Magis: Alumni Living the Mission


  • March 2014

    Posted by Elizabeth Coz on 3/5/2014 08:51:17 AM

    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

      Alumni Living the Mission

    Paul Milan Photo CMS

    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.

     Magis Opportunity  
    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   
    Save the Date  
    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

    Partner Programs and Events  
    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