Update on Fr. Jordan

As many of you have recently heard, Fr. Jordan was diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer. This type of cancer is highly treatable and the treatment has over a 90% success rate.
On January 27, Fr. Jordan had surgery to remove the thyroid gland and nearby lymph nodes as a precaution. He is in the excellent care of his personal physician and the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.
He stayed in the hospital overnight and took about two weeks to recover from his surgery. His medical team gave him clearence yesterday and determined that his radiation treatment will begin in six weeks.

We (Bella especially!) are so happy to have him back in the office and he's happy to see everyone! We ask all of you to continue to keep Fr. Jordan in your thoughts and prayers as we stand together as a community for a successful outcome. Fr. Jordan is truly thankful for all of your prayers.


Giving Tree: Thank you for over 70 gifts of joy!


Because of your generous efforts, our Social Justice Team was able to fill up a car and haul over 70 gifts to Holiday House. Wow! The gifts ranged from learning toys and sports equipment, to basic (but very needed) items like coats, shoes, and backpacks.

Here are some words that Hiep Nguyen, the Social Justice Team's Giving Tree coordinator this year, wanted to share with the community!

"The tradition of the Giving Tree has been a very important aspect of the ministry at the Newman Center and it is an honor for the Social Justice Team to take lead on the project this year, and the many years before.

"This Christmas, we were honored to work alongside Holiday House. This organization donates gifts to low income families by presenting parents with the opportunity to provide gifts for their children. The unwrapped gifts are set up in a way that parents still get to 'shop' for Christmas presents! But the Social Justice Team could not have done so without the generous support of the Newman community.

"The countless gifts donated and the number of children receiving these gifts depicts the abundance of generosity the Newman community offers. Your contribution to the Giving Tree project brings me a feeling beyond amazement and joy. To share these feelings with the family as they received their gifts reminds me of the wonderful love that God provides to all of us.

"I would like to show my appreciation for the Holiday House organization as well as my utmost gratitude for the Newman community and their unceasing generosity. Thank you, and God bless you abundantly."

If you have any questions or would like more information, send an email to For more community service opportunities, please visit our Social Justice team's Facebook page here.


Synod on the Family Survey: Tell Us What You Think

Dear Newmanites,
You may be aware that Pope Francis has called for an Extraordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, to take place in October, 2014, on the theme, “The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization.” As is customary, several weeks ago a questionnaire was sent to the bishops of the world seeking their input. The Holy See has asked them to share information about this topic as widely as possible and to provide a way for those Catholics who wish to contribute to the consultation to do so.
Your voice is needed! As the Newman Center staff, we would love to learn more about what our community struggles with when it comes to this important area of our faith. We also want to encourage you to reflect deeper on the Church teaching on family life and to share your thoughts and suggestions with our bishops. All responses received at Newman will be mailed to Archbishop Sartain, and his office will send them to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, D.C. The USCCB will collect the responses from all dioceses in the United States and pass them on to the Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops in Rome.
We created our very local online version of the survey available here. Your response will be anonymous. Please take your time, read the instructions and respond to all or only some of the questions by December 14, 2013.
Remember, your prayerful response will help us and our fellow pastors understand better the challenges the People of God face in the contemporary society.
May God bless you and your loved ones,
Fr. Lukasz Misko, OP