Another service year has come to an end. And what a year of service it has been. One of our volunteers has been named Volunteer of the Year by Milwaukee’s Seton Catholic Schools. Our IVC Chicago office was recognized by the Cook County Board of Commissioners for exemplary service to those in need.
These are but two examples of the dedicated work all you men and women of the Corps display in your service throughout the year. Even as the service year ends, a vast majority of you — 85 percent — is already recommitting yourself for the next year. That is dedication.
It’s one of the distinguishing factors of IVC and a word often ascribed to our volunteers — dedication. Those agencies and people who rely on your presence, your contribution and support know they can, indeed, count on you. You show up week after week, month after month.
Many of you will even elect to continue to volunteer your regular days throughout the summer season. That’s the kind of dedication for which we are known.
And so I lift you up to that great exemplar of a dedicated life, of dedicated fatherhood, St. Joseph, in this month of fathers and in this month of rest. It has been reported that His Holiness Pope Francis keeps a statue of a sleeping St. Joseph in his office.
“Joseph’s rest revealed God’s will to him,” Pope Francis said. “In this moment of rest in the Lord, as we pause from our many daily obligations and activities, God is also speaking to us … but like St. Joseph, once we have heard God’s voice, we must rise from our slumber; we must get up and act.”
This, too, seems to describe the dedication of the men and women of the Corp. After their rest, always they answer God’s call to get up and act.
IVC Executive Director