As the days get longer and the temperatures get warmer, the hopefulness of Spring energizes us, and the human desire to gather together also grows stronger. That need to connect has always been at the heart of Ignatian Volunteer Corps; it motivates our members to go out into their communities to serve and join together in spiritual reflection. Undoubtedly, that spirit of connection drew you to IVC initially and inspired you to continue your involvement today.
Through the first half of 2023, IVC has been busy bringing people together across all walks of life. On March 21st, Fr. James Martin, SJ hosted a Virtual Information Session that was joined by over 525 people interested in learning more about IVC. Region directors have been fielding dozens of new member applications that have come as a direct result of this special virtual event. Regions like New York and Chicago saw over 50 people request applications! We promoted the session extensively through various channels, including social media, local Catholic media outlets, and a significant advertising campaign with America Magazine. The enthusiastic response reinforces the fact that when we have the resources to effectively communicate and market IVC’s mission, people respond.
Of course, IVC strives to facilitate that unity all year round, but the joy those gatherings create becomes especially apparent in Spring when many of our regions hold their annual Della Strada awards ceremonies. IVC San Diego honored Fr. Greg Boyle, SJ, founder of Homeboy Industries, on March 26th, with over 200 guests in attendance. Frank “Mickey” McDonnell, IVC Northeastern Pennsylvania’s first-ever member, was honored by that region on April 16th with their inaugural Della Strada Award. May 3rd saw IVC New York bestow the Della Strada Award upon Thrive for Life Founder Fr. Zachariah Presutti, SJ, and the three IVC members serving with him. And finally, on April 23rd, IVC New England honored Jim and Terry Orcutt from Boston, Priests for Justice in Providence, and Fr. Thomas McMurray, SJ from Worcester, all with the Madonna Della Strada Award. Importantly, each award ceremony honored and celebrated IVC members for their hard work and long-time service. These events raised crucial funds for our mission and served as a powerful reminder of the strong community surrounding IVC and the impact we can make when we come together.
Together, we are creating a brighter future for the marginalized and underserved in our communities. Through the power of unity and shared purpose, we can address the pressing needs and challenges facing our society, offering hope, support, and compassionate service. As we navigate the summer season, may it be a time of joy, peace, and renewed hope for you and your loved ones.
– Mary McGinity, President & CEO