IVC volunteers gathered on August 26th at Mercy Conference & Retreat Center for a Renewal & Commitment Day to kick-off its 11th year of service in the St. Louis community. The morning began with an orientation for 9 new members followed by what felt like a “family reunion” as the other 33 members welcomed our new members and one another. The morning prayer was one of gratitude for the privilege of being a volunteer and reflecting on the members’ hopes and aspirations for this new IVC year.
Mary Baudouin, Assistant to the Jesuit Provincial for Social Ministries in the US Central and Southern Province, opened up our year’s theme with an inspiring presentation on “Reconciliation- with God, Humanity and Planet Earth”. This was followed by small group break-out discussions on practical applications of this theme in our various volunteer ministries.
Many of our IVC spiritual reflectors were able to join us for this year’s Eucharistic celebration and lunch. We were honored to have UCS Provincial, Fr. Ron Mercier, SJ and Fr. Dan Daly, SJ graciously preside at our Mass and at the commissioning ceremony for nine new members.
After a closing discussion on our Growth & Hopes for the coming year, we departed feeling nourished and renewed for IVC journey 2017-18!
IVC St. Louis 2017-18