Experience Making a Difference

Experience Making a Difference

Welcome to IVC Minneapolis/St. Paul

The Jesuit-affiliated Ignatian Volunteer Corps (IVC) Minneapolis/St. Paul offers an opportunity for men and women to work for a more just society while growing in their faith through praying in the Ignatian tradition.

Katherine Wojtan, Executive Director of Mary’s Pence & Kaye Cassidy, IVC Service Member at Mary’s Pence

IVC connects spirituality with action. The collegiality of each service member. Their prayerfulness and personal caring for each other. The spirituality of the group and my personal spiritual growth. This all gives me a feeling of belonging and purpose.

Our service members, all retired or semi-retired from their careers, have extensive and impressive backgrounds. A former university professor set up and managed the library system at the new Cristo Rey Jesuit High School. An IVC Service Member who has degrees in pharmacy and business management taught and mentored teens at an alternative high school. A former attorney managed the office of Customized Options and has led the founders of this non-profit for autistic adults through the corridors of the state capital seeking funding to expand.

We are always welcoming new IVC Service Members to fill “right fit” service spots in the Metropolitan area and join in our monthly spiritual reflections and retreats.

We are forever welcoming new sites who seek a service member/s wishing to connect their faith with service. IVC Service Members participate regularly in spiritual reflection, an integral part of the IVC experience. The members meet with a spiritual reflector to talk about the meaning of their work with the poor, beyond the service experience itself, and how it contributes to growing their faith. Volunteer sites benefit from a volunteer who connects faith and service throughout the year through the retreats and monthly support meetings offered through the IVC.

Ignatian Service Members say over and over again that they receive back so much more than they give. 85% of our volunteers renew their commitment to the IVC program and come back to the program year after year – offering our sites the benefit of quality support and longevity.

We invite you to join us as a service member or open a request for an IVC volunteer to be placed at your site. Contact Kathleen Groh for more information: 651-777-0991. Download IVC At A Glance.