Magis: Alumni Living the Mission


  • February 2013

    Posted by Elizabeth Coz on 2/6/2013 01:54:22 PM

    Only weeks into the New Year, and life is already bursting at the seams! That is why intentionally making time to ground ourselves in the midst of ensuing busyness is, simply put, a good thing. What are ways you take time for yourself in the midst of whirling responsibilities, commitments, and goals you’ve chosen for the New Year? For some, the upcoming liturgical season of Lent serves as a call to make time to go inward in order to encounter stillness. For others, it may be a practice such as yoga, taking a long walk at a favorite park, or journaling with a cup of coffee. Whichever way you prefer, we invite you to look for a way to create space in order to “check-in” with yourself regularly.

    This coming March, Magis will offer two signature programs that provide an avenue to do this. The Alumni Day of Prayer, hosted on March 16th, will be featuring Pat O’Leary, S.J. and Cissy McLane, and they will lead an inspiring day for those alumni who are entering or are experiencing their second half of life. It promises to be a day of exploration on the experiences and questions of what that stage of life means. A few days later on March 20th will be Spirituality on Tap led by Brendan Busse, S.J. (our Alumni Living the Mission featured this month), who will facilitate a conversation on how vocation and imagination are intertwined. If you are in your 20’s or 30’s, we invite you to join us and bring a friend along. Information on these programs and more are located below.

    Lastly, don’t forget that tomorrow is our Open House between 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. in our new home located in the Pigott Leadership Pavilion #126. Stop by for bit or for a while – either way, we are excited to have you!

    Here’s to a great start to your February,
    Brooke, Maria, Liz

    Alumni Living the Mission 

    Image - Busse

    Brendan Busse, S.J.
     This month’s featured Alumni Living the Mission, Brendan Busse, S.J., first graduated from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and says, “I made a good decision and a bad discernment… I consulted my head while absolutely ignoring and perhaps even silencing my heart.”  As a now Jesuit and current professor of Ignatian Spirituality at Seattle U, he reflects on how sometimes our doing less enables our being more.  Click here to read Brendan’s reflection.

     Magis Opportunity 
    Magis Open House
    Thursday, February 7, 2013 from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
    Seattle University, Pigott Pavilion for Leadership (Room 126)
    Magis has moved! We are now in the Pigott Pavilion for Leadership, Room 126. In lieu of our monthly Magis Mixer in February, we invite you to join us for appetizers, drinks, and conversation in our new space.  In addition to refreshments, there will be raffles! Email Magis with any questions.

    Sponsored by Magis

    Calling All Alumni 55+: Join a Magis Small Group Today!

    Magis’ Older Adults and Retiree Small Group (OAR) is for alumni who are 55+ and who would like to integrate Ignatian Spirituality and Magis core values of faith, justice, and leadership in their own journey. OAR members pray together, share their stories, encourage one another and learn more about Ignatian Spirituality by reading and discussing books such as Finding God in Each Moment: The Practice of Discernment in Everyday Life by Carol Ann Smith and Eugene F. Merz, S.J. Those willing and able go out to lunch together after the meeting. If this sounds like a good fit for you, please contact us! To sign-up or for more information, email Assistant Director Maria Ochoa.

    Sponsored by Magis 

    Magis Appreciation Night at KeyArena
    Free Tickets to SU Men's Basketball Game!
    Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
    Key Arena, Seattle
    Seattle University would like to invite Jesuit-educated alumni from the Puget Sound region to join us for Magis: Alumni Living the Mission Appreciation Night at KeyArena in the Seattle Center for the Redhawk men’s basketball game against Louisiana Tech. It’s a great opportunity for a Valentine’s date, a family outing, or just coming together with a group of friends. To access two complimentary tickets and purchase additional seats if needed, click here.

    Sponsored by Seattle University Athletics and Magis 

    Save the Date  
    Alumni Day of Prayer
    Loved into Gratitude: Depth and Wonder in the Second Half of Life
    Facilitated by Pat O'Leary, S.J. and Cissy McLane
    Saturday, March 16, 2012 from 9 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    Seattle University, Chapel of St. Ignatius
    Magis is pleased to offer again this special Ignatian retreat in everyday life. Facilitators Pat O'Leary, S.J. and Cissy McLane will share wisdom on spirituality and faith in the second half of life. The day features opportunities for prayer and reflection, small group sharing, gentle music, and liturgy, all taking place in the beautiful sacred space of the Chapel of Saint Ignatius. If you are entering or experiencing your second half of life, join us and bring a friend! Cost is $20 and includes coffee service, lunch, retreat materials and parking. This retreat is focused for alumni in their second half of life, all faith and spiritual backgrounds are welcome. To RSVP, or for more information, email Magis
    Sponsored by Magis

    Spirituality on Tap

    Meant to Be? Imagine That: Personal Vocation and the Ignatian Call to Creative Imagination
    With Brendan Busse, S.J.
    Wednesday, March 20, 2013 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
    Seattle University, Casey Commons (500)
    Join for an evening of reflection and conversation with Brendan Busse, S.J. who will reflect on the role of imagination in our being and becoming as a means of discovering and answering the call of our life in creation, relation, and dedication. We will explore the idea of personal vocation as an ongoing answer to a deceptively simple question: How do we accept the great gift of our life, and what can we possibly give in return? Please join us for this wonderful evening retreat in everyday life! This program is geared for alumni and friends in their 20’s and 30’s, all faith and spiritual backgrounds are welcomed. Event is free of cost. To RSVP, or for more information, email Magis.

    Sponsored by Magis and Ignatian Spirituality Center

    Ignatian Leadership Summitwith Karin Botto
    Wednesday, May 8, 2013 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
    Seattle University, LeRoux Conference Room (Student Center 160)
    Magis and its Contemplative Leaders in Action (CLA) Alumni Leadership Cohort are hosting an Ignatian Leadership Summit featuring keynote speaker Karin Botto, Director of Organizational Learning & Leadership at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia. Karin’s presentation will focus on Ignatian Leadership and why the world needs Ignatian leaders. The evening will feature Karin’s talk, dinner, and a facilitated reflection and conversation.  Cost is free, space is limited. For general information, please email Magis.

    Sponsored by Magis’ Contemplative Leaders in Action Alumni Leadership Program
    Magis Young Alumni Retreat
    Friday, May 17, 2013 to Sunday, May 19, 2013
    Camp Burton, Vashon Island
    Are you an alumnus/na in your 20’s or 30’s and looking for a weekend to getaway for some restorative time with great new friends? The Magis Young Alumni Retreat is a three-day Ignatian retreat for those seeking a way to reflect on their current life circumstances, while grounding them in a sense of faith. This retreat includes facilitation by retreat directors, creative exercises, small-group sharing, and plenty of free time to enjoy the beautiful outdoor space. The retreat will be led by Jack Bentz, S.J., Cathy Beckley, S.N.J.M, and Maria Ochoa, and is open to alumni of all faith and spiritual backgrounds and walks of life. Cost is $125 and includes rooming, meals, and retreat materials. To register, or for more information, email Magis.
    Sponsored by Magis 

     Partner Programs and Events
    Immersions in Ignatian Prayer: Experience Ignatian Prayer this Lent & Easter
    5 Tuesdays in Lent and Easter from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    St. Joseph Parish Center, Seattle

    This Lent and Easter, immerse yourself in an experience of Ignatian prayer! On Tuesday evenings biweekly during these holy seasons, you are invited to learn about and experience a unique form of Ignatian prayer followed by reflection on the prayer individually and in a small group. Whether you are new to or experienced in Ignatian spirituality, these evenings are wonderful opportunities to engage in a prayer practice to integrate into your daily life and prayer. Participants may attend each session independently or journey with a small group throughout the whole series. Cost: $20/session or $90/series. To attend independent sessions, or to sign up for the series with a small group, contact Andrea Fontana by February 12.  

    Sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center
    Come and See with the Jesuits – Discernment Day for Young Men
    Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 9:00 a.m.
    Seattle University (Arrupe House)
    Join Jesuits and other Catholic men discerning a call to religious life, in a morning of prayer, conversation, food, and urban hiking to Seattle Jesuit sites. Participants will gather at Arrupe Jesuit Community on the campus of Seattle University then hike to Seattle Preparatory High School and then on to St. Joseph’s Church, the Jesuit Parish in Seattle where they will enjoy lunch together. The morning ends with a return to Seattle University. For more information, email Matthew Pyrc, S.J.

    Sponsored by the Oregon Province Jesuits
    In the Steps of St. Ignatius: Ignatian Spirituality for Men
    Part I - The Ignatian Way: God in All Things
    Saturday, February 9, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
    St. Joseph Church, Seattle
    Men of all ages and faith backgrounds are invited to come together for the first of three offerings of Ignatian spirituality especially for men. This first morning will include gathering with coffee and light breakfast followed by presenters Gene Delmore, S.J. and Ned Delmore, and guest panelists reflecting on what it means to “find God in all things” and be a “contemplative in action.” There will be time for individual and group reflection on questions such as “Where is God in my life?,”  “How can I deepen my spirituality in my daily routine and busy schedule?,” and “How does my faith guide my relationships, responsibilities and identities as a son, father, brother, partner, single person, friend, colleague, retiree, church-goer, or citizen?” Free will offering. To RSVP, or for more information, contact Andrea Fontana.  

    Sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center
    Spirituality on Tap: Relationships and Discernment

    Facilitated by Carla and Joe Orlando
    Thursday, February 21, 2013 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  
    Piecora’s Pizza, Seattle 
    There are many kinds of relationships in our lives: family, coworkers, friends, and loved ones. Join Carla and Joe Orlando along with other young adults (20's and 30's) to explore how Ignatian discernment can be used to help us be more aware and more effective in our relationships with all those with whom we share ourselves. Carla and Joe have been informed by in Ignatian spirituality for over two decades and have worked throughout that time in a variety of ministry, vocation, and educational settings including their current roles at Seattle Pacific University and Seattle University, respectively. They have been married 17 years and have twin 13 year old daughters. For young adults ages 21-35. RSVP required by February 11. For more information or to RSVP email Matt Salazar.

    Sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center

    Novena of Grace: Finding My Way Home
    Wednesday, March 6, 2013 through Thursday, March 14, 2013
    12:30 p.m. at the Chapel of St. Ignatius, Seattle or
    7:00 p.m. at St. Joseph Church, Seattle
    Are you longing to find a meaningful connection to God in your busy schedule? Are you thirsting to hear spiritual wisdom relevant to your daily life? Are you uplifted by worshiping in community with others? Enter more deeply into Lent this year by participating in the Novena of Grace, a meaningful nine-day “retreat in everyday life.” Experienced presenters Jennifer Kelly and Paul Fitterer, S.J. return to the Novena community to help us reflect on the theme of “Finding My Way Home” from an Ignatian perspective within the context of the Eucharist. Join a community of others to sing and pray with St. Francis Xavier for healing and graces. For more information, email Andrea Fontana
    Sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center 
    Young Adult Lenten Retreat
    Friday, March 8, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. to Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 4:00 p.m.
    Far-Away Retreat Center, Seattle
    Spend some time this Lenten season in prayer and reflection with your fellow young adults. Fr. Lukasz Misko, associate director at the University of Washington's Newman Center, will be leading the retreat. Fr. Lukasz will guide us in prayer and meditation as we dive deeper in the the season of Lent. The cost of the retreat is $85 for singles and $150 for married couples. There is a limit of 30 available spots for the weekend, so please sign up ASAP. To register or for more information, contact Rochelle Borthwick.

    Sponsored by the Office for Youth and Young Adult Ministry

    2013 Search for Meaning Book Festival

    Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 9:00 a.m.
    Seattle University (Pigott Hall)
    The fifth annual Search for Meaning Book Festival features over 40 authors surrounding the human search for meaning on issues of spirituality, faith, social justice - a life lived with and for others. The 2013 Festival keynote speakers are Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Michael Chabon, interviewed live on stage by National Book Award winner Sherman Alexie, and internationally renown writer and scholar Reza Aslan. Free tickets are required, and are available now. Live artists and musicians expressing their search for meaning and interactive art areas for participants will also be featured. All authors are available for book signings. Elliott Bay Book Company and Seattle University Bookstore will provide books for purchase. Click here for tickets or more information.

    Sponsored by Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry

    Catholic Advocacy Day
    Friday, March 22, 2013
    Olympia, WA

    Catholic Advocacy Day is an opportunity for members from the wider Catholic community to advocate for social justice in Washington State. Participants will have an opportunity to meet with the legislators from their district. Advocacy Priority Issues for the 2013 Legislative Session include: funding for the Basic Health Plan; access to basic health services by low-income people; Aged, Blind or Disabled Assistance Program, Housing & Essential Needs (HENS) and Medical Care Services; and Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) grants and vital services. All participants will receive a short training on the advocacy issues and some tips to help with the legislative meetings. To RSVP and sign-up for a free ride down to Olympia, email to Dialogue for Justice by February 20th.

    Sponsored by Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center, Washington State Catholic Conference, Catholic Community Services, Archdiocese of Seattle, Pierce County Deanery, St. Vincent de Paul 

    Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center Women’s Convocation V: Grace on the Margins
    Saturday – Sunday, April 12 -13, 2013
    Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue
    The Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center welcome you to their Women’s Convocation April 12 -13 at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, Washington. This is a chance to celebrate the possibility of change inherent in the Spirit of our world, church, and lives. Open to both women and men, the convocation will debut the musical "Grace on the Margins" as well as feature speakers on a wide range of topics concerning spirituality, transformation, and justice. Come and join over 2,000 participants for prayer, lectures, and workshops. For information, or to RSVP in advance, email IPJC.
    Sponsored by Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center
    Manna Project International Summer Internship Program
    Manna Project International is a non-profit organization that specializes in holistic community development. We connect young professionals and recent college graduates with international service opportunities in Guatemala, Ecuador, and Nicaragua. Apply to be a 7 or 13 month International Program Director and design and implement community development initiatives in a range of fields, including health, environment, education, and micro-finance. For more information visit their website or email Kat Mueller.
    Sponsored by Manna Project International