IVC Chicago began in September 2001 with twelve volunteers whose prior occupations ranged from fire chief and postal worker to business executive and nurse. They volunteered as hospital and prison chaplains, teachers’ aides, and GED instructors at nine service agencies.
In 2019 – 20, there are 60 volunteers serving in more than 30 partner agencies. Volunteers in Chicago are working with youth and young adults in education and mentoring programs, refugee and immigrant services, women’s and children’s services and hospital and prison ministry. They provide healthcare and food assistance and work in hunger and homeless services. They serve the elderly and disabled.
Regional director Maura Rogan describes a typical volunteer as someone who is “committed to serving others and to reflecting on God’s presence and power in their volunteer service and in all aspects of their life.”
IVC Chicago 2019 – 20 Leadership Team
From left to right: Jim Sweany, Spiritual Animator; Rev. Jack O’Callaghan, SJ, IVC Chaplain; Maura Rogan, Director, IVC Chicago; Jacqueline Fitzgerald, Program Manager; Rev. Steve Kruppa, SJ, IVC Chaplain
IVC Chicago Laudato Si’ Pledge
This past year, we, the Service Corps Members of Ignatian Volunteer Corps Chicago, studied Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home. We examined the climate crisis from scientific and spiritual perspectives, exploring changes that must take place on the macro and micro levels. Our eyes were opened to the crisis’ overwhelming impact on the world’s poor.
Our focus on the Encyclical concluded with determining action steps that we pledge to take in our lives to protect our Earth, God’s creation. Read through our comprehensive IVC Laudato Si Pledge here.
Listen to Loyola Academy’s Become More Podcast episode about IVC Chicago, featuring volunteer Keith Schoenberg and IVC Chicago Director Maura Rogan here.