Contemplations on Service & Spirituality
Eileen Shirey serves the IVC Albany community as a Spiritual Reflector. Eileen was part of the team that provided the firm foundation that led to the approval of IVC Albany as a region in 2019. Since then, Eileen serves as a Spiritual Reflector to plan the monthly spiritual program for the IVC Albany community. Eileen and her husband Dick live in Watervliet and are parishioners at St. Vincent de Paul Church in Albany.
One of the most important facets of the Imagine IVC process is creating a space for our community members to share their honest opinions with each other. To do so, we made sure that our Visioning Process facilitators were experts in not only fostering dialogue and leading discussions but also well versed in Ignatian Spirituality as well.
Last Friday at sundown, our Jewish brothers and sisters around the world lit Shabbat candles with no idea of the horrors that were about to unfold with the Hamas attacks on Israel. Tonight, those candles are being lit by the shaking hands, broken hearts, and agonized spirits of a people at war.
After almost two years of planning and preparation today, IVC is proud to launch
‘Imagine IVC,’ IVC’s formal Vision and Planning Process. We invite you to join us in co-creating a vision and plan for the future of IVC.
Needs exceed resources. That’s a fact of life. On a personal level, there’s never time enough to pursue every worthy activity, nor money enough to support every deserving charity. So, how do we decide?
Join us in making an immediate and tangible impact as we kick off our 29th program year in September!
Mixing paint and prayer, local artist Jennifer Richard-Morrow creates a stunning portrait of St. Ignatius for Ignatian Volunteer Corps Albany
Icons, a style of liturgical painting commonly associated with the Orthodox Church and monasteries, are as unique as the “image writers” who produce them. Meet Iconographer Jennifer Richard-Morrow who this year brought her years of work as an artist and a student of icon paintings to deliver an icon for the local chapter of the Ignatian Volunteer Corp.
As the days get longer and the temperatures get warmer, the hopefulness of Spring energizes us, and the human desire to gather together also grows stronger. That need to connect has always been at the heart of Ignatian Volunteer Corps; it motivates our members to go out into their communities to serve and join together in spiritual reflection. Undoubtedly, that spirit of connection drew you to IVC initially and inspired you to continue your involvement today.
Ann Hodgson is a Spiritual Reflector for IVC Albany and is part of the team that plans the monthly prayerful gatherings for the IVC Albany community. Ann and her husband, John, live in Guilderland and are parishioners of Christ the King Church.