September/October 2014

Dear Alum,

I would like to take 100-250 words of your time.

This past year Campus Ministry, Student Affairs and Mission & Identity teamed up to invite our campus community to engage myMAGIS, a campus-wide reflection and conversation on magis in our daily lives at Canisius. Now we welcome your contribution.

Consider the following definition as a foundation for your reflection and writing:

“Magis,” from the Latin “for more,” has a qualitative dimension calling forth personal magnanimity, a greatness of soul. Like the unofficial Jesuit motto: Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam (For the Greater Glory of God), the term suggests the more universal good. It calls for a deepening of one’s self-understanding, an openness to the larger world, a call to genuine friendship and respectful relationships, and a generosity that engages others in the pursuit of wisdom, faith, and justice.

With this as a guide, please compose a statement on how you live the magis in your life. Please send them to me via e-mail at They will be shared on campus electronically. In addition, see and read the magis reflections already posted by members of the Canisius community available through the homepage or by clicking here.

On behalf of my Campus Ministry and Student Affairs collaborators, thank you!

Good wishes,

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Michael F. Tunney, S.J.
Director, Mission & Identity
Professor, Fine Arts Department