A Tradition of Ignatian Service and Spirituality: IVC and JVC

Julie Bishop teaches writing skills to middle school students at Nativity Academy in San Diego.

“My daughter Erin inspired me to get involved with what I’m doing now,” says Julie Bishop, an Ignatian Volunteer in San Diego. “When she started with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, it was difficult for me to think of her living in the inner city environment. I worried about her. We had a lot of conversations about it. But I’ve seen how she’s been very motivated by her work with the poor and marginalized.”   “When I retired from teaching, I thought maybe there was a way I could do this. My interactions with my daughter helped spark 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?

Ignatian Resources in Uncertain Times We are living in critically important times and it is not a stretch to state that people feel that we are grappling with many issues facing our country.  Many of the people we serve are unsure, vulnerable and even frightened as many changes are occurring, political motivations are conflicted and confusing... 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, former Executive Director of TASSC International, Washington DC  

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