Experience Making a Difference

Experience Making a Difference

Welcome to IVC Chicago

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 2020 – 21, there are 58 volunteers serving (in-person and virtually) 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.

IVC Chicago 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.”

Upcoming Event

Polarization in Religion, Politics, and Culture:

Naming the Wounds, Beginning to Heal

We are a polarized society, and we continue to move further apart politically, culturally, religiously, and interpersonally. In this two-hour program, presenters EJ Dionne and Michael McGillicuddy, LCSW, will document the depth of this national epidemic of contempt and begin to unravel why it has such a hold on us. How and why have we come to regard someone with opposing views as a tribal threat? Without focusing on any specific, polarizing issues, they will examine the current culture war and introduce real remedies that create space for cross-tribal conversation and respect. Through tone-setting, listening, understanding, empathy, and prayer, we can come to seek out, and not merely tolerate, viewpoint diversity. We can live by the Principles of Catholic Social Teaching which call us to respect the dignity of every individual and know we are one human family. 


E.J. Dionne Jr., American journalist, political commentator, and op-ed columnist for The Washington Post
Michael McGillicuddy, LCSW, Untying Knots Founder and IVC Service Corps Member

Sunday, April 25
4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Central Time
Webinar format (link will be sent with RSVP)
Presentation is in place of our annual fundraiser. Registration is required.

IVC Chicago 2020 – 21 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

Catholic Social Teaching and Racism

On February 10, the IVC Chicago community gathered virtually for a presentation on Catholic Social Teaching and Racism by Tanya Woods, Esq.  Tanya is the Executive Director of the Westside Justice Center in Chicago.  Please listen to the presentation here.