The Ignatian Volunteer Corps (IVC) in St. Louis began its 14th year of service, reflection, and community on August 27th, 2019. The IVC service members gathered at the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet Motherhouse in St. Louis for a day of renewal and reflection. The theme for the day was focused on The First Principle and Foundation of St. Ignatius of Loyola – “Our only desire and our one choice should be this, I want and I choose what better leads to God’s deepening life within me.” David Fleming, S.J.
Danielle Harrison, of Visitation Academy and our facilitator for the day, brought challenging insights and questions to our community in a series of presentations. These powerful and reinvigorating talks reminded us of Jesus being in our midst. Her words were comforting, but also challenged us to resolute action in our commitment to serve the poor and marginalized.
Fr. Kevin Cullen, S.J., joined us to celebrate Mass, during which we commissioned our new members. Our day concluded with a joyful community social.
IVC-STL begins this new service year with excitement as we look to make this year about growing in our foundation of Ignatian Spirituality with people who are poor and marginalized. Danielle Harrison will be back throughout the year to challenge and encourage the volunteers in this IVC spiritual endeavor.
This October the IVC community will gather to deepen our understanding of the spiritual reflection process as presented by Fr. Jim Conroy, S.J. co-founder of the IVC. We are excited and on our way in this 14th year of Experience Making a Difference!
Call or Email Sr. Amy if you want to know more about becoming an IVC Volunteer.