In 2005, Fr. Kevin Cullen, SJ and an enthusiastic advisory council launched IVC in this region. On Sept. 20th 2016 we were fortunate to be able to recognize Fr. Cullen and the advisory council at IVC’s 10th Anniversary Celebration.
The St. Louis program continues to flourish thanks to the generous support and interest from the Jesuits of the Central & Southern Province, from the Ignatian Volunteers, from partner organizations and IVC friends and donors throughout the St. Louis region.
IVC volunteers continue to serve, pray, reflect, and share with one another in our IVC community.
Communal and personal prayer and reflection in the Ignatian tradition continues to open fresh perspectives on faith, nurtures the hope and aspirations of each IVC participant and thus further empowers each one to make charity a way of being.
In the IVC year 2018-19 there are 42 Ignatian Volunteers working at 22 different IVC partner organizations in the St. Louis metro area in direct service to our brothers and sisters in need, adults and children alike. Our members say over and over again that they receive back so much more than they give.
If you have a desire to give back, if you are curious about Ignatian spirituality, if you have ever thought about attempting volunteer service, or if you desire to see God in action, we invite you to consider the Ignatian Volunteer Corps. We are a community which supports all of its members in service through prayer, reflection and shared experience.
Want to know more? Contact Sr. Amy Diesen, OSF, IVC St. Louis Regional Director, for more information about how you might join this important endeavor on behalf of those who are in such great need. We also ask for your prayer, for continued courage and grace to live out the spirit of the following prayer from St. Ignatius:
Lord, teach us to be generous, teach us to serve you as you deserve, to give and not to count the cost, to fight and not to heed the wounds, to toil and not to seek for rest, to labor and not to ask for reward, save that of knowing that we do your will. -St. Ignatius of Loyola