Thank you to Some Special Friends of IVC….
Many thanks to the owners of A-1 Self Storage for their generous grant to IVC San Diego.
Thank you to the Sovereign Order of Malta
IVC was fortunate to receive a grant this past year from the Sovereign Order of Malta to help us upgrade our IT system, including new laptop and desktop computers, software and printers. IVC was long overdue for a technology upgrade, with the majority of our staff members using extremely old equipment that was slowing down their workday and challenging their patience. Our regional staff, in their one-person offices, rely on their computers to communicate with their volunteers, reflectors and council members. Working out of huge city areas like New York and LA, the reality is, their computers ARE their offices.
Thanks to Malta, our directors have new laptops which they can take to their monthly meetings, use for interviewing new volunteers and perspective service sites, and share the IVC experience at local parishes, retreat houses and community organizations. Several regions also have new all-in-one printers, and IVC was able to provide staff with updated word processing and antivirus software, too.
We are very grateful for this gift which will allow our staff to focus on our mission of recruiting volunteers to serve the poor.
The Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta, better known as the Sovereign Order of Malta, is one of the most ancient Catholic Religious Orders, founded in Jerusalem in around 1048. Their Grants Program is at the very core of the Order’s mission to defend the faith and serve the sick and the poor.
IVC RECEIVES SHINING GIFT FROM BARAT EDUCATION FOUNDATION
“Your example, more than words, will be an eloquent lesson to the world.”
– St. Madeleine Sophie Barat
What do St. Ignatius of Loyola, St. Madeleine Sophie Barat, and the Ignatian Volunteer Corps (IVC) have in common? Quite a bit actually!
St. Ignatius, of course, established the Society of Jesus and gave the gift of the Spiritual Exercises to the world, teaching us all how to live contemplatively and actively, finding God in all things. The Exercises and the commitment of the early Jesuits to mission, education and community inspired Madeleine Sophie Barat to religious life, leading to the creation of the Society of the Sacred Heart – a religious order for women modeled on the Constitutions and Rules of the Jesuits and committed to the education and formation of women and devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
IVC has benefited greatly from the vision, passion, and leadership of these two great individuals, and from the work of countless others. The Sacred Heart and Jesuit legacy lives on in excellent schools, missions and service to those in need, and empowerment of men and women from all walks of life to live out their Gospel call to be faith in action.
Last fall, the Barat Education Foundation extended this legacy through a new partnership with IVC. The Foundation graciously allowed the Ignatian Volunteer Corps to broker the sale of a stunning stained-glass window of St. Ignatius Loyola and St. Francis Xavier to the Jesuits of the Chicago Province, with most of the proceeds benefiting IVC.
The Barat Education Foundation, an independent nonprofit organization, was established in 2000 prior to the sale of Barat College to DePaul University. At that time, the Foundation was charged with the development and support of innovative educational programs and services that reflected the values and educational tradition of Barat College. When DePaul University closed Barat College in June 2005, the Board of Directors voted to perpetuate and build upon the Barat legacy of education, leadership and advocacy. Today, the Barat Education Foundation is committed to continuing and adapting the heritage and legacy of Barat College to our 21st-century world.
Their entrepreneurial ventures are extraordinary in their breadth as they seek to support intellectual, spiritual, and ethical values; empowerment of women; social awareness that impels to action; and the building of community. Suzanne Geaney, immediate past Executive Director of IVC, said: “I see so many parallels in the missions of our organizations. Like the Foundation, IVC is all about creating relationships that will help show God’s action in the world. The Barat Education Foundation’s gift helps us be able to help God act in the world for good.”
The window itself will be installed in a Jesuit Chapel. It will bear a plaque explaining both its provenance and our gratitude to the Barat Education Foundation for its commitment to continuing and adapting the heritage and legacy of Barat College and St. Madeleine Sophie Barat.