Experience Making a Difference

Experience Making a Difference

Welcome to IVC Minneapolis/St. Paul

Welcome to the Ignatian Volunteer Corps Twin Cities homepage! We are delighted that you have found us and are interested in learning more about our community and the opportunities we offer.

As a community of men and women who have completed their primary careers and are seeking meaningful opportunities to serve others, we are committed to responding to the needs of our local community through service and advocacy. We are inspired by the Jesuit values of social justice, spirituality, and community, and we strive to live out these values in all that we do.

Through our service placements, retreats, and other community-building activities, we hope to deepen our spirituality, broaden our perspectives, and build relationships with others who share our commitment to making a positive difference in the world. We welcome individuals of all faiths and backgrounds to join us in this important work.

Thank you for visiting our homepage, and we invite you to explore our site to learn more about who we are and how you can get involved.

To me, the faith-centered service of the IVC volunteers is a manifestation of the Second Commandment. This is ‘to love your neighbor as you love yourself’ in action, and it doesn’t get any better than that.

Save the Date for Immigration: Crisis in America on Thursday, October 19, 2023 with guest speaker Sister Norma Pimentel, Executive Director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley


Kathleen Groh 2023 Madonna Della Strada Award Recipient

This year the Ignatian Volunteer Corps of the Twin Cities is proud to present its annual Madonna Della Strada award to Kathleen Groh.

A native Minnesotan, Kathleen has raised her family in a suburb of St. Paul. She served as a Faith Formation Director in parishes across the Archdiocese for over thirty years.  Always seeking a challenge, Kathleen entered a master’s program in Religious Education at the University of St. Thomas and received her M.A.R.E degree in 1997.  When she retired, Kathleen looked for another challenge as the Regional Director of the Ignatian Volunteer Corps. She held that position for the next 13 years until she retired again in 2022.

During her tenure at IVC, Kathleen revived participation and service corps engage-ment expanding membership, establishing long term partnerships, and spreading the message of IVC throughout the Archdiocese.  Her expertise at matching corps members with service sites led to numerous long-term engagements.  Kathleen’s dedication to organizing exciting fundraising events and facilitating monthly meetings steeped in Ignatian Spirituality was a gift. By doing this, she fostered a deep love of God and service to the marginalized within our community.  Service corps members, alumni, partnership organizations, and friends of IVC extend our deep appreciation to Kathleen for her dedication and commitment.  Thank you, Kathleen!