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The Ignatian Volunteer Corps Celebrates the Ignatian Year as “A Pilgrim Community: Walking with Ignatius,” Announces 40% Increase in Service Corps Members

by | Sep 1, 2021

In this uplifting and practical book, written in collaboration with his biographer, Austen Ivereigh, Pope Francis explains why we must—and how we can—make the world safer, fairer, and healthier for all people now.

After a difficult year of being “together, apart,” the Ignatian Volunteer Corps (IVC)* has announced its spiritual program for this Ignatian Year: “A Pilgrim Community: Walking with Ignatius.”  Over 400 Service Corps Members across IVC’s 22 regions nationwide will be reading Pope Francis’ recent book, Let Us Dream, to guide their journey through this service year, which runs from September 2021 through June 2022.

Enhancing a deep reading of the Pope’s book will be stories and reflections based on St. Ignatius of Loyola’s own journey of conversion and a variety of monthly spiritual experiences and guidance. The service year will begin with “A Time to See,” building awareness of our own spiritual journeys and in reading the signs of the times. This section will be followed by “A Time to Choose,” honing skills of Ignatian discernment. The year will come to a close with “A Time to Act,” focused on bringing forth individual gifts and talents to help heal a troubled world.

IVC will, as always, be accomplishing its goals through a robust network of Service Partner Agencies throughout the country. The COVID crisis has only exacerbated the great needs of the poor and oppressed, with vaccinations on the rise and more and more churches, schools, and nonprofits resuming normal operations IVC has seen a 40% jump in corps members serving throughout the country.  We are very much in need of committed adults willing to meet these needs.

If you are interested in becoming part of a strong, social-justice, service-oriented spiritual community, click here to see if there is a regional office in your city.

*IVC provides men and women, most age 50 or better, opportunities to serve others and to transform lives. IVC matches the talents of experienced Volunteers with the greatest social needs of our time.