Saying Yes: Choosing Action Over Indifference

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by Tiffany Nelms Severely disabled, 9-year-old Sara had been denied medical care and was alienated by her community in Latin America. Her mother, hoping to find a cure for her daughter, crossed the desert between the United States and Mexico with Sara on her back.  They were initially detained and jailed by U.S. Border Patrol… Read more »

How I Followed Two Fathers to a Life of Service

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by Al Rowley Faith of our fathers, holy faith. It’s a refrain that echoes in my life, where two fathers — my dad, Allan Rowley, Sr., Esq., and my uncle, Father James Colford, S.J. — handed down to me a living faith.  My uncle was insightful and funny and always ready to work and teach… Read more »

Following Christ to a Homeless Shelter

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by Nick Sharkey When I joined IVC I wanted to do something different with my life.  I wanted to work directly with poor people.  After many years of pursuing a demanding career and raising three children together with my wife, Janice, I was ready for a change. I was influenced by several factors.  When I was… Read more »

Giving to Those Who Have Given Generously

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Written by David Brooks I write this reflection during the Lenten season in which the Church calls us to prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.  I particularly want to reflect on almsgiving as a spiritual exercise in my life. As I look back on my faith journey, I have come to see that almsgiving began many years… Read more »

How I Joined the Jesuit Family and Rediscovered My Roots

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by Teddy Michel I was a typical teenager and young adult, dismissive of any wisdom or values my family had to offer. Despite this — or perhaps because of it — I joined the Jesuit Volunteer Corps fresh out of college. That year of living the four core values of JVC — community, simple living,… Read more »

Message from Mary McGinnity, Executive Director

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Dear Friends, I am going to invite you to be part of a miracle this Christmas. Your single charitable contribution to IVC will reach over 350  organizations serving low income communities across the country.  Through IVC your charity multiplies! With your Christmas gift to IVC, your gift will counsel, educate, defend, house, clothe, and feed… Read more »

An Epiphany Story Unfolds at Homeless Shelter

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Last night I slept at our parish’s shelter for the homeless, something I’ve been doing pretty regularly for a while. I sleep on a mattress near the door, easily available in case anyone needs anything in the night. I am the night portress. At the end of my shift this morning I went, along with… Read more »

In The Footsteps of St. Ignatius

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by Kathy White   On our frequent travels, John and I seek out spiritual discoveries to go along with the “normal” tourist spots.  Our recent trip to Barcelona was the perfect example of such discovery.   We planned to see the city as most people do – touring Gaudi’s architectural masterpieces including the stunning  La… Read more »

What do you find challenging about retirement?

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by Linda Wihl   When I meet with potential volunteers I become keenly aware of how our culture squanders one of our greatest resources, retirees.   When I ask retirees, “What do you find challenging about retirement?” I hear three common responses: “I miss the sense of purpose I had when I was working.” “I… Read more »

My Kids

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This blog post comes from Ignatian Volunteer Rich Pozdol of Chicago and is reprinted with permission from the IVC Chicago Footprints blog from earlier this year.  Father “Bo” T.M.  Lyons, spiritual director extraordinaire, and I were having dinner at Siam, my favorite Thai restaurant. We were having chicken pad thai, one of my favorite Thai… Read more »