Magis: Alumni Living the Mission


  • September 2013

    Posted by Maria Ochoa on 8/26/2013 01:31:59 PM

    Every summer is filled with journeys. Where did this summer take you? For some, it was going to a coast, camp ground, or lake. For others, like our Assistant Director Maria L. Ochoa, it was the MAG+S Ignatian immersion and World Youth Day events in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (you can read her reflection in this month’s Alumni Living the Mission). Wherever you went this summer, there were bound to be moments of joy, excitement, challenge, and learning. As fall starts up, we are excited to see you at Magis programs and hear your summer journey stories.
    In the meantime, Magis has been planning some new opportunities to better support you in living out Jesuit values in the everyday journey. Among the great new programs starting this fall is Everyday Ignatian: A Young Alumni Retreat Series  kicking-off October 10th. The accessible two-evening and one-weekend day retreat format was designed to integrate Ignatian reflection and learning over a few months. Alumni in their 20’s and 30’s will have an opportunity to explore topics from community to spiritual practices. Magis is also excited to be partnering with the Ignatian Spirituality Center for the third retreat of the series, and is working to bring engaging speakers for this program. See below for more details.
    Magis is also happy to share that the second cohort of Contemplative Leaders in Action (CLA) is well on its way. The two-year journey officially began September 3rd and CLA participants have started to build their community of life-long learners. If you were starting an adventure of learning, what word or image might you carry with you? Share with us on Facebook an inspiring picture from your summer journey, and you may get chosen to win a pair of Magis pint glasses.

    Here’s to a great end-of-summer and for future journeying together this year!

    The Magis Staff

      Alumni Living the Mission 


    Brazil & Back: A Pilgrimage Reflection
    by Maria L. Ochoa, Assistant Director of Magis

    Alumni include: Matthew Salazar (Seattle U ‘09), Michael Alcantara (Seattle U ‘09), Andrew Giron (Seattle U ‘09), and Thuong ChuChe (Gonzaga ‘06 & Seattle U ’13)

    For three weeks this past July, Maria Ochoa and Matthew Pyrc, S.J. traveled alongside a group of thirteen Seattle University students and alumni to embark on a journey of living the magis. They participated in MAG+S, a pastoral experience of Ignatian immersion for pilgrims from Jesuit institutions leading up to World Youth Day. Among 2,000 other students, alumni, Jesuits and lay partners hailing from over 50 countries, Maria's pilgrim experience could be best described as a joyful mess. Click here to read Maria's reflection.

       Save the Date

    Everyday Ignatian: Young Alumni Retreat Series
    Thursday, October 10, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Mosaic Coffee House, Seattle
    Thursday, November 21, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Student Center 160, Seattle University
    Saturday, January 11, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Location TBD
    This fall, alumni in their 20’s and 30’s are invited to participate in a dynamic three-part retreat series focusing on faith and spirituality topics as seen through the Jesuit/Ignatian perspective. Topics will be diverse as: discovering your vocation, engaging spiritual practices & integrating Jesuit values into everyday life. Join us for conversation, food, practice, and community! Participants are encouraged to journey for the entire series, but may attend individual sessions. For questions, or more information, contact Assistant Director Maria Ochoa. Be sure to check out our Facebook page for more information on speakers in the coming weeks.

    Sponsored by Magis

    Magis Mixer: An Evening with Fr. Greg Boyle, S.J.
    Friday, October 25, 2013
    Pre-event Mixer at 6:00 p.m., Olympia Pizza, Capitol Hill
    Event at 7:30 p.m., St. Joseph Church, Seattle
    Join Magis and other Jesuit-educated alumni for a Mixer-style evening with pre-event food and drinks at Olympia Pizza on Capitol Hill and then a chance to hear Father Greg Boyle, S.J.  Fr. "G" is an internationally acclaimed speaker and founder of Homeboy Industries which helps former gang members redirect their lives and become contributing members of their families and the community by offering hope, training and job skills. They provide free services and programs that provide alternatives to re-incarceration or a return to former gang lives, and is the largest gang rehabilitation program in the country. In recognition of 30 years of providing the Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life (SEEL) in the Puget Sound region, SEEL is hosting this event to raise funds that will support the continuing ministry of SEEL now and into the future. Magis has 30 tickets to offer at a reduced rate of $10 each on a first-come, first-served basis for you and up to one guest. To reserve your spot, email Magis. Tickets are available for purchase directly through Brown Paper Tickets.

    Sponsored by SEEL Puget Sound and Magis

    Ignatian Silent Retreat
    Friday, November 8, 2013 to Sunday, November 10, 2013
    Palisades Retreat Center, Federal Way
    The Ignatian Silent Retreat provides participants with an opportunity for prayer, silence and renewal in the context of the Christian faith tradition. It is open to alumni, university faculty and staff members and spouses. The retreat draws upon the inspiration of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, the pattern of prayer and meditations developed by the founder of the Jesuits. Seasoned spiritual directors lead retreatants through the weekend, which begins on Friday evening with dinner and ends Sunday at 3:00 p.m. Cost is $100 and includes room and board. For more information, or to register, please contact Magis.

    Sponsored by The Office of Jesuit Mission and Identity and Magis

    Justice Education Forum
    Saturday, December 7, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
    Seattle University (Student Center 160)

    The Justice Education Forum is an annual program which explores the alumni experience of living a commitment to justice and service. This is accomplished through a day of conversation and learning, and includes a keynote presentation, workshops, as well as an opportunity for small group discussion. More details coming soon!  For more information, contact Maria Ochoa.

    Sponsored by Magis
    Partner Programs and Events
    Spirituality on Tap
    Meditation: Medicine for the Soul

    Thursday, September 5, 2013 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    St. Joseph Parish Center, Seattle
    Mindfulness and meditation practice are becoming increasingly popular as ways to aid healing for illness and to mitigate the effects of stress from our frantic modern way of life. This experiential evening will help you learn simple ways to incorporate mindfulness and meditation into your day and increase your awareness and gratitude for all that God has given. Contact Emily Davis for more information.

    Sponsored by SEYA at Ignatian Spirituality Center
    Saturday in Service, King County
    Saturday, September 7, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    St. Mary’s Foodbank, Seattle
    Join fellow young adults in Seattle at the food bank at St. Mary's Parish in Seattle to support Central District neighbors. Open to young adults ages 18-39. More information is available at the Facebook event. Contact Bridget Harris for more information.

    Sponsored by Office for Youth and Young Adult Evangelization

    Theology on Tap: Living Your Faith 7 Days a Week
    Wednesdays, September 11 and 18, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
    The Chieftain, Seattle
    This is a three week series exploring how Catholic young adults (20’s and 30’s) in Seattle can live out their baptismal call all week long. From sitting in the pew on Sunday, to cranking through the work week, to meeting friends at the bar on the weekends, explore how to stay connected to God and deepen your faith the whole week through. Pre-event mass at 6:15 p.m. located at the Chapel of St. Ignatius on Seattle University’s campus. RSVPs via Facebook are highly encouraged and appreciated.

    Work Hard, Pray Hard: Finding God during the work week

    September 11, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
    David Unger, St. James parishioner, young adult, husband, and father of two will share his insight on how he has learned to keep his faith alive all week long while working as an economist at KPMG.

    From the Party to the Pew
    September 18, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
    Deacon Steve Wodzanowski serves as Pastoral Associate at St. Joseph Parish. A former Jesuit volunteer and father to two young adults, he will address the subject crossing every young adult’s mind approaching the weekend.

    Sponsored by St. James Cathedral Young Adult Ministry

    Local Harvest: A Benefit in Support of the Ignatian Spirituality Center
    Friday, October 18, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. 
    St. Joseph Parish Center, Seattle
    Join Ignatian Spirituality Center for an evening of food, fun and friends! Enjoy local music, food and beverages, and bid on beautiful works of art created by local artists. Test your knowledge of all things Ignatian by participating in Jesuit Jeopardy! For more information, visit ISC online or email Andrea Fontana.

    Sponsored by Ignatian Spirituality Center
    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.