Wrapped in Light

by Robin Cuddy pallbearer ministry “maybe death isn’t darkness, after all, but so much light wrapping itself around us—"   —Mary Oliver   In “White Owl Flies Into and Out of the Field,” poet Mary Oliver describes death in precise images drawn from nature—not as an end but as part of the never ending cycle of life.  That cycle of life is played out at St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland, Ohio where 73 year old Ignatian volunteer Jim Swinerton assists the teenage juniors and seniors from the school in the Saint Joseph of Arimathea Pallbearer Ministry. read more          

Ignatian Volunteer Corps

The Ignatian Volunteer Corps® (IVC) provides men and women, most age 50 or better, opportunities to serve others and to transform lives. IVC matches the talents of experienced Volunteers with the greatest social needs of our time.

IVC works in partnership with hundreds of community partner organizations. These nonprofit organizations provide Ignatian Volunteers with substantive work to serve individuals who have slipped through this country’s safety net. And hundreds of community organizations are on waiting lists to get an Ignatian Volunteer.

Volunteers are strengthened in their Christian faith by IVC’s unique spiritual reflection program, which is rooted in the Jesuit tradition of Ignatian spirituality.  By contributing their leadership skills and life experience into service, IVC volunteers improve their communities and create a more just society.

EWTN Nightly News Segment from September 2015 highlights the impact of Don and Pat Kisicki through the Ignatian Volunteer Corps

Pope Francis' Inspiration



“Lord, help us to live the virtue of generosity, to love without limits”.
-Pope Francis, via Twitter, April 2015

What’s New?

IVC Moves Headquarters to New (Nearby) Location In what may be one of the shorter office moves you’ve heard of, IVC has moved its headquarters about 100 yards to the East and up two floors. For years, our home has been in the St. Paul Street building that we shared with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, on... Read more»

Here's what others have to say about IVC.

"The engagement with humanity is very powerful.  My service is a gift.” - Tony Albrecht, Ignatian Volunteer
  “What makes IVC special – they come with a wealth of experience, with professional backgrounds, with a maturity, and above all with a passion to be in service for the marginalized and those in need of help.”  - Gizachew Emiru, Executive Director of TASSC International, Washington DC  

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Prodigal Sons and Their Safe Haven

by Robin Cuddy The most recent Department of Housing and Urban Development report on homelessness, published in 2015, estimated that about 564,000 homeless people in the United States live in shelters or on the streets.  For Jack O’Doherty, an Ignatian volunteer for over twelve years, the homeless men he served at the Outreach Program at... Read more »
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