This Ignatian Life


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Upcoming Programs


Act II

A Long, Loving Look at the Real:

Praying with stories of Racism and Privilege

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

6:30 pm Social | 7:00 pm Program

St. Joseph Parish Center, Seattle

Lucas Sharma, SJ, facilitator

Mary de Rosas, Mary Pauline Diaz and Deino Scott, Panelists



Recent events in the United States have revealed that the reality of systemic racism is not over. Many communities in Seattle are offering valuable trainings and events to address racism and privilege. What if we were to pray also about these issues through an Ignatian lens? What might God see in looking at this reality? What might we see? 

Come to an evening of reflection on racism and privilege, facilitated by Seattle University sociology lecturer and Jesuit-in-formation, Lucas Sharma, SJ. Listen to the insights of three local Ignatian-inspired leaders - Mary de Rosas, Mary Pauline Diaz and Deino Scott - who will share their real life stories of racism and privilege. Join them in taking "a long, loving look at the real" (Walter Burghardt, SJ). Experience how Ignatian prayer and the Spiritual Exercises can lend a God's-eye perspective on our stories of both love and lament in the journey toward racial justice.   

Special Note: If you would like to view a video of the facilitator's introduction and panelists' stories from the event, please contact Andrea Fontana, Program Coordinator, at or 206-329-4824. 



No Cost. Donations appreciated.    


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About the Facilitator

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Lucas Sharma, S.J. is currently a Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology, Sociology, and Social Work at Seattle University. His is academic interests include sociology of religion and politics and the work of theorist Michel Foucault. Lucas grew up in Olympia, WA where he attended St. Michael Parish. He has a B.A. in Sociology and Economics from Gonzaga University, a M.A. in Sociology from Loyola University Chicago, and a M.A. in Philosophy from Fordham University. Lucas is a Jesuit-in-Formation training to be a priest in the Jesuits West Province of the Society of Jesus and is working on an Ignatian Racial Justice Toolkit for the national Jesuit Conference. He is particularly interested in bringing social science to the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius especially on the topic of racial justice.


About the Panelists

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Mary de Rosas has over 20 years of legal experience including over 15 years of experience as an immigration paralegal. A native of Boston, she came to Seattle in another era as a Jesuit Volunteer. She and her husband have been members of St. Joseph Parish for over 30 years. She has participated in numerous trainings on race and racism and initiated a Racial Justice Book Group at St. Joseph Parish. 



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Mary Pauline H. Diaz works at Catholic Community Services, working with families in need, supporting immigration response efforts and strengthening other community relationships. Mary Pauline chairs the Social Justice Commission at St. Therese Parish in Madrona and has also been a writer and activist. She is originally from the Denver area and is the grateful daughter and sister of Filipinx-American immigrants.

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Deino Scott was born in Texas and has lived on both coasts. He is the moderator of the Black Student Union and has been teaching and coaching for 17 years at Seattle Prep, his own alma mater. He is beginning his third year as Seattle Prep’s Diversity Director.






Call (206) 329-4824 or email Andrea Fontana, ISC Program Coordinator. 

Co-sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center and St. Joseph Parish, Seattle.    

Past programs


Act I




9:00 AM SOCIAL | 9:30 AM-12:00 PM PROGRAM




"Who knows?  Perhaps you have come to royal dignity for such a time as this."  -Esther 4:14

How is the current state of the world affecting your spirit? In turn, how is your spirituality influencing how you live and act in the world today? Join Patty Bowman (Executive Director, Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center) and Michael Ramos (Executive Director, Church Council of Greater Seattle) to explore how Ignatian spirituality can sustain you and help you discern how God might be calling you "for such a time as this."

You are welcome to arrive between 9:00 am and 9:30 am for a social with light refreshments.  The program will begin at 9:30 am with opening prayer, followed by time for personal reflection and sharing in small groups, brief reflections by Michael Ramos and Patty Bowman, and a discernment exercise. The morning will end with large group conversation, naming of resources, and time to share insights and practical next steps. 



Free will offering ($20 suggested donation).


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about the presenters

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Patty Bowman is currently the Executive Director of the Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center in Seattle.  She was the Director of Social Outreach and Advocacy at St. James Cathedral from 2000 to 2016. Prior to her work in ministry, Patty was an attorney, in private practice and as Vice President and Associate Counsel at Washington Mutual Bank. She holds a B.A. in History from Stanford University, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, an M.A. in Biblical Studies from the Graduate Theological Union, and a MAPS degree from the School of Theology and Ministry at Seattle University. She is a member of St. James Cathedral parish and teaches Scripture and Catholic Social Teaching in Seattle area parishes. She has also participated in Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life (SEEL).    

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Michael Ramos serves as the Executive Director of the Church Council of Greater Seattle, connecting congregations toward God’s shalom in King and South Snohomish Counties.  He has worked on ecumenical community building for two decades and enjoys connecting spirituality with social justice. At the Church Council, confronting homelessness, immigration accompaniment and reform and building a living wage future have been central commitments with faith communities throughout the region. He was the Director of Latino Ministries for the Catholic Diocese in Oakland in the mid-1990s before moving back to Seattle with his wife, Donna, and their two (now-grown) daughters.  He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Seattle University.   


Call (206) 329-4824 or email Andrea Fontana, ISC Program Coordinator. 

Sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center, Seattle