and leadership development program is a great opportunity for those alumni who are between ages 25-39 to engage in a meaningful, communal experience of personal and professional growth. We are currently accepting applications - to learn more and get your application, visit our CLA page. We are also happy to receive your nominations! If you personally know of an alum or two you would like to nominate, please feel free to email Anne-Marie Witcher with your nomination including name, contact info, and a couple of sentences telling us why this person would be a great candidate. Application deadline for CLA is May 20th.

Lastly, we would like to share that this season will bring some changes to our program. President Fr. Steven Sundborg, S.J., in consultation with university leadership, has made the decision to have the Magis program join the Seattle University Office of Alumni Engagement. Starting July 1, our team will be working alongside the Alumni Engagement staff to provide Jesuit, Ignatian resources to a greater number of alumni. We are open to receiving your questions as we undergo this new direction, so please feel free to reach out to us via email and let us know how we can best serve you. We look forward to offering you similar and new programs in the months to come!

Many blessings this spring,

Brooke, Maria, Fr. Bob, and Anne-Marie

Apply Now for Contemplative Leaders in Action!
The Contemplative Leaders in Action (CLA) Ignatian Leadership Program is designed to nurture faith-centered emerging leaders ages 25-39 so they can impact society and culture. This two-year cohort experience for Jesuit alumni in the Seattle area includes retreats, monthly interactive sessions, study and discussion, prayer, speakers from various fields, optional mentoring and spiritual direction, and service and justice opportunities. By providing both spiritual formation and secular leadership training, the CLA program is unique and intentionally goes where other leadership or spirituality programs for young adults have not. To learn more, visit the CLA program page.

Applications are now available online and are due May 20, 2016. We are also accepting nominations for possible candidates. Please email Anne-Marie Witcher with your nomination and include name, contact info, and a couple of sentences telling us why this alum would be a great candidate.

Sponsored by Magis

Search Retreat 45th Anniversary Reunion
Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Seattle University (Connolly Center North Court)

All Seattle University grads are invited to celebrate 45 years of the Search Retreat and reconnect with friends and alumni during Reunions Weekend 2016. There will be lunch, awesome Search memorabilia, and fantastic memories to share. To register, visit the SU Alumni events website.
 
 

Alumni Seminars: Sports, Media, and American Culture: Friend or Foe? Flaw or Flow?
Tuesday evenings, April 12, 26, May 10, and 24, 2016 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Seattle University

This season’s Alumni Seminar will address the widespread debate about the role of sports, play, exercise, violence, and professionalism in the USA today. With world-renowned experts on this topic from Seattle University’s faculty to lead the discussion, we will consider such questions as: What is “sport”? Why do we play sports and keep our bodies in shape? How much emphasis on winning is healthy in school competition? Why the sudden rise in violence and concussions in amateur and professional sports? Have college teams become too professionalized? How might a spirituality or philosophy help parents and players develop life-long care of the body? The seminar will feature internationally known Fr. Pat Kelly, S. J., former college football player and author of two books on the role of sport and professor of theology at Seattle University. He will lead off the seminar on April 12 and then will interview our successful coaches Julie Woodward and Peter Fewing on their approaches to coaching soccer and helping young athletes on April 26. Philosophy Professor Dan Dombrowski will discuss the philosophy of sport, and Professors Maylon Hanold and Brian McCullough in the Masters in Sport Administration and Leadership Program will focus on the importance of sustainable exercise and health for men and women in relation to media pressure on athletes. To register, email Alumni Seminars, or to learn more, visit the College of Arts & Sciences here.

Sponsored by Seattle University College of Arts & Sciences

Cultivating a Life of Discernment: For Those Pondering Life’s Decisions
6 Thursdays, April 14 – May 19, 2016 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
St. Joseph Church (Parish Center)

Are you making a life decision, such as discerning a calling, staying in a relationship, determining what to do in retirement, or asking another question about the direction of your life? Consider joining others with similar life questions! Through prayer, presentations and small group reflection, you will learn a process to integrate listening for God's presence in your life decisions, prayerfully consider St. Ignatius' guidelines for discernment, and experience meaningful group support. Come learn how to cultivate a life that facilitates discernment! To learn more and register, visit the ISC online here.

Sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center

Ignatian Spirituality for Men
Healing of the Domestic Church: Reflections on the Synod on the Family
Tuesday, April 19, 2016 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
St. Joseph Church (Parish Center)

One month after Pope Francis is expected to publish an Apostolic Exhortation emerging from the two-year deliberations of the Bishops’ Synod on the Family, the ISC invites men to join together for conversation and to learn about the process and outcomes of the Synod. Hear from Fr. John Whitney, S.J. and panelists Bill Collins, Gary Keister and Michael Bunney to explore what this may mean for us, our modern families, the “domestic Church” today. Is healing possible? Click here to learn more. For questions and to RSVP, contact Theresa Lukasik by April 12th.

Sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center

Fall 2015

Posted by Maria Ochoa on September 16, 2015 at 2:09 PM PDT

On July 31st, Magis hosted the first ever Ignatian Leadership Conference, welcoming 130 alumni to Seattle University’s campus for a day of learning, conversation, and sharing about Ignatian Leadership - the emerging leadership model that puts love at the center.

Participants explored the developing concept of Ignatian Leadership and reflected upon their own lives and leadership in light of the Ignatian Leadership principles and framework. They also began to imagine how to integrate the concept into their work, communities and families by conversing and connecting with other Ignatian-inspired leaders. Alumni hailed from various professional organizations, including: Seattle Police Department, Boeing, Providence Health Services, Sala Credit Union, T-Mobile, Nordstrom, City of Redmond, South Seattle College, and more. There was such a positive response to this conference that Magis is happy to announce that we are planning to offer it again next year, so stay tuned for more info!

The Magis team is pleased to welcome the newest cohort to the Contemplative Leaders in Action (CLA) program. Cohort 4 is a stellar group of 24 emerging leaders from varying professions such as wealth management to social work, higher education to global health. They happily gathered and kicked off the CLA experience with the opening retreat last weekend. Cohort 3 is moving into the second year of CLA, and participants are excited to get started on their Enacted Love Projects, where they will work as teams to create a response to a social need and injustice. We wish these cohorts the best as they begin this fall!

Lastly, we encourage you to read some inspiring stories about how a Jesuit education has impacted men and women across the U.S. The Association of Jesuit Colleges & Universities is sharing these stories online using the hashtag #JesuitEducated and can be read online here. Similarly, we are inviting you to listen to local alumni share their stories at Lives Transformed by Jesuit Education: All Jesuit Alumni & Friends Mass & Brunch happening Sunday, November 22nd at Seattle University. We hope to have a great turn out to hear Fr. Steve Sundborg, S.J. and inspiring alumni tell why a Jesuit education has impacted their lives. Please see below for more information and join us!

Blessings as you start the fall season,
Brooke, Maria, Fr. Bob, and Anne-Marie

Fr. Bob Stephan, S.J. is the newest addition to the Magis team. As the Chaplain for Ignatian Leadership, Bob serves as the co-facilitator for the Contemplative Leaders in Action (CLA) program. Over the course of his life, he has asked himself “Are you driven or drawn?” as a way of discerning God’s invitation, and not simply his own determination, in making life choices. Click here to read more about his story and his new role at Seattle University.

Ignatian Silent Retreat
Friday, November 6 at 5:00 p.m. to Sunday, November 8, 2015 at 2:00 p.m.
Archbishop Brunett Retreat Center at the Palisades (Federal Way)

Looking for a quiet weekend retreat? The Ignatian Silent Retreat is a three-day experience which provides prayer, reflection, individual spiritual direction, and community. Jesuit-educated alumni join faculty and staff of Seattle University for the weekend. Be sure to sign up for this retreat opportunity! The cost of the retreat is $125, which includes a $25 non-refundable deposit (to be applied towards the balance of your retreat cost) in order to hold your spot. The weekend includes rooming, meals, and materials. To RSVP, or for more information, email Magis.

Sponsored by Office of Jesuit Mission & Identity and Magis

Lives Transformed by Jesuit Education: All Jesuit Alumni & Friends Mass & Brunch 
Sunday, November 22, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 
Seattle University
Special Alumni Mass (optional): 9:00 a.m., Chapel of St. Ignatius
Networking Brunch: 10:00 a.m., Student Center 160

In collaboration with a number of local Jesuit alumni chapters, Magis invites Jesuit alumni, family and friends to gather for food, networking, and inspiration. Come join us this fall morning to hear reflections from Seattle University’s President Fr. Steve Sundborg, S.J. and inspiring alumni on what it means to be Jesuit-educated and how Jesuit education has transformed their lives. Please save the date and invite your family and friends to join you!  More details and registration will be available in early October. Individual tickets are $25, or reserve a table of 8 for your alumni chapter and/or family and friends. This is a family friendly event; kids 12 and under are free.  

Sponsored by Magis

Alumni Advent Mass 
Saturday, December 5, 2015 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m
Seattle University
Mass: 4:00 p.m., Chapel of St. Ignatius
Reception: 5:00 p.m., Student Center (First Floor)

Seattle University invites Jesuit-educated alumni, family and friends to attend the annual Alumni Advent Mass and Christmas Reception. The mass will be held in Seattle University's Chapel of St. Ignatius. Space is limited and seating is first come, first served. Light refreshments and food will be served at a reception immediately following mass, with an opportunity to connect with fellow Seattle U alumni and friends. For more information or to register for the event, contact the Seattle University Alumni Association.

Sponsored by Seattle University Alumni Association

Ignatian Spirituality for Men
Lectio & Laudato Si': Prayerful Reading & Response to the Pope's Encyclical
Saturday, October 3, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
St. Joseph Parish Center

Seattle Prep faculty member Paul Peterhans will guide you and other men in praying with Laudato Si' through a modified practice of Lectio Divina ("Divine Reading"). This interactive morning will help you prayerfully connect to the spiritual dimension of Francis' document with your whole heart, mind and soul, so as to move your body into action appropriate to your life circumstances. Bring your favorite passage from the Encyclical and watch the Spirit at work! Gather at 9:00 am for a light breakfast social. The program will begin at 9:30 a.m. and end at 12:00 pm, followed by a sack lunch. Please bring your own lunch. Though copies of Laudato Si' will be available, please bring your own copy if you have one, along with your favorite passage. Bring a friend, too! Men of all ages and faith backgrounds are welcome. Event is free, donations appreciated. For more info, visit Ignatian Spirituality Center online. For questions or to RSVP, email Program Coordinator Andrea Fontana.

Sponsored by Ignatian Spirituality Center

Fall Alumni Seminar Series: What is Happening to Our Common Home?
The Debate about Pope Francis’s Recent Letter on the Environment and the Economy

Tuesday evenings October 6, 20; November 3, 17; December 1, 15, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m
Seattle University

The seminars, which take place during six evenings in the fall, will address Pope Francis’s letter, Laudato Sí. The letter raises questions about the ecology and the economy in the United States, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. What does this have to do with faith? With Catholic social teaching? With our responsibility to creation and to human ecology? Join us as we read and discuss this long and eloquent document about the future of our planet. We will both engage the proposals of Pope Francis and participate in the worldwide debate they have caused. Click here to read more about this series, or here to register

Sponsored by Seattle University College of Arts & Sciences

Ignatian Spirituality 101: An Introduction to Ignatian Prayer & Spirituality
Thursday, October 8, 2015 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
St. Joseph Parish Center

Pope Francis, the first Jesuit Pope, is grounded in Ignatian spirituality, but what exactly does that mean?  What is Ignatian spirituality all about?  How might you incorporate Ignatian prayer and spirituality into your life?  If you would like to know more, this evening introduction to the basics of Ignatian prayer and spirituality is for you! People of all ages, faith traditions and spiritual backgrounds are welcome. Bring a friend!  If you are already familiar with Ignatian spirituality, we encourage you also to invite family, friends or colleagues to attend. This event is free, donations welcomed.  For more info, visit Ignatian Spirituality Center online.  For questions or to RSVP, email Program Coordinator Andrea Fontana.

Sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center, Christian Life Communities (CLC), Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life (SEEL), and Magis

Winter 2016

Posted by Maria Ochoa on September 16, 2015 at 2:09 PM PDT

Help Us Enter the New Year

God of all time, help us enter the New Year quietly,
thoughtful of who we are to ourselves and to others,
mindful that our steps make an impact
and our words carry power.
May we walk gently.
May we speak only after we have listened well.
Creator of all life,
help us enter the New Year reverently,
aware that you have endowed
every creature and plant, every person and habitat
with beauty and purpose.
May we regard the world with tenderness.
May we honor rather than destroy.
Lower of all souls,
help us enter the New Year joyfully,
willing to laugh and dance and dream,
remembering our many gifts with thanks
and looking forward to blessings yet to come.
May we welcome your lavish love.
In this new year, may the grace and peace of Christ bless us now and in the days ahead.

Vinita Hampton Wright, Managing Editor, Loyola Press; Prayer offered by Douglas Ruschman

Looking back to 2015, we at Magis are very grateful for the opportunities to have served Jesuits alums of the Puget Sound Region. From the National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service and Ignatian Leadership Conference, to Contemplative Leaders in Action and the All Jesuit Alumni Mass & Brunch, we are amazed at the level of commitment and engagement Jesuit alums have to the mission of Jesuit education in their personal and professional lives. We hope in 2016 to continue to offer quality programs and opportunities which reflect Ignatian values, principles, and practices for everyday life.

Even with the many challenges, struggles, and conflict that last year brought to our communities and world, there is so much to be grateful for and to look forward to. What are you grateful for from 2015? What do you look forward to in 2016? How might you grow in faith, justice or leadership – personally or professionally? Just as the prayer says, we at Magis hope to “enter the New Year joyfully, willing to laugh and dance and dream, remembering our many gifts with thanks and looking forward to blessings yet to come.” 

Read below to learn more about this year’s Alumni Day of Service (happening February 6th), Jesuit Alumni Day of Reflection (in March), and Ignatian Leadership Summit (later this spring). We look forward to sharing this New Year with you in the months to come and wish you the very best this 2106!

Winter blessings,

Brooke, Maria, Fr. Bob, and Anne-Marie

 

Amid the fullness of family life, Jesuit alums Jennifer (Boston College MA/MSW ‘01, MBA '07) & Matt Tilghman-Havens (Boston College BA '98, JD '06) have taken to using a kid-friendly version of the Ignatian Examen as a way to center their family life each day. Click here to read more about this version of reflection in this month’s Alumni Living the Mission.

Alumni Day of Service
Saturday, February 6, 2016 - Times Vary by Site
Multiple Sites throughout Seattle Metro Area

Seattle University will once again offer the Alumni Day of Service to bring together Seattle U alumni, Jesuit alumni, friends, and family from across the nation to participate in service projects. Join us as we live the mission to serve others and give back to the community. This event is part of the SU Homecoming Weekend. To register for one of sixteen sites, visit theonline registration page.

Sponsored by Seattle University Alumni Association and Magis

Jesuit Alumni Day of Reflection
Saturday, March 12, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

What does living a life of compassion mean to you? Each of us is juggling varying commitments, from career to family needs, while striving to make our lives more meaningful and in alignment with our faith, values, and desires. Compassion – in relationship to God, self, and other - is a spiritual practice that allows us to navigate life with increased awareness, serenity, and gratitude. Join Magis to unplug and connect with other Jesuit alumni as you journey together for a day of guided talks, prayer and reflection, conversation, and community building. This retreat is open to Jesuit alumni of all ages and stages of life; the retreat will be ecumenical in nature and will draw from the Jesuit/Ignatian tradition, as well as contemporary personal development topics. Cost is $20 and includes retreat materials, meals (continental breakfast and lunch), and parking – some partial scholarships are available. For more information, or to register, email Magis or call (206) 296-2637. Space is limited, so please reserve your spot today!  

Sponsored by Magis
 
Search Retreat 45th Anniversary Reunion
Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Seattle University (Connolly Center North Court)
 
All Seattle University grads are invited to celebrate 45 years of the Search Retreat and reconnect with friends and alumni during Reunions Weekend 2016. There will be lunch, awesome Search memorabilia, and fantastic memories to share. To register, visit the SU Alumni events website.
 
 
Ignatian Leadership Summit: Leading with Jesuit Values in a Secular World
Weeknight Evening in Spring 2016

Join Jesuit alumni and friends in the Puget Sound Region for an opportunity to be inspired, network and learn more about Ignatian Leadership! The evening will include a chance to reflect and share with others about your own experience, challenges, and hopes for integrating Ignatian Leadership principles into your personal and professional life. Be on the lookout for more information in the weeks to come. For more information, email Magis.

Sponsored by Magis

Ignatian Spirituality for Men
Lectio & Laudato Si': Prayerful Reading & Response to the Pope's Encyclical
Saturday, October 3, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
St. Joseph Parish Center

Seattle Prep faculty member Paul Peterhans will guide you and other men in praying with Laudato Si' through a modified practice of Lectio Divina ("Divine Reading"). This interactive morning will help you prayerfully connect to the spiritual dimension of Francis' document with your whole heart, mind and soul, so as to move your body into action appropriate to your life circumstances. Bring your favorite passage from the Encyclical and watch the Spirit at work! Gather at 9:00 am for a light breakfast social. The program will begin at 9:30 a.m. and end at 12:00 pm, followed by a sack lunch. Please bring your own lunch. Though copies of Laudato Si' will be available, please bring your own copy if you have one, along with your favorite passage. Bring a friend, too! Men of all ages and faith backgrounds are welcome. Event is free, donations appreciated. For more info, visit Ignatian Spirituality Center online. For questions or to RSVP, email Program Coordinator Andrea Fontana.

Sponsored by Ignatian Spirituality Center

Fall Alumni Seminar Series: What is Happening to Our Common Home?
The Debate about Pope Francis’s Recent Letter on the Environment and the Economy

Tuesday evenings October 6, 20; November 3, 17; December 1, 15, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m
Seattle University

The seminars, which take place during six evenings in the fall, will address Pope Francis’s letter, Laudato Sí. The letter raises questions about the ecology and the economy in the United States, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. What does this have to do with faith? With Catholic social teaching? With our responsibility to creation and to human ecology? Join us as we read and discuss this long and eloquent document about the future of our planet. We will both engage the proposals of Pope Francis and participate in the worldwide debate they have caused. Click here to read more about this series, or here to register

Sponsored by Seattle University College of Arts & Sciences

Ignatian Spirituality 101: An Introduction to Ignatian Prayer & Spirituality
Thursday, October 8, 2015 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
St. Joseph Parish Center

Pope Francis, the first Jesuit Pope, is grounded in Ignatian spirituality, but what exactly does that mean?  What is Ignatian spirituality all about?  How might you incorporate Ignatian prayer and spirituality into your life?  If you would like to know more, this evening introduction to the basics of Ignatian prayer and spirituality is for you! People of all ages, faith traditions and spiritual backgrounds are welcome. Bring a friend!  If you are already familiar with Ignatian spirituality, we encourage you also to invite family, friends or colleagues to attend. This event is free, donations welcomed.  For more info, visit Ignatian Spirituality Center online.  For questions or to RSVP, email Program Coordinator Andrea Fontana.

Sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center, Christian Life Communities (CLC), Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life (SEEL), and Magis

Spring 2015

Posted by Lindsey Hittmeier on March 4, 2015 at 10:03 AM PST

Spring by Gerard Manley Hopkins

Nothing is so beautiful as Spring –          
   When weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush;          
   Thrush’s eggs look little low heavens, and thrush          
Through the echoing timber does so rinse and wring          
The ear, it strikes like lightnings to hear him sing; 
   The glassy peartree leaves and blooms, they brush          
   The descending blue; that blue is all in a rush          
With richness; the racing lambs too have fair their fling.        

What is all this juice and all this joy?          
   A strain of the earth’s sweet being in the beginning 
In Eden garden. – Have, get, before it cloy,          
   Before it cloud, Christ, lord, and sour with sinning,          
Innocent mind and Mayday in girl and boy,          
   Most, O maid’s child, thy choice and worthy the winning.

Spring brings with it the promise of new beginnings. For us here at Magis, this new beginning comes in the form of recruiting the newest Contemplative Leaders in Action (CLA) cohort. We at Magis believe that our Jesuit education does not end when we graduate, but stays with us in our journey through life. Programs like CLA continue the Jesuit mission: creating men and women for and with others. This is where our passion for this program comes from. Kristen Morgan, a current CLA participant, has written a beautiful reflection on how CLA has impacted her personally and professionally. See below for the link to read Kristen’s reflection on her experience with CLA. 

In addition to recruiting for the new CLA cohort, Magis, in partnership with the Seattle University Alumni Association, is putting lots of energy into this year’s National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service being hosted on Saturday, April 25th. One of the gifts of the Jesuit mission is the call to serve others. The National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service is a wonderful opportunity for us to connect with one another to serve a greater purpose and to all be Alumni Living the Mission.

The changing of seasons offers us an opportunity to reflect on last season’s comings and goings. This spring, we invite you to reflect on what it means to be an “Alumni Living the Mission,” and how this takes shape in your life. We would love to hear about anything you discover for yourself in the process!

Praying that spring brings with it many blessings to you and your loved ones,
Brooke, Maria, and Lindsey 

 Alumni Living the Mission

                                 

This quarter's Alumni Living the Mission features Kristen Morgan (Class of 2009 and 2013, Jesuit Volunteer Corp NW 2009-10), a two time Seattle U grad and former Jesuit Volunteer who is doing amazing things. In addition, Kristin is also a participant in the Contemplative Leaders in Action (CLA) Ignatian Leadership Program. Click here to read her reflection on discernment, transition, living through values, and how her experience in CLA has helped her grow personally and professionally. 

National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service 
Saturday, April 25, 2015
Various times and locations throughout the Seattle area

In partnership with the Seattle University Alumni Association, Magis invites Jesuit alumni to serve in the local community together through the National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service. Alumni volunteers will visit Seattle area sites, such as food banks and community gardens, to assist with a variety of service tasks. This day is part of the National Jesuit Service Initiative, which engages graduates across the nation in shared service, and which demonstrates the life-changing and enduring power of a Jesuit education. To learn more about this service day, please click here or click here to register.

Sponsored by the Seattle University Alumni Association  and Magis 

Contemplative Leaders in Action: A Program for Emerging Leaders
Applications due May 29, 2015 for the 2015-2017 Cohort
September 2015 – June 2017, monthly sessions 

Are you an emerging leader striving to integrate faith into your personal and professional life? Are you seeking an intentional and meaningful community? If you are a Jesuit-educated alum between the ages of 25-39, and are interested in engaging and forming your leadership and faith within a small community, Magis has the perfect opportunity for you! Magis is currently accepting applications for its Contemplative Leaders in Action (CLA) program, a two-year cohort experience which integrates leadership and faith development. Cohort members meet monthly and grow in self-awareness, faith, leadership and professional skills, while being part of a supportive community. Applications for the 2015-2017 CLA cohort (which begins September 2015) are available online and are due May 29, 2015. For more information about the CLA program, or details regarding the application process, please visit Magis’ CLA website, or contact CLA Program Coordinator Lindsey Hittmeier.  

Sponsored by Magis 

  Save the Date  
Exploring an Ignatian Approach to Leadership - Ignatian Leadership Conference
Friday, July 31, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Seattle University (Campion Ballroom)

St. Ignatius of Loyola was a highly effective and inspiring leader. His methods and practices allowed him to establish and lead one of the world's most impactful organizations, the Society of Jesus. His leadership approach has been used in many different contexts over the past 500+ years. In this one-day conference, alumni and friends will learn how to become an effective, authentic leader the Ignatian way. Explore the concept of Ignatian Leadership and how to apply and integrate Jesuit values and Ignatian practices into your personal and professional life. Fr. Scott Santarosa, S.J., Provincial of the Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus, will be the keynote speaker. Plus, there will be a special mass to celebrate the Feast day of St. Ignatius. Stay tuned for more information as we plan this unique day of inspiration, conversation, and learning! For any questions regarding the conference, please contact Brooke Rufo Hill.

Sponsored by Magis

 Partner Programs and Events  
Holy Thursday Pilgrimage
Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. to Friday, April 3, 2015 at 12:00 a.m.
St. James Cathedral, Seattle 

Join Archbishop Sartain and hundreds of young adults throughout the Archdiocese for this beautiful evening of reflection. Mass will take place before the pilgrimage at 6:00 p.m. at St. James Cathedral, and the pilgrimage will start from the western steps around 7:30 p.m. Participants will walk on foot to St. Mary's, Immaculate Conception, and the Chapel of St. Ignatius before returning to the Cathedral. Vans will be available for people who have difficulty walking. Materials will be drawn from Lenten Sunday Evening Reflections throughout the Archdiocese. For more information, visit the event Facebook page

Sponsored by the Archdiocese of Seattle Office of Youth and Young Adult Evangelization 

Simply Living: Redefining Success
Ignatian Spirituality for Men
Saturday, April 11, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Facilitators: Don Manning and Denny Duffell
St. James Outreach Center, Seattle 

Join presenters Don Manning & Denny Duffell to explore, through the lens of Ignatian spirituality, what it means for men to be successful today, and how faith might lend wisdom to experience. Through prayer, individual reflection and shared conversation, come gain perspective on how you might live more simply and faithfully, becoming truly “successful” in God’s eyes. This presentation is no cost, free will offering. For more information and to RSVP, click here or email Andrea Fontana.

Sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center 

Saying YES to LOVE: Responding to God's Presence in Everyday Life
Monday, April 13, 2015 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
St. Leo Church (office building), Tacoma 

Hear the story of how the Tacoma L'Arche Community started when two people said YES to LOVE in a situation that arose in their daily lives. Bring your own story and join in conversation and reflection with other young adults and L'Arche community members about what it means for each of us to say YES to LOVE in everyday life. For more info contact Michaela Kearns

Sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center 

Justice Cafés: Postcards from an Unsustainable Future
Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
Jean's House of Prayer, Tacoma 

Join a growing international movement of young adults acting together for justice! Every month Justice Cafés come together to discuss a social justice issue that affects our lives today. The discussion doesn't stop at the end of the night, though. When the evening is over, global solidarity and dialogue builds as the conversation continues on the Justice Cafe Facebook page. Participants can hear how local context affects the topic for people in New York City, Kenya, and other places around the country and world. This month Justice Café’s will be Acting for Eco-Justice. Join in sending letters, thank you notes, and Postcards from an Unsustainable Future to lobby political leaders to support bills that respond to the threat of climate change, and to encourage corporations and businesses to model their practices to do the same. For more information on this event, contact Anthony DeLorenzo

Sponsored by the Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center 

Discernment in Daily Life
6 Thursday weekly gatherings April 16, 2015 through May 21, 2015 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Facilitators: Marilyn Nash and John Hickman
St. Joseph Church Parish Center, Seattle 

Are you looking for guidance in making a prayerful life decision, such as discerning your calling, staying in a relationship, determining what to do in retirement, or another life question? Or are you searching for tools for making your choices in daily life with prayerful intentionality? If so, join a group of people with similar questions. Through prayer, presentations and small group conversation, you will learn a process to integrate listening for God’s presence in your life decisions, prayerfully consider guidelines for discernment taught by St. Ignatius, and experience meaningful group reflection. The series cost is $150 with payment plans and partial scholarships available. Registration deadline is Thursday, April 9, 2015. For more information and to register, click here

Sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center 

Glorifying God “Mind, Body, and Soul” - Men’s Retreat
Friday, April 17, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. to Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 1:00 p.m.
Archbishop Brunett Retreat Center, Federal Way 

St. John Paul II claimed that “The body, and it alone, is capable of making visible what is invisible, the spiritual and divine. It was created to transfer into the visible reality of the world, the invisible mystery hidden in God from time immemorial, and thus be a sign of it.” Those words ushered in a new era of Catholic theology – theology of the body. This retreat will be facilitated by Fr. John Antony, and will use John Paul II’s reflections to explore various themes related to modern theology and daily life. The retreat will include talks on the sacraments, human development, and the role of the Church. The price for this retreat is $199 per person (private single room), or $165 per person (shared room with one bed), with a special rate of $99.50 for young-adults ages 18-30. Price includes all presentations, six meals, and two nights in a comfortable room with private bath. Scholarships are available. For more information or to register, visit the Retreat Center website

Sponsored by the Archdiocese of Seattle 

Praying with our Friends, the Saints - Women’s Silent Retreat
Friday, May 8, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. to Sunday, May 10, 2015 at 1:00 p.m.
Archbishop Brunett Retreat Center, Federal Way 

The saints are our faithful friends and our Heavenly family. When we ask the saints, who already stand in the presence of Jesus, for their intercessions, we are drawn more intimately into the mystical body of Christ. This retreat will be facilitated by Fr. Sean Raftis, and is a traditional silent retreat for women which includes time for individual and communal prayer, spiritual reading, reflection, and devotions. The price for this retreat is $199 per person (private single room), or $165 per person (shared room with one bed), with a special rate of $99.50 for young-adults ages 18-30. Price includes all presentations, six meals, and two nights in a comfortable room with private bath. Scholarships are available. For more information or to register, visit the Retreat Center website

Sponsored by the Archdiocese of Seattle  

Habits of a Very Loving Marriage - Marriage Retreat
Friday, May 15, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. to Sunday, 17, 2015 at 1:00 p.m.
Archbishop Brunett Retreat Center, Federal Way 

This marriage enrichment retreat, facilitated by Fr. Pat Freitag, is based on Stephen R. Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and The 8th Habit, and offers a framework for applying a universal, self-discovery approach that enables couples to communicate successfully. During this retreat, participants will: clearly define their vision as a family unit, build a common sense of purpose, values, and goals, learn a process to accomplish family goals, and discover how to achieve better communication as spouses. The price for this retreat is $330 per couple. Price includes all presentations, six meals, and two nights in a comfortable room with private bath. Scholarships are available. For more information or to register, visit the Retreat Center website

Sponsored by the Archdiocese of Seattle 

 

Winter 2015

Posted by Maria Ochoa on December 4, 2014 at 11:12 AM PST

A New Year’s Prayer

Dear Lord,
Please give me a few friends who understand me and remain my friends;
A work to do that has real value, without which the world would be poorer;
A mind unafraid to travel, even though the trail not be blazed;
An understanding heart;
A sense of humor;
Time for quiet, silent meditation;
A feeling of the presence of God;
The patience to wait for the coming of these things, with the wisdom to recognize them when they come.
Amen

-Anonymous


We at Magis are grateful for a 2014 filled with many wonderful opportunities and friendships, beginnings and ends. In the winter and spring, we offered some great retreats and leadership programs. Over the summer, we presented at conferences in both New York City and Boston. In the fall, we welcomed back our CLA2 cohort, as well as the new CLA3 cohort – a mix of backgrounds like education, healthcare, law, corporate and not for profit, the cohort is a dynamic group of young adults. We also welcomed Lindsey Hittmeier, our new Graduate Assistant who is doing an outstanding job supporting our CLA program, as well as many other Magis endeavors. At the end of last year, the Magis staff bid farewell to our beloved colleague Liz Coz, who so graciously served Magis as our Program Assistant for three years. Thank you Liz for your service to the Magis community, we will miss you! For all the great experience and moments we had, we are especially grateful for meeting and getting to know so many of you. The Magis staff looks forward to another year of good work to serve Jesuit alumni in the Puget Sound Region.

This winter, we invite you to reflect on the past year – what did you welcome and say farewell to? What hope or aspiration do you have for this year? If you are looking for ways to deepen your faith, serve in the community, or grow in your leadership, be sure to check out the many ways you can get involved with Magis (in particular, be sure to save the date for our 4th annual National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service coming up in April). We can’t wait to share some new experience with you this year!

Winter blessings,
Brooke, Maria & Lindsey 

 

Thank you to all the alumni who submitted their stories this last year about how they are living the mission of Jesuit education in their everyday lives! From siblings and father and son duos to attorneys and small business owners, we are proud that our alumni are serving, caring, and leading in the community. If you would like to suggest an alum to feature, please email Magis with your nominee’s name and contact information and tell us how you think that alum is making an impact in the community.
 
 

 Jesuit Alumni Chapter Summit
Thursday, February 19, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Seattle University, Student Center 210

Calling Jesuit Alumni Chapter leaders in the Seattle area! In an effort to connect local SU and other Jesuit Alumni Chapter leaders, Magis is hosting an evening of socializing, collaboration, and inspiration for the leadership of local Jesuit alumni clubs/chapters. We envision this as an evening not only to share best practices around engaging alumni, but to come together as a community and explore further collaborations as Jesuit alumni representing no less than 10 Seattle alumni chapters who lead in similar ways. Dinner will be provided. If you are interested in attending or wish to send a representative to this event, please contact Magis. 

Sponsored by Magis

National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service
Saturday, April 25, 2015
Various Locations throughout Seattle

In partnership with the Seattle University Alumni Association, Magis invites Jesuit alumni to serve in the local community together through the National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service. Alumni volunteers will visit Seattle area sites, such as food banks and community gardens, to assist with a variety of service tasks. This day is part of the National Jesuit Service Initiative, which engages graduates across the nation in shared service, and which demonstrates the life-changing and enduring power of a Jesuit education. To learn more about this service day, please click here

Sponsored by the Seattle University Alumni Association and Magis  

Contemplative Leaders in Action: A Program for Emerging Leaders
Applications for the 2015-2017 Cohort due May 29, 2015

Are you an emerging leader striving to integrate faith into your personal and professional life? Are you seeking an intentional and meaningful community? If you are a Jesuit-educated alum between the ages of 25-39, and are interested in engaging and forming your leadership and faith within a small community, Magis has the perfect opportunity for you! Magis will be recruiting for its Contemplative Leaders in Action (CLA) program, a two-year cohort experience which integrates leadership and faith development, starting this spring. Cohort members meet monthly and grow in self-awareness, faith, leadership and professional skills, while being part of a supportive community. Applications for the 2015-2017 CLA cohort (which runs September 2015 - June 2017 monthly) will be available by March 4th online and are due on May 29, 2015. For more information about the CLA program, or details regarding the application process, please visit the Magis CLA website, or contact CLA Program Coordinator Lindsey Hittmeier.  

Sponsored by Magis

 

IgNite: Ignatian Nights for Young Adults
Spirituality, Work: Incompatible? They Don’t Have to Be
Facilitators: Kathleen Hosfeld and Brian Meza
Thursday, January 8, 2015 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
St. James Cathedral Outreach Center, Seattle

We spend the majority of our waking hours at work but many of us are also spiritual people who desire to live from our deep connection with God. If you are a young adult between the ages of 21 and 39 and you desire to integrate your spiritual and work life, join us. Presenters Kathleen Hosfeld (President of Hosfeld & Associates) and Brian Meza (Head of the Science Department at Seattle Prep) are deeply spiritual professionals who will share their stories and tools with us and facilitate an evening of engaging conversation, reflection, and sharing. For more information and to RSVP, visit the Facebook event under the same title, or email Michaela Kearns.

Sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center and St. James Cathedral Young Adult Ministry
 

St. Joseph Young Adult Social 
Sunday, January 11, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.
St. Joseph Church, Seattle

The St. Joseph Young Adult Community focuses on building spirituality, friendships, and creating social opportunities in the Seattle area. Come play board games with the young adult community after the 5:30 mass on Sunday, January 11th, co-hosted by the St Joseph Young Adult Community and the LGBT Ministry. There will be fun people to meet, good food to eat, and plenty of players to beat! There will be card games, Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, Mafia, Cards against Humanity, and anything that YOU bring too! For more information, contact the St. Joseph Young Adult Community

Sponsored by the St. Joseph Young Adult Community 
 

Ignatian Spirituality 101: An Introduction to Ignatian Prayer & Spirituality

Thursday, January 15, 2015 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
St. Joseph Church Parish Center, Seattle
 
Pope Francis, the first Jesuit Pope, is grounded in Ignatian spirituality, but many do not know fully what that means. What is Ignatian spirituality all about? How might you incorporate Ignatian prayer and spirituality into your life? If you would like to know more, this evening introduction to the basics of Ignatian prayer and spirituality is for you! The evening will include: introductions, opening prayer, an overview of the life of St. Ignatius and Ignatian spirituality, experiences of Ignatian prayer, and more information on how to continue to grow in Ignatian spirituality through the ISC, Magis: Alumni Living the Mission, Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life (SEEL), and Christian Life Communities (CLC). Light snacks will be provided. People of all ages, faith traditions and spiritual backgrounds are welcome. If you are already familiar with Ignatian spirituality, we encourage you to think of family, friends or colleagues who might be interested and invite them to attend! This event is no cost; free will offering. For more information or to RSVP, email Andrea Fontana

Sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center


Young Adult Service Event at Recovery Café
Saturday, January 17, 2015 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Recovery Café, Seattle
 
Join other young adults to volunteer at one of the most amazing organizations in town! Recovery Café is a supportive community of sobriety for people in recovery, and it provides safe hospitality for its members. Young adults will be volunteering at the monthly Open Mic Night where members are encouraged to share their talents with the community. Come help to serve dinner and contribute your positivity! To RSVP, contact St. James Young Adult Community

Sponsored by the St. Joseph Young Adult Community and St. James Young Adult Community


Justice Café - Upholding the Dignity of Work: Creating a Just Economic System
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Caffe Vita, Seattle 

The Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center acts for justice in the church and in the world. IPJC is sponsored by 18 religious communities and collaborates with Catholic, ecumenical, interfaith and other organizations in carrying out this mission. Join IPJC at Caffe Vita to chat about how we can create a better world where our economic system is just and all work reflects dignity. To find out more, contact Annapatrice Clark

Sponsored by the Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center


Washington State Mass and March for Life
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
St. Martin’s University, Lacey WA 

As Pope Francis recently proclaimed, "Human life is always sacred, valuable and inviolable. And as such, it must be loved, defended and cared for." Catholics from across Washington State will gather to celebrate the annual Mass for Life and honor the sacredness of all human life, especially in its most vulnerable forms. The Mass will begin at 9:30 a.m. and following Mass, everyone is encouraged to participate in the 37th Annual March for Life at the State Capitol in Olympia. Like them on Facebook to keep up on event updates.

Sponsored by Washington State March for Life 


Under an Ignatian Influence: Jesuit Values for Life
January 20 - March 24, 2015 (9 Tuesday evenings - no gathering 3/10) from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
St. Joseph Church Parish Center, Seattle 

What would it mean to live in an Ignatian way? What would Jesuits themselves name as their core values and how might you incorporate them into your own way of living? The Jesuits have indeed named eight Characteristics of Our Ways of Proceeding – certain attitudes, values and patterns of behavior born in the life of St. Ignatius, shared by his companions and recently resurrected by the Jesuits in their worldwide congregations. Come absorb personal reflections by Jesuit and lay presenters steeped in the Ignatian tradition, deepen your understanding of what it means to be Ignatian, and engage with others interested in the Jesuit charism. Cost is $130 (partial work scholarships available). Register online (go to the "Under an Ignatian Influence" page) and pay the $30 non-refundable registration fee by Thursday, January 15, 2015. If you have any questions, contact Andrea Fontana

Sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center 



Advocacy Skills Training
Saturday, January 31 or Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Seattle University 

Seattle University is proud to offer advocacy skills training for students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Based on the work of Catholic Relief Services and developed by Just Associates, the Advocacy Skills Training helps participants develop a shared understanding of social justice advocacy, dynamics of political power, effective messaging, and organizing strategies and tactics. The Advocacy Skills Training is in high demand – if you register for the training, please hold the date firmly in your calendar as they are often not able to fill last minute spots from people who cancel, and the seat is then wasted. If you are interested in attending this training, please email Kelly Benkert with your preferred training date. Space is very limited.

Sponsored by the Seattle University Office of the Provost, the Center for Service and Community Engagement, and Campus Ministry 


Interfaith Advocacy Day
Thursday, February 19, 2015
The United Churches of Olympia, Olympia WA 

Faith Action Network is a statewide interfaith advocacy nonprofit organization through which thousands of people and 90 faith communities across Washington State partner for the common good. Interfaith Advocacy Day (IFAD) brings to our elected leaders the voice of compassion and justice, and partner with people of all faiths who stand up boldly to challenge the powerful. Click here for more information on this year’s IFAD events.

Sponsored by Faith Action Network 


Catholic Heritage Lecture Series – “Field Hospital on the Border(s): A Church in Kinship with Migrants”
Keynote Speaker: Kristin Heyer, Ph.D.
Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
Seattle University, Pigott Auditorium 

The annual Catholic Heritage Lectures Series engages the intellectual and religious communities of the Seattle area and the Seattle University community to explore aspects of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition and the intersection of Catholicism and culture. Pope Francis has offered a compelling model of church as “field hospital”, calling Catholics to engage those who suffer wherever they are found. The second of this year’s series features Kristin Heyer, Ph.D., who will examine this model, in light of the Catholic call to kinship with persons on the move, particularly those suffering from exploitation, violence and family separation. Panelists will explore how local faith-based and community organizations—specifically the KINO Border Initiative and Seattle’s Eastside Hispanic Ministry—serve as “field hospitals” for migrants in Washington and along the U.S./Mexico border. For more information, visit ICTC online

Sponsored by The Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture 


Justice Café - Life on Purpose: Contemplation & Justice
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Caffe Vita, Seattle 

Join IPJC at Caffe Vita to talk about how we can engage with life in a more purposeful and intentional way. How can we practice contemplation and why is it essential to living a life of social justice? To find out more, email Annapatrice Clark

Sponsored by the Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center 


On Fire for the Light: Women's Retreat
Friday, March 20 to Sunday, March 22, 2015
Archbishop Brunett Retreat Center at the Palisades, Federal Way WA 

Lent is the season to reflect upon the radical message of the Gospels, and the light of Christ, for which we long. Author, speaker, and Magnificat contributor Heather King will interweave the story of her own holy longing with an invitation to a deeper journey toward Christ's eternal light. The price for this retreat is $199 per person (private single room) or $165 per person (shared room with one bed). Price includes all presentations, six meals, and two nights in a comfortable room with private bath. Scholarships are available. For more information or to register, click here or contact Helen Nguyen

Sponsored by Seattle Archdiocese


Join Christ Our Hope Parish to Visit Kids at NPH Dominican Republic
February 1-8, 2015
Dominican Republic

Come experience first-hand how Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH, Spanish for “Our Little Brothers and Sisters”) transforms the lives of the children it supports. Christ our Hope Parish invites you to visit NPH DR with them. You will meet the amazing children, staff and volunteers of NPH and learn the ins and outs of their daily lives. More than anything, the trip offers a chance to build relationships with the children and put your faith into action. The mission trip is a true immersion experience - getting to know its programs, connecting to people, and serving its community. Cost is $450 per person and includes:

• Accommodations at Casa Santa Ana
• Local transportation
• Airport transportation
• Meals while at NPH
• Donation to NPH Dominican Republic
• NPH USA interpreter and guide
• Travel insurance and background check

Airfare, outside meals, excursions and sightseeing are not included. For more information or to register, please contact Stephanie Pietramonaco

Sponsored by Christ Our Hope Parish and Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos 

Fall 2014

Posted by Elizabeth Coz on September 3, 2014 at 10:09 AM PDT

A common conversation starter this time of year is, “How was your summer?” Despite the busyness of back to school and work, this question is a welcome pause to reflect on some highlights of the past several months, isn’t it? Vacations or staycations, travel adventures or extra R & R time at home, summer is reserved for excursions and escapes. Whether you got your fill, or are still feeling a void in the area of ‘retreat’, Magis is excited to promote two opportunities this fall for retreat.
 
If going somewhere warm in December for international service peaks your interest, consider joining faculty, staff, students, and alumni for Seattle University’s Professionals Without Borders trip to Nicaragua. Help with infrastructure projects at Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos orphanage - home to 250 children located in Jinotepe, a 45 minute drive from Managua - then spend two days exploring Nicaragua’s rich culture, history, and land including Granada and Masaya. A staff member who went in 2013 said, “The long days of hard work and intense heat breaks down any barriers that keep you from feeling like an outsider. Every meal shared is the most delicious food you’ve ever tasted on a simple plastic orange plate. Before every meal the little girls and boys take turns leading us in prayer… you can imagine what it would be like to hear a 7 year old decide what she’d like to pray for! This trip is so much more than a service trip.” You can hear more from past participants in the Alumni Living the Mission section below. The first info session will be held at Seattle University on September 18, 2014. All Jesuit alumni are welcome.

If you don’t see yourself leaving Seattle in the near future but still want a space to get your fill of time away, join Magis for our Jesuit Alumni Day of Reflection: Living an Integrated and Authentic Life on Saturday, October 11, 2014. Do you ever feel like you are trying to pack 20 lbs. of flour in a 10 lb. sack when it comes to your time? Around here, more free time often means more commitments added to our calendars… so how do we make sure what we are adding is bringing us closer to fullness? As Jesuit alumni, we take pride in what we have come to value – our faith, families, friends, freedoms – however integrating these values amidst the scurry of career and community building is a different story. If you want to explore intentionality and its connection to authenticity, join us – details below!

Finally, Magis is shifting to a quarterly distribution of our newsletter - you may have noticed from our title. Follow us on Facebook for a daily dose of all things Jesuit and more regular updates on local partner programs!

Blessing on the start of a new season,
Brooke, Maria, and Liz

P.S. Fr. Mike Bayard is nearing 5 weeks since cancer surgery that removed a foot of his colon and 15% of his liver, and recovery is going very well. He begins the first of his chemo infusions this Friday, and remains energized by the support, kindness, encouragement, and prayers. Thank you for holding him in your thoughts.
 

  



Join Professionals Without Borders in Nicaragua this December   
  

For the first time since it started in 2007, Professionals Without Borders at Seattle University is opening their service trip to Nicaragua to Jesuit alumni. The concept is simple: connect students, staff, and now alumni with skilled trades people (plumbers, electricians, engineers, etc.) to complete small, but substantial, projects for people in need. This will be the third trip to Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos (Our Little Brothers and Sisters), home to 250 children located in Jinotepe, a 45 minute drive from Managua. Click here to read more about this opportunity!

 
Jesuit Alumni Day of Reflection: Living an Integrated and Authentic Life
Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Seattle University, Campion Hall (Ecumenical Chapel)
 
What does living an integrated, authentic life mean to you? From juggling career and family needs, to varying commitments like self-care, faith life, and community engagement, we are each striving to make our lives more meaningful and in alignment with our faith, values, desires, and goals. Magis invites you to unplug and connect with other Jesuit alumni as you journey together for a day of guided talks, prayer and reflection, conversation, idea sharing, and community building. This retreat is open to Jesuit alumni of all ages and stages of life; the retreat will be ecumenical in nature and will draw from the Jesuit/Ignatian tradition, as well as contemporary personal development topics. Cost is $20 and includes retreat materials, meals (continental breakfast and lunch), and parking – some partial scholarships are available. To register, click here. Space is limited, so please reserve your spot today! For questions, or more information, contact Assistant Director Maria Ochoa.

Sponsored by Magis
  
  
IgNite: Ignatian Nights for Young Adults
Storytelling as Spiritual Practice

Presented by Presbyterian Pastor Rev. Tad Monroe
Thursday, September 11, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Liberty Bar, Seattle

Join the Ignatian Spirituality Center and other young adults to explore the art and practice of storytelling. Discuss how and why story works and why it is such an important spiritual practice - particularly in the context of Ignatian spirituality. This evening will be facilitated by Presbyterian Pastor Rev. Tad Monroe, the Ecumenical and Multifaith Campus Minister at Seattle University. To RSVP or for more information contact their new young adult coordinator, Michaela Kearns.

Sponsored Ignatian Spirituality Center

Habitat for Humanity at Rainier Vista
Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Rainier Vista, Seattle
 
Join the St. Joseph Young Adult Community to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity. Come help out with construction at the Rainier Vista Building in Central Seattle. Click here to RSVP or for more information.

Sponsored by St. Joseph Young Adult Community

Justice Café:  Living a Life of Solidarity
Thursday, September 25, 2014 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Caffe Vita, Seattle

Justice Cafés are discussion groups for young adults in their 20s and 30s who wish to build community, act for justice and deepen their spirituality. During the third week of every month, Justice Café groups meet at local cafés to share coffee and conversation. Participants dialogue about issues of global concern and reflect on ways they can act for change. Visit the Facebook page or email IPCJ for more information.

Sponsored by the Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center

Ignatian Spirituality 101: An Introduction to the Basics of Ignatian Prayer & Spirituality
Thursday, October 2, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
St. Joseph Parish Center, Seattle
 
Come learn more about the life of St. Ignatius and key elements of Ignatian spirituality, experience Ignatian prayer, and learn how this rich spiritual tradition is kept alive locally. People of all ages, faith traditions and spiritual backgrounds are welcome. Free will offering. For more information or to RSVP, email Andrea Fontana.

Sponsored by Ignatian Spirituality Center

In the Steps of Ignatius I: Ignatian Spirituality for Men
A Walk in the Park: Simply Finding God in Creation

Facilitated by Glen Butterworth, S.J.
Saturday, October 4, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 
Seward Park, Seattle
 
Gather with other young adult and adult men at Shelter #1 in Seward Park for a relaxed and meditative walk around the Seward Park loop on St. Francis' Feast Day. The walk will be followed by reflection on how God speaks to us through creation and the outdoors. Bring a sack lunch, a friend, and good walking shoes. Free will offering. For more information or to RSVP, email Andrea Fontana.

Sponsored by Ignatian Spirituality Center

Alumni Seminar Series: Pope Francis and the Church
Tuesday evenings starting October 7, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Seattle University, LeRoux Conference Center (Student Center 160)

Led by Patrick Howell, S.J., Dr. Catherine Punslan, and Fr. Michael Raschko, Ph.D., this special Seattle University series explores the life of Pope Francis: his teachings, spirituality, and hopes for the Church and the world. His words, actions and unique way of filling the shoes of the papacy inspire this series which is also relevantly timed to address the first Synod of Bishops that will meet with Pope Francis this fall. The series cost is $210 and includes all materials, parking, and refreshments.To register, please Alumniseminars@seattleu.edu, and include your mailing address, phone number, and whether or not you will require on-campus parking for the seminar. Click here to visit the event site for more information.

Sponsored by Seattle University College of Arts and Sciences

Come Into the Heart of God - Guided by St. Ignatius
Led by Fr. Paul Fitterer, S.J. and Michaela Kearns
Sunday, October 12, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
St. Mary’s on the Lake, Bellevue

Join the Magnificat Cenacle of Holy Rosary and Catholic Life Ministries for a day of quiet prayer, instruction, conversation in small groups, and Sunday liturgy, to come more fully into the heart of God. This retreat will be led by Fr. Paul Fitterer of Seattle Prep along with Michaela Kearns of the Ignatian Spirituality Center.

Sponsored by Catholic Life Ministries
 
Cornerstone Catholic Conference
Saturday, October 24, 2014 7:00 p.m. to Sunday, October 25, 2014 10:00 p.m.
Tacoma Convention Center

The Bishops of Washington State are sponsoring the Cornerstone Conference to inspire and educate Catholics and others to continue working together to protect human life: the unborn, individuals who live in poverty or on the margins of society, and people at the end of life. For a complete lineup of speakers and more information, click here or visit the Facebook event.

Sponsored by Washington State Catholic Conference (WSCC)

Catholic Heritage Lecture Series: “A Poor Church for the Poor”
Keynote Speaker Jeanette Rodriguez, Ph.D.

Monday, November 3, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
Seattle University, Pigott Auditorium

The annual Catholic Heritage Lectures engage the intellectual and religious communities of the Seattle area and the Seattle University community to explore aspects of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition and the intersection of Catholicism and culture. The first of this year’s series features Jeanette Rodriguez, Ph.D. who will explore the pre and post-Vatican II development of what we now call, “the option for the poor.” Dr. Rodriguez will reflect on the Catholic Church’s teachings on material poverty, spiritual poverty and voluntary poverty, particularly in light of Pope Francis’ call to be a “poor church for the poor.” Click here for more information, or email Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture.
 
Sponsored by Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture at Seattle University

Join an Amici Committee

Amici - Young Professionals Serving Catholic Schools in Western Washington - is looking for committee members to help with the planning of the 2014-2015 school year. If you are interested in participating in the Service, Fellowship, Development or South Sound committees, click here for more information and contact Amici to sign up.
 
Sponsored by Amici

July 2014

Posted by Elizabeth Coz on July 2, 2014 at 10:07 AM PDT


i thank You God for most this amazing
day: for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is yes.

- e.e. Cummings
 
As summer rolls around, we have much to be grateful for, especially the beautiful summer days we have been experiencing as of late. What a great year of wonderful participation by all of YOU in the various retreats, service opportunities, and leadership panels we hosted this year! Furthermore, we are thankful to all who applied to the Contemplative Leaders in Action (CLA) Ignatian Leadership Program as well. The Magis staff is excited to journey with a new community of young Jesuit alumni starting this fall.
 
Just to give you a snapshot of who applied, we had nearly 40 applications for CLA representing several Jesuit universities and colleges, including: Seattle University, Gonzaga University, Saint Louis University, University of San Francisco, Fairfield University, Georgetown University, Loyola University New Orleans, Loyola University Chicago, Santa Clara University, and Boston College. Our discernment was challenging in that we had to narrow down our decision to a small group out of a very strong pool of candidates, but we trust the process and look forward to welcoming the new cohort this September.
 
We are also grateful to Jesuits Fr. Glen Butterworth, S.J. and Fr. Natch Ohno, S.J. who will join our two CLA cohorts as Chaplains. As you might know, Magis co-founder and former CLA Chaplain Fr. Mike Bayard, S.J. has moved on from Seattle U to serve with the Oregon Province. With his transition, we were left with one space, plus another for our new cohort, which will run concurrently. Fr. Glen serves as the Parochial Vicar of St. Joseph’s Parish in Capitol Hill, and Fr. Natch serves as an Assistant to VP for Student Development at Seattle U. Each are looking forward to spending time with the CLA community, and have shared some thoughts in the Alumni Living the Mission section about what inspires them as they begin with us later this year. Thank you Fr. Glen and Fr. Natch for saying yes!
 
In the meantime, be sure to check out the Save the Date section for a list of annual Magis programs and opportunities coming this fall. Until then, stay cool and enjoy the summer.

Sunny blessings,
Brooke, Maria, Liz

  

 

Fr. Glen Butterworth, S.J. & Fr. Natch Ohno, S.J.

Setting the world on fire, or as Alberto Hurtado, S.J. said, “a fire that kindles other fires,” is just the call of Magis: Alumni Living the Mission according to Fr. Natch Ohno, S.J. Click here to read about what he and Fr. Glen Butterworth, S.J. are looking forward to in their new roles as CLA2 and CLA3 Chaplains respectively.

  
"Stay Connected. Stay Jesuit."
Take advantage of Magis' three Signature Programs to get your quarterly dose of all things Jesuit: 

Jesuit Alumni Day of Reflection
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Seattle University
 
Ignatian Leadership Evening
Thursday, March 19, 2015
Seattle University

National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service
In partnership with Seattle University Alumni Relations
Saturday, April 25, 2015 
Various Sites 

   
Summer Ignatian Retreat: "A Pilgrimage of the Heart"
Retreat presenters: Fr. Jerry Cobb, S.J. and Jennifer Kelly (with Fr. Jack O'Leary, S.J. supporting)
Friday, July 25, 2014 to Sunday, July 27, 2014
Archbishop Brunett Retreat Center at the Palisades, Federal Way
 
Take the time this summer to rest, renew your soul, and soak in silence on the shores of Puget Sound with this rich and meaningful three day Summer Silent Ignatian Retreat at the beautiful Palisades Retreat Center 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. Commuter retreatants will have meals only, and resident retreatants will have lodging (individual or shared rooms with private bath) and meals in a beautifully renovated retreat center overlooking Puget Sound. People of all ages, faith traditions and spiritual backgrounds are welcome, especially those with an openness to deepening one's experience of prayer in the Ignatian tradition. Register here by July 9. Contact Andrea Fontana for more information.
 
Sponsored by Ignatian Spirituality Center

Jesuit Volunteer EnCorps Seattle
 
Jesuit Volunteer EnCorps (JV EnCorps), a program of JVC Northwest, is excited to announce our pilot year in Seattle. JV EnCorps is a faith-based volunteer program for people 50 and older. Participants engage in 5-10 hours per week of transformative service at local nonprofits. During their ten months of volunteer service, participants meet together regularly in community, deepen their spirituality, and explore the values of simple living, social and ecological justice. For more information, contact Helen Pitts or click here to apply.

Sponsored by Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest

Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life (SEEL) 2014-2015
 
The Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life (SEEL) will begin once again in September 2014! This everyday adaptation of St. Ignatius Loyola's Spiritual Exercises (often referred to as the 19th Annotation) takes place over the course of 9 months and involves a commitment to daily prayer, monthly retreat mornings, and twice-monthly meetings with a spiritual director. Retreatants will become better able to discern their inner desires and to see how God is working in their lives and in the world, learn how to bring together contemplation and action, and become increasingly aware of the presence and activity of God in all things. Applications are due no later than August 15, 2014. For more information, click here.

Sponsored by Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life

Volunteer Opportunity with Care Team
Seattle, WA
 
Samaritan Center is recruiting and training volunteers to join CareTeams in service to those suffering with HIV/AIDS and other terminal diseases. CareTeam is a group of 4 - 7 volunteers who provide practical, emotional, and spiritual support to a person or household affected by HIV/AIDS. Volunteers come to the program as individuals or might be based out of churches, civic groups, academic institutions, spiritual communities, or the community at large and range in age from 18 to 85 and represent diverse cultural backgrounds, belief systems, and life experiences. Please click here for more information or visit the Samaritan Center website. Contact Michael Barrett Miller to sign up.

Sponsored by Samaritan Center of Puget Sound

Theology on Tap Summer Series
Make a Mess: Living Pope Francis's Call

Thursday, August 7, 2014
Finn MacCool's Irish Pub, Seattle  
 
Join Theology on Tap for the first session of its summer series as Archbishop Sartain leads a discussion on Pope Francis's call for young adults to "Make a mess." Drink specials and happy hour pricing at Finn's for all Theology on Tap participants. Contact Edwin Ferrera for more information.

Additional Theology on Tap nights:
August 13th - Cause for Celebration, with Fr. Glen Butterworth, S.J.
August 20th - Living authentically, with Maria L. Ochoa, MATS
August 27th - A Life of Love

Sponsored by the Office of Youth and Young Adult Evangelization

Cornerstone Catholic Conference
Friday, October 24, 2014 to Saturday, October 25, 2014
Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center (Tacoma, WA)
 
Register now for this event that happens once every ten years, bringing together all four Bishops from Washington state to inspire and educate Catholics and others to continue working together to protect human life. There is a great lineup of speakers as well as young adult options for socials and car pools. Registration prices increase after July 1. Click here for more information and to register.

Sponsored by WA State Catholic Conference
 

May 2014

Posted by Elizabeth Coz on May 6, 2014 at 4:05 PM PDT

“When the heart is touched by direct experience, the mind may be challenged to change.”
 - Fr. Peter Hans Kolvenbach, S.J., former Superior General of the Society of Jesus

In the spirit of transformational education, Magis is excited to announce it will be expanding the Contemplative Leaders in Action (CLA) Ignatian Leadership Program, starting an additional cohort this fall! CLA is a two-year experience which integrates leadership and faith development, and Magis is looking for Jesuit alumni ages 25-39 who seek to grow in their faith and leadership within a supportive community of peers. If you or someone you know would be a good fit, please apply or forward the application along.See below for more details and a link to the application.

If you are curious about what participants in CLA are learning and experiencing, we encourage you to read the reflection in our Alumni Living the Mission section by Angeline Thomas (Seattle University School of Law, 2011). As a law school graduate, Angeline has questioned how to go about her practice of law. CLA has been a place to discern her path among others having the same career questions.  She says, “Thanks to CLA, I do not have to grapple with these big decisions alone.” 

Lastly, you may be interested in attending the Ignatian Inspired Leaders Panel tomorrow, Thursday, May 8 at the Sorrento Hotel where we are co-hosting an alumni panel and conversation on the "Ignatian" approach to leadership. Space is limited but all are welcome to attend! Please see below for more information.

Here’s to learning and leading,

Brooke, Maria, and Liz

    

  

Angeline Thomas, Seattle University School of Law '11  

Angeline Thomas is a current participant in Contemplative Leaders in Action - an Ignatian Leadership program. Click here to read more about how the CLA program is helping her, and 31 other emerging leaders, discern everyday life commitments, and connecting her to other Jesuit alums.

  
Ignatian-Inspired Leaders Panel
with Seattle University President Fr. Stephen Sundborg, S.J.
Thursday, May 8, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Sorrento Hotel, Seattle

With a Jesuit Pope who is making waves, more people than ever are asking what the "Jesuit" or "Ignatian" approach to leadership is. Join Seattle University’s Alumni Relations and Magis' Contemplative Leaders in Action (CLA) Alumni Leadership program for an exciting evening of networking and meaningful conversation around authentic leadership and what it means to ground one’s leadership in the values of a Jesuit education. A diverse alumni panel from a variety of professional fields will join Seattle University President Fr. Stephen Sundborg, S.J. sharing insights out of their lived experiences of leadership, and an opportunity for structured networking will follow. Cost is $15, and space is limited. All are welcome to attend! Click here for more information or to register.

Sponsored by Magis and Seattle University Alumni Relations


Finding God's Footprints on the Office Floor
Thursday, May 8, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Seattle University (Admissions and Alumni Building)

Join Amici for their 5th annual Speaker Series! Moderated by Emmy award winner Brian Callanan, this will be a dynamic evening of professional connection and rich dialogue as we hear from business and educational leaders on issues of leadership, professional life and faith. This year's panelists include Chris Richard (Senior Manager, KPMG), Jack Connelly (Owner/Partner, Connelly Law Offices), Mary Herche (Vice Chair, Gonzaga Board of Regents). Click here for other important details or email Amici for more information.

Sponsored by Fulcrum Foundation

Focusing: An Embodied Way of Knowing
An Enrichment Day for Spiritual Directors (but open to all!)

Susan Dougherty, Presenter
Friday, May 16, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
St. Joseph Parish Center

Focusing (BioSpirituality) is a process that invites & welcomes the body’s deep wisdom. In this workshop we will practice some basic skills of Focusing, and integrate them with the Examen. Learning to attend to our inner movements of Consolation and Desolation in this richly embodied way can enhance our awareness of and responsiveness to God’s “still, quiet voice” within us. Open to all! Cost is $40 in advance, $50 at the door. Register and pay online here. Contact Carolyn for more information. 
 
Sponsored by Ignatian Spirituality Center

Amici Trivia Night:
Fundraising for Visitation Catholic STEM Academy

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.
World Sports Grille (second level)

Trivia Night is back for its 11th appearance this spring, with all proceeds benefiting Amici's partner school - Visitation Catholic STEM Academy! Amici's development committee invites you out again for dinner, drinks and trivia domination. Wear your Seattle Mariners gear! There is an entry fee of $10/person (online or at door), but reduced to $5 at the door if you bring a package of LEGO or DUPLO blocks (to help St. George is start a LEGO club). Contact Amiciwith questions.

Sponsored by Fulcrum Foundation

Summer Day of Reflection: Changing Light
An Examen of Life in the Middle of the Year
Rosanne Michaels, Facilitator

Saturday, June 21, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
St. Joseph Parish Center   
                                         
This June, you are invited to take time to slow down, step back, and prayerfully “examine” your life’s journey in the middle of the year.  Using the metaphor of the changing light throughout the 24-hour day, Rosanne Michaels will offer brief presentations on the movements of the Examen, followed by abundant time for reflection and journaling on the first half of your year or another longer period of time.  This day invites you to ponder what is most important to you and to consider possible next steps in your life. People of all ages, faith traditions and spiritual backgrounds are welcome, especially those with an openness to deepening one’s experience of prayer in the Ignatian tradition.  Invite a friend, colleague or family member to join you! Light breakfast and lunch will be provided. Click here to register, or contact Andrea Fontana for more information.

Sponsored by Ignatian Spirituality Center

Apply for JV EnCorps: A Volunteer Service Program for 50+
September 2014 – June 2015
Seattle

JV EnCorps is a program of Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC) Northwest that engages women and men ages 50 and older in a transformative experience of volunteer service and spiritual growth. Participants (JVEs) commit to 10 months of service in their local communities and to the exploration of JVC Northwest’s core values: community, simple living, spirituality, and social & environmental justice. The JV EnCorps experience includes: volunteer service for 10 months in one community agency or institution for 5 to 10 hours weekly; monthly JVE community meetings plus three day-long retreats for learning, reflection and spiritual growth; commitment to building a JVE community of like values and serving others; sustaining an individual practice of prayer, meditation and/or reflection. For information and application materials for the inaugural Seattle program contact Helen Pitts.  

Sponsored by Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest

“According to Father” Video Series

Submit your real questions about the Catholic faith to be answered by local Seattle priests. 8 videos with great questions have been released so far. If you have missed any, visit the Young Adult Ministry Youtube channel to get them all. Submit questions that you would like to have answered by a priest via Facebook, Twitter (#accordingtofather and mention @WWCatholicYA) or by email.

Sponsored by Archdiocese of Seattle  

March 2014

Posted by Elizabeth Coz on March 5, 2014 at 8:03 AM PST

Today is Ash Wednesday and marks the start of Lent, a forty day journey of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving for Christians worldwide. Magis invites you to consider how you might: make space for mindful reflection or engaging spiritual practices? Consider transforming a life-draining habit or relationship? Give through service to others and the community? - all through your everyday life these next few weeks.

For starters, Magis looks forward to offering the annual Alumni Day of Prayer on Saturday, March 22nd at Seattle University’s Ecumenical Chapel in Campion Hall. Alumni Day of Prayer is an Ignatian day of reflection for Jesuit alumni who are 50+, or identify with being in the second half of life. The day provides retreat and renewal, and features opportunities for prayer, quiet reflection, small group conversation, gentle music, and an optional closing liturgy. One past retreatant put it “I would recommend this to everyone - particularly the way it brought meaning to the daily happenings of life, past and present.” This year Jean Ederer and Fr. Paul Fitterer, S.J. join us, breaking open scripture and story around their experiences of the second half of life. Jean and Paul guide from their years of wisdom and sage experience as a lay retreat leader/spiritual director and Jesuit, respectively. For more information, read below or visit our online flyer.

This month, we are featuring Paul Milan, Ph. D., Seattle University professor and graduate ('64), as our Alumni Living the Mission, who is the Faculty Director of Xavier Global House, and an immersion program connecting students to the complex realities of Tijuana, Mexico. Read how, after 40+ trips to Mexico, Paul has encouraged students to move forward in their careers with a broader world view and better sense of compassion and justice. In this same spirit, we invite you to give of your time through service at our 3rd annual National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service on April 26th. Magis and our partner Alumni Relations are joining Jesuit universities and colleges across the U.S. to engage graduates across the nation in shared service, demonstrating the life-changing and enduring power of a Jesuit education. For more information, please read below. Registration will open tomorrow, March 6th.

Join us in praying, fasting, and giving together these next weeks.

The Magis Team


  


Paul Milan, Seattle University '64
(pictured fourth from top right )
with students, alumni, and community in Tijuana, Mexico

Fr. Peter Hans Kolvenbach, S.J. called us as Jesuit alumni to become more engaged in the world. This call inspired Paul Milan (Seattle University, '64) to not only travel to Mexico 40+ times, but to help create both an academic course and an international, community-based program at Seattle University that forms students and alumni alike.  Click here to read Paul's reflection.

   
Alumni Day of Prayer: “‘Teacher, where do you live?’ ‘Come and see…’”
For Alumni & Friends 50+
Retreat Presenters: Jean Ederer & Fr. Paul Fitterer, S.J.

Saturday, March 22, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Seattle University (Campion Hall Ecumenical Chapel)
 
Magis welcomes Ignatian retreat leaders Jean Ederer and Fr. Paul Fitterer, S.J. who will break open scripture and stories around experiences of the second half of life, as well as explore questions in relation to self, God, and church. This Ignatian day of reflection is ecumenical in nature and provides retreat and renewal, with opportunities for prayer, quiet, small group conversation, gentle music, and an optional closing liturgy. This retreat is designed especially for Jesuit–educated alumni and their friends and family who are 50+ or identify as being in the second half of life. Cost is $20; lunch and parking are included. To register, or for more information, email Magis.

Sponsored by Magis   
 
  
National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service
Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Registration opens Thursday, March 6, 2014!
 
In partnership with Seattle University Alumni Relations, Magis offers alumni of Jesuit universities and colleges an opportunity to serve the local community, cultivating a spirit of being men and women for and with others. Alumni volunteers will disperse to nearby Seattle area organizations where they will assist with a variety of service tasks. This program is part of the National Jesuit Service Initiative, which engages graduates across the nation in shared service which demonstrates the life-changing and enduring power of a Jesuit education. Click here to register. For more information, email Magis.

Sponsored by Magis and Seattle University Alumni Relations

Ignatian-Inspired Leaders Panel
with Seattle University President Fr. Stephen Sundborg, S.J.

Thursday, May 8, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Sorrento Hotel

With a Jesuit Pope who is making waves, more people than ever are asking what the "Jesuit" or "Ignatian" approach to leadership is. Join Seattle University’s Alumni Relations and Magis' Contemplative Leaders in Action (CLA) Alumni Leadership program for an exciting evening of networking and meaningful conversation around authentic leadership and what it means to ground one’s leadership in the values of a Jesuit education. A diverse alumni panel from a variety of professional fields will join Seattle University President Fr. Stephen Sundborg, S.J. sharing insights out of their lived experiences of leadership, and an opportunity for structured networking will follow. Cost is $15, and space is limited. All are welcome to attend! Click here for more information or to register.

Sponsored by Magis and Seattle University Alumni Relations

  
Called to Become Ourselves:
Navigating the Fog of Vocational Transitions in the Light of God’s Story

Thursday, March 6, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
St. Therese Parish Center

Join presenter Sam Charters for an evening of storytelling, film, poetry, scripture and sharing personal narrative for young adults to help understand the purpose of vocation and transitions. This presentation will not only engage the mind, but also the heart, to discover the interplay between God's authoring of our story and God's call to be ourselves as co-authors. This program is for young adults ages 21-35. For more information, or to register, email Emily Davis.
 
Sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center
 
SU Advantage - Tools For Transition: Jump-Start Your Career!
Thursday evenings March 6, 13, 20, and 27, 2014 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Seattle University (Bannan Science Building Room 202)

Connect with fellow Seattle University alumni and have the opportunity to sharpen your professional networking skills. The workshop will cover: Self-assessment tools to identify the job/career that’s right for you; Approach to creating your strategy – key success factor in post-2008 economy; Development of personal narrative and positioning – key marketing tools to sell YOU; Coaching on networking and informational meetings – 95% of jobs are found that way; Successful resume formats, LinkedIn, online presence, cover letters, emails to get results; Tactics to enlist help and “be a vulture where you want to work”; and Job interview coaching, including prep for behavioral and fad questions. Registration fee of $50 includes complete package of handouts, self-assessment tools, sample resumes and cover letters, interview coaching guide and more. Click here register.

Sponsored by Seattle University Alumni Relations
 
Volunteer with St. Joe’s Young Adults at the Senior Resource Fair
Saturday, March 8, 2014 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
St. Joseph Parish Center
 
St. Joseph Parish is seeking young adult volunteers for their Senior Resource Fair. Volunteers will help set up and take down materials for the event and help seniors with directions among other activities. This will be a great opportunity to get involved with other communities. For more information, or to volunteer, email St. Joe’s Young Adults.
 
Sponsored by the St. Joe’s Young Adults
 
Questioning for Purpose:
A Workshop on Life Stage & Career Discernment

Thursday, March 13, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Seattle University (Chardin Hall, Room 142)
 
Wondering what to do next with your life, passions, gifts, skills, or career? This is a free interactive workshop for those seeking to deeply consider their career and potential life changes. The workshop includes opportunities for self-reflection, journaling, pair-share, and guided discussion. This is an open and inclusive opportunity for all interested. For more information, or to register, email Colette Casavant.

Sponsored by the Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry
 
Novena of Grace: “There is Something Greater Here”
Wednesday, March 12 – Thursday, March 20, 2014
Weekdays: 12:30 p.m. at Seattle University Chapel of St. Ignatius ** and 7:00 p.m. at St. Joseph Church
Saturday, March 15: 1:00 p.m. only at St. Joseph Church
Sunday, March 16: 1:00 p.m. only at Seattle University Chapel of St. Ignatius

Enter more deeply into Lent this year by participating in the Novena of Grace, a meaningful nine-day “retreat in everyday life.”  Presenters Matt Barmore, Fr. Peter Ely, S.J., and Marilyn Nash will reflect on the theme “There is Something Greater Here” from an Ignatian perspective within the context of the Eucharist.  This Lent, prayer will be intended to help one respond with hope to God’s invitation to each one of us – to behold something greater here in our midst. For more information, or to register, email Andrea Fontana.

Sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center
 
Immersion in Ignatian Prayer
Tuesday, March 25, 2014, April 8, 2014, and April 22, 2014 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
St. Joseph Church and Parish Center
 
During Lent this season, immerse yourself in an experience of Ignatian Prayer. On Tuesday evenings, you are invited to learn about and experience unique forms of Ignatian prayer. Evenings will include opening prayer, a presentation, and an experience of the prayer form followed by small group reflection. Whether you are new to or experienced in Ignatian spirituality, these evenings are an opportunity to engage in prayer practices that easily integrate into your daily life. For more information, or to register, email Andrea Fontana.
 
Sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center
 
Archbishop’s Holy Thursday Pilgrimage:
Passion for our Faith

Sunday, April 27, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
St. James Cathedral
 
Begin your Holy Triduum with Archbishop Sartain as he leads hundreds of young adults (age 18-39) on a Eucharist-centered pilgrimage to several Seattle churches. This is the largest annual gathering of Catholic young adults in western Washington, coming together for prayer and community with the Archbishop. The pilgrimage will include a six mile walk around the city of Seattle and the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at each site visit. For more information, or to register, email Bridget Harris.
 
Sponsored by The Archdiocese of Seattle
 
Seattle University Alumni Seminar Series: Reading our Favorite Poems
Tuesday Evenings, April 8, 2014, May 7, 2014, May 21, 2014, and June 4, 2014
from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Seattle University

Seattle University’s College of Arts and Sciences invites alumni, students, and other college graduates to a series of live readings and discussions of poetry. Professors William Taylor, Sharon Cumberland, Susan Meyers, and David Leigh, S.J., and others will read from their favorite poetry and will invite alumni to present their favorites as well. These evenings will be for those seeking a higher-quality learning experience, discussions on life’s deeper questions, and the companionship of other active minds. Cost for the six-session seminar will be $195 including parking, all materials, and refreshments. For more information, visit the website or email Alumni Seminars.

Sponsored by the Seattle University College of Arts and Sciences
 
Joy of the Gospel
Lenten Small Study Groups

March through April, Sunday evenings at 5:30 p.m.

Join a study group that fits with your schedule this Lent. If you are a young adult, this is an opportunity to delve into study of the Gospel and the works of Pope Francis. Study groups will explore texts from Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation, the Joy of the Gospel, and discuss how his vision can challenge and inform us as we live our Christian faith in our parishes and our world. Groups will meet at different times throughout the week for five sessions. For more information, or to register, visit the Lenten Series website.

Sponsored by St. James Cathedral

Seattle Catholic Young Adults
 
Sign up to receive an email digest of general Catholic young adult events in Seattle by contacting John Dogero of Jet City Catholics and check out the Jet City Catholics Facebook Page.
 
St. James Young Adult Ministry provides social, spiritual, and social justice focused opportunities for young adults in their twenties and thirties around Seattle. Sign up to receive updates by emailing Caitlin Lanigan.
 
The St. Joseph Young Adult Community focuses on building spirituality, friendships, and creating social opportunities in the Seattle area. Sign up to receive updates by emailing Annapatrice Clarke.
 
Official Archdiocese of Seattle Young Adult App

The Archdiocese of Seattle has launched their official mobile app for Catholic young adults in Western Washington. Available for apple and android, the app will allow users to view an event page, see what events are happening near you, and view video messages from the Archdiocese. Search for WWCatholicYA in your App store to download the application. For more information or questions, email Bridget Harris.

Sponsored by the Archdiocese of Seattle Young Adults
  

January 2014

Posted by Elizabeth Coz on January 8, 2014 at 11:01 AM PST

It’s a New Year and obviously, resolutions abound. Whether it is exercising more and eating better, or making a habit of calling your friends or family each week, this yearly transition ushers newness and with it, an opportunity to embrace life more abundantly, healthily, and creatively.
 
However, have you ever thought to invite God in your exploration of New Year’s resolutions? Perhaps finding a new practice to be still and reflect, journal, or meditate. Or, perhaps it is choosing to carve out space for a retreat where you can ponder prayerfully the ways your life is calling you to new endeavors, habits, or attitudes. As we begin to have longer days with more light and draw more energy from the greening of our environment, take notice of how God might be yearning for you to also be light-filled and changed.
 
Magis and the Ignatian Spirituality Center invite young alumni (20’s and 30’s) on Saturday, January 11th for Everyday Ignatian. The retreat will be focused on engaging spiritual practices, and will be hosted at the lovely Peace & Spirituality Center in Bellevue. Check out our online flyer for details and consider it an opportunity to kick off your New Year with God in mind. The Magis staff wishes you the best this New Year and hopes you will consider Magis programs in your resolutions for personal, faith, and leadership development.

Happy 2014,
Brooke, Maria, & Liz 

 

 

Thanks to all of the Jesuit-educated alums who let us highlight them as women and men living for and with others – these stories are excellent examples of “where the rubber hits the road.”  All the 2013 reflections are accessible here, and we encourage you to share your own stories with us for 2014!  Email Magis to nominate someone or submit a reflection yourself.
 
  
Everyday Ignatian: A Young Alumni Retreat Series
Engaging Spiritual Practices

Saturday, January 11, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
St. Mary-on-the-Lake Peace and Spirituality Center, Bellevue
 
Do you have a hard time figuring out how to pray, sit with silence, or meditate in the midst of a full and fast-paced life? If so, join Magis and the Ignatian Spirituality Center for conversation, food, practice, and community! In this day long retreat, retreatants will have an opportunity to experience various spiritual practices inspired by Ignatian spirituality or offered in an “Ignatian way”, as well as share with others in small groups, reflect individually, and enjoy company of other young adults. Retreat is free of cost; space is limited. Lunch will be provided. This retreat is open to Jesuit-educated alumni in their 20’s and 30’s and local area young adults. For questions, or more information, contact Maria Ochoa.

Sponsored by Magis and Ignatian Spirituality Center


Justice Conversation
Thursday, February 27, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Seattle University (Student Center 160)

Do you want or need to make a practical action plan towards living a life of service and justice? Would you like to hear from fellow alumni on how they are taking steps to make service an everyday reality in their lives? Are you interested in connecting with local organizations looking for volunteers to assist with service projects and/or leadership opportunities? Join Magis for an evening of conversation and connection with others looking to be inspired on how to take the next step in living out Jesuit values of service and justice. This program is a follow up for those who attended the Justice Education Forum held December 8th, or anyone interested in the topic at hand. The evening will include dinner and a brief volunteer fair; space is limited. For more information, or to register, email Magis.

Sponsored by Magis
 
Alumni Day of Prayer

Saturday, March 22, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Seattle University, Campion Hall (Ecumenical Chapel)

Join us for this annual day-long facilitated Ignatian retreat. It takes place in the Seattle University Ecumenical Chapel in Campion Hall and features opportunities for sharing, reflection, small groups, music and liturgy. This retreat is designed for alumni 50+ and friends, and focuses on themes related to the second half of life. For more information or to register, email Magis.

Sponsored by Magis 
 
National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service
Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Locations TBD
 
In partnership with Seattle University Alumni Relations, Magis offers alumni of Jesuit universities and colleges an opportunity to serve in the local community in order to bring about a spirit of being men and women for and with others. National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service will send alumni volunteers to nearby Seattle area agency sites where alumni will assist with a variety of service tasks. This day of service is part of the National Jesuit Service Initiative, which engages graduates across the nation in shared service which demonstrates the life-changing and enduring power of a Jesuit education. Details coming soon! For more information, email Magis.

Sponsored by Magis and Seattle University Alumni Relations


Young Adult Interfaith Conference
Many Faiths, One Humanity: Unity in Our Diversity

Sunday, January 12, 2014 from 1:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
St. Mark’s Cathedral

If you are in your 20s or 30s, join others of diverse faiths to build an interfaith community. This conference is an opportunity to experience and share faiths and traditions, network for the common good, and create interfaith action for a better world! Internationally acclaimed interreligious scholar Rabbi Susannah Heschel, Ph.D. will open the conference. Breakout sessions include How Interfaith Collaboration is Changing the World, Understanding and Challenging Our Biases, and Hate Crimes: How They Affect Our Communities and What We Can Do. For more information and to register click here.

Sponsored by Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center

Solidarity with the Philippines Fundraiser:
Rafael in Concert and Fast for Climate Justice

January 16, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Seattle University (Campion Ballroom)
 
Join Seattle University’s Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability to support those affected by Typhoon Haiyan which devastated the Philippines in 2013. YouTube sensation, AJ Rafael will perform and all proceeds from the concert will benefit School of the SEA (Sea and Earth Advocates), a leading environmental education organization whose facilities were devastated by Typhoon Haiyan. Members of the Seattle University community will fast in solidarity with Yeb Sano, the chief Filipino negotiator to the UN climate change meetings this past November. Click here to purchase tickets ($10 for students, $15 for the general public). For more information click here or contact Mike Schut.
 
Sponsored by Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability

Ignatian Spirituality 101:
An Introduction to the Basics of Ignatian Prayer & Spirituality

Thursday, January 16, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
St. Joseph Parish Center (Mother Teresa Room)

What is Ignatian spirituality all about? What might Ignatian prayer and spirituality have to offer you? The first Jesuit Pope, Pope Francis, is grounded in Ignatian spirituality. If you have heard of Ignatian spirituality but would like to know more, this evening of introduction to the basics of Ignatian prayer and spirituality is for you! Come learn more about the life of St. Ignatius and key elements of Ignatian spirituality, experience Ignatian prayer, and learn how this rich spiritual tradition is kept alive locally. No cost. For more information or to RSVP, email Andrea Fontana.

Sponsored by Ignatian Spirituality Center, Magis, Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life (SEEL) and Christian Life Communities (CLC)

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration: Imagine a World
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.
Seattle University (Pigott Auditorium)

Come and experience a world inspired by MLK’s life and legacy, 50 years after the March on Washington! The theme this year is “Imagine a World”, and will be portrayed by a collection of performers and artists from Seattle University and the surrounding community, including Gabriel Teodros, Liberation United Church of Christ Choir, YouthSpeaks Seattle, and more. For more information, or to register, email OMA.  

Sponsored by Seattle University Office of Multicultural Affairs, Office of Student Activities, International Student Center, Black Student Union, and Center for Service and Community Engagement

International Dinner 2014: Exploring Our Cultural Roots
Saturday, January 25, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 pm
Seattle University (Campion Ballroom)

The International Dinner is a student-run event coordinated for the entire campus community and features incredible cultural performances and cuisine from a variety of cultural backgrounds from around the world. There will be fantastic raffle prizes throughout the evening as well. For more information, or to get your ticket, email ISC.

Sponsored by Seattle University International Student Center and Division of Student Development

The Jesuits in World History: International Symposium and Teacher's Workshop
Friday January 31 to Saturday, February 1, 2014
Seattle University

Seattle University is proud to announce an international symposium and teacher’s workshop dedicated to exploring new scholarship and teaching strategies on the theme of “The Jesuits in World History.” Scholars from England, Canada and the United States will explore emerging scholarship on the critical role that the Jesuits played in shaping world history. The Society of Jesus was, as one historian has noted, “The most important organization in the early modern world.” Their travels and writings defined cross-cultural encounters and dialogues across the globe. Following there will be a half-day teachers’ workshop for high school and college-level world history teachers focusing on innovative ways to integrate key resources in Jesuit history into world history classes.  Sessions will focus on a prize-winning classroom exercise exploring the Jesuits in China, a critical look at world history films dealing with the Jesuits, and primary source materials on Jesuit travelers. This event is free and open to all; space is limited. For more information, or to register, email Thorne Clayton-Falls or visit the College of Arts & Sciences online.

Sponsored by Seattle University College of Arts and Sciences

In the Steps of Ignatius: Ignatian Spirituality for Men
Large Group Session III - Seeing the Face of God in Our Relationships, with Joe Orlando

Saturday, February 8, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
St. Joseph Parish Center

Men of all ages and faith backgrounds are invited to come together this year for any or all of four large group offerings of Ignatian spirituality especially for men. These Saturday morning gatherings will focus on discerning God’s presence in various aspects of everyday life. Each morning will include a half-hour gathering with light refreshments, followed by prayer,  a presentation, and time to reflect individually & with others. Join other men interested in integrating spirituality & daily life. Contact Andrea Fontana for more information.

Sponsored by Ignatian Spirituality Center 

2013-2014 Catholic Heritage Lectures: Catholicism in a Religiously Plural World with José Casanova, Ph.D.
Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
Seattle University (Pigott Auditorium)
 
The Seattle University Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture sponsors events that provide a Catholic lens to on-going conversations at the university, conversations that are especially relevant to our local community and our world today. The 2013-2014 lecture series examines the roots of the Church’s call for engagement with religions, and will continue with featured speaker José Casanova, Ph.D. for his talk ”The Church in a Global Pluralistic World: Challenges and Opportunities”. Visit ICTC online for information on other upcoming Winter 2014 Catholic Heritage Lecture speakers, including Agnes Brazel, Mel Piehl, and Fr. Heru Prakosa, S.J. Events are free and open to the public. For more information, email ICTC director Catherine Punsalan with any questions.
 
Sponsored by Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture

Seattle Catholic Young Adults
 
Sign up to receive an email digest of general Catholic young adult events in Seattle by contacting John Dogero of Jet City Catholics.
 
St. James Young Adult Ministry provides social, spiritual, and social justice focused opportunities for young adults in their twenties and thirties around Seattle. Sign up to receive updates by emailing Caitlin Lanigan.
 
The St. Joseph Young Adult Community focuses on building spirituality, friendships, and creating social opportunities in the Seattle area. Sign up to receive updates by emailing Annapatrice Clarke.
 
Official Archdiocese of Seattle Young Adult App

The Archdiocese of Seattle has launched their official mobile app for Catholic young adults in Western Washington. Available for apple and android, the app will allow users to view an event page, see what events are happening near you, and view video messages from the Archdiocese. Search for WWCatholicYA in your App store to download the application. For more information or questions, email Bridget Harris.

Sponsored by the Archdiocese of Seattle Young Adults


Spring 2016

Posted by Maria Ochoa on April 13, 2016 at 5:04 PM PDT

i thank You God for most this amazing day

i thank You God for most this amazing
day:for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is yes

(i who have died am alive again today,
and this is the sun’s birthday; this is the birth
day of life and of love and wings: and of the gay
great happening illimitably earth)

how should tasting touching hearing seeing
breathing any–lifted from the no
of all nothing–human merely being
doubt unimaginable You?

(now the ears of my ears awake and
now the eyes of my eyes are opened)

e.e. cummings

Spring is definitely here! With that, we find ourselves immersed in the stunning green and blue of the Pacific Northwest, sprinkled with showers and delightful flowers, and always the surprising sunny day; we live in a beautiful and magical place. As we approach Earth Day, we truly thank God for these amazing spring days!

In this spirit, we are also grateful to all those who attended the Ignatian Leadership Dinner which was held April 6th. A special thank you to our speakers Dr. Thayne McCulloh (president of Gonzaga University), Mary Hartrich (executive director of the Ignatian Spirituality Center), and moderator Michele Murray (vice president for Student Development at Seattle University). We were inspired not only by their reflections, but also the level of engagement and conversation that came from our participants throughout the evening. We also unveiled our new video about Magis, which you can view here. We have much to celebrate!

Among the new things emerging this spring is the recruitment of our 5th cohort of the Contemplative Leaders in Action Ignatian Leadership Program. This two-year spiritual and leadership development program is a great opportunity for those alumni who are between ages 25-39 to engage in a meaningful, communal experience of personal and professional growth. We are currently accepting applications - to learn more and get your application, visit our CLA page. We are also happy to receive your nominations! If you personally know of an alum or two you would like to nominate, please feel free to email Anne-Marie Witcher with your nomination including name, contact info, and a couple of sentences telling us why this person would be a great candidate. Application deadline for CLA is May 20th.

Lastly, we would like to share that this season will bring some changes to our program. President Fr. Steven Sundborg, S.J., in consultation with university leadership, has made the decision to have the Magis program join the Seattle University Office of Alumni Engagement. Starting July 1, our team will be working alongside the Alumni Engagement staff to provide Jesuit, Ignatian resources to a greater number of alumni. We are open to receiving your questions as we undergo this new direction, so please feel free to reach out to us via email and let us know how we can best serve you. We look forward to offering you similar and new programs in the months to come!

Many blessings this spring,

Brooke, Maria, Fr. Bob, and Anne-Marie

Apply Now for Contemplative Leaders in Action!
The Contemplative Leaders in Action (CLA) Ignatian Leadership Program is designed to nurture faith-centered emerging leaders ages 25-39 so they can impact society and culture. This two-year cohort experience for Jesuit alumni in the Seattle area includes retreats, monthly interactive sessions, study and discussion, prayer, speakers from various fields, optional mentoring and spiritual direction, and service and justice opportunities. By providing both spiritual formation and secular leadership training, the CLA program is unique and intentionally goes where other leadership or spirituality programs for young adults have not. To learn more, visit the CLA program page.

Applications are now available online and are due May 20, 2016. We are also accepting nominations for possible candidates. Please email Anne-Marie Witcher with your nomination and include name, contact info, and a couple of sentences telling us why this alum would be a great candidate.

Sponsored by Magis

Search Retreat 45th Anniversary Reunion
Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Seattle University (Connolly Center North Court)

All Seattle University grads are invited to celebrate 45 years of the Search Retreat and reconnect with friends and alumni during Reunions Weekend 2016. There will be lunch, awesome Search memorabilia, and fantastic memories to share. To register, visit the SU Alumni events website.
 
 

Alumni Seminars: Sports, Media, and American Culture: Friend or Foe? Flaw or Flow?
Tuesday evenings, April 12, 26, May 10, and 24, 2016 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Seattle University

This season’s Alumni Seminar will address the widespread debate about the role of sports, play, exercise, violence, and professionalism in the USA today. With world-renowned experts on this topic from Seattle University’s faculty to lead the discussion, we will consider such questions as: What is “sport”? Why do we play sports and keep our bodies in shape? How much emphasis on winning is healthy in school competition? Why the sudden rise in violence and concussions in amateur and professional sports? Have college teams become too professionalized? How might a spirituality or philosophy help parents and players develop life-long care of the body? The seminar will feature internationally known Fr. Pat Kelly, S. J., former college football player and author of two books on the role of sport and professor of theology at Seattle University. He will lead off the seminar on April 12 and then will interview our successful coaches Julie Woodward and Peter Fewing on their approaches to coaching soccer and helping young athletes on April 26. Philosophy Professor Dan Dombrowski will discuss the philosophy of sport, and Professors Maylon Hanold and Brian McCullough in the Masters in Sport Administration and Leadership Program will focus on the importance of sustainable exercise and health for men and women in relation to media pressure on athletes. To register, email Alumni Seminars, or to learn more, visit the College of Arts & Sciences here.

Sponsored by Seattle University College of Arts & Sciences

Cultivating a Life of Discernment: For Those Pondering Life’s Decisions
6 Thursdays, April 14 – May 19, 2016 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
St. Joseph Church (Parish Center)

Are you making a life decision, such as discerning a calling, staying in a relationship, determining what to do in retirement, or asking another question about the direction of your life? Consider joining others with similar life questions! Through prayer, presentations and small group reflection, you will learn a process to integrate listening for God's presence in your life decisions, prayerfully consider St. Ignatius' guidelines for discernment, and experience meaningful group support. Come learn how to cultivate a life that facilitates discernment! To learn more and register, visit the ISC online here.

Sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center

Ignatian Spirituality for Men
Healing of the Domestic Church: Reflections on the Synod on the Family
Tuesday, April 19, 2016 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
St. Joseph Church (Parish Center)

One month after Pope Francis is expected to publish an Apostolic Exhortation emerging from the two-year deliberations of the Bishops’ Synod on the Family, the ISC invites men to join together for conversation and to learn about the process and outcomes of the Synod. Hear from Fr. John Whitney, S.J. and panelists Bill Collins, Gary Keister and Michael Bunney to explore what this may mean for us, our modern families, the “domestic Church” today. Is healing possible? Click here to learn more. For questions and to RSVP, contact Theresa Lukasik by April 12th.

Sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center

Fall 2015

Posted by Maria Ochoa on September 16, 2015 at 2:09 PM PDT

On July 31st, Magis hosted the first ever Ignatian Leadership Conference, welcoming 130 alumni to Seattle University’s campus for a day of learning, conversation, and sharing about Ignatian Leadership - the emerging leadership model that puts love at the center.

Participants explored the developing concept of Ignatian Leadership and reflected upon their own lives and leadership in light of the Ignatian Leadership principles and framework. They also began to imagine how to integrate the concept into their work, communities and families by conversing and connecting with other Ignatian-inspired leaders. Alumni hailed from various professional organizations, including: Seattle Police Department, Boeing, Providence Health Services, Sala Credit Union, T-Mobile, Nordstrom, City of Redmond, South Seattle College, and more. There was such a positive response to this conference that Magis is happy to announce that we are planning to offer it again next year, so stay tuned for more info!

The Magis team is pleased to welcome the newest cohort to the Contemplative Leaders in Action (CLA) program. Cohort 4 is a stellar group of 24 emerging leaders from varying professions such as wealth management to social work, higher education to global health. They happily gathered and kicked off the CLA experience with the opening retreat last weekend. Cohort 3 is moving into the second year of CLA, and participants are excited to get started on their Enacted Love Projects, where they will work as teams to create a response to a social need and injustice. We wish these cohorts the best as they begin this fall!

Lastly, we encourage you to read some inspiring stories about how a Jesuit education has impacted men and women across the U.S. The Association of Jesuit Colleges & Universities is sharing these stories online using the hashtag #JesuitEducated and can be read online here. Similarly, we are inviting you to listen to local alumni share their stories at Lives Transformed by Jesuit Education: All Jesuit Alumni & Friends Mass & Brunch happening Sunday, November 22nd at Seattle University. We hope to have a great turn out to hear Fr. Steve Sundborg, S.J. and inspiring alumni tell why a Jesuit education has impacted their lives. Please see below for more information and join us!

Blessings as you start the fall season,
Brooke, Maria, Fr. Bob, and Anne-Marie

Fr. Bob Stephan, S.J. is the newest addition to the Magis team. As the Chaplain for Ignatian Leadership, Bob serves as the co-facilitator for the Contemplative Leaders in Action (CLA) program. Over the course of his life, he has asked himself “Are you driven or drawn?” as a way of discerning God’s invitation, and not simply his own determination, in making life choices. Click here to read more about his story and his new role at Seattle University.

Ignatian Silent Retreat
Friday, November 6 at 5:00 p.m. to Sunday, November 8, 2015 at 2:00 p.m.
Archbishop Brunett Retreat Center at the Palisades (Federal Way)

Looking for a quiet weekend retreat? The Ignatian Silent Retreat is a three-day experience which provides prayer, reflection, individual spiritual direction, and community. Jesuit-educated alumni join faculty and staff of Seattle University for the weekend. Be sure to sign up for this retreat opportunity! The cost of the retreat is $125, which includes a $25 non-refundable deposit (to be applied towards the balance of your retreat cost) in order to hold your spot. The weekend includes rooming, meals, and materials. To RSVP, or for more information, email Magis.

Sponsored by Office of Jesuit Mission & Identity and Magis

Lives Transformed by Jesuit Education: All Jesuit Alumni & Friends Mass & Brunch 
Sunday, November 22, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 
Seattle University
Special Alumni Mass (optional): 9:00 a.m., Chapel of St. Ignatius
Networking Brunch: 10:00 a.m., Student Center 160

In collaboration with a number of local Jesuit alumni chapters, Magis invites Jesuit alumni, family and friends to gather for food, networking, and inspiration. Come join us this fall morning to hear reflections from Seattle University’s President Fr. Steve Sundborg, S.J. and inspiring alumni on what it means to be Jesuit-educated and how Jesuit education has transformed their lives. Please save the date and invite your family and friends to join you!  More details and registration will be available in early October. Individual tickets are $25, or reserve a table of 8 for your alumni chapter and/or family and friends. This is a family friendly event; kids 12 and under are free.  

Sponsored by Magis

Alumni Advent Mass 
Saturday, December 5, 2015 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m
Seattle University
Mass: 4:00 p.m., Chapel of St. Ignatius
Reception: 5:00 p.m., Student Center (First Floor)

Seattle University invites Jesuit-educated alumni, family and friends to attend the annual Alumni Advent Mass and Christmas Reception. The mass will be held in Seattle University's Chapel of St. Ignatius. Space is limited and seating is first come, first served. Light refreshments and food will be served at a reception immediately following mass, with an opportunity to connect with fellow Seattle U alumni and friends. For more information or to register for the event, contact the Seattle University Alumni Association.

Sponsored by Seattle University Alumni Association

Ignatian Spirituality for Men
Lectio & Laudato Si': Prayerful Reading & Response to the Pope's Encyclical
Saturday, October 3, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
St. Joseph Parish Center

Seattle Prep faculty member Paul Peterhans will guide you and other men in praying with Laudato Si' through a modified practice of Lectio Divina ("Divine Reading"). This interactive morning will help you prayerfully connect to the spiritual dimension of Francis' document with your whole heart, mind and soul, so as to move your body into action appropriate to your life circumstances. Bring your favorite passage from the Encyclical and watch the Spirit at work! Gather at 9:00 am for a light breakfast social. The program will begin at 9:30 a.m. and end at 12:00 pm, followed by a sack lunch. Please bring your own lunch. Though copies of Laudato Si' will be available, please bring your own copy if you have one, along with your favorite passage. Bring a friend, too! Men of all ages and faith backgrounds are welcome. Event is free, donations appreciated. For more info, visit Ignatian Spirituality Center online. For questions or to RSVP, email Program Coordinator Andrea Fontana.

Sponsored by Ignatian Spirituality Center

Fall Alumni Seminar Series: What is Happening to Our Common Home?
The Debate about Pope Francis’s Recent Letter on the Environment and the Economy

Tuesday evenings October 6, 20; November 3, 17; December 1, 15, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m
Seattle University

The seminars, which take place during six evenings in the fall, will address Pope Francis’s letter, Laudato Sí. The letter raises questions about the ecology and the economy in the United States, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. What does this have to do with faith? With Catholic social teaching? With our responsibility to creation and to human ecology? Join us as we read and discuss this long and eloquent document about the future of our planet. We will both engage the proposals of Pope Francis and participate in the worldwide debate they have caused. Click here to read more about this series, or here to register

Sponsored by Seattle University College of Arts & Sciences

Ignatian Spirituality 101: An Introduction to Ignatian Prayer & Spirituality
Thursday, October 8, 2015 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
St. Joseph Parish Center

Pope Francis, the first Jesuit Pope, is grounded in Ignatian spirituality, but what exactly does that mean?  What is Ignatian spirituality all about?  How might you incorporate Ignatian prayer and spirituality into your life?  If you would like to know more, this evening introduction to the basics of Ignatian prayer and spirituality is for you! People of all ages, faith traditions and spiritual backgrounds are welcome. Bring a friend!  If you are already familiar with Ignatian spirituality, we encourage you also to invite family, friends or colleagues to attend. This event is free, donations welcomed.  For more info, visit Ignatian Spirituality Center online.  For questions or to RSVP, email Program Coordinator Andrea Fontana.

Sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center, Christian Life Communities (CLC), Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life (SEEL), and Magis

Winter 2016

Posted by Maria Ochoa on September 16, 2015 at 2:09 PM PDT

Help Us Enter the New Year

God of all time, help us enter the New Year quietly,
thoughtful of who we are to ourselves and to others,
mindful that our steps make an impact
and our words carry power.
May we walk gently.
May we speak only after we have listened well.
Creator of all life,
help us enter the New Year reverently,
aware that you have endowed
every creature and plant, every person and habitat
with beauty and purpose.
May we regard the world with tenderness.
May we honor rather than destroy.
Lower of all souls,
help us enter the New Year joyfully,
willing to laugh and dance and dream,
remembering our many gifts with thanks
and looking forward to blessings yet to come.
May we welcome your lavish love.
In this new year, may the grace and peace of Christ bless us now and in the days ahead.

Vinita Hampton Wright, Managing Editor, Loyola Press; Prayer offered by Douglas Ruschman

Looking back to 2015, we at Magis are very grateful for the opportunities to have served Jesuits alums of the Puget Sound Region. From the National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service and Ignatian Leadership Conference, to Contemplative Leaders in Action and the All Jesuit Alumni Mass & Brunch, we are amazed at the level of commitment and engagement Jesuit alums have to the mission of Jesuit education in their personal and professional lives. We hope in 2016 to continue to offer quality programs and opportunities which reflect Ignatian values, principles, and practices for everyday life.

Even with the many challenges, struggles, and conflict that last year brought to our communities and world, there is so much to be grateful for and to look forward to. What are you grateful for from 2015? What do you look forward to in 2016? How might you grow in faith, justice or leadership – personally or professionally? Just as the prayer says, we at Magis hope to “enter the New Year joyfully, willing to laugh and dance and dream, remembering our many gifts with thanks and looking forward to blessings yet to come.” 

Read below to learn more about this year’s Alumni Day of Service (happening February 6th), Jesuit Alumni Day of Reflection (in March), and Ignatian Leadership Summit (later this spring). We look forward to sharing this New Year with you in the months to come and wish you the very best this 2106!

Winter blessings,

Brooke, Maria, Fr. Bob, and Anne-Marie

 

Amid the fullness of family life, Jesuit alums Jennifer (Boston College MA/MSW ‘01, MBA '07) & Matt Tilghman-Havens (Boston College BA '98, JD '06) have taken to using a kid-friendly version of the Ignatian Examen as a way to center their family life each day. Click here to read more about this version of reflection in this month’s Alumni Living the Mission.

Alumni Day of Service
Saturday, February 6, 2016 - Times Vary by Site
Multiple Sites throughout Seattle Metro Area

Seattle University will once again offer the Alumni Day of Service to bring together Seattle U alumni, Jesuit alumni, friends, and family from across the nation to participate in service projects. Join us as we live the mission to serve others and give back to the community. This event is part of the SU Homecoming Weekend. To register for one of sixteen sites, visit theonline registration page.

Sponsored by Seattle University Alumni Association and Magis

Jesuit Alumni Day of Reflection
Saturday, March 12, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

What does living a life of compassion mean to you? Each of us is juggling varying commitments, from career to family needs, while striving to make our lives more meaningful and in alignment with our faith, values, and desires. Compassion – in relationship to God, self, and other - is a spiritual practice that allows us to navigate life with increased awareness, serenity, and gratitude. Join Magis to unplug and connect with other Jesuit alumni as you journey together for a day of guided talks, prayer and reflection, conversation, and community building. This retreat is open to Jesuit alumni of all ages and stages of life; the retreat will be ecumenical in nature and will draw from the Jesuit/Ignatian tradition, as well as contemporary personal development topics. Cost is $20 and includes retreat materials, meals (continental breakfast and lunch), and parking – some partial scholarships are available. For more information, or to register, email Magis or call (206) 296-2637. Space is limited, so please reserve your spot today!  

Sponsored by Magis
 
Search Retreat 45th Anniversary Reunion
Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Seattle University (Connolly Center North Court)
 
All Seattle University grads are invited to celebrate 45 years of the Search Retreat and reconnect with friends and alumni during Reunions Weekend 2016. There will be lunch, awesome Search memorabilia, and fantastic memories to share. To register, visit the SU Alumni events website.
 
 
Ignatian Leadership Summit: Leading with Jesuit Values in a Secular World
Weeknight Evening in Spring 2016

Join Jesuit alumni and friends in the Puget Sound Region for an opportunity to be inspired, network and learn more about Ignatian Leadership! The evening will include a chance to reflect and share with others about your own experience, challenges, and hopes for integrating Ignatian Leadership principles into your personal and professional life. Be on the lookout for more information in the weeks to come. For more information, email Magis.

Sponsored by Magis

Ignatian Spirituality for Men
Lectio & Laudato Si': Prayerful Reading & Response to the Pope's Encyclical
Saturday, October 3, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
St. Joseph Parish Center

Seattle Prep faculty member Paul Peterhans will guide you and other men in praying with Laudato Si' through a modified practice of Lectio Divina ("Divine Reading"). This interactive morning will help you prayerfully connect to the spiritual dimension of Francis' document with your whole heart, mind and soul, so as to move your body into action appropriate to your life circumstances. Bring your favorite passage from the Encyclical and watch the Spirit at work! Gather at 9:00 am for a light breakfast social. The program will begin at 9:30 a.m. and end at 12:00 pm, followed by a sack lunch. Please bring your own lunch. Though copies of Laudato Si' will be available, please bring your own copy if you have one, along with your favorite passage. Bring a friend, too! Men of all ages and faith backgrounds are welcome. Event is free, donations appreciated. For more info, visit Ignatian Spirituality Center online. For questions or to RSVP, email Program Coordinator Andrea Fontana.

Sponsored by Ignatian Spirituality Center

Fall Alumni Seminar Series: What is Happening to Our Common Home?
The Debate about Pope Francis’s Recent Letter on the Environment and the Economy

Tuesday evenings October 6, 20; November 3, 17; December 1, 15, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m
Seattle University

The seminars, which take place during six evenings in the fall, will address Pope Francis’s letter, Laudato Sí. The letter raises questions about the ecology and the economy in the United States, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. What does this have to do with faith? With Catholic social teaching? With our responsibility to creation and to human ecology? Join us as we read and discuss this long and eloquent document about the future of our planet. We will both engage the proposals of Pope Francis and participate in the worldwide debate they have caused. Click here to read more about this series, or here to register

Sponsored by Seattle University College of Arts & Sciences

Ignatian Spirituality 101: An Introduction to Ignatian Prayer & Spirituality
Thursday, October 8, 2015 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
St. Joseph Parish Center

Pope Francis, the first Jesuit Pope, is grounded in Ignatian spirituality, but what exactly does that mean?  What is Ignatian spirituality all about?  How might you incorporate Ignatian prayer and spirituality into your life?  If you would like to know more, this evening introduction to the basics of Ignatian prayer and spirituality is for you! People of all ages, faith traditions and spiritual backgrounds are welcome. Bring a friend!  If you are already familiar with Ignatian spirituality, we encourage you also to invite family, friends or colleagues to attend. This event is free, donations welcomed.  For more info, visit Ignatian Spirituality Center online.  For questions or to RSVP, email Program Coordinator Andrea Fontana.

Sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center, Christian Life Communities (CLC), Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life (SEEL), and Magis

Spring 2015

Posted by Lindsey Hittmeier on March 4, 2015 at 10:03 AM PST

Spring by Gerard Manley Hopkins

Nothing is so beautiful as Spring –          
   When weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush;          
   Thrush’s eggs look little low heavens, and thrush          
Through the echoing timber does so rinse and wring          
The ear, it strikes like lightnings to hear him sing; 
   The glassy peartree leaves and blooms, they brush          
   The descending blue; that blue is all in a rush          
With richness; the racing lambs too have fair their fling.        

What is all this juice and all this joy?          
   A strain of the earth’s sweet being in the beginning 
In Eden garden. – Have, get, before it cloy,          
   Before it cloud, Christ, lord, and sour with sinning,          
Innocent mind and Mayday in girl and boy,          
   Most, O maid’s child, thy choice and worthy the winning.

Spring brings with it the promise of new beginnings. For us here at Magis, this new beginning comes in the form of recruiting the newest Contemplative Leaders in Action (CLA) cohort. We at Magis believe that our Jesuit education does not end when we graduate, but stays with us in our journey through life. Programs like CLA continue the Jesuit mission: creating men and women for and with others. This is where our passion for this program comes from. Kristen Morgan, a current CLA participant, has written a beautiful reflection on how CLA has impacted her personally and professionally. See below for the link to read Kristen’s reflection on her experience with CLA. 

In addition to recruiting for the new CLA cohort, Magis, in partnership with the Seattle University Alumni Association, is putting lots of energy into this year’s National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service being hosted on Saturday, April 25th. One of the gifts of the Jesuit mission is the call to serve others. The National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service is a wonderful opportunity for us to connect with one another to serve a greater purpose and to all be Alumni Living the Mission.

The changing of seasons offers us an opportunity to reflect on last season’s comings and goings. This spring, we invite you to reflect on what it means to be an “Alumni Living the Mission,” and how this takes shape in your life. We would love to hear about anything you discover for yourself in the process!

Praying that spring brings with it many blessings to you and your loved ones,
Brooke, Maria, and Lindsey 

 Alumni Living the Mission

                                 

This quarter's Alumni Living the Mission features Kristen Morgan (Class of 2009 and 2013, Jesuit Volunteer Corp NW 2009-10), a two time Seattle U grad and former Jesuit Volunteer who is doing amazing things. In addition, Kristin is also a participant in the Contemplative Leaders in Action (CLA) Ignatian Leadership Program. Click here to read her reflection on discernment, transition, living through values, and how her experience in CLA has helped her grow personally and professionally. 

National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service 
Saturday, April 25, 2015
Various times and locations throughout the Seattle area

In partnership with the Seattle University Alumni Association, Magis invites Jesuit alumni to serve in the local community together through the National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service. Alumni volunteers will visit Seattle area sites, such as food banks and community gardens, to assist with a variety of service tasks. This day is part of the National Jesuit Service Initiative, which engages graduates across the nation in shared service, and which demonstrates the life-changing and enduring power of a Jesuit education. To learn more about this service day, please click here or click here to register.

Sponsored by the Seattle University Alumni Association  and Magis 

Contemplative Leaders in Action: A Program for Emerging Leaders
Applications due May 29, 2015 for the 2015-2017 Cohort
September 2015 – June 2017, monthly sessions 

Are you an emerging leader striving to integrate faith into your personal and professional life? Are you seeking an intentional and meaningful community? If you are a Jesuit-educated alum between the ages of 25-39, and are interested in engaging and forming your leadership and faith within a small community, Magis has the perfect opportunity for you! Magis is currently accepting applications for its Contemplative Leaders in Action (CLA) program, a two-year cohort experience which integrates leadership and faith development. Cohort members meet monthly and grow in self-awareness, faith, leadership and professional skills, while being part of a supportive community. Applications for the 2015-2017 CLA cohort (which begins September 2015) are available online and are due May 29, 2015. For more information about the CLA program, or details regarding the application process, please visit Magis’ CLA website, or contact CLA Program Coordinator Lindsey Hittmeier.  

Sponsored by Magis 

  Save the Date  
Exploring an Ignatian Approach to Leadership - Ignatian Leadership Conference
Friday, July 31, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Seattle University (Campion Ballroom)

St. Ignatius of Loyola was a highly effective and inspiring leader. His methods and practices allowed him to establish and lead one of the world's most impactful organizations, the Society of Jesus. His leadership approach has been used in many different contexts over the past 500+ years. In this one-day conference, alumni and friends will learn how to become an effective, authentic leader the Ignatian way. Explore the concept of Ignatian Leadership and how to apply and integrate Jesuit values and Ignatian practices into your personal and professional life. Fr. Scott Santarosa, S.J., Provincial of the Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus, will be the keynote speaker. Plus, there will be a special mass to celebrate the Feast day of St. Ignatius. Stay tuned for more information as we plan this unique day of inspiration, conversation, and learning! For any questions regarding the conference, please contact Brooke Rufo Hill.

Sponsored by Magis

 Partner Programs and Events  
Holy Thursday Pilgrimage
Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. to Friday, April 3, 2015 at 12:00 a.m.
St. James Cathedral, Seattle 

Join Archbishop Sartain and hundreds of young adults throughout the Archdiocese for this beautiful evening of reflection. Mass will take place before the pilgrimage at 6:00 p.m. at St. James Cathedral, and the pilgrimage will start from the western steps around 7:30 p.m. Participants will walk on foot to St. Mary's, Immaculate Conception, and the Chapel of St. Ignatius before returning to the Cathedral. Vans will be available for people who have difficulty walking. Materials will be drawn from Lenten Sunday Evening Reflections throughout the Archdiocese. For more information, visit the event Facebook page

Sponsored by the Archdiocese of Seattle Office of Youth and Young Adult Evangelization 

Simply Living: Redefining Success
Ignatian Spirituality for Men
Saturday, April 11, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Facilitators: Don Manning and Denny Duffell
St. James Outreach Center, Seattle 

Join presenters Don Manning & Denny Duffell to explore, through the lens of Ignatian spirituality, what it means for men to be successful today, and how faith might lend wisdom to experience. Through prayer, individual reflection and shared conversation, come gain perspective on how you might live more simply and faithfully, becoming truly “successful” in God’s eyes. This presentation is no cost, free will offering. For more information and to RSVP, click here or email Andrea Fontana.

Sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center 

Saying YES to LOVE: Responding to God's Presence in Everyday Life
Monday, April 13, 2015 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
St. Leo Church (office building), Tacoma 

Hear the story of how the Tacoma L'Arche Community started when two people said YES to LOVE in a situation that arose in their daily lives. Bring your own story and join in conversation and reflection with other young adults and L'Arche community members about what it means for each of us to say YES to LOVE in everyday life. For more info contact Michaela Kearns

Sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center 

Justice Cafés: Postcards from an Unsustainable Future
Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
Jean's House of Prayer, Tacoma 

Join a growing international movement of young adults acting together for justice! Every month Justice Cafés come together to discuss a social justice issue that affects our lives today. The discussion doesn't stop at the end of the night, though. When the evening is over, global solidarity and dialogue builds as the conversation continues on the Justice Cafe Facebook page. Participants can hear how local context affects the topic for people in New York City, Kenya, and other places around the country and world. This month Justice Café’s will be Acting for Eco-Justice. Join in sending letters, thank you notes, and Postcards from an Unsustainable Future to lobby political leaders to support bills that respond to the threat of climate change, and to encourage corporations and businesses to model their practices to do the same. For more information on this event, contact Anthony DeLorenzo

Sponsored by the Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center 

Discernment in Daily Life
6 Thursday weekly gatherings April 16, 2015 through May 21, 2015 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Facilitators: Marilyn Nash and John Hickman
St. Joseph Church Parish Center, Seattle 

Are you looking for guidance in making a prayerful life decision, such as discerning your calling, staying in a relationship, determining what to do in retirement, or another life question? Or are you searching for tools for making your choices in daily life with prayerful intentionality? If so, join a group of people with similar questions. Through prayer, presentations and small group conversation, you will learn a process to integrate listening for God’s presence in your life decisions, prayerfully consider guidelines for discernment taught by St. Ignatius, and experience meaningful group reflection. The series cost is $150 with payment plans and partial scholarships available. Registration deadline is Thursday, April 9, 2015. For more information and to register, click here

Sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center 

Glorifying God “Mind, Body, and Soul” - Men’s Retreat
Friday, April 17, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. to Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 1:00 p.m.
Archbishop Brunett Retreat Center, Federal Way 

St. John Paul II claimed that “The body, and it alone, is capable of making visible what is invisible, the spiritual and divine. It was created to transfer into the visible reality of the world, the invisible mystery hidden in God from time immemorial, and thus be a sign of it.” Those words ushered in a new era of Catholic theology – theology of the body. This retreat will be facilitated by Fr. John Antony, and will use John Paul II’s reflections to explore various themes related to modern theology and daily life. The retreat will include talks on the sacraments, human development, and the role of the Church. The price for this retreat is $199 per person (private single room), or $165 per person (shared room with one bed), with a special rate of $99.50 for young-adults ages 18-30. Price includes all presentations, six meals, and two nights in a comfortable room with private bath. Scholarships are available. For more information or to register, visit the Retreat Center website

Sponsored by the Archdiocese of Seattle 

Praying with our Friends, the Saints - Women’s Silent Retreat
Friday, May 8, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. to Sunday, May 10, 2015 at 1:00 p.m.
Archbishop Brunett Retreat Center, Federal Way 

The saints are our faithful friends and our Heavenly family. When we ask the saints, who already stand in the presence of Jesus, for their intercessions, we are drawn more intimately into the mystical body of Christ. This retreat will be facilitated by Fr. Sean Raftis, and is a traditional silent retreat for women which includes time for individual and communal prayer, spiritual reading, reflection, and devotions. The price for this retreat is $199 per person (private single room), or $165 per person (shared room with one bed), with a special rate of $99.50 for young-adults ages 18-30. Price includes all presentations, six meals, and two nights in a comfortable room with private bath. Scholarships are available. For more information or to register, visit the Retreat Center website

Sponsored by the Archdiocese of Seattle  

Habits of a Very Loving Marriage - Marriage Retreat
Friday, May 15, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. to Sunday, 17, 2015 at 1:00 p.m.
Archbishop Brunett Retreat Center, Federal Way 

This marriage enrichment retreat, facilitated by Fr. Pat Freitag, is based on Stephen R. Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and The 8th Habit, and offers a framework for applying a universal, self-discovery approach that enables couples to communicate successfully. During this retreat, participants will: clearly define their vision as a family unit, build a common sense of purpose, values, and goals, learn a process to accomplish family goals, and discover how to achieve better communication as spouses. The price for this retreat is $330 per couple. Price includes all presentations, six meals, and two nights in a comfortable room with private bath. Scholarships are available. For more information or to register, visit the Retreat Center website

Sponsored by the Archdiocese of Seattle 

 

Winter 2015

Posted by Maria Ochoa on December 4, 2014 at 11:12 AM PST

A New Year’s Prayer

Dear Lord,
Please give me a few friends who understand me and remain my friends;
A work to do that has real value, without which the world would be poorer;
A mind unafraid to travel, even though the trail not be blazed;
An understanding heart;
A sense of humor;
Time for quiet, silent meditation;
A feeling of the presence of God;
The patience to wait for the coming of these things, with the wisdom to recognize them when they come.
Amen

-Anonymous


We at Magis are grateful for a 2014 filled with many wonderful opportunities and friendships, beginnings and ends. In the winter and spring, we offered some great retreats and leadership programs. Over the summer, we presented at conferences in both New York City and Boston. In the fall, we welcomed back our CLA2 cohort, as well as the new CLA3 cohort – a mix of backgrounds like education, healthcare, law, corporate and not for profit, the cohort is a dynamic group of young adults. We also welcomed Lindsey Hittmeier, our new Graduate Assistant who is doing an outstanding job supporting our CLA program, as well as many other Magis endeavors. At the end of last year, the Magis staff bid farewell to our beloved colleague Liz Coz, who so graciously served Magis as our Program Assistant for three years. Thank you Liz for your service to the Magis community, we will miss you! For all the great experience and moments we had, we are especially grateful for meeting and getting to know so many of you. The Magis staff looks forward to another year of good work to serve Jesuit alumni in the Puget Sound Region.

This winter, we invite you to reflect on the past year – what did you welcome and say farewell to? What hope or aspiration do you have for this year? If you are looking for ways to deepen your faith, serve in the community, or grow in your leadership, be sure to check out the many ways you can get involved with Magis (in particular, be sure to save the date for our 4th annual National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service coming up in April). We can’t wait to share some new experience with you this year!

Winter blessings,
Brooke, Maria & Lindsey 

 

Thank you to all the alumni who submitted their stories this last year about how they are living the mission of Jesuit education in their everyday lives! From siblings and father and son duos to attorneys and small business owners, we are proud that our alumni are serving, caring, and leading in the community. If you would like to suggest an alum to feature, please email Magis with your nominee’s name and contact information and tell us how you think that alum is making an impact in the community.
 
 

 Jesuit Alumni Chapter Summit
Thursday, February 19, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Seattle University, Student Center 210

Calling Jesuit Alumni Chapter leaders in the Seattle area! In an effort to connect local SU and other Jesuit Alumni Chapter leaders, Magis is hosting an evening of socializing, collaboration, and inspiration for the leadership of local Jesuit alumni clubs/chapters. We envision this as an evening not only to share best practices around engaging alumni, but to come together as a community and explore further collaborations as Jesuit alumni representing no less than 10 Seattle alumni chapters who lead in similar ways. Dinner will be provided. If you are interested in attending or wish to send a representative to this event, please contact Magis. 

Sponsored by Magis

National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service
Saturday, April 25, 2015
Various Locations throughout Seattle

In partnership with the Seattle University Alumni Association, Magis invites Jesuit alumni to serve in the local community together through the National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service. Alumni volunteers will visit Seattle area sites, such as food banks and community gardens, to assist with a variety of service tasks. This day is part of the National Jesuit Service Initiative, which engages graduates across the nation in shared service, and which demonstrates the life-changing and enduring power of a Jesuit education. To learn more about this service day, please click here

Sponsored by the Seattle University Alumni Association and Magis  

Contemplative Leaders in Action: A Program for Emerging Leaders
Applications for the 2015-2017 Cohort due May 29, 2015

Are you an emerging leader striving to integrate faith into your personal and professional life? Are you seeking an intentional and meaningful community? If you are a Jesuit-educated alum between the ages of 25-39, and are interested in engaging and forming your leadership and faith within a small community, Magis has the perfect opportunity for you! Magis will be recruiting for its Contemplative Leaders in Action (CLA) program, a two-year cohort experience which integrates leadership and faith development, starting this spring. Cohort members meet monthly and grow in self-awareness, faith, leadership and professional skills, while being part of a supportive community. Applications for the 2015-2017 CLA cohort (which runs September 2015 - June 2017 monthly) will be available by March 4th online and are due on May 29, 2015. For more information about the CLA program, or details regarding the application process, please visit the Magis CLA website, or contact CLA Program Coordinator Lindsey Hittmeier.  

Sponsored by Magis

 

IgNite: Ignatian Nights for Young Adults
Spirituality, Work: Incompatible? They Don’t Have to Be
Facilitators: Kathleen Hosfeld and Brian Meza
Thursday, January 8, 2015 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
St. James Cathedral Outreach Center, Seattle

We spend the majority of our waking hours at work but many of us are also spiritual people who desire to live from our deep connection with God. If you are a young adult between the ages of 21 and 39 and you desire to integrate your spiritual and work life, join us. Presenters Kathleen Hosfeld (President of Hosfeld & Associates) and Brian Meza (Head of the Science Department at Seattle Prep) are deeply spiritual professionals who will share their stories and tools with us and facilitate an evening of engaging conversation, reflection, and sharing. For more information and to RSVP, visit the Facebook event under the same title, or email Michaela Kearns.

Sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center and St. James Cathedral Young Adult Ministry
 

St. Joseph Young Adult Social 
Sunday, January 11, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.
St. Joseph Church, Seattle

The St. Joseph Young Adult Community focuses on building spirituality, friendships, and creating social opportunities in the Seattle area. Come play board games with the young adult community after the 5:30 mass on Sunday, January 11th, co-hosted by the St Joseph Young Adult Community and the LGBT Ministry. There will be fun people to meet, good food to eat, and plenty of players to beat! There will be card games, Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, Mafia, Cards against Humanity, and anything that YOU bring too! For more information, contact the St. Joseph Young Adult Community

Sponsored by the St. Joseph Young Adult Community 
 

Ignatian Spirituality 101: An Introduction to Ignatian Prayer & Spirituality

Thursday, January 15, 2015 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
St. Joseph Church Parish Center, Seattle
 
Pope Francis, the first Jesuit Pope, is grounded in Ignatian spirituality, but many do not know fully what that means. What is Ignatian spirituality all about? How might you incorporate Ignatian prayer and spirituality into your life? If you would like to know more, this evening introduction to the basics of Ignatian prayer and spirituality is for you! The evening will include: introductions, opening prayer, an overview of the life of St. Ignatius and Ignatian spirituality, experiences of Ignatian prayer, and more information on how to continue to grow in Ignatian spirituality through the ISC, Magis: Alumni Living the Mission, Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life (SEEL), and Christian Life Communities (CLC). Light snacks will be provided. People of all ages, faith traditions and spiritual backgrounds are welcome. If you are already familiar with Ignatian spirituality, we encourage you to think of family, friends or colleagues who might be interested and invite them to attend! This event is no cost; free will offering. For more information or to RSVP, email Andrea Fontana

Sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center


Young Adult Service Event at Recovery Café
Saturday, January 17, 2015 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Recovery Café, Seattle
 
Join other young adults to volunteer at one of the most amazing organizations in town! Recovery Café is a supportive community of sobriety for people in recovery, and it provides safe hospitality for its members. Young adults will be volunteering at the monthly Open Mic Night where members are encouraged to share their talents with the community. Come help to serve dinner and contribute your positivity! To RSVP, contact St. James Young Adult Community

Sponsored by the St. Joseph Young Adult Community and St. James Young Adult Community


Justice Café - Upholding the Dignity of Work: Creating a Just Economic System
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Caffe Vita, Seattle 

The Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center acts for justice in the church and in the world. IPJC is sponsored by 18 religious communities and collaborates with Catholic, ecumenical, interfaith and other organizations in carrying out this mission. Join IPJC at Caffe Vita to chat about how we can create a better world where our economic system is just and all work reflects dignity. To find out more, contact Annapatrice Clark

Sponsored by the Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center


Washington State Mass and March for Life
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
St. Martin’s University, Lacey WA 

As Pope Francis recently proclaimed, "Human life is always sacred, valuable and inviolable. And as such, it must be loved, defended and cared for." Catholics from across Washington State will gather to celebrate the annual Mass for Life and honor the sacredness of all human life, especially in its most vulnerable forms. The Mass will begin at 9:30 a.m. and following Mass, everyone is encouraged to participate in the 37th Annual March for Life at the State Capitol in Olympia. Like them on Facebook to keep up on event updates.

Sponsored by Washington State March for Life 


Under an Ignatian Influence: Jesuit Values for Life
January 20 - March 24, 2015 (9 Tuesday evenings - no gathering 3/10) from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
St. Joseph Church Parish Center, Seattle 

What would it mean to live in an Ignatian way? What would Jesuits themselves name as their core values and how might you incorporate them into your own way of living? The Jesuits have indeed named eight Characteristics of Our Ways of Proceeding – certain attitudes, values and patterns of behavior born in the life of St. Ignatius, shared by his companions and recently resurrected by the Jesuits in their worldwide congregations. Come absorb personal reflections by Jesuit and lay presenters steeped in the Ignatian tradition, deepen your understanding of what it means to be Ignatian, and engage with others interested in the Jesuit charism. Cost is $130 (partial work scholarships available). Register online (go to the "Under an Ignatian Influence" page) and pay the $30 non-refundable registration fee by Thursday, January 15, 2015. If you have any questions, contact Andrea Fontana

Sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center 



Advocacy Skills Training
Saturday, January 31 or Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Seattle University 

Seattle University is proud to offer advocacy skills training for students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Based on the work of Catholic Relief Services and developed by Just Associates, the Advocacy Skills Training helps participants develop a shared understanding of social justice advocacy, dynamics of political power, effective messaging, and organizing strategies and tactics. The Advocacy Skills Training is in high demand – if you register for the training, please hold the date firmly in your calendar as they are often not able to fill last minute spots from people who cancel, and the seat is then wasted. If you are interested in attending this training, please email Kelly Benkert with your preferred training date. Space is very limited.

Sponsored by the Seattle University Office of the Provost, the Center for Service and Community Engagement, and Campus Ministry 


Interfaith Advocacy Day
Thursday, February 19, 2015
The United Churches of Olympia, Olympia WA 

Faith Action Network is a statewide interfaith advocacy nonprofit organization through which thousands of people and 90 faith communities across Washington State partner for the common good. Interfaith Advocacy Day (IFAD) brings to our elected leaders the voice of compassion and justice, and partner with people of all faiths who stand up boldly to challenge the powerful. Click here for more information on this year’s IFAD events.

Sponsored by Faith Action Network 


Catholic Heritage Lecture Series – “Field Hospital on the Border(s): A Church in Kinship with Migrants”
Keynote Speaker: Kristin Heyer, Ph.D.
Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
Seattle University, Pigott Auditorium 

The annual Catholic Heritage Lectures Series engages the intellectual and religious communities of the Seattle area and the Seattle University community to explore aspects of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition and the intersection of Catholicism and culture. Pope Francis has offered a compelling model of church as “field hospital”, calling Catholics to engage those who suffer wherever they are found. The second of this year’s series features Kristin Heyer, Ph.D., who will examine this model, in light of the Catholic call to kinship with persons on the move, particularly those suffering from exploitation, violence and family separation. Panelists will explore how local faith-based and community organizations—specifically the KINO Border Initiative and Seattle’s Eastside Hispanic Ministry—serve as “field hospitals” for migrants in Washington and along the U.S./Mexico border. For more information, visit ICTC online

Sponsored by The Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture 


Justice Café - Life on Purpose: Contemplation & Justice
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Caffe Vita, Seattle 

Join IPJC at Caffe Vita to talk about how we can engage with life in a more purposeful and intentional way. How can we practice contemplation and why is it essential to living a life of social justice? To find out more, email Annapatrice Clark

Sponsored by the Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center 


On Fire for the Light: Women's Retreat
Friday, March 20 to Sunday, March 22, 2015
Archbishop Brunett Retreat Center at the Palisades, Federal Way WA 

Lent is the season to reflect upon the radical message of the Gospels, and the light of Christ, for which we long. Author, speaker, and Magnificat contributor Heather King will interweave the story of her own holy longing with an invitation to a deeper journey toward Christ's eternal light. The price for this retreat is $199 per person (private single room) or $165 per person (shared room with one bed). Price includes all presentations, six meals, and two nights in a comfortable room with private bath. Scholarships are available. For more information or to register, click here or contact Helen Nguyen

Sponsored by Seattle Archdiocese


Join Christ Our Hope Parish to Visit Kids at NPH Dominican Republic
February 1-8, 2015
Dominican Republic

Come experience first-hand how Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH, Spanish for “Our Little Brothers and Sisters”) transforms the lives of the children it supports. Christ our Hope Parish invites you to visit NPH DR with them. You will meet the amazing children, staff and volunteers of NPH and learn the ins and outs of their daily lives. More than anything, the trip offers a chance to build relationships with the children and put your faith into action. The mission trip is a true immersion experience - getting to know its programs, connecting to people, and serving its community. Cost is $450 per person and includes:

• Accommodations at Casa Santa Ana
• Local transportation
• Airport transportation
• Meals while at NPH
• Donation to NPH Dominican Republic
• NPH USA interpreter and guide
• Travel insurance and background check

Airfare, outside meals, excursions and sightseeing are not included. For more information or to register, please contact Stephanie Pietramonaco

Sponsored by Christ Our Hope Parish and Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos 

Fall 2014

Posted by Elizabeth Coz on September 3, 2014 at 10:09 AM PDT

A common conversation starter this time of year is, “How was your summer?” Despite the busyness of back to school and work, this question is a welcome pause to reflect on some highlights of the past several months, isn’t it? Vacations or staycations, travel adventures or extra R & R time at home, summer is reserved for excursions and escapes. Whether you got your fill, or are still feeling a void in the area of ‘retreat’, Magis is excited to promote two opportunities this fall for retreat.
 
If going somewhere warm in December for international service peaks your interest, consider joining faculty, staff, students, and alumni for Seattle University’s Professionals Without Borders trip to Nicaragua. Help with infrastructure projects at Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos orphanage - home to 250 children located in Jinotepe, a 45 minute drive from Managua - then spend two days exploring Nicaragua’s rich culture, history, and land including Granada and Masaya. A staff member who went in 2013 said, “The long days of hard work and intense heat breaks down any barriers that keep you from feeling like an outsider. Every meal shared is the most delicious food you’ve ever tasted on a simple plastic orange plate. Before every meal the little girls and boys take turns leading us in prayer… you can imagine what it would be like to hear a 7 year old decide what she’d like to pray for! This trip is so much more than a service trip.” You can hear more from past participants in the Alumni Living the Mission section below. The first info session will be held at Seattle University on September 18, 2014. All Jesuit alumni are welcome.

If you don’t see yourself leaving Seattle in the near future but still want a space to get your fill of time away, join Magis for our Jesuit Alumni Day of Reflection: Living an Integrated and Authentic Life on Saturday, October 11, 2014. Do you ever feel like you are trying to pack 20 lbs. of flour in a 10 lb. sack when it comes to your time? Around here, more free time often means more commitments added to our calendars… so how do we make sure what we are adding is bringing us closer to fullness? As Jesuit alumni, we take pride in what we have come to value – our faith, families, friends, freedoms – however integrating these values amidst the scurry of career and community building is a different story. If you want to explore intentionality and its connection to authenticity, join us – details below!

Finally, Magis is shifting to a quarterly distribution of our newsletter - you may have noticed from our title. Follow us on Facebook for a daily dose of all things Jesuit and more regular updates on local partner programs!

Blessing on the start of a new season,
Brooke, Maria, and Liz

P.S. Fr. Mike Bayard is nearing 5 weeks since cancer surgery that removed a foot of his colon and 15% of his liver, and recovery is going very well. He begins the first of his chemo infusions this Friday, and remains energized by the support, kindness, encouragement, and prayers. Thank you for holding him in your thoughts.
 

  



Join Professionals Without Borders in Nicaragua this December   
  

For the first time since it started in 2007, Professionals Without Borders at Seattle University is opening their service trip to Nicaragua to Jesuit alumni. The concept is simple: connect students, staff, and now alumni with skilled trades people (plumbers, electricians, engineers, etc.) to complete small, but substantial, projects for people in need. This will be the third trip to Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos (Our Little Brothers and Sisters), home to 250 children located in Jinotepe, a 45 minute drive from Managua. Click here to read more about this opportunity!

 
Jesuit Alumni Day of Reflection: Living an Integrated and Authentic Life
Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Seattle University, Campion Hall (Ecumenical Chapel)
 
What does living an integrated, authentic life mean to you? From juggling career and family needs, to varying commitments like self-care, faith life, and community engagement, we are each striving to make our lives more meaningful and in alignment with our faith, values, desires, and goals. Magis invites you to unplug and connect with other Jesuit alumni as you journey together for a day of guided talks, prayer and reflection, conversation, idea sharing, and community building. This retreat is open to Jesuit alumni of all ages and stages of life; the retreat will be ecumenical in nature and will draw from the Jesuit/Ignatian tradition, as well as contemporary personal development topics. Cost is $20 and includes retreat materials, meals (continental breakfast and lunch), and parking – some partial scholarships are available. To register, click here. Space is limited, so please reserve your spot today! For questions, or more information, contact Assistant Director Maria Ochoa.

Sponsored by Magis
  
  
IgNite: Ignatian Nights for Young Adults
Storytelling as Spiritual Practice

Presented by Presbyterian Pastor Rev. Tad Monroe
Thursday, September 11, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Liberty Bar, Seattle

Join the Ignatian Spirituality Center and other young adults to explore the art and practice of storytelling. Discuss how and why story works and why it is such an important spiritual practice - particularly in the context of Ignatian spirituality. This evening will be facilitated by Presbyterian Pastor Rev. Tad Monroe, the Ecumenical and Multifaith Campus Minister at Seattle University. To RSVP or for more information contact their new young adult coordinator, Michaela Kearns.

Sponsored Ignatian Spirituality Center

Habitat for Humanity at Rainier Vista
Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Rainier Vista, Seattle
 
Join the St. Joseph Young Adult Community to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity. Come help out with construction at the Rainier Vista Building in Central Seattle. Click here to RSVP or for more information.

Sponsored by St. Joseph Young Adult Community

Justice Café:  Living a Life of Solidarity
Thursday, September 25, 2014 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Caffe Vita, Seattle

Justice Cafés are discussion groups for young adults in their 20s and 30s who wish to build community, act for justice and deepen their spirituality. During the third week of every month, Justice Café groups meet at local cafés to share coffee and conversation. Participants dialogue about issues of global concern and reflect on ways they can act for change. Visit the Facebook page or email IPCJ for more information.

Sponsored by the Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center

Ignatian Spirituality 101: An Introduction to the Basics of Ignatian Prayer & Spirituality
Thursday, October 2, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
St. Joseph Parish Center, Seattle
 
Come learn more about the life of St. Ignatius and key elements of Ignatian spirituality, experience Ignatian prayer, and learn how this rich spiritual tradition is kept alive locally. People of all ages, faith traditions and spiritual backgrounds are welcome. Free will offering. For more information or to RSVP, email Andrea Fontana.

Sponsored by Ignatian Spirituality Center

In the Steps of Ignatius I: Ignatian Spirituality for Men
A Walk in the Park: Simply Finding God in Creation

Facilitated by Glen Butterworth, S.J.
Saturday, October 4, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 
Seward Park, Seattle
 
Gather with other young adult and adult men at Shelter #1 in Seward Park for a relaxed and meditative walk around the Seward Park loop on St. Francis' Feast Day. The walk will be followed by reflection on how God speaks to us through creation and the outdoors. Bring a sack lunch, a friend, and good walking shoes. Free will offering. For more information or to RSVP, email Andrea Fontana.

Sponsored by Ignatian Spirituality Center

Alumni Seminar Series: Pope Francis and the Church
Tuesday evenings starting October 7, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Seattle University, LeRoux Conference Center (Student Center 160)

Led by Patrick Howell, S.J., Dr. Catherine Punslan, and Fr. Michael Raschko, Ph.D., this special Seattle University series explores the life of Pope Francis: his teachings, spirituality, and hopes for the Church and the world. His words, actions and unique way of filling the shoes of the papacy inspire this series which is also relevantly timed to address the first Synod of Bishops that will meet with Pope Francis this fall. The series cost is $210 and includes all materials, parking, and refreshments.To register, please Alumniseminars@seattleu.edu, and include your mailing address, phone number, and whether or not you will require on-campus parking for the seminar. Click here to visit the event site for more information.

Sponsored by Seattle University College of Arts and Sciences

Come Into the Heart of God - Guided by St. Ignatius
Led by Fr. Paul Fitterer, S.J. and Michaela Kearns
Sunday, October 12, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
St. Mary’s on the Lake, Bellevue

Join the Magnificat Cenacle of Holy Rosary and Catholic Life Ministries for a day of quiet prayer, instruction, conversation in small groups, and Sunday liturgy, to come more fully into the heart of God. This retreat will be led by Fr. Paul Fitterer of Seattle Prep along with Michaela Kearns of the Ignatian Spirituality Center.

Sponsored by Catholic Life Ministries
 
Cornerstone Catholic Conference
Saturday, October 24, 2014 7:00 p.m. to Sunday, October 25, 2014 10:00 p.m.
Tacoma Convention Center

The Bishops of Washington State are sponsoring the Cornerstone Conference to inspire and educate Catholics and others to continue working together to protect human life: the unborn, individuals who live in poverty or on the margins of society, and people at the end of life. For a complete lineup of speakers and more information, click here or visit the Facebook event.

Sponsored by Washington State Catholic Conference (WSCC)

Catholic Heritage Lecture Series: “A Poor Church for the Poor”
Keynote Speaker Jeanette Rodriguez, Ph.D.

Monday, November 3, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
Seattle University, Pigott Auditorium

The annual Catholic Heritage Lectures engage the intellectual and religious communities of the Seattle area and the Seattle University community to explore aspects of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition and the intersection of Catholicism and culture. The first of this year’s series features Jeanette Rodriguez, Ph.D. who will explore the pre and post-Vatican II development of what we now call, “the option for the poor.” Dr. Rodriguez will reflect on the Catholic Church’s teachings on material poverty, spiritual poverty and voluntary poverty, particularly in light of Pope Francis’ call to be a “poor church for the poor.” Click here for more information, or email Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture.
 
Sponsored by Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture at Seattle University

Join an Amici Committee

Amici - Young Professionals Serving Catholic Schools in Western Washington - is looking for committee members to help with the planning of the 2014-2015 school year. If you are interested in participating in the Service, Fellowship, Development or South Sound committees, click here for more information and contact Amici to sign up.
 
Sponsored by Amici

July 2014

Posted by Elizabeth Coz on July 2, 2014 at 10:07 AM PDT


i thank You God for most this amazing
day: for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is yes.

- e.e. Cummings
 
As summer rolls around, we have much to be grateful for, especially the beautiful summer days we have been experiencing as of late. What a great year of wonderful participation by all of YOU in the various retreats, service opportunities, and leadership panels we hosted this year! Furthermore, we are thankful to all who applied to the Contemplative Leaders in Action (CLA) Ignatian Leadership Program as well. The Magis staff is excited to journey with a new community of young Jesuit alumni starting this fall.
 
Just to give you a snapshot of who applied, we had nearly 40 applications for CLA representing several Jesuit universities and colleges, including: Seattle University, Gonzaga University, Saint Louis University, University of San Francisco, Fairfield University, Georgetown University, Loyola University New Orleans, Loyola University Chicago, Santa Clara University, and Boston College. Our discernment was challenging in that we had to narrow down our decision to a small group out of a very strong pool of candidates, but we trust the process and look forward to welcoming the new cohort this September.
 
We are also grateful to Jesuits Fr. Glen Butterworth, S.J. and Fr. Natch Ohno, S.J. who will join our two CLA cohorts as Chaplains. As you might know, Magis co-founder and former CLA Chaplain Fr. Mike Bayard, S.J. has moved on from Seattle U to serve with the Oregon Province. With his transition, we were left with one space, plus another for our new cohort, which will run concurrently. Fr. Glen serves as the Parochial Vicar of St. Joseph’s Parish in Capitol Hill, and Fr. Natch serves as an Assistant to VP for Student Development at Seattle U. Each are looking forward to spending time with the CLA community, and have shared some thoughts in the Alumni Living the Mission section about what inspires them as they begin with us later this year. Thank you Fr. Glen and Fr. Natch for saying yes!
 
In the meantime, be sure to check out the Save the Date section for a list of annual Magis programs and opportunities coming this fall. Until then, stay cool and enjoy the summer.

Sunny blessings,
Brooke, Maria, Liz

  

 

Fr. Glen Butterworth, S.J. & Fr. Natch Ohno, S.J.

Setting the world on fire, or as Alberto Hurtado, S.J. said, “a fire that kindles other fires,” is just the call of Magis: Alumni Living the Mission according to Fr. Natch Ohno, S.J. Click here to read about what he and Fr. Glen Butterworth, S.J. are looking forward to in their new roles as CLA2 and CLA3 Chaplains respectively.

  
"Stay Connected. Stay Jesuit."
Take advantage of Magis' three Signature Programs to get your quarterly dose of all things Jesuit: 

Jesuit Alumni Day of Reflection
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Seattle University
 
Ignatian Leadership Evening
Thursday, March 19, 2015
Seattle University

National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service
In partnership with Seattle University Alumni Relations
Saturday, April 25, 2015 
Various Sites 

   
Summer Ignatian Retreat: "A Pilgrimage of the Heart"
Retreat presenters: Fr. Jerry Cobb, S.J. and Jennifer Kelly (with Fr. Jack O'Leary, S.J. supporting)
Friday, July 25, 2014 to Sunday, July 27, 2014
Archbishop Brunett Retreat Center at the Palisades, Federal Way
 
Take the time this summer to rest, renew your soul, and soak in silence on the shores of Puget Sound with this rich and meaningful three day Summer Silent Ignatian Retreat at the beautiful Palisades Retreat Center 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. Commuter retreatants will have meals only, and resident retreatants will have lodging (individual or shared rooms with private bath) and meals in a beautifully renovated retreat center overlooking Puget Sound. People of all ages, faith traditions and spiritual backgrounds are welcome, especially those with an openness to deepening one's experience of prayer in the Ignatian tradition. Register here by July 9. Contact Andrea Fontana for more information.
 
Sponsored by Ignatian Spirituality Center

Jesuit Volunteer EnCorps Seattle
 
Jesuit Volunteer EnCorps (JV EnCorps), a program of JVC Northwest, is excited to announce our pilot year in Seattle. JV EnCorps is a faith-based volunteer program for people 50 and older. Participants engage in 5-10 hours per week of transformative service at local nonprofits. During their ten months of volunteer service, participants meet together regularly in community, deepen their spirituality, and explore the values of simple living, social and ecological justice. For more information, contact Helen Pitts or click here to apply.

Sponsored by Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest

Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life (SEEL) 2014-2015
 
The Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life (SEEL) will begin once again in September 2014! This everyday adaptation of St. Ignatius Loyola's Spiritual Exercises (often referred to as the 19th Annotation) takes place over the course of 9 months and involves a commitment to daily prayer, monthly retreat mornings, and twice-monthly meetings with a spiritual director. Retreatants will become better able to discern their inner desires and to see how God is working in their lives and in the world, learn how to bring together contemplation and action, and become increasingly aware of the presence and activity of God in all things. Applications are due no later than August 15, 2014. For more information, click here.

Sponsored by Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life

Volunteer Opportunity with Care Team
Seattle, WA
 
Samaritan Center is recruiting and training volunteers to join CareTeams in service to those suffering with HIV/AIDS and other terminal diseases. CareTeam is a group of 4 - 7 volunteers who provide practical, emotional, and spiritual support to a person or household affected by HIV/AIDS. Volunteers come to the program as individuals or might be based out of churches, civic groups, academic institutions, spiritual communities, or the community at large and range in age from 18 to 85 and represent diverse cultural backgrounds, belief systems, and life experiences. Please click here for more information or visit the Samaritan Center website. Contact Michael Barrett Miller to sign up.

Sponsored by Samaritan Center of Puget Sound

Theology on Tap Summer Series
Make a Mess: Living Pope Francis's Call

Thursday, August 7, 2014
Finn MacCool's Irish Pub, Seattle  
 
Join Theology on Tap for the first session of its summer series as Archbishop Sartain leads a discussion on Pope Francis's call for young adults to "Make a mess." Drink specials and happy hour pricing at Finn's for all Theology on Tap participants. Contact Edwin Ferrera for more information.

Additional Theology on Tap nights:
August 13th - Cause for Celebration, with Fr. Glen Butterworth, S.J.
August 20th - Living authentically, with Maria L. Ochoa, MATS
August 27th - A Life of Love

Sponsored by the Office of Youth and Young Adult Evangelization

Cornerstone Catholic Conference
Friday, October 24, 2014 to Saturday, October 25, 2014
Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center (Tacoma, WA)
 
Register now for this event that happens once every ten years, bringing together all four Bishops from Washington state to inspire and educate Catholics and others to continue working together to protect human life. There is a great lineup of speakers as well as young adult options for socials and car pools. Registration prices increase after July 1. Click here for more information and to register.

Sponsored by WA State Catholic Conference
 

May 2014

Posted by Elizabeth Coz on May 6, 2014 at 4:05 PM PDT

“When the heart is touched by direct experience, the mind may be challenged to change.”
 - Fr. Peter Hans Kolvenbach, S.J., former Superior General of the Society of Jesus

In the spirit of transformational education, Magis is excited to announce it will be expanding the Contemplative Leaders in Action (CLA) Ignatian Leadership Program, starting an additional cohort this fall! CLA is a two-year experience which integrates leadership and faith development, and Magis is looking for Jesuit alumni ages 25-39 who seek to grow in their faith and leadership within a supportive community of peers. If you or someone you know would be a good fit, please apply or forward the application along.See below for more details and a link to the application.

If you are curious about what participants in CLA are learning and experiencing, we encourage you to read the reflection in our Alumni Living the Mission section by Angeline Thomas (Seattle University School of Law, 2011). As a law school graduate, Angeline has questioned how to go about her practice of law. CLA has been a place to discern her path among others having the same career questions.  She says, “Thanks to CLA, I do not have to grapple with these big decisions alone.” 

Lastly, you may be interested in attending the Ignatian Inspired Leaders Panel tomorrow, Thursday, May 8 at the Sorrento Hotel where we are co-hosting an alumni panel and conversation on the "Ignatian" approach to leadership. Space is limited but all are welcome to attend! Please see below for more information.

Here’s to learning and leading,

Brooke, Maria, and Liz

    

  

Angeline Thomas, Seattle University School of Law '11  

Angeline Thomas is a current participant in Contemplative Leaders in Action - an Ignatian Leadership program. Click here to read more about how the CLA program is helping her, and 31 other emerging leaders, discern everyday life commitments, and connecting her to other Jesuit alums.

  
Ignatian-Inspired Leaders Panel
with Seattle University President Fr. Stephen Sundborg, S.J.
Thursday, May 8, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Sorrento Hotel, Seattle

With a Jesuit Pope who is making waves, more people than ever are asking what the "Jesuit" or "Ignatian" approach to leadership is. Join Seattle University’s Alumni Relations and Magis' Contemplative Leaders in Action (CLA) Alumni Leadership program for an exciting evening of networking and meaningful conversation around authentic leadership and what it means to ground one’s leadership in the values of a Jesuit education. A diverse alumni panel from a variety of professional fields will join Seattle University President Fr. Stephen Sundborg, S.J. sharing insights out of their lived experiences of leadership, and an opportunity for structured networking will follow. Cost is $15, and space is limited. All are welcome to attend! Click here for more information or to register.

Sponsored by Magis and Seattle University Alumni Relations


Finding God's Footprints on the Office Floor
Thursday, May 8, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Seattle University (Admissions and Alumni Building)

Join Amici for their 5th annual Speaker Series! Moderated by Emmy award winner Brian Callanan, this will be a dynamic evening of professional connection and rich dialogue as we hear from business and educational leaders on issues of leadership, professional life and faith. This year's panelists include Chris Richard (Senior Manager, KPMG), Jack Connelly (Owner/Partner, Connelly Law Offices), Mary Herche (Vice Chair, Gonzaga Board of Regents). Click here for other important details or email Amici for more information.

Sponsored by Fulcrum Foundation

Focusing: An Embodied Way of Knowing
An Enrichment Day for Spiritual Directors (but open to all!)

Susan Dougherty, Presenter
Friday, May 16, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
St. Joseph Parish Center

Focusing (BioSpirituality) is a process that invites & welcomes the body’s deep wisdom. In this workshop we will practice some basic skills of Focusing, and integrate them with the Examen. Learning to attend to our inner movements of Consolation and Desolation in this richly embodied way can enhance our awareness of and responsiveness to God’s “still, quiet voice” within us. Open to all! Cost is $40 in advance, $50 at the door. Register and pay online here. Contact Carolyn for more information. 
 
Sponsored by Ignatian Spirituality Center

Amici Trivia Night:
Fundraising for Visitation Catholic STEM Academy

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.
World Sports Grille (second level)

Trivia Night is back for its 11th appearance this spring, with all proceeds benefiting Amici's partner school - Visitation Catholic STEM Academy! Amici's development committee invites you out again for dinner, drinks and trivia domination. Wear your Seattle Mariners gear! There is an entry fee of $10/person (online or at door), but reduced to $5 at the door if you bring a package of LEGO or DUPLO blocks (to help St. George is start a LEGO club). Contact Amiciwith questions.

Sponsored by Fulcrum Foundation

Summer Day of Reflection: Changing Light
An Examen of Life in the Middle of the Year
Rosanne Michaels, Facilitator

Saturday, June 21, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
St. Joseph Parish Center   
                                         
This June, you are invited to take time to slow down, step back, and prayerfully “examine” your life’s journey in the middle of the year.  Using the metaphor of the changing light throughout the 24-hour day, Rosanne Michaels will offer brief presentations on the movements of the Examen, followed by abundant time for reflection and journaling on the first half of your year or another longer period of time.  This day invites you to ponder what is most important to you and to consider possible next steps in your life. People of all ages, faith traditions and spiritual backgrounds are welcome, especially those with an openness to deepening one’s experience of prayer in the Ignatian tradition.  Invite a friend, colleague or family member to join you! Light breakfast and lunch will be provided. Click here to register, or contact Andrea Fontana for more information.

Sponsored by Ignatian Spirituality Center

Apply for JV EnCorps: A Volunteer Service Program for 50+
September 2014 – June 2015
Seattle

JV EnCorps is a program of Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC) Northwest that engages women and men ages 50 and older in a transformative experience of volunteer service and spiritual growth. Participants (JVEs) commit to 10 months of service in their local communities and to the exploration of JVC Northwest’s core values: community, simple living, spirituality, and social & environmental justice. The JV EnCorps experience includes: volunteer service for 10 months in one community agency or institution for 5 to 10 hours weekly; monthly JVE community meetings plus three day-long retreats for learning, reflection and spiritual growth; commitment to building a JVE community of like values and serving others; sustaining an individual practice of prayer, meditation and/or reflection. For information and application materials for the inaugural Seattle program contact Helen Pitts.  

Sponsored by Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest

“According to Father” Video Series

Submit your real questions about the Catholic faith to be answered by local Seattle priests. 8 videos with great questions have been released so far. If you have missed any, visit the Young Adult Ministry Youtube channel to get them all. Submit questions that you would like to have answered by a priest via Facebook, Twitter (#accordingtofather and mention @WWCatholicYA) or by email.

Sponsored by Archdiocese of Seattle  

March 2014

Posted by Elizabeth Coz on March 5, 2014 at 8:03 AM PST

Today is Ash Wednesday and marks the start of Lent, a forty day journey of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving for Christians worldwide. Magis invites you to consider how you might: make space for mindful reflection or engaging spiritual practices? Consider transforming a life-draining habit or relationship? Give through service to others and the community? - all through your everyday life these next few weeks.

For starters, Magis looks forward to offering the annual Alumni Day of Prayer on Saturday, March 22nd at Seattle University’s Ecumenical Chapel in Campion Hall. Alumni Day of Prayer is an Ignatian day of reflection for Jesuit alumni who are 50+, or identify with being in the second half of life. The day provides retreat and renewal, and features opportunities for prayer, quiet reflection, small group conversation, gentle music, and an optional closing liturgy. One past retreatant put it “I would recommend this to everyone - particularly the way it brought meaning to the daily happenings of life, past and present.” This year Jean Ederer and Fr. Paul Fitterer, S.J. join us, breaking open scripture and story around their experiences of the second half of life. Jean and Paul guide from their years of wisdom and sage experience as a lay retreat leader/spiritual director and Jesuit, respectively. For more information, read below or visit our online flyer.

This month, we are featuring Paul Milan, Ph. D., Seattle University professor and graduate ('64), as our Alumni Living the Mission, who is the Faculty Director of Xavier Global House, and an immersion program connecting students to the complex realities of Tijuana, Mexico. Read how, after 40+ trips to Mexico, Paul has encouraged students to move forward in their careers with a broader world view and better sense of compassion and justice. In this same spirit, we invite you to give of your time through service at our 3rd annual National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service on April 26th. Magis and our partner Alumni Relations are joining Jesuit universities and colleges across the U.S. to engage graduates across the nation in shared service, demonstrating the life-changing and enduring power of a Jesuit education. For more information, please read below. Registration will open tomorrow, March 6th.

Join us in praying, fasting, and giving together these next weeks.

The Magis Team


  


Paul Milan, Seattle University '64
(pictured fourth from top right )
with students, alumni, and community in Tijuana, Mexico

Fr. Peter Hans Kolvenbach, S.J. called us as Jesuit alumni to become more engaged in the world. This call inspired Paul Milan (Seattle University, '64) to not only travel to Mexico 40+ times, but to help create both an academic course and an international, community-based program at Seattle University that forms students and alumni alike.  Click here to read Paul's reflection.

   
Alumni Day of Prayer: “‘Teacher, where do you live?’ ‘Come and see…’”
For Alumni & Friends 50+
Retreat Presenters: Jean Ederer & Fr. Paul Fitterer, S.J.

Saturday, March 22, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Seattle University (Campion Hall Ecumenical Chapel)
 
Magis welcomes Ignatian retreat leaders Jean Ederer and Fr. Paul Fitterer, S.J. who will break open scripture and stories around experiences of the second half of life, as well as explore questions in relation to self, God, and church. This Ignatian day of reflection is ecumenical in nature and provides retreat and renewal, with opportunities for prayer, quiet, small group conversation, gentle music, and an optional closing liturgy. This retreat is designed especially for Jesuit–educated alumni and their friends and family who are 50+ or identify as being in the second half of life. Cost is $20; lunch and parking are included. To register, or for more information, email Magis.

Sponsored by Magis   
 
  
National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service
Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Registration opens Thursday, March 6, 2014!
 
In partnership with Seattle University Alumni Relations, Magis offers alumni of Jesuit universities and colleges an opportunity to serve the local community, cultivating a spirit of being men and women for and with others. Alumni volunteers will disperse to nearby Seattle area organizations where they will assist with a variety of service tasks. This program is part of the National Jesuit Service Initiative, which engages graduates across the nation in shared service which demonstrates the life-changing and enduring power of a Jesuit education. Click here to register. For more information, email Magis.

Sponsored by Magis and Seattle University Alumni Relations

Ignatian-Inspired Leaders Panel
with Seattle University President Fr. Stephen Sundborg, S.J.

Thursday, May 8, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Sorrento Hotel

With a Jesuit Pope who is making waves, more people than ever are asking what the "Jesuit" or "Ignatian" approach to leadership is. Join Seattle University’s Alumni Relations and Magis' Contemplative Leaders in Action (CLA) Alumni Leadership program for an exciting evening of networking and meaningful conversation around authentic leadership and what it means to ground one’s leadership in the values of a Jesuit education. A diverse alumni panel from a variety of professional fields will join Seattle University President Fr. Stephen Sundborg, S.J. sharing insights out of their lived experiences of leadership, and an opportunity for structured networking will follow. Cost is $15, and space is limited. All are welcome to attend! Click here for more information or to register.

Sponsored by Magis and Seattle University Alumni Relations

  
Called to Become Ourselves:
Navigating the Fog of Vocational Transitions in the Light of God’s Story

Thursday, March 6, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
St. Therese Parish Center

Join presenter Sam Charters for an evening of storytelling, film, poetry, scripture and sharing personal narrative for young adults to help understand the purpose of vocation and transitions. This presentation will not only engage the mind, but also the heart, to discover the interplay between God's authoring of our story and God's call to be ourselves as co-authors. This program is for young adults ages 21-35. For more information, or to register, email Emily Davis.
 
Sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center
 
SU Advantage - Tools For Transition: Jump-Start Your Career!
Thursday evenings March 6, 13, 20, and 27, 2014 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Seattle University (Bannan Science Building Room 202)

Connect with fellow Seattle University alumni and have the opportunity to sharpen your professional networking skills. The workshop will cover: Self-assessment tools to identify the job/career that’s right for you; Approach to creating your strategy – key success factor in post-2008 economy; Development of personal narrative and positioning – key marketing tools to sell YOU; Coaching on networking and informational meetings – 95% of jobs are found that way; Successful resume formats, LinkedIn, online presence, cover letters, emails to get results; Tactics to enlist help and “be a vulture where you want to work”; and Job interview coaching, including prep for behavioral and fad questions. Registration fee of $50 includes complete package of handouts, self-assessment tools, sample resumes and cover letters, interview coaching guide and more. Click here register.

Sponsored by Seattle University Alumni Relations
 
Volunteer with St. Joe’s Young Adults at the Senior Resource Fair
Saturday, March 8, 2014 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
St. Joseph Parish Center
 
St. Joseph Parish is seeking young adult volunteers for their Senior Resource Fair. Volunteers will help set up and take down materials for the event and help seniors with directions among other activities. This will be a great opportunity to get involved with other communities. For more information, or to volunteer, email St. Joe’s Young Adults.
 
Sponsored by the St. Joe’s Young Adults
 
Questioning for Purpose:
A Workshop on Life Stage & Career Discernment

Thursday, March 13, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Seattle University (Chardin Hall, Room 142)
 
Wondering what to do next with your life, passions, gifts, skills, or career? This is a free interactive workshop for those seeking to deeply consider their career and potential life changes. The workshop includes opportunities for self-reflection, journaling, pair-share, and guided discussion. This is an open and inclusive opportunity for all interested. For more information, or to register, email Colette Casavant.

Sponsored by the Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry
 
Novena of Grace: “There is Something Greater Here”
Wednesday, March 12 – Thursday, March 20, 2014
Weekdays: 12:30 p.m. at Seattle University Chapel of St. Ignatius ** and 7:00 p.m. at St. Joseph Church
Saturday, March 15: 1:00 p.m. only at St. Joseph Church
Sunday, March 16: 1:00 p.m. only at Seattle University Chapel of St. Ignatius

Enter more deeply into Lent this year by participating in the Novena of Grace, a meaningful nine-day “retreat in everyday life.”  Presenters Matt Barmore, Fr. Peter Ely, S.J., and Marilyn Nash will reflect on the theme “There is Something Greater Here” from an Ignatian perspective within the context of the Eucharist.  This Lent, prayer will be intended to help one respond with hope to God’s invitation to each one of us – to behold something greater here in our midst. For more information, or to register, email Andrea Fontana.

Sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center
 
Immersion in Ignatian Prayer
Tuesday, March 25, 2014, April 8, 2014, and April 22, 2014 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
St. Joseph Church and Parish Center
 
During Lent this season, immerse yourself in an experience of Ignatian Prayer. On Tuesday evenings, you are invited to learn about and experience unique forms of Ignatian prayer. Evenings will include opening prayer, a presentation, and an experience of the prayer form followed by small group reflection. Whether you are new to or experienced in Ignatian spirituality, these evenings are an opportunity to engage in prayer practices that easily integrate into your daily life. For more information, or to register, email Andrea Fontana.
 
Sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center
 
Archbishop’s Holy Thursday Pilgrimage:
Passion for our Faith

Sunday, April 27, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
St. James Cathedral
 
Begin your Holy Triduum with Archbishop Sartain as he leads hundreds of young adults (age 18-39) on a Eucharist-centered pilgrimage to several Seattle churches. This is the largest annual gathering of Catholic young adults in western Washington, coming together for prayer and community with the Archbishop. The pilgrimage will include a six mile walk around the city of Seattle and the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at each site visit. For more information, or to register, email Bridget Harris.
 
Sponsored by The Archdiocese of Seattle
 
Seattle University Alumni Seminar Series: Reading our Favorite Poems
Tuesday Evenings, April 8, 2014, May 7, 2014, May 21, 2014, and June 4, 2014
from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Seattle University

Seattle University’s College of Arts and Sciences invites alumni, students, and other college graduates to a series of live readings and discussions of poetry. Professors William Taylor, Sharon Cumberland, Susan Meyers, and David Leigh, S.J., and others will read from their favorite poetry and will invite alumni to present their favorites as well. These evenings will be for those seeking a higher-quality learning experience, discussions on life’s deeper questions, and the companionship of other active minds. Cost for the six-session seminar will be $195 including parking, all materials, and refreshments. For more information, visit the website or email Alumni Seminars.

Sponsored by the Seattle University College of Arts and Sciences
 
Joy of the Gospel
Lenten Small Study Groups

March through April, Sunday evenings at 5:30 p.m.

Join a study group that fits with your schedule this Lent. If you are a young adult, this is an opportunity to delve into study of the Gospel and the works of Pope Francis. Study groups will explore texts from Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation, the Joy of the Gospel, and discuss how his vision can challenge and inform us as we live our Christian faith in our parishes and our world. Groups will meet at different times throughout the week for five sessions. For more information, or to register, visit the Lenten Series website.

Sponsored by St. James Cathedral

Seattle Catholic Young Adults
 
Sign up to receive an email digest of general Catholic young adult events in Seattle by contacting John Dogero of Jet City Catholics and check out the Jet City Catholics Facebook Page.
 
St. James Young Adult Ministry provides social, spiritual, and social justice focused opportunities for young adults in their twenties and thirties around Seattle. Sign up to receive updates by emailing Caitlin Lanigan.
 
The St. Joseph Young Adult Community focuses on building spirituality, friendships, and creating social opportunities in the Seattle area. Sign up to receive updates by emailing Annapatrice Clarke.
 
Official Archdiocese of Seattle Young Adult App

The Archdiocese of Seattle has launched their official mobile app for Catholic young adults in Western Washington. Available for apple and android, the app will allow users to view an event page, see what events are happening near you, and view video messages from the Archdiocese. Search for WWCatholicYA in your App store to download the application. For more information or questions, email Bridget Harris.

Sponsored by the Archdiocese of Seattle Young Adults
  

January 2014

Posted by Elizabeth Coz on January 8, 2014 at 11:01 AM PST

It’s a New Year and obviously, resolutions abound. Whether it is exercising more and eating better, or making a habit of calling your friends or family each week, this yearly transition ushers newness and with it, an opportunity to embrace life more abundantly, healthily, and creatively.
 
However, have you ever thought to invite God in your exploration of New Year’s resolutions? Perhaps finding a new practice to be still and reflect, journal, or meditate. Or, perhaps it is choosing to carve out space for a retreat where you can ponder prayerfully the ways your life is calling you to new endeavors, habits, or attitudes. As we begin to have longer days with more light and draw more energy from the greening of our environment, take notice of how God might be yearning for you to also be light-filled and changed.
 
Magis and the Ignatian Spirituality Center invite young alumni (20’s and 30’s) on Saturday, January 11th for Everyday Ignatian. The retreat will be focused on engaging spiritual practices, and will be hosted at the lovely Peace & Spirituality Center in Bellevue. Check out our online flyer for details and consider it an opportunity to kick off your New Year with God in mind. The Magis staff wishes you the best this New Year and hopes you will consider Magis programs in your resolutions for personal, faith, and leadership development.

Happy 2014,
Brooke, Maria, & Liz 

 

 

Thanks to all of the Jesuit-educated alums who let us highlight them as women and men living for and with others – these stories are excellent examples of “where the rubber hits the road.”  All the 2013 reflections are accessible here, and we encourage you to share your own stories with us for 2014!  Email Magis to nominate someone or submit a reflection yourself.
 
  
Everyday Ignatian: A Young Alumni Retreat Series
Engaging Spiritual Practices

Saturday, January 11, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
St. Mary-on-the-Lake Peace and Spirituality Center, Bellevue
 
Do you have a hard time figuring out how to pray, sit with silence, or meditate in the midst of a full and fast-paced life? If so, join Magis and the Ignatian Spirituality Center for conversation, food, practice, and community! In this day long retreat, retreatants will have an opportunity to experience various spiritual practices inspired by Ignatian spirituality or offered in an “Ignatian way”, as well as share with others in small groups, reflect individually, and enjoy company of other young adults. Retreat is free of cost; space is limited. Lunch will be provided. This retreat is open to Jesuit-educated alumni in their 20’s and 30’s and local area young adults. For questions, or more information, contact Maria Ochoa.

Sponsored by Magis and Ignatian Spirituality Center


Justice Conversation
Thursday, February 27, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Seattle University (Student Center 160)

Do you want or need to make a practical action plan towards living a life of service and justice? Would you like to hear from fellow alumni on how they are taking steps to make service an everyday reality in their lives? Are you interested in connecting with local organizations looking for volunteers to assist with service projects and/or leadership opportunities? Join Magis for an evening of conversation and connection with others looking to be inspired on how to take the next step in living out Jesuit values of service and justice. This program is a follow up for those who attended the Justice Education Forum held December 8th, or anyone interested in the topic at hand. The evening will include dinner and a brief volunteer fair; space is limited. For more information, or to register, email Magis.

Sponsored by Magis
 
Alumni Day of Prayer

Saturday, March 22, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Seattle University, Campion Hall (Ecumenical Chapel)

Join us for this annual day-long facilitated Ignatian retreat. It takes place in the Seattle University Ecumenical Chapel in Campion Hall and features opportunities for sharing, reflection, small groups, music and liturgy. This retreat is designed for alumni 50+ and friends, and focuses on themes related to the second half of life. For more information or to register, email Magis.

Sponsored by Magis 
 
National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service
Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Locations TBD
 
In partnership with Seattle University Alumni Relations, Magis offers alumni of Jesuit universities and colleges an opportunity to serve in the local community in order to bring about a spirit of being men and women for and with others. National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service will send alumni volunteers to nearby Seattle area agency sites where alumni will assist with a variety of service tasks. This day of service is part of the National Jesuit Service Initiative, which engages graduates across the nation in shared service which demonstrates the life-changing and enduring power of a Jesuit education. Details coming soon! For more information, email Magis.

Sponsored by Magis and Seattle University Alumni Relations


Young Adult Interfaith Conference
Many Faiths, One Humanity: Unity in Our Diversity

Sunday, January 12, 2014 from 1:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
St. Mark’s Cathedral

If you are in your 20s or 30s, join others of diverse faiths to build an interfaith community. This conference is an opportunity to experience and share faiths and traditions, network for the common good, and create interfaith action for a better world! Internationally acclaimed interreligious scholar Rabbi Susannah Heschel, Ph.D. will open the conference. Breakout sessions include How Interfaith Collaboration is Changing the World, Understanding and Challenging Our Biases, and Hate Crimes: How They Affect Our Communities and What We Can Do. For more information and to register click here.

Sponsored by Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center

Solidarity with the Philippines Fundraiser:
Rafael in Concert and Fast for Climate Justice

January 16, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Seattle University (Campion Ballroom)
 
Join Seattle University’s Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability to support those affected by Typhoon Haiyan which devastated the Philippines in 2013. YouTube sensation, AJ Rafael will perform and all proceeds from the concert will benefit School of the SEA (Sea and Earth Advocates), a leading environmental education organization whose facilities were devastated by Typhoon Haiyan. Members of the Seattle University community will fast in solidarity with Yeb Sano, the chief Filipino negotiator to the UN climate change meetings this past November. Click here to purchase tickets ($10 for students, $15 for the general public). For more information click here or contact Mike Schut.
 
Sponsored by Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability

Ignatian Spirituality 101:
An Introduction to the Basics of Ignatian Prayer & Spirituality

Thursday, January 16, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
St. Joseph Parish Center (Mother Teresa Room)

What is Ignatian spirituality all about? What might Ignatian prayer and spirituality have to offer you? The first Jesuit Pope, Pope Francis, is grounded in Ignatian spirituality. If you have heard of Ignatian spirituality but would like to know more, this evening of introduction to the basics of Ignatian prayer and spirituality is for you! Come learn more about the life of St. Ignatius and key elements of Ignatian spirituality, experience Ignatian prayer, and learn how this rich spiritual tradition is kept alive locally. No cost. For more information or to RSVP, email Andrea Fontana.

Sponsored by Ignatian Spirituality Center, Magis, Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life (SEEL) and Christian Life Communities (CLC)

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration: Imagine a World
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.
Seattle University (Pigott Auditorium)

Come and experience a world inspired by MLK’s life and legacy, 50 years after the March on Washington! The theme this year is “Imagine a World”, and will be portrayed by a collection of performers and artists from Seattle University and the surrounding community, including Gabriel Teodros, Liberation United Church of Christ Choir, YouthSpeaks Seattle, and more. For more information, or to register, email OMA.  

Sponsored by Seattle University Office of Multicultural Affairs, Office of Student Activities, International Student Center, Black Student Union, and Center for Service and Community Engagement

International Dinner 2014: Exploring Our Cultural Roots
Saturday, January 25, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 pm
Seattle University (Campion Ballroom)

The International Dinner is a student-run event coordinated for the entire campus community and features incredible cultural performances and cuisine from a variety of cultural backgrounds from around the world. There will be fantastic raffle prizes throughout the evening as well. For more information, or to get your ticket, email ISC.

Sponsored by Seattle University International Student Center and Division of Student Development

The Jesuits in World History: International Symposium and Teacher's Workshop
Friday January 31 to Saturday, February 1, 2014
Seattle University

Seattle University is proud to announce an international symposium and teacher’s workshop dedicated to exploring new scholarship and teaching strategies on the theme of “The Jesuits in World History.” Scholars from England, Canada and the United States will explore emerging scholarship on the critical role that the Jesuits played in shaping world history. The Society of Jesus was, as one historian has noted, “The most important organization in the early modern world.” Their travels and writings defined cross-cultural encounters and dialogues across the globe. Following there will be a half-day teachers’ workshop for high school and college-level world history teachers focusing on innovative ways to integrate key resources in Jesuit history into world history classes.  Sessions will focus on a prize-winning classroom exercise exploring the Jesuits in China, a critical look at world history films dealing with the Jesuits, and primary source materials on Jesuit travelers. This event is free and open to all; space is limited. For more information, or to register, email Thorne Clayton-Falls or visit the College of Arts & Sciences online.

Sponsored by Seattle University College of Arts and Sciences

In the Steps of Ignatius: Ignatian Spirituality for Men
Large Group Session III - Seeing the Face of God in Our Relationships, with Joe Orlando

Saturday, February 8, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
St. Joseph Parish Center

Men of all ages and faith backgrounds are invited to come together this year for any or all of four large group offerings of Ignatian spirituality especially for men. These Saturday morning gatherings will focus on discerning God’s presence in various aspects of everyday life. Each morning will include a half-hour gathering with light refreshments, followed by prayer,  a presentation, and time to reflect individually & with others. Join other men interested in integrating spirituality & daily life. Contact Andrea Fontana for more information.

Sponsored by Ignatian Spirituality Center 

2013-2014 Catholic Heritage Lectures: Catholicism in a Religiously Plural World with José Casanova, Ph.D.
Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
Seattle University (Pigott Auditorium)
 
The Seattle University Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture sponsors events that provide a Catholic lens to on-going conversations at the university, conversations that are especially relevant to our local community and our world today. The 2013-2014 lecture series examines the roots of the Church’s call for engagement with religions, and will continue with featured speaker José Casanova, Ph.D. for his talk ”The Church in a Global Pluralistic World: Challenges and Opportunities”. Visit ICTC online for information on other upcoming Winter 2014 Catholic Heritage Lecture speakers, including Agnes Brazel, Mel Piehl, and Fr. Heru Prakosa, S.J. Events are free and open to the public. For more information, email ICTC director Catherine Punsalan with any questions.
 
Sponsored by Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture

Seattle Catholic Young Adults
 
Sign up to receive an email digest of general Catholic young adult events in Seattle by contacting John Dogero of Jet City Catholics.
 
St. James Young Adult Ministry provides social, spiritual, and social justice focused opportunities for young adults in their twenties and thirties around Seattle. Sign up to receive updates by emailing Caitlin Lanigan.
 
The St. Joseph Young Adult Community focuses on building spirituality, friendships, and creating social opportunities in the Seattle area. Sign up to receive updates by emailing Annapatrice Clarke.
 
Official Archdiocese of Seattle Young Adult App

The Archdiocese of Seattle has launched their official mobile app for Catholic young adults in Western Washington. Available for apple and android, the app will allow users to view an event page, see what events are happening near you, and view video messages from the Archdiocese. Search for WWCatholicYA in your App store to download the application. For more information or questions, email Bridget Harris.

Sponsored by the Archdiocese of Seattle Young Adults