“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 ShawIf 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 LizP.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.
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.
Everyday Ignatian: Young Alumni Retreat SeriesVocation & 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 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 Mother Earth and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: Exploring our Connections in a Globalized WorldThursday, November 7, 2013 and Friday, November 8, 2013Monday, January 6, 2014 and Saturday, November 11, 2014March, 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 CompassionTuesday, 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 WisdomThursday, 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 TapDreams, Imagination and Ignatian ContemplationThursday, 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 VocationSaturday, 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 GiftsFriday, 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 ImmigrantsSaturday, 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.
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
Brazil & Back: A Pilgrimage Reflectionby 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.
Everyday Ignatian: Young Alumni Retreat SeriesThursday, October 10, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Mosaic Coffee House, SeattleThursday, November 21, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Student Center 160, Seattle UniversitySaturday, 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, 2013Pre-event Mixer at 6:00 p.m., Olympia Pizza, Capitol HillEvent 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 MagisIgnatian Silent RetreatFriday, November 8, 2013 to Sunday, November 10, 2013Palisades 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 MagisJustice Education ForumSaturday, 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 MagisSpirituality on TapMeditation: Medicine for the SoulThursday, 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 CountySaturday, 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 WeekWednesdays, 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 weekSeptember 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 PewSeptember 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 CenterFriday, 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 AdultsSign 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.
“What does integrating the values of Jesuit education in everyday life look like?” This is the question Magis staff and advisory board have been holding as we embarked in a year-long process to revise the organization’s strategic plan. After considering the multi-faceted realities of alumni, vetting through best practices, and cultivating new ideas through conversations and brainstorming, Magis is excited to announce there will be some new initiatives and program updates starting this fall. We hope these changes will provide a greater integration of Jesuit values into your everyday life. The Magis staff would like to thank the Magis Advisory Board for ushering the process with creativity and courage. We are excited to see how the revised strategic plan will better serve Jesuit-educated alumni living in the Puget Sound region.Among the updates starting September 2013, Magis will offer programming which will fall within three strategic priorities: fostering authentic community, supporting faith formation and spiritual development in the Ignatian tradition, and inspiring a commitment to service and justice. We hope to offer spaces for conversation on what the impact of Jesuit education means to you, and how it is expressed in your life, family, and work. We welcome your feedback if you have any ideas or creative ways we could offer experiences that are relevant and accessible.In this vein, Magis will also be publishing this eNewsletter on an every-other-month basis. We hope this will streamline information on upcoming opportunities, as well as give the staff an opportunity to foster conversations that are important to you through the use of other media. For example a great way to be updated on a more day-to-day basis is through Facebook. Be sure to follow us in order to see what opportunities are coming down the road, or by joining the conversation and telling us how you are integrating faith, justice, and leadership into day-to-day life (the first one to post on our Facebook page using the hash tag #everydaylife in their post will win a pair of custom made Magis pint glasses to enjoy this season!) Stay cool and stay tuned for more developments in the months to come,The Magis Staff
Over the last year, Magis has highlighted some amazing alumni: from newly graduated to seasoned, single to partnered, groups, communities, and families… each and every one of them expressed how important it has been to live the magis beyond their college experience and into their personal and professional lives. Click here to read back on some of these great stories we featured. In the months to come, Magis wants to hear from you about those “Magis Moments” you have experienced post-graduation – you know, the kind where you realized you were called into something more, whether in your family life, work, or service for or with others. Email us and let us know - we would love to share your Magis Moment! Magis MixerThursday, August 8, 2013 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Poquitos, Seattle We at Magis invite you to join our staff for a happy hour mixer, where you can connect with Magis staff, learn about our programs, and meet other Magis participants. We will provide some light appetizers for everyone. For more information contact Magis.Sponsored by Magis Love Into Practice: An Everyday Mini-Retreat Series for Young AlumniMonday, October 21, 2013 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.Thursday, November 21, 2013 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.Saturday, January 11, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. This fall, alumni in their 20’s and 30’s are invited into a dynamic three-part mini-retreat series focusing on faith and spirituality topics as seen through the Jesuit/Ignatian perspective. Topics will be diverse, such as: discovering your vocation, engaging spiritual practices, integrating Jesuit values into professional life, and searching for a faith community. Join us for conversation, food, practice, and community! Participants are encouraged to journey for the entire series, but may attend individual sessions. Locations, speakers, and topics are forthcoming. For questions, or more information, contact Assistant Director Maria Ochoa. Sponsored by Magis A Pilgrimage of the Heart: Summer Ignatian Silent Retreat Friday, July 26, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. to Sunday, July 28, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.The Archbishop Brunett Retreat Center at the Palisades, Federal Way Take time this summer to rest, renew your soul, and soak in silence on the shores of Puget Sound with this 3-day Summer Ignatian Retreat. This retreat will offer stirring and relevant presentations based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, followed by abundant time for silent reflection and prayer (suggestions for prayer will be available for each prayer period), opportunities for individual spiritual direction, evening prayer and sharing in the Eucharist. Resident retreatants will have lodging and meals. Commuter retreatants will have meals only. People of all ages, faith traditions and spiritual backgrounds are welcome, especially those with an openness to deepening one's experience of prayer in the Ignatian tradition. Some partial work scholarships are available. For more information, contact Andrea Fontana. Sponsored by Ignatian Spirituality Center Spiritual Exercises in Everyday LifeAnnual Nine Month Retreat
September, 2013 through May, 2014SEEL Puget Sound, Seattle
Would you consider spending the next nine months falling in
love with God? If so, join SEEL for a nine month retreat engaging in the
spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius. This is a nine month experience from
September through May and is a powerful, life-changing program of prayer and
reflection that can be accomplished by people of varied backgrounds and
Christian traditions in the midst of their busy lives. Retreatants commit
themselves to praying one hour a day, meeting twice monthly with a Spiritual
Director, and to attending monthly Saturday retreat days. Apply online at SEEL Puget Sound’s website.
For more information contact SEEL
Sponsored by SEEL