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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.

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: cosgrovs@seattleu.edu.

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).

Faith and sports (and the pope)

January 25, 2018

Pat Kelly, S.J., associate professor of theology and religious studies (right), was in Rome in December to do some work for the Vatican office of the “Church and Sport.” While there, he concelebrated Mass with Pope Francis on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Dec. 12). 

Also, The Catholic Spirit, official publication of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, recently interviewed Father Kelly for its story about sports and faith with an eye toward the upcoming Super Bowl. He also authored an article, "Sports in Schools: Beyond Winning and Losing," which appears in the current issue of Conversations on Jesuit Higher Education.

That Jesuit influence

January 22, 2018

For John Spellman, the former governor of Washington and Seattle U alumnus who passed away last week, the Jesuits were a big influence throughout his life. 

After graduating from SU as valedictorian in 1949, Spellman actually spent nine months in a Jesuit seminary before opting to go to law school, as recounted in Politics Never Broke His Heart

As his children shared in a statement published by Puget Sound Business Journal, “From his days at Seattle Prep and Seattle University and Georgetown Law School, the Jesuits’ style of discernment played an essential role in John’s life. He was always able to pause and look at the other side of an issue. He was able to weigh the options. He was fair and just. He was able to work towards common goals and to humbly change his mind.”

Ignatian invitations

January 11, 2018

The Ignatian Spirituality Center, a partner with SU’s Center for Jesuit Education, invites SU faculty and staff to participate in the following:

Immersions in Ignatian Prayer: Prayer Practices for Life
Ignatian Spirituality 101
Five Sessions (Tuesdays: Jan. 30, Feb. 6, 13, 20 and 27)
6:30-8:45 p.m.
Seattle Preparatory School

Could your prayer life use a jumpstart or a revival? It could help to have some new prayer forms upon which to draw. The Ignatian Spirituality Center, a partner of the Center for Jesuit Education, invites you to learn about and immerse yourself in experiences of up to five unique forms of prayer from the Ignatian tradition. Each session includes a presentation, immersion into the prayer form and reflection on the prayer experience. Join a small prayer group for the whole series or visit individual sessions of your choice. Click here for information on the sessions and presenters. COST: $20/individual session or $90/series. Partial work scholarships available for the series. Register here by Jan. 23. 

An Introduction to Ignatian Prayer and Spirituality
Thursday, Jan. 18, 7 p.m.
Joseph Parish Center (732 18th Ave. E.) 

Have you heard of Ignatian spirituality but aren’t exactly sure what it’s about? Be part of this interactive evening introduction to some key characteristics of the spirituality emerging from the life and vision of St. Ignatius, experience Ignatian prayer and discover how relevant it can be for your life. No cost to attend this program. Donations appreciated. Register here. For more information, call (206) 329-4824. Sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center, a partner of Seattle University’s Center for Jesuit Education.

Father Ohno to lead Ignatian pilgrimage to Rome

November 14, 2017


SU Jesuit Natch Ohno, S.J., is leading a pilgrimage from Assisi to Rome this summer. He will be joined by Lisa Dennison, executive director of the Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life (SEEL).

The co-leaders write: 

“Our pilgrimage will take us from the pastoral hills of Assisi, home of Pope Francis’s namesake, Francis of Assisi, to the pilgrim sites in Rome where Ignatius directed the Society of Jesus. From the rooms of St. Ignatius in the Gesú to St. Peter’s Basilica, we explore the Rome of Scavi, Coliseum, and catacombs to a Papal audience and Pallium mass celebrating the feast of Ss. Peter and Paul. We will pray and celebrate the Eucharist as we explore the wonders of amazing basilicas such as St. Ignazio and St. Peter. There will be ample opportunity to taste many Italian delicacies from pasta to gelato, and of course with some delicious Italian wine to toast the journey together.” 

Sponsored by SU and SEEL, the 11-day pilgrimage takes place June 21-July 1, 2018. To learn more and register for this once-in-a-lifetime experience, visit Ignatian Pilgrimage.

The above photo was taken by Natch Ohno, S.J., during a previous pilgrimage to Rome.