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Image of Benjamin Fiore, S.J.Benjamin Fiore, S.J.

Professor, Religious Studies & Theology
Pastor, St. Michael’s Church

A long time ago while I was an undergrad at LeMoyne College, one of my Jesuit theology professors said that he found the vocation to the priesthood very difficult because people expect you to be available to them at all times.  As he put it, "If you open the door, it is hard to close it again."  He eventually left the Jesuits and the priesthood.

This memory helps me as I reflect on the magis ideal that St. Ignatius promotes.  I can always put limits on what I wish to offer others or even on what I will do to enhance my spiritual self. Nonetheless, there is always something more that can be done and someone more who can be served.  

Jesus established the ideal of selflessness and calls me to imitate Him as closely as I can in my following of Him.  He is patient when I fall short, and is ready to fill me with spiritual energy when I take up His challenge to act.  Praise Him! 

 

Jessica Bliss
Jessica Bliss

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

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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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Gary Everett
Gary Everett

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

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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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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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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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Larry Aiello
Larry Aiello

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

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Eileen M Angelini
Eileen M Angelini

God writes straight with crooked lines.

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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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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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Ann Celani
Ann Celani

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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, but first in ourselves, as we cannot ask others to do what we ourselves are not willing to do ourselves.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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