Dear IVC Community,
The power of a new beginning is the power of hope. Each day, the men and women of IVC get up and bring their talents, skills, wisdom, and compassion to those places where people come to find help with overcoming poverty, neglect, trauma, and marginalization, embracing hope for their own healing and the wholeness of life’s possibilities.
In the dawn of our 25th year of service, I will continue to travel around the country speaking with the men and women of the service corps about our own vision and hopes for IVC’s next decade. When I spend time with the corps, I am so very inspired, humbled, and in awe as they speak so brilliantly and lovingly of the people they serve.
I hear of the impact of their service. And I am inspired to what is obviously the work of the Holy Spirit manifesting transformative love and hope through men and women who use the gift of their retirement years to serve.
And what hope the dawn of this next decade has for IVC! Recently, we launched a new initiative that partners with Jesuit colleges and universities to recruit alumni for this amazing opportunity to make a difference in our communities by bringing their skills and wisdom into direct service. After a successful pilot phase, the initiative is moving forward by reaching out to more schools.
At the annual board meeting in October, we officially named this program “Currie Alumni Partnership for Service” (CAPS) in recognition of Fr. Charlie Currie, SJ, who served IVC as a national board member, and provided visionary leadership as we cultivated this idea.
Fr. Charlie was a “Jesuit’s Jesuit,” as someone remarked at his funeral last January. As an educator, former college president, and former director of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, along with many other national and international efforts, he embodied with creativity, ingenuity, and strength of faith the Ignatian vision of education for service to others. His very life reflected faith in action.
We know that the more we can get the invitation out to people to consider service as part of the purpose and adventure of their retirement years, the more our mission and impact will grow. This is our exciting new dawn. Let’s together, with the gift of this initiative, manifest the power of service and spirituality as a healing and hopeful force for our world.