Letter from the Editor

We are in the midst of commencement season – a time of great celebration for the thousands of graduates on our Jesuit campuses. But what happens after they graduate? How can they find ways to stay connected to the Jesuit mission and its pillars of service and a faith that does justice?

Thankfully, there are many ways to do just that! In this issue of Connections, you can read about innovative programs being offered by John Carroll University and Spring Hill College. We also feature articles by our good friends at CharisNYC and The Jesuit Collaborative – two organizations whose shared mission is to help young adults, particularly those who have attended our colleges and universities, maintain their ties to Jesuit formation through inspired retreat and leadership programs. 

This issue also features a new effort of the Ignatian Colleagues Program (ICP) to help the more than 100 alumni across the country stay connected to each other and share testimonials with future participants. You will also read about the AJCU conferences and related programs taking place across the country this summer and fall.

It has been a very busy spring as well as a time of transition for us here at AJCU. In March and April, more than half of the nation’s 28 Jesuit colleges and universities hosted community service projects for local alumni as part of the National Jesuit Alumni Service Days program.

As you can see in the photos above, a tremendous amount of work was done to help local communities and bring alumni together to share in fellowship and service. We are grateful to the Catholic StandardLoyola University Chicago and the University of Detroit Mercy for sharing their photos with us and to all of the schools that participated in this year’s program.

In the spirit of “graduation,” we say farewell this month to Patrick Nolan and Karen Larios. Patrick has served as executive assistant to our president for the past three years and will begin a new position in institutional research at Georgetown University next month. We will miss Pat very much, but are grateful that he will continue to stay in the “Jesuit family” and be located just up the road from our office! 

Our intern, Karen Larios, has also worked with us for the past three years as an intern for our vice president for federal relations. We congratulate Karen on her recent graduation from Georgetown!

This is the last issue of Connections for the 2015-16 academic year, but we will return in September 2016. To stay up-to-date with news on all things Jesuit throughout the summer, please make sure to check out our weekly e-newsletter, AJCU Higher Ed News!

And if you’re in DC this summer, you won’t want to miss the fourth annual All-Jesuit Alumni Happy Hour at The Brixton on Thursday, July 14th! Our featured guest keynote speaker will be Rev. Kevin Gillespe, S.J., former president of Saint Joseph’s University and current pastor of Holy Trinity in Georgetown. Make sure you check out our Facebook page next week for more details!

Best wishes for a wonderful summer!

Deanna I. Howes
Director of Communications, AJCU

P.S. Want even more resources for Jesuit alumni? Check out the following websites:

Jesuit Volunteer Corps
Stay in Love by Ignatian Solidarity Network
Magis by CLA
Defying Expectations: Reflections from Alumni of Woods College of Advanced Studies at Boston College (bonus recommendation from our friends at Woods College!)