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  • 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
      

    January 2014

    Posted by Elizabeth Coz on 1/8/2014 11:46:33 AM

    It’s a New Year and obviously, resolutions abound. Whether it is exercising more and eating better, or making a habit of calling your friends or family each week, this yearly transition ushers newness and with it, an opportunity to embrace life more abundantly, healthily, and creatively.
     
    However, have you ever thought to invite God in your exploration of New Year’s resolutions? Perhaps finding a new practice to be still and reflect, journal, or meditate. Or, perhaps it is choosing to carve out space for a retreat where you can ponder prayerfully the ways your life is calling you to new endeavors, habits, or attitudes. As we begin to have longer days with more light and draw more energy from the greening of our environment, take notice of how God might be yearning for you to also be light-filled and changed.
     
    Magis and the Ignatian Spirituality Center invite young alumni (20’s and 30’s) on Saturday, January 11th for Everyday Ignatian. The retreat will be focused on engaging spiritual practices, and will be hosted at the lovely Peace & Spirituality Center in Bellevue. Check out our online flyer for details and consider it an opportunity to kick off your New Year with God in mind. The Magis staff wishes you the best this New Year and hopes you will consider Magis programs in your resolutions for personal, faith, and leadership development.

    Happy 2014,
    Brooke, Maria, & Liz 

     Alumni Living the Mission

    Jim at FB 

    Thanks to all of the Jesuit-educated alums who let us highlight them as women and men living for and with others – these stories are excellent examples of “where the rubber hits the road.”  All the 2013 reflections are accessible here, and we encourage you to share your own stories with us for 2014!  Email Magis to nominate someone or submit a reflection yourself.
     
    Magis Opportunity  
    Everyday Ignatian: A Young Alumni Retreat Series
    Engaging Spiritual Practices

    Saturday, January 11, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    St. Mary-on-the-Lake Peace and Spirituality Center, Bellevue
     
    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 Maria Ochoa.

    Sponsored by Magis and Ignatian Spirituality Center

    Save the Date
    Justice Conversation
    Thursday, February 27, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Seattle University (Student Center 160)

    Do you want or need to make a practical action plan towards living a life of service and justice? Would you like to hear from fellow alumni on how they are taking steps to make service an everyday reality in their lives? Are you interested in connecting with local organizations looking for volunteers to assist with service projects and/or leadership opportunities? Join Magis for an evening of conversation and connection with others looking to be inspired on how to take the next step in living out Jesuit values of service and justice. This program is a follow up for those who attended the Justice Education Forum held December 8th, or anyone interested in the topic at hand. The evening will include dinner and a brief volunteer fair; space is limited. For more information, or to register, email Magis.

    Sponsored by Magis
     
    Alumni Day of Prayer

    Saturday, March 22, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    Seattle University, Campion Hall (Ecumenical Chapel)

    Join us for this annual day-long facilitated Ignatian retreat. It takes place in the Seattle University Ecumenical Chapel in Campion Hall and features opportunities for sharing, reflection, small groups, music and liturgy. This retreat is designed for alumni 50+ and friends, and focuses on themes related to the second half of life. For more information or to register, email Magis.

    Sponsored by Magis 
     
    National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service
    Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
    Locations TBD
     
    In partnership with Seattle University Alumni Relations, Magis offers alumni of Jesuit universities and colleges an opportunity to serve in the local community in order to bring about a spirit of being men and women for and with others. National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service will send alumni volunteers to nearby Seattle area agency sites where alumni will assist with a variety of service tasks. This day of service 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. Details coming soon! For more information, email Magis.

    Sponsored by Magis and Seattle University Alumni Relations

    Partner Programs and Events
    Young Adult Interfaith Conference
    Many Faiths, One Humanity: Unity in Our Diversity

    Sunday, January 12, 2014 from 1:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    St. Mark’s Cathedral

    If you are in your 20s or 30s, join others of diverse faiths to build an interfaith community. This conference is an opportunity to experience and share faiths and traditions, network for the common good, and create interfaith action for a better world! Internationally acclaimed interreligious scholar Rabbi Susannah Heschel, Ph.D. will open the conference. Breakout sessions include How Interfaith Collaboration is Changing the World, Understanding and Challenging Our Biases, and Hate Crimes: How They Affect Our Communities and What We Can Do. For more information and to register click here.

    Sponsored by Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center

    Solidarity with the Philippines Fundraiser:
    Rafael in Concert and Fast for Climate Justice

    January 16, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
    Seattle University (Campion Ballroom)
     
    Join Seattle University’s Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability to support those affected by Typhoon Haiyan which devastated the Philippines in 2013. YouTube sensation, AJ Rafael will perform and all proceeds from the concert will benefit School of the SEA (Sea and Earth Advocates), a leading environmental education organization whose facilities were devastated by Typhoon Haiyan. Members of the Seattle University community will fast in solidarity with Yeb Sano, the chief Filipino negotiator to the UN climate change meetings this past November. Click here to purchase tickets ($10 for students, $15 for the general public). For more information click here or contact Mike Schut.
     
    Sponsored by Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability

    Ignatian Spirituality 101:
    An Introduction to the Basics of Ignatian Prayer & Spirituality

    Thursday, January 16, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    St. Joseph Parish Center (Mother Teresa Room)

    What is Ignatian spirituality all about? What might Ignatian prayer and spirituality have to offer you? The first Jesuit Pope, Pope Francis, is grounded in Ignatian spirituality. If you have heard of Ignatian spirituality but would like to know more, this evening of introduction to the basics of Ignatian prayer and spirituality is for you! Come learn more about the life of St. Ignatius and key elements of Ignatian spirituality, experience Ignatian prayer, and learn how this rich spiritual tradition is kept alive locally. No cost. For more information or to RSVP, email Andrea Fontana.

    Sponsored by Ignatian Spirituality Center, Magis, Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life (SEEL) and Christian Life Communities (CLC)

    Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration: Imagine a World
    Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.
    Seattle University (Pigott Auditorium)

    Come and experience a world inspired by MLK’s life and legacy, 50 years after the March on Washington! The theme this year is “Imagine a World”, and will be portrayed by a collection of performers and artists from Seattle University and the surrounding community, including Gabriel Teodros, Liberation United Church of Christ Choir, YouthSpeaks Seattle, and more. For more information, or to register, email OMA.  

    Sponsored by Seattle University Office of Multicultural Affairs, Office of Student Activities, International Student Center, Black Student Union, and Center for Service and Community Engagement

    International Dinner 2014: Exploring Our Cultural Roots
    Saturday, January 25, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 pm
    Seattle University (Campion Ballroom)

    The International Dinner is a student-run event coordinated for the entire campus community and features incredible cultural performances and cuisine from a variety of cultural backgrounds from around the world. There will be fantastic raffle prizes throughout the evening as well. For more information, or to get your ticket, email ISC.

    Sponsored by Seattle University International Student Center and Division of Student Development

    The Jesuits in World History: International Symposium and Teacher's Workshop
    Friday January 31 to Saturday, February 1, 2014
    Seattle University

    Seattle University is proud to announce an international symposium and teacher’s workshop dedicated to exploring new scholarship and teaching strategies on the theme of “The Jesuits in World History.” Scholars from England, Canada and the United States will explore emerging scholarship on the critical role that the Jesuits played in shaping world history. The Society of Jesus was, as one historian has noted, “The most important organization in the early modern world.” Their travels and writings defined cross-cultural encounters and dialogues across the globe. Following there will be a half-day teachers’ workshop for high school and college-level world history teachers focusing on innovative ways to integrate key resources in Jesuit history into world history classes.  Sessions will focus on a prize-winning classroom exercise exploring the Jesuits in China, a critical look at world history films dealing with the Jesuits, and primary source materials on Jesuit travelers. This event is free and open to all; space is limited. For more information, or to register, email Thorne Clayton-Falls or visit the College of Arts & Sciences online.

    Sponsored by Seattle University College of Arts and Sciences

    In the Steps of Ignatius: Ignatian Spirituality for Men
    Large Group Session III - Seeing the Face of God in Our Relationships, with Joe Orlando

    Saturday, February 8, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
    St. Joseph Parish Center

    Men of all ages and faith backgrounds are invited to come together this year for any or all of four large group offerings of Ignatian spirituality especially for men. These Saturday morning gatherings will focus on discerning God’s presence in various aspects of everyday life. Each morning will include a half-hour gathering with light refreshments, followed by prayer,  a presentation, and time to reflect individually & with others. Join other men interested in integrating spirituality & daily life. Contact Andrea Fontana for more information.

    Sponsored by Ignatian Spirituality Center 

    2013-2014 Catholic Heritage Lectures: Catholicism in a Religiously Plural World with José Casanova, Ph.D.
    Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
    Seattle University (Pigott Auditorium)
     
    The Seattle University Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture sponsors events that provide a Catholic lens to on-going conversations at the university, conversations that are especially relevant to our local community and our world today. The 2013-2014 lecture series examines the roots of the Church’s call for engagement with religions, and will continue with featured speaker José Casanova, Ph.D. for his talk ”The Church in a Global Pluralistic World: Challenges and Opportunities”. Visit ICTC online for information on other upcoming Winter 2014 Catholic Heritage Lecture speakers, including Agnes Brazel, Mel Piehl, and Fr. Heru Prakosa, S.J. Events are free and open to the public. For more information, email ICTC director Catherine Punsalan with any questions.
     
    Sponsored by Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture

    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.
     
    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


    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

    Livaudais

     
    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.