Roger Gillis, S.J., Endowment to Enliven the Student Experience

Supporting Communities of Joy, Reflection and Service

The Roger Gillis, S.J. Endowment to Enliven the Student Experience will enable Seattle University's Campus ministry to grow the number of retreats offered each year and provide greater access to immersions for students with financial need. This will strengthen experiences of community and service at Seattle U and preserve in perpetuity Father Gillis' legacy of connecting with students wherever they may be on their life's journey by providing spaces of welcome, acceptance and care.

"Fr. Rog was very loved because he was an embodiment of our relationship with Seattle U. He was so present in so many ways. Community is such a big part of the SU experience and Fr. Rog was a shepherd of that spirit."

-Devin Liddell, Class of '96

Endowment Support for Retreats and Immersion Programs


The New Student Retreat offers first-year and transfer students the opportunity for personal reflection and small group sharing on topics including supportive relationships, discernment, spirituality and making a home at Seattle U.


Rooted in Jesuit tradition, the Search Retreat is designed to promote a broader understanding of spirituality, helping students to move further in their own unique journey within the context of a loving community.


Immersions are international and domestic service-based experiences exploring social justice, what it means to be global citizens in solidarity with those on the margins of society and the intersections of faith and justice.

"Take time to be with each other and to encourage each other.
You can't build community at a distance."

-Roger Gillis, S.J.

Support the Roger Gillis, S.J., Endowment

Campus Ministry Program Fund

Providing direct support to the breadth of our student programs

Campus Ministry has a variety of programs that have an ongoing impact on students' spiritual, personal, and ethical formation. Students grow in so many ways at Seattle University. From attending mass at the Chapel of St. Ignatius, to learning about one another an interfaith dinners, to identifying the intersections of faith and justice at St. James community kitchen. The Campus Ministry staff cares for each student as they grow in faith, and deepen their involvement in the world, service to God, and commitment to others.

Your contribution to Campus Ministry programming directly supports our students' faith-based experiences. Please consider giving a general gift to Campus Ministry or donate to a specific area of programming that aligns with your own interests. Thank you for your generosity!

Retreat Support

Campus Ministry has a variety of retreat offerings for students' diverse interests and backgrounds, from retreats for students of particular faith to focusing on specific interests. A donation of $30 allows a student to participate who would otherwise not be able to attend.

Faith Formation

Direct support allows the Chapel of St. Ignatius and Campus Ministry to expand programming that prepares and forms students to embody faith and justice through their lives through opportunities for spiritual growth, discernment, prayer, and community engagement. 

"Campus Ministry prepares and forms students to embody faith and justice through their lives by providing opportunities for spiritual growth, discernment, prayer, and community engagement."

-Campus Ministry, Mission Statement


Campus Ministry offers a variety of retreats for students from all faith backgrounds. From Ignatian Silent Retreats to Outdoor and Women's Retreats, we provide opportunities for all students to get out in nature, reflect, pray, and connect with one another. A $30 gift will cover one student's entire cost for most of our retreats!

Faith and Worship

Seattle University's beautiful and varied sacred spaces welcome students in the middle of their day to stop and pray, to join together in the warmth of worship, song, and prayer, as well as participate in the sacraments of the Catholic Church. Campus Ministry reaches out to support all students in their spiritual journeys, which are so diverse and transformational in the university setting.

Ecumenical and Multifaith

Seattle University students have incredibly diverse ways to connect with one another for scripture study, faith sharing, and worship. Campus Ministry supports students of all Christian denominations and other faith backgrounds in their spiritual journeys, including supporting the Jewish Student Union and Muslim Student Association as they create community with one another and bring the beauty of their traditions to this Catholic campus.

Service and Justice

It is essential to the Jesuit Catholic tradition that our students explore the intersection of faith and justice and work to grow and integrate these into their lives to become people for others. Campus Ministry creates opportunities for learning about justice issues, engaging in community service, and growing as global citizens through immersion experiences. Just $250 will cover one student’s deposit for our immersions to Mexico or Appalachia!

Directly Support Campus Ministry Programs

Erin Beary Andersen

Associate Director, Campus Ministry

(206) 296-6053