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Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture

Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture

"Poverty has a face, and it also has a voice.

But that voice often does not penetrate the wall of fear, misconception and prejudice that can separate people who are poor from those of us who have what we need. The voice of poverty can be drowned out or ignored in the halls of government, where other legitimate demands for resources also resound.
In our listening sessions, we heard “the cry of poor” (Psalm 34). We are writing this pastoral letter to all people of good faith and to political leaders because we heard in the voices of people who are poor both a plea for mercy and a desire to participate fully in the life of their communities."

--from "Who Is My Neighbor: The Face of Poverty in Washington State"

A Pastoral Letter from the Catholic Bishops of the State of Washington.

Seattle University Joins Statement of AJCU Presidents on Undocumented Students

As Presidents of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities we feel spiritually and morally compelled to raise a collective voice confirming our values and commitments as Americans and educators. We represent colleges and universities from across our nation with more than 215,000 students and 21,000 faculty, and over 2 million living alumni.

Grounded in our Catholic and Jesuit mission, we are guided by our commitment to uphold the dignity of every person, to work for the common good of our nation, and to promote a living faith that works for justice. We see our work of teaching, scholarship and the formation of minds and spirits as a sacred trust.

Read the full statement:


Rooted in Tradition, Growing Towards the Future: Seattle University at 125

2016-2017 Catholic Heritage Lectures

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"I want to help connect and heal people."

Read more about what the ICTC has meant to Victoria, Nursing, class of 2017.

Feb. 11: Catholics Called to Accompaniment: An Immigration Summit

An opportunity for parishioners, service providers, community leaders, and interested volunteers to gather, discuss the current state of refugee/immigrant/migrant affairs locally and nationally, and explore the ways in which our shared faith inspires leadership and community engagement.


Feb. 16: Only Amazement Knows: An Astrophysicist on the Beauty of the Cosmos

Presentation by Maria Elena Monzani: In this talk, Monzani will share her experience as an astrophysics looking for one of the most elusive components of the Universe, Dark Matter, and about the experience of beauty in scientific work.


Feb. 21: Living Into the Mission: An Examen

Winter Catholic Heritage Lecture: Guided by leaders on and off campus, students, staff and faculty will reflect on the successes and challenges of living our mission today.


February 28: Reflections of a Jesuit Scientist

Featuring Eric Watson, SJ, PhD, Associate Professor, Chemistry

Part of Jesuits in Science, a year-long series presented in partnership with the Physics and Chemistry departments. 


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