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All Things Jesuit connects faculty and staff with current news about Jesuit education, as well several resources for understanding the Ignatian tradition.

A collaboration between The Commons and the Center for Jesuit Education, this section covers Jesuit initiatives on SU's campus as well as news and information from the wider community of Jesuit higher education.

From cannonball to canonization

July 13, 2018

Seattle University will join other Jesuit institutions worldwide in celebrating the Feast of St. Ignatius Loyola on Tuesday, July 31. 

Honoring the founder of the Society of Jesus (a.k.a. the Jesuits), the feast day will include a special Mass on campus at 12:30 p.m. in the Chapel of St. Ignatius. Tom Lucas, S.J., rector of the Arrupe Jesuit Community will preside; all are invited to attend. Earlier in the morning, faculty and staff will gather for a continental breakfast hosted by the Jesuits at the Arrupe Residence. 

Feast days are typically celebrated on the dates of saints’ deaths. St. Ignatius passed away July 31, 1556. He was canonized—that is, made a saint—by Pope Gregory XV in 1622. 

Born in 1491, in today’s Basque Country, Spain, Ignatius embarked on a spiritual journey after being injured by a cannonball in battle, eventually forming the Jesuits. Today, he is known for the international educational system the Jesuits founded, The Spiritual Exercises he authored and much more. 

The Jesuits’ website refers to Ignatius as “a different kind of saint,” quoting noted Jesuit historian John O’Malley, S.J.: “Ignatius redefined the traditional basis of saintliness” in making sure the early Jesuits were getting out into the world, including secular spaces such as classrooms. 

An overview of St. Ignatius by James Martin, S.J., can be found here.

(Pictured: Icons depicting the life of St. Ignatius as installed in the chapel bearing his name on SU's campus.)

Summer Retreat for Faculty and Staff

June 28, 2018

Looking for spiritual renewal this summer? Consider a weekend retreat hosted by Seattle University’s partner, the Ignatian Spirituality Center. The retreat will be held at the same center in Federal Way that is used for SU’s annual retreat for faculty and staff and will follow a similar pattern in the use of silence, spiritual direction and thematic presentations. The Center for Jesuit Education will provide $100 toward the full cost of the retreat. 

For more information and to register, click here and let the Center for Jesuit Education know you are registering by sending an e-mail to so they can arrange for the subsidy.

(Photo from Ignatian Spirituality Center)

Law school opposes Trump administration’s asylum ruling

June 13, 2018

Seattle University School of Law is part of a coalition including 11 other U.S.-based Jesuit law schools opposing the recent decision by Attorney General Jeff Sessions that drops asylum protections for victims of domestic and gang violence. 

The law school joined Jesuit Refugee Service/USA, the Jesuit Conference Office of Justice and Ecology and the Kino Border Initiative in a statement that reads, in part: “As Jesuit organizations and affiliated law professors and advocates serving refugees and asylum seekers, we are appalled at this ill-conceived decision. It is contrary to both U.S. and Catholic values which protect the most vulnerable, including victims of violence and persecution. In the midst of the largest global forced migration crisis in recorded history, with over 65 million people displaced from their homes, we must do more, not less, to address the needs of individuals, families and communities in search of safety and security.” 

It is estimated that the attorney general’s ruling could impact tens of thousands of asylum seekers. 

Click here to read the full statement.

Add Your Voice in Support of Nicaragua

June 7, 2018

Update – June 21, 2018: A total of 629 members of the SU community signed onto the university's statement of solidarity with the people of Nicaragua. Signing on were 54 alumni, 142 faculty, 152 staff and 281 students.

President Stephen Sundborg, S.J., is calling on the SU community to support the people of Nicaragua by signing onto a statement of solidarity. Here is the president's June 6 message in its entirety:

The country of Nicaragua has been in crisis for more than six weeks as the government has taken violent measures to repress protests, leaving more than 115 people dead and 1,000 injured. I write to you today with an important request: I am asking you to consider signing a statement of solidarity with the people of Nicaragua.

For Seattle University, the unrest in Nicaragua hits home in a particular way, as our sister Jesuit institution, the Central American University (UCA), is located in the capital of Managua and is at the center of the crisis. Our university shares with UCA a longstanding and special relationship, as formalized through an agreement in 2014, and this partnership is now part of the university’s Central America Initiative, which Dr. Serena Cosgrove leads as faculty coordinator.

Over several years, faculty, students and staff at SU have collaborated with colleagues at UCA on a number of scholarly and programmatic activities. Many in our community have had the opportunity to visit UCA, and several of their faculty, students and staff have spent time with us, including Father José Idiáquez, S.J., who leads the university as rector and has been a target of death threats in recent weeks.

As a Jesuit institution committed to building a more just and humane world, we are called to support our brothers and sisters in this time of need. Please join me in signing the statement of solidarity by June 15, and in praying for peace and justice for all people of Nicaragua.

Commencement speakers at Jesuit institutions

May 4, 2018

The Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) has announced the speakers for its 28 members’ commencement ceremonies. In addition to SU’s speakers, Samuel Green and Sally Jewel, the list includes a number of women and men with ties to Seattle U.

  • Rev. Bryan Massingale, who is speaking at Regis University, was also a featured speaker at last summer’s Justice Conference.

  • James Martin, S.J., speaking at Loyola University New Orleans and Spring Green, was a keynote at the 2012 Search for Meaning Festival.

  • Chris Lowney, who will speak at Wheeling University, gave a talk on campus in 2013.

 Visit AJCU to see the full list of this year’s commencement speakers.

Alpha Sigma Nu inducts new members

April 26, 2018

Alpha Sigma Nu, the Seattle University Chapter of the Jesuit Honor Society, inducted its newest members this month. 

President Stephen Sundborg, S.J., announcing the inductees, wrote “(they) represent a group of people who show excellence in scholarship, loyalty to Jesuit values and service.”

The new members were honored at a special ceremony on April 18, at which distinguished SU alumna Nhi Pham, DDS (’95) received the 2018 Alpha Sigma Nu Magis Medal and delivered the keynote address. 

Following is a list of SU’s 2018 inductees: 

Honorary Members

Robert Dullea, Douglas Peduti, S.J., David Powers, Catherine Punsalan-Manlimos, Frank Savadera, S.J., and Kristen Swanson 

Albers School of Business and Economics 

Undergraduate Members: Matthew Alderson, Briana Bonam, Carly Fehringer, Alexander Wayne Grob, Caylee Kurasaki, Pearl Lee, Ryan Lim, Evfemia Natania, Monica Ongke and Kayla Schoonhoven 

Graduate Members: Chelsea Adamson, Jessica Bishop, Stephanie Chang, Kay Chikos, Thanh-Thuong Chuche, Thomas Hischler, Vani Karikalan, Emily Kaufmann, Toni Olson, Dannielle Rondeau, Kenneth Short, Andrew Warren and Wenjun Zhang 

College of Arts and Sciences 

Undergraduate Members: Sufia Ahmad, Alec Blake, Annamarie DeGennaro, Matthew Enrique Garcia, Kathleen Hannick, Bradford Howe, Azrael Howell, Twila Joselyn McDonell, Kathy Mulcher, Gabriel Zavala Narvaez, Andrew Reid, Mariah Ribeiro, Claire Star, Emily Stefhon, Paige Elizabeth Treff and Paolo Violante 

Graduate Members: Emily Alder-Storm, Christopher Castro, Katharine Chen, Amanda Ferguson, Andrea Guiffre, Fatima Gulamali, Meaghan Leferink, Ryan Moore, Lauren Morgan, Caroline Nicefaro, Sara Smith, Alvin Tan, Laura Wessel and Emily West 

College of Education 

Lauren Albano, Jennifer Chew, Nancy Courtney, Sophie De Haan, Kayla Fencl, Erin Fullner, Nancy Huang, Audrey Hudgins, Leslie Ikeda, Justine Kaufmann, Zachary Kravey, Swathy Marri, Janie Sacco, Guillermo Sandoval, Megan Stevens and Quynh-Nhu Tran 

School of Law 

Wei-Hsuan Chen, Tamara Comeau, Sonya Daisley-Harrison, Nicholas Doherty, Emily Gunderson, Ben Halpern-Meekin, Joshua Halladay, Tyrone Ivey, Megan Kelly, Rachel Marshall, Melanie Notari, Courtney Olson, Jonathan Schirmer, Ashley Steichen, David West, Emily Wright, Joseph Wright and Emily Yoshiwara 

College of Science and Engineering 

Undergraduate Members: Dominic Burgi, Asa Davidson, Angela Flores-Marcus, Ciara Goetze, Jesse Goncalves, Julia Gorman, Matthew Horn, Brittney Kessel, Jorge Lara Alvarado, Nicholas Luckman, Olga Musinina, Christina Sargent, Isheeta Tewari, Nicholas Andrew Wagner and Irwan Winarto 

Matteo Ricci College 

Harrison Peter and Joseph Fein 

College of New and Continuing Studies 

Undergraduate Member: Toni Malaspino 

Graduate Members: Ken Bailey, Emily Fix, Kin Luu, Summer Meyer, Marisol Morales, Stephen Swisher and Kristy Whitlatch 

College of Nursing 

Undergraduate Members: Faiza Abaroone, Sophia Cima, Mariajesus Elgueta Laree, Danielle Klindt, Spencer Kobernusz-Gibbs and Sarah Symonds

Graduate Members: Caitlin Campbell, Kirsten Carlson, Jeremy King, Jean Paula Ly, Coralie Meslin, Rim Sem and Claire Thurman-Moore 

College of Theology and Ministry 

Donna Cheesebrough, Nicole Chilivis, Morgan Frost, Tara MillerBerry and Marci Scott-Weis 

To learn more, visit ASN.

In Solidarity with UCA and Nicaragua

April 26, 2018

Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States have issued a statement supporting their sister institution, Universidad Centroamericana (UCA), in Nicaragua. 

The Nicaraguan government’s announcement of an overhaul of the Social Security benefits system  last week was met with a popular uprising not seen “since the end of the nation’s civil war nearly 30 years ago,” as reported in The New York Times. While President Daniel Ortega has since reversed the order, tensions remain high in the country. 

Against this backdrop, the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU), issued a statement on April 24 that reads in part: 

“Over the past few days, Nicaragua has seen a return to the repression and violence that have scarred its past. On behalf of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States, we express our solidarity with our Jesuit sister institution, the University of Central America (UCA) of Nicaragua, which calls its students to peaceful advocacy for social justice, even as government violence at the University’s gates suppresses dissent.” 

Seattle University shares a longstanding and special relationship with UCA, as formalized through an agreement in 2014. That partnership is now part of the university’s Central America Initiative, which Serena Cosgrove, PhD, leads as faculty coordinator. She was asked by AJCU to draft its statement of solidarity, which you can read in full here

Over several years, faculty, students and staff at SU have collaborated with colleagues at UCA on a number of scholarly and programmatic activities. 

For updates on the situation in Nicaragua, please follow Seattle University’s Central America Initiative page on Facebook or email Serena to be put on the CAI mailing list:

Father Kelly on “Why Sister Jean and Father Rob Matter”

March 28, 2018

In this season of shining moments, busted brackets and madness as far as the eye can see, our very own Pat Kelly, S.J., reminds us that sport, at its best, is about so much more than winning and losing. 

Two teams in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament’s Final Four are Catholic schools with chaplains who are getting national attention. In a column appearing in diocesan newspapers around the country, Father Kelly, associate professor of theology and religious studies, writes about how Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt of Loyola University Chicago—a sister Jesuit institution—and Father Rob Hagan of Villanova University are making contributions that go beyond success in competition. 

You can read Father Kelly’s column here

Father Kelly has published extensively on the relationship between sports and spirituality, including the books Catholic Perspectives on Sports: From Medieval to Modern Times and Youth Sport and Spirituality: Catholic Perspectives.

Holy Week at the Chapel

March 14, 2018

All are welcome to Seattle University's Holy Week celebrations at the Chapel of St. Ignatius.

Holy Week Schedule

Palm Sunday         March 25,  11 a.m. only

Holy Thursday      March 29, 7:30 p.m.

Good Friday         March 30, 3 p.m.

Easter Vigil          March 31, 9 p.m.

Easter Sunday     April 1, 11 a.m. only

(Source: Campus Ministry)

A Call to Fix Gun Violence

March 2, 2018

Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities President Michael Sheeran, S.J., wrote an open letter on gun violence to President Donald Trump and members of Congress. 

“We adults have repeatedly failed to fix this singularly American phenomenon,” Father Sheeran writes. “Now we must listen to our youth. We must not cruelly disparage them in this time of trauma, grief and anger. As Pope Francis has said, ‘Dear young people, do not bury your talents, the gifts that God has given you. Do not be afraid to dream of great things.’ Ending the horrific mass killings in our schools and streets is a great thing we all are called to do. Now we urge you, as President and Members of Congress, to listen and to fix this indeed.” 

Visit AJCU for Father Sheeran’s full statement. 

You can also read statements from Jesuit colleges and universities affirming that admissions will not be impacted for high school students who peacefully protest.

Ash Wednesday Masses at the Chapel of St. Ignatius

February 7, 2018

Ash Wednesday marks the first day of Lent, a 40-day period of fasting, prayer, almsgiving and repentance for Christians before the celebration of Easter. People receive ashes on their foreheads on Ash Wednesday as a remembrance of our mortality and a sign of our desire for reconciliation. Ash Wednesday is next week, Feb. 14. The distribution of ashes on campus will take place at Catholic Masses held at the Chapel of St. Ignatius at 8 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Moving Jesuit higher education forward

February 5, 2018

One of SU’s own is playing a key role in plotting out the future of Jesuit education. 

Joe Orlando, director of the Center for Jesuit Education, was in Rome last month as a member of an eight-person North American delegation that is working to advance Jesuit higher education internationally. The delegation representing the U.S. and Canada joined with about 40 other colleagues from Jesuit institutions around the world to prepare for the formal launch this summer of the International Association of Jesuit Universities (IAJU). 

Under the guidance of Michael Garanzini, secretary for higher education for the Society of Jesus, the international association is being formed to promote networks of collaboration between and among institution of higher education. It brings together lay and Jesuit faculty and administrators in the areas of training, leadership development, and research and advocacy on issues of concern to the Society and to its members. (Father Garanzini previously was president of Loyola University Chicago.) 

Orlando is serving on the association’s steering committee, one of seven that also include committees on Leadership Formation; Civic and Political Leadership Formation; Environmental and Economic Justice; Education for Marginalized and Refugees; Interaction with Religious Pluralism; and Peace and Reconciliation. 

“It was humbling to be part of the gathering with such inspiring colleagues, lay and Jesuit, from all corners of the globe, and from such a wide range of Jesuit institutions in Latin America, Europe, Africa, India and the Asia Pacific regions,” said Orlando. 

The official launch of IAJU will take place in July at Deusto University in Bilbao, Spain. 

Pictured above (l. to r.): Dave McCallum, SJ (Le Moyne College), Eileen Burke-Sullivan (Creighton), Joe Orlando (Seattle U), Joe Arun, S.J. (St. Joseph’s Institute, India), Francisco Urrutia (ITESO University, Mexico), Marie-Louise Ouadan (Cote d’Ivoire, President of Christian Life Community) and Xavier Alphonse, S.J. (St. Joseph’s College, India).