Mission and Ministry
Alumni Living the Mission

Romo Brothers

  • Abe Romo 
    One of my favorite sayings is “Less is more” because I like simplicity. As I was reflecting on what Magis means to me, I quickly realized that Magis is more in my life. Since the word Magis means “the More”, then by deduction you can see that Magis is more actually means that (the) “More is more”.  I am not troubled by this contradiction because through Jesuit education I have gained more of the more.  Jesuit education has allowed me to develop more aspects of my personality and to have compassion for others and, more importantly, to act on that compassion in order keep true to the mission and strive for a more just and humane world. I started doing this by volunteering my time in prison ministry and soup kitchens while I was still roaming SU as a student.

    As I gained more knowledge and earned a degree in 2006, I entered the professional world as a mechanical engineer and have been able to do more for others there too. I have remained connected to Seattle University with the Costco Alumni Board, Engineering Projects Center, and through recruiting fairs. Outside of my day-to-day work I have volunteered with Junior Achievement, America Scores Seattle, and Big Brothers Big Sisters. It is through this service that I continue to learn more about the importance of living out a “more is more” kind of life.
    It is up to us to do more with the knowledge that we acquire and to realize that a Jesuit life is a “more is more” kind of life too. We have a responsibility to go outside of our comfort zone and take a little more action. It can be as simple as making someone else’s day by being thoughtful and kind, but it has to start with each one of us.

    Job Romo
    In 2009 I graduated with a degree in international business from SU and it was this holistic Jesuit education that taught me many things about the business world, life and to always do more. More for our neighbors and ourselves. 

    I am involved in the Costco Scholars alumni executive board and currently working at Golazo, a Seattle start-up that doesn’t only focus on making healthy sports drinks, but also on making a difference through soccer, my passion and the world’s sport.  Here I have worked with and partnered with numerous non-profit organizations that strive to improve individuals as well as communities through the sport. With Street Soccer Seattle, a soccer organization that focuses on homeless youth, we have provided a safe haven for players to play as well as worked on elevating their self-worth and self-esteem. With youth soccer clubs and after-school programs we try to instill values such as justice, leadership, giving back to the community, as well as teaching the importance of setting goals and living healthy lifestyles.

    Pedro Romo
    As you walk into Gonzaga’s main campus building there reads a sign above the door “AMDG.”  It wasn’t until my sophomore year that curiosity got the best of me so I googled it to see what it meant. Turns out ‘AMDG’ is more than a collection of letters, it is a lifestyle.  What do I mean by that? AMDG (ad majorem Dei gloriam) means whatever you do, whatever decision you make, whatever the choice should be made for the greater glory of God. 

    I took this to heart and began saying it before engineering final exams – I think it helped my grades some.  A few years later I joined the professional workforce and have been moving up the corporate ladder.  My AMDG moments, or decisions, have grown in scope and now impact a lot more than my grades – my employees’ lives and those of our customers and partners are affected everyday by the choices I make in how I treat others and the example I portray.  Outside of work and in our communities I stay involved and help those less fortunate through programs like Big Brother, Rebuilding Together, and currently FIRST. 

    AMDG then is a way of life where each choice to be made ought to be for the greater glory of God, be it grades in college, a wife-to-be, and the day-to-day decisions we make.  I challenge you to think about it next time you face a choice.  Hint: pick the choice that has you serving others first.

  • Abe Romo (Seattle University, 2006)
    Job Romo (Seattle University, 2009)
    Pedro Romo (Gonzaga University 2005)