Stories of Service

Journeying With Youth

Journeying With Youth

If you check out Boston’s Casserly House’s website and click on “Meet the Team,” you’ll see the organization, under the leadership of the Sisters of St. Joseph, is staffed entirely by volunteers tied to the Jesuit mission: three Ignatian Volunteer Corps Members and at...

Finding God in New England

This wonderful reflection was written by Mary and Tony Mahowald for the IVC Chicago Footprints blog. Mary and Tony are two long-time IVC Chicago volunteers who moved to Boston area and joined the IVC New England program. What a blessing to be connected by a common...

Gladness

In the pathways of sadness, sweetest lilies may grow: Let us sow seeds of gladness- let the joy overflow. - Eliza E. Hewitt An insightful chapter by Fr. Greg Boyle in Tattoos on the Heart is on "gladness". The stories he shares bring the deep meaning of "gladness" to...

Mercy and Compassion to Refugees – the IVC Way

Mercy and Compassion to Refugees – the IVC Way

“Sayid (name changed to protect privacy) is a heart surgeon from Syria who is very well educated, speaks three languages, is a well-known and well-respected doctor in his community,” describes Bob Sliney, Ignatian Volunteer serving with Catholic Charities Refugee...

Led Back to the Fold

Led Back to the Fold

IVC New EnglandDave HinchenRegional Director31 Fairview StreetRoslindale, MA 02131617-571-3838 email Dave Return to IVC Regional OfficesHundreds of students at the Genesis Center in Providence, Rhode Island have touched Sandy Yates’s heart. Before becoming an Ignatian...

For when I was hungry…

For when I was hungry…

In the midst of the civic unrest and anxiety about the coronavirus, we can lose sight of the ongoing crisis of food insecurity. Defined as “the disruption of food intake or eating patterns because of lack of money and other resources,” Katie Fitzgerald, Chief...

Transformed by His Love

“Spiritual retreats ending homelessness” is the tagline of the Ignatian Spirituality Project (ISP), an IVC partner agency. Ignatian Volunteers serve as Retreat Coordinators in three of ISP’s 24 cities: Boston, Chicago, and Cleveland.ISP’s successful retreat model...

A Commute Towards Happiness

As a semi-retired Ignatian Volunteer Corps member, I think to myself, “Why do I feel so much happier than my fellow commuters?” Sister Nancy greets me with “Are you up for teaching a class this morning?” or “I’ve got a new one for you to register. Let me know whether you think we should take her.” I never know what awaits me, but that is part of the appeal. Refugees and immigrants also never know what awaits them. I am one of them!