As the reality of the coronavirus pandemic hits home throughout the United States, the Ignatian Volunteer Corps has been learning to adjust.
Successful appeals to the US Payroll Protection Plan (PPP) and to generous friends and supporters have kept us afloat financially. Now, program adjustments have brought at least one notable success.
Because retreat centers and parishes have been closed, IVC year-end retreats have not taken place in most IVC regions. Instead of canceling the retreats, regional directors and national staff brought together their creative juices in numerous Zoom platform meetings and launched the first-ever IVC National Day of Reflection.
More than 270 IVC Service Corps members participated in 14 two-hour Zoom gatherings over three days (June 9-11). Each session was limited to 25 participants and included presentations, prayerful reflection, musical contributions, and even small-group sharing. IVC Region Directors facilitated the gatherings.
Among the contributors from across the USA were IVC President/CEO Mary McGinnity, Jesuits Frank Reale (St. Louis) and Jim Fleming (New England), IVC Service Member/Spiritual Reflector Barbara Lee (New York), IVC Region Director John Green (Philadelphia/New Jersey), and pianist Carolyn Park (DC/Metro Maryland).
Feedback from participants has been very positive. Thanks to all who made these days fruitful. The Day of Reflection has been posted on IVC’s YouTube page. Plans are in process to offer regional council members and spiritual reflectors a chance to participate in this Day of Reflection in July.