Magis: Alumni Living the Mission


  • November 2013

    Posted by Elizabeth Coz on 11/6/2013 11:06:47 AM

    “I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the community, and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.”
    - George Bernard Shaw

    If you’ve ever felt torn between wanting to live a life of service and justice, but not knowing how to do it, raise your hand.  

    Chances are, if we were in a room of 100 Jesuit-educated alumni, most everyone’s hand would be up. The holistic Ignatian education we receive – of the mind and of the heart –challenges us to make decisions that serve those on the margins. But in a struggling economy and with so many competing commitments, it can be hard to prioritize the needs of those most vulnerable when we ourselves feel vulnerable. 

    As we enter November, we elect our government officials, dial up the thermostat, and reset our clocks. We settle into new routines. Do you have service built into your weekly, monthly or yearly routine? Do you make time to connect with the poor or advocate for those with no voice? Thanksgiving, Advent, and Christmas tend to spark exceptional generosity and we witness gift-giving as a love language shared to unite friends, families and the community at large. But what holds us back from pouring out our resources of time, money and presence year-round?

    On December 7th, our annual Justice Education Forum will focus on answering the question “What does a life of service and justice mean to me, and how do I live it in my everyday life?”.  It’s not easy, but it can be done. We will hear from leaders in our community who are living as men and women for and with others as they share their approaches to service and justice in daily life.

    It can be hard to know what to do when you know someone needs help — a homeless man with nowhere to go huddled in a doorway, an elderly woman in line at a food bank, the mentally ill person on the bus. We invite everyone who is interested in exploring practical and relevant ways to serve to join us December 7th  (details below). Also, stay tuned for follow-up events in the same spirit of sharing. We wish you many blessings as 2013 comes to a close, and may we all embrace the openings in 2014.

    Brooke, Maria and Liz

    P.S. Late Monday night, Magis learned that West Livaudais, who is featured as this month’s Alumni Living the Mission with his twin sister Catherine, was hit by a car on November 3 in Guatemala. Once his condition is stable enough to travel, he will be flown to a hospital in Portland where his family is anxious to be with him.  Until then we await news on his condition. Please send prayers of healing and hope to the entire Livaudais family and keep West in your intentions at this time.
    Alumni Living the Mission


    Catherine and West Livaudais

     (Gonzaga '00, JVCNW [Catherine])

    Catherine and West Livaudais are twins by birth, but mission-driven ministers of peace and presence by choice. Even from afar, their core values of prayer and service to others inspire one another. Click here to read their reflections. 

     Magis Opportunity

    Everyday Ignatian: Young Alumni Retreat Series
    Vocation & Life's Purpose - Facilitated by Kathy Collins
    Thursday, November 21, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Seattle University (Student Center 160)

    Magis is excited to welcome Ignatian facilitator, retired Seattle University campus minister, and recent Maryknoll Missionary Kathy Collins! Kathy will share a brief story on St. Ignatius' life and share some from her own experience. She will then moderate a panel of fellow Jesuit-educated alumni in sharing their vocational stories, as well as tools and tips for meaningful discernment. The evening will include a space for you to ponder how you are presently called in your own life, share in small groups, and hopefully leave a little more inspired. Join us for conversation, food, practice, and community! 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 
    Save the Date  
    Justice Education Forum:
    Living a Life of Service and Justice
    Saturday, December 7, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
    Seattle University (Student Center 160)

    Jesuit education imbues a deep spirit of being men and women for others in its graduates. But, living a life of service and justice takes hard work! Since graduating from your alma mater, you may have struggled with trying to  fit a commitment to service/justice into an already packed schedule, been challenged in naming and connecting your gifts, skills, and interests with local service/justice opportunities, or incorporating these values into your relationships, communities, and work life. Justice Education Forum is a space where alumni can ask the meaningful question “What does a life of service and justice mean to me, and how do I live it in my everyday life?”

    This year’s keynote speaker, Kent Koth (Director of the Seattle University Center for Service and Community Engagement and Seattle University Youth Initiative) will lead an interactive conversation and reflection on this important question. Justice Education Forum aims to inspire alumni in identifying ways they are already participating in meaningful service and acts of justice, naming challenges towards meaningfully living into those values, and re–imagining ways to take action today. The day will also include an opportunity to attend one of three workshops focused on practical topics such as how make a living and make a difference at the same time, and balancing personal and service/justice commitments. Justice Education Forum is free of charge and includes lunch; space is limited. Jesuit-educated alumni and the larger community are invited to attend. To register, or for more information, email Magis.

    Sponsored by Magis 

    Alumni Advent Mass 
    Sunday, December 8, 2013 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    Seattle University (Chapel of St. Ignatius)

    Seattle University invites Jesuit-educated alumni, family members 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 will be served at a reception immediately following mass in the Paccar Atrium of the Pigott Building. For more information or to register for the event, contact the Office of Alumni Relations.

    Sponsored by Seattle University Alumni Relations and Magis

    Everyday Ignatian: A Young Alumni Retreat Series 
    Engaging Spiritual Practices
    - Saturday, January 11, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    Location TBD
    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 Assistant Director Maria Ochoa.

    Sponsored by Magis and Ignatian Spirituality Center

    Partner Programs and Events 
    Mother Earth and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples:
    Exploring our Connections in a Globalized World
    Thursday, November 7, 2013 and Friday, November 8, 2013
    Monday, January 6, 2014 and Saturday, November 11, 2014
    March, 2014
    One Equal Heart Foundation invites you to gather and discuss the issues facing Mexico’s southernmost state of Chiapas. Thousands of indigenous people from Chiapas will gather at the Indigenous Congress on Mother Earth to reflect on the environmental, human rights, and economic challenges that Chiapas is facing and develop a coordinated response to them. In solidarity with the Chiapas, One Equal Heart Foundation invites local organizations, schools and universities, faith communities, and individuals to gather and discuss these same issues with the Chiapas. For more information, or to register for the discussion, email One Equal Foundation.

    Sponsored by One Equal Heart Foundation
    Ignatian Spirituality Center Book Group:
    Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion

    Tuesday, November 12, 2013 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    Tuesday, November 19, 2013 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    St. Joseph Parish Center
    In Fr. Greg Boyle, S.J.’s New York Time bestselling book, Boyle explains his experiences working in the ghetto using parables inspired by faith and essays about universal kinship, redemption, and moving examples of the power of unconditional love and the importance of fighting despair. Join the Ignatian Spirituality Book Group, co-facilitated by David Coffey and Emily Davis, in reading and discussing this “quick read” as a reminder that no life is less valuable than another. For more information, or to register, contact Emily Davis.
    Sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center
    Wine and Wisdom
    Thursday, November 7, 2013 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Thursday, November 14, 2013 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Thursday, November 21, 2013 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    The Ram Restaurant and Brewery
    The fall Wine and Wisdom series continues this year with discussions on how to keep our prayer life vibrant in our 20’s and 30’s. Each Thursday until November 21st, a speaker will share his/her wisdom and fellowship with the group. Join for great discussions, lessons, and an optional mass at St. Francis Cabrini at 6:00 p.m. For more information, or to register, email Bridget Harris.
    Sponsored by the Office for Youth and Young Adult Evangelization
    SEYA Spirituality on Tap
    Dreams, Imagination and Ignatian Contemplation

    Thursday, November 14, 2013 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    St. Therese Parish Center
    Join a group of young adults in an exploration of the physiology of dreaming. The group will look at how to interpret dreams and the role of imagination in Ignatian prayer. Come with a dream you’d be willing to share with the group and a question you may have about it. For more information, or to register, email Emily Davis.
    Sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center
    Living out God’s Vocation
    Saturday, December 7, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
    St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, Bellevue
    The Ignatian Spirituality Center invites men of all ages to come to a series of large group gatherings focusing on discerning God’s presence in various aspects of everyday life. This event, led by Brendan Busse, S.J., will focus on living out God’s vocation, including a half-hour gathering with light refreshments, followed by prayer, a presentation, and individual reflection. For more information, or to register, email Andrea Fontana

    Sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center
    Young Adult Retreat:
    Discerning God’s Will and Your Gifts

    Friday, December 13, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. to Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 1:00 p.m.
    Archbishop Brunett Retreat Center
    Join Fr. Bryan Dolejsi on this retreat for Young Adults discerning God’s gifts in life. Participants will spend time reflecting on the particular gifts God has given us and how to best utilize them for the building up of the kingdom of God. The retreat will include time for prayer, presentation, discussions, and silent person time. All young adults 18-35 years-old of the Archdiocese are welcome. For more information, or to register, email Helen Nguyen.
    Sponsored by the Office for Youth and Young Adult Evangelization
    An Advent Posada: A Journey of Immigrants
    Saturday, December 14, 2013 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    St. Mary’s Church
    The Ignatian Spirituality Center invites you to join them in a Posada: a Latin American tradition of Advent dramatizing the search of Joseph and Mary for lodging. This will be a way to enter more fully into Advent and into a deeper reflection on immigration. The evening will include song, scripture and stories from recent immigrants and processions to nearby homes. All ages are welcome. For more information email Emily Davis.
    Sponsored by the 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.