Finding your passion… personally and professionally… this holiday season

“Nothing is more practical than finding God, that is, than falling in love in a quite absolute final way…”

Rev. Joe Lingan, S.J. shares Father Pedro Arrupe’s words to provide a framework for the most recent Georgetown alumnae Women and Wine program held on December 11th at the Reed Residence.

He continues…

“What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything.  It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning, what you do with your evenings, how you spend your weekends, what you read, who you know, what breaks your heart, and what amazes you with joy and gratitude. Fall in love, stay in love, and it will decide everything.”

Father Lingan’s warm smile, welcoming demeanor, and paused thoughts mingled among a group of 60 alumnae – from recent graduates, to women in the middle of their careers and those well into their second career.  The alumnae gathered to reflect on Ignatian spirituality, refocus for a few moments after a busy day and holiday season, and reconnect with old friends and meet some new ones.  This was the fourth program in the Women and Wine Networking series and title “Finding your Passion – Personally and Professionally.”   

As Advent grows closer to Christmas, it’s a perfect time to take a few minutes in between the late-night cookie baking, tree decorating, and present wrapping to stop and pause.   To take a few deep breaths and fill my heart and mind with all the many blessings in my life.  To feel deep joy and gratitude, and ask the questions Father Lingan most graciously gave us…

What am I most passionate about?  Does who I am identify and reveal my passion?  What seizes my imagination? What is it that I most desire?

Guest blogger: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06) is a graduate of the McDonough School of Business, Executive Masters in Leadership program and can be contacted at


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