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Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture

Co-Sponsored Events

In order to support the exploration of Catholic thought and culture through various disciplines, the ICTC co-sponsors events on campus and in the community, engaging the intersection of Catholicism with disciplines ranging from sociology and business to history and gender studies.   

Nine Day of Grace: Novena

“Building Bridges, Building Hope”

Wednesday, March 8 – Thursday, March 16, 2017
WEEKDAYS:  12:30 pm at Chapel of St. Ignatius, Seattle University OR 7:00 pm at St. Joseph Church, Seattle
SATURDAY:  1:00 pm at St. Joseph Church | SUNDAY:  1:00 pm at Chapel of St. Ignatius

All together, then, we ask the Lord: “Launch us on the adventure of mercy!  Launch us on the adventure of building bridges…”
—Pope Francis (Opening of World Youth Day, Krakow)

Are you longing to restore your relationships with God and others, and renew hope? Come experience for yourself the surprising graces of “Building Bridges, Building Hope,” a unique nine-day Lenten retreat in the midst of daily life! Join us for one, some or all of these nine days of Eucharistic liturgies, featuring meaningful and relevant reflections by Fr. Pat Kelly SJ, Lisa Dennison and Kent Hickey, three Ignatian-inspired presenters, your heartfelt prayers of petition and healing offered through the intercession of St. Francis Xavier, and beautiful musical prayer – all surrounded by an inspiring community of faith-filled people.

Novena liturgies are approximately 60 minutes long, followed by individual prayer for healing.

For more information, contact Andrea Fontana at or (206) 329-4824.

Presented by the Ignatian Spirituality Center.


March 19: Conoche Tus Derechos a St. Mary's Parish


April 6: Israel Among the Angels: Angels from the Bible to Judaism and Christianity

With Mika Ahuvia, PhD, University of Washington

12:30-1:30 pm | Pigott 102
Mika Ahuvia is Assistant Professor of Classical Judaism in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. She received her PhD in religion from Princeton University in 2014. She specializes in Late Antique Jewish history, working with Rabbinic sources, liturgical poetry, magical texts, early mystical literature, and archaeological evidence.
What are angels? Why have angels have attracted and repelled religious peoples from antiquity to the present? In this presentation, Prof. Mika Ahuvia will discuss how angels became a part of Jewish and Christian life in the ancient world and how ancient controversies about angels may linger today. 

Jesuits in Science Series

Jesuits in Science is a series of quarterly events aimed at increasing understanding and appreciation of the place of science and engineering in the long history of Jesuit education. Co-sponsored by Endowed Mission Fund, the Physics Department and the Chemistry Department.


April 10, 2017: Contemplation, Science and the Arts

Featuring Naomi Kasumi, MFA, Associate Professor, Art & Art History; Paul Fontana, PhD, Associate Professor, Physics; Wesley Lauer, PhD, Director, Environmental Science Program

4:30-6:00 pm | Casey Commons | Please RSVP for dinner here.

Dr. Kasumi works in installation art, mixed media, book art and digital design and researches the role of memory and memorial rituals in artistic temporary monuments, including and Tsunami memorial & relief projects. Dr. Fontana’s research focuses on experimental fluid dynamics and plasma physics; he recently set up a 2D lab at SU to enable further student research. Geomorphologist and engineer Dr. Lauer is currently studying implications of long-term changes in environmental conditions on river systems and has worked on research and consulting projects around the world.


February 28, 2017: Reflections of a Jesuit Scientist

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

12:30-1:20 pm | Wyckoff Auditorium

Through research groups with Fr. Watson, students have the opportunity to discover the challenges and delights associated with synthesizing remarkable new compounds. Dr. Watson has degrees in philosophy, divinity and chemistry and spent his novitiate tutoring high school students on the Blackfeet Indian reservation in Montana.


December 1, 2016: Jesuits in the History of Science

Featuring David Boness, Chair of the Physics Department, Seattle University

3:30 PM | Wyckoff Auditorium

**Rescheduled from November 8**

When many hear the words "Jesuit" and "science" together, they think of the trial and house arrest of Galileo, and perhaps of the teleological view of humanity's destiny advocated poetically by the paleontologist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ. As a scientist teaching at a Jesuit university, Dr. Boness will discuss some of the fascinating Jesuits who devoted years of their lives to doing science---in astronomy, physics, and geophysics. He teaches theoretical, computational and experimental physics courses, and his research areas include geophysics, shock wave physics and biological physics. 










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