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Joe Van Volkenburg Joe Van Volkenburg

Assistant to the Director of Campus Ministry

Magis is living my life with God and with Christ in all that I do. I will love, serve and care more deeply.  t is about leading by example and sharing my faith experience, strength and hope with our students and college community.  

Several times a week I join with students doing direct service for the poor and marginalized in the City of Buffalo. When we make the sandwiches for our Homeless Ministry or serve at St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy, I tell our students, “This is what Jesus would be doing. We are being Jesus for others.” I say to them, “The spirituality of the poor is one of gratitude. We can learn about God from the poor because they live it.”  

Magis is a call for continued quality improvement in all that I do. I tell students all the time in reflection and in private conversations, “I am a campus minister and what I do is ministry. The world also needs good accountants, financial planners, teachers, lawyers and doctors.  Whatever you become, it, too, can be ministry. Be the best you can be and contribute to your community.  When you are a parent, be the best you can be to form and love your child.” 

Magis calls me to be in the world and to be a contemplative in action, one of the tenets of Ignatian Spirituality.  My life, I hope, is a living prayer in action and I offer it to God and to Jesus.

Thomas Colgan, S.J.
Thomas Colgan, S.J.

"...I need a daily rhythm, during which I carve out times to open up with God..."

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Rocco Danzi, S.J.
Rocco Danzi, S.J.

"...I am rediscovering my own Jesuit call..."

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Will Siegner ‘15
Will Siegner ‘15

"Magis will continue to have an influence over me as I head down the unknown path before me."

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Vance Stinson ‘16
Vance Stinson ‘16

"I realized then what magis means to me. It doesn’t mean giving more."

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Larry Aiello
Larry Aiello

"…my preparation in writing this helped me understand where I need to search for the magis."

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Teresa M. Amabile, PhD
Teresa M. Amabile, PhD

"We began to 'see God in all things,' starting with the divine within ourselves and the people around us."

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Eileen M Angelini
Eileen M Angelini

God writes straight with crooked lines.

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Jessica Bliss
Jessica Bliss

"Magis is about being more within the community and on campus."

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Sr. Patricia Brady
Sr. Patricia Brady

Magis is a call and a challenge to stretch my spirit, my heart and my efforts to be and do all that I can to help recreate our world, our community and our lives.

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Amy Brooks '15
Amy Brooks '15

Living the magis means that I try my hardest, put my best foot forward, and always always,Be my best self!” 

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Kathleen  Brucato
Kathleen Brucato

There is no better feeling than that of hearing from international alums who share with us how their experiences at Canisius have helped to lead them on their life path.

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Molly Burhans ‘14
Molly Burhans ‘14

"Magis reminds us that school is not just about a degree but also about receiving a transformative educational experience."

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Robert Butler
Robert Butler

When our students…take service trips…they learn that providing more for others enables them to make their education a living experience rather than a mere routine.

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Rita Capezzi
Rita Capezzi

Smiling helps me tap into a sense of wonder about the world and of gratitude for life and my place in its midst. 

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Paula Castro-Uruburo
Paula Castro-Uruburo

"I remember the woman who taught me to push through the pain, to have faith in the world and to be myself. And I realize what a true example of magis she was."

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Ann Celani
Ann Celani

My magis is simply to show more love to people in the world. 

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Stephen Chanderbhan
Stephen Chanderbhan

"I believe any student I teach is worth my magis."

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Dianna  Civello.
Dianna Civello.

"…tell me more!”

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Ann Continetti, ‘14
Ann Continetti, ‘14

Living the magis is about living life to its fullest potential and always striving to be more and do more for others

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Katrina Cosgrove '15
Katrina Cosgrove '15

"Knowing what passion drives and encourages others to do whatever they want to accomplish in life is part of what I now think of as magis."

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Joseph Costantino, SJ
Joseph Costantino, SJ

"Are we living the magis…living with ever-greater faith, hope and love? "

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Anne Dobies
Anne Dobies

The idea of seeking the magis, the more, within our daily life is something I strive to achieve each day.

 

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Emily Dorward '17
Emily Dorward '17

"Magis is a commitment. It is spending each day as if it were my last, loving always, and seeing beauty in all things."

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Christina Dressler '15
Christina Dressler '15

In order to live the magis, I need to accept what life has to offer me with open arms, as well as accept my own imperfections.

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Fr. Jim Dugan, SJ
Fr. Jim Dugan, SJ

"It is the magis which continues to inspire and motivate me to reach beyond what may be the good, moral, noble, worthy, and virtuous."

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Sandra Estanek
Sandra Estanek

Aquinas reminds us that love is not an emotion…it is the structure of our being in the world. He defined love as “to seek the good of the other.”

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Gary Everett
Gary Everett

"Canisius College has been my mother and father in adult life."

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Katie Farinacci
Katie Farinacci

"I work for that greater view, for that ability to see more and be more for the people whose voices are forgotten…"

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Benjamin Fiore, SJ
Benjamin Fiore, SJ

…there is always something more that can be done and someone more who can be served.  

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Russell Fiorella, '16
Russell Fiorella, '16

"What have I learned thus far?  In addition to being passionate and dedicated about putting others before myself, I have found joy in encouraging others to follow."

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Luanne C. Firestone
Luanne C. Firestone

"It is helpful for me to think of magis not as the “more” which is its Latin root, but as a generosity that is grounded in one’s love for God."

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Sue Fischer
Sue Fischer

Advent reminds us all that God’s dream for us comes again and again in the hope and love that Jesus brings to us.  My magis is to walk that talk.

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Rev. Brian Frain, SJ
Rev. Brian Frain, SJ

Canisius College invites its students, faculty, and alumni to wrest themselves free from fear and, instead, swim in the limitless potential that God dreams for us.

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Erin Gaddi '14
Erin Gaddi '14

In my time at Canisius, magis has become not “the pursuit of happiness,” but the “happiness of pursuit.”

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Andrew  Genco '14
Andrew Genco '14

For me, living the magis at Canisius means never settling for less than the best.

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Patty Grasso
Patty Grasso

"I didn’t understand how the Jesuit ideals would change me...I was being challenged..."

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Kim Griffin
Kim Griffin

I work each day to deepen my understanding of myself and the people around me through open communication and personal reflection. 

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Mike Hayes
Mike Hayes

Magis, more…is simply giving all that we have and then maybe a little more and turning that into something life-changing.

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Katie Johnson '14
Katie Johnson '14

"My magis means stepping outside of my comfort zones, exploring new places and meeting new people."

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Dilpreet Kaur '17
Dilpreet Kaur '17

It is God who gives me the power to keep moving towards my goals even when the times get hard. It is He who makes me achieve my want for more – for magis.

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Karl Kozlowski
Karl Kozlowski

"It’s no longer the amount of time I spend but the depth of the moments I experience with my students, advisees, co-workers, friends and family."

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Anthony Kroese ‘14
Anthony Kroese ‘14

To live the magis is different for everyone, but for me it means trying new things and being comfortably uncomfortable.

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Christine M. Licata-Culhane
Christine M. Licata-Culhane

…we have an important duty to serve others and seek God’s help in making choices that benefit others.

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Patrick Lynch, SJ
Patrick Lynch, SJ

"I try to open students to the majority world that surrounds us and with which many of us have little contact."

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Ashleigh Maciejewski '15
Ashleigh Maciejewski '15

My involvement with organizations and individuals in the Canisius community has taught me how to live the magis

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Martha A. Malkiewicz
Martha A. Malkiewicz

"Magis calls us to remain open and loving as we accept the gifts of beauty and grief."

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Terri Mangione, PhD
Terri Mangione, PhD

"I want to be judged on my actions as well as on my intentions. I need to do the same for others."

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David Miller
David Miller

As educators we provide a continuity of past experience and project it into an even more evolving, malleable future. 

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E. Christine Moll
E. Christine Moll

Magis suggests that we are not stagnant people–we celebrate change and growth in others.

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Dr. Shawn O'Rourke
Dr. Shawn O'Rourke

"Peace be with you: go out and live the life of a saint!"

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Sydnie Aria Rose Perkins ‘16
Sydnie Aria Rose Perkins ‘16

"Throughout my entire life I have been told that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me..."

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Mark J. Piatkowski
Mark J. Piatkowski

"It is my goal to look beyond the issue and educate the individual. There is potential in every situation and every student… the magis."

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Connie M Pileri
Connie M Pileri

Magis serves as a reminder of what my purpose at Canisius is and what I am doing with the skills and talents I have been given.

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Darby Ratliff
Darby Ratliff

Magis is that step between ordinary and extraordinary. It is that extra layer of love in a person’s life. It is a leap of faith.

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Aidan Ryan '14
Aidan Ryan '14

In any moment of magis, all distraction falls away.  We are open to the new and the now.

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Karen B Schmid
Karen B Schmid

My magis is the edifying and happy task of leading students to the delights and struggles of mastering the piano.

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Maureen Schmitt
Maureen Schmitt

"If I want more out of life, I have learned I must put more into life."

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Sarah Signorino
Sarah Signorino

"I aspire to live my magis by actively seeking out opportunities for life-long learning."

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Dave Smith
Dave Smith

This concept of MAGIS is embraced with every single member of our Canisius community and our Jesuit school. 

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Brian Smith
Brian Smith

Magis: one small word that means so much more!

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Sheila A. Toomb
Sheila A. Toomb

"So, in my life, I live the magis by making small, intentional decisions"

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Michael Tunney, S.J.
Michael Tunney, S.J.

I believe the magis is a means to that end, a way of looking at and being in the world, especially when it comes to finding God in all things within and around me in our world.

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Joseph Van Volkenburg
Joseph Van Volkenburg

"Magis is a call for continued quality improvement in all that I do."

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Lawrence J. Vilardo
Lawrence J. Vilardo

"For me, magis is all about paying it forward."

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Nancy Wellenzohn
Nancy Wellenzohn

It is never too late to change direction to something new or circle back to old, familiar ground.  The journey itself has value. 

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Yvonne K. Widenor, MA
Yvonne K. Widenor, MA

As my magis, I proudly see my students developing a cultural conscience.

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Brock Wilkinson, '14
Brock Wilkinson, '14

To me living a life of magis is genuine generosity. 

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Deborah Winslow-Schaber
Deborah Winslow-Schaber

We strive to do more and we strive to give more, so that we and those we touch can be more.

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Thomas A. Wolf
Thomas A. Wolf

"It is my magis to encourage them not only to develop their photographic abilities but also to nurture their habits of the heart and mind. "

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Ann Woloszynski '90, MBA '94
Ann Woloszynski '90, MBA '94

For me, magis is a lifelong journey that is best shared with my fellow Griffins.

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Barbara J. Wozniak
Barbara J. Wozniak

May you be guided by the source of light in your life as you explore what your magis becomes!

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The myMAGIS graphic artwork is
by Alex Valvo '14
All myMAGIS photography
by Tom Wolf '86 and
Katrina Cosgrove '15