Giving Back and Changing Lives for 20 Years

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Lou Naglak, an Ignatian Volunteer in Philadelphia, has served prisoners at the Bucks County Prison for over 20 years.  “I couldn’t have predicted this would be the next phase of my life,” he says. “I grew up in a coal town above Scranton, Pennsylvania.  In the 1930s and 1940s, I thought maybe I’d be a… Read more »

A Tradition of Ignatian Service and Spirituality: IVC and JVC

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by Catherine Albornoz As we embark on a new year of service in September, we recognize all those in the Ignatian Volunteer Corps and our partners in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, with our shared mission of service and spirituality, at different stages of life.  This story, of a mother who was inspired to service by… Read more »

Wrapped in Light

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by Robin Cuddy “maybe death isn’t darkness, after all, but so much light wrapping itself around us—”              —Mary Oliver In “White Owl Flies Into and Out of the Field,” poet Mary Oliver describes death in precise images drawn from nature—not as an end but as part of the never ending cycle of life.  That cycle… Read more »

Prodigal Sons and Their Safe Haven

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by Robin Cuddy The most recent Department of Housing and Urban Development report on homelessness, published in 2015, estimated that about 564,000 homeless people in the United States live in shelters or on the streets.  For Jack O’Doherty, an Ignatian volunteer for over twelve years, the homeless men he served at the Outreach Program at… Read more »

Led Back to the Fold

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by Robin Cuddy Hundreds of students at the Genesis Center in Providence, Rhode Island have touched Sandy Yates’s heart. Before becoming an Ignatian volunteer, Sandy had a twenty-eight year career in nursing and cared for sick children in the Intensive Care Unit, the Emergency Department and the clinic at Rhode Island Hospital. Now a three… Read more »

New Beginnings in Employment and Retirement

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Ellen Stuhlmann helps homeless men and women find and sustain employment as an Ignatian Volunteer at Friendship Place in Washington DC.  “It’s been wonderful”, she says of the IVC service experience. She came to IVC after retiring from a career as a publishing industry executive.  She spent several years in website development, creating content to… Read more »

A New Group of Students for this Professor

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Jan Allen retired in January 2015 from a 40-year career as a college English professor, having taught in France, the Netherlands, Illinois, and the Essex campus of the Community College of Baltimore County, Maryland.  She wanted to give back to the community and learned about the Ignatian Volunteer Corps through a friend.  “There are hundreds… Read more »

“God, what do you want from me today?”

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by Katie McGinnity, IVC Intern “Everyday I would go into the high school I would say, ‘God, what do you want from me today?’. I focused on listening and listening and trying to discern what part I played – what God wanted me to do with this school at this time.” Cheryl Dugan began her… Read more »

Building Homes and Hope with Habitat for Humanity

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Jesse Coronado receives inspiration from Pope Francis’ words, “Works of love directed to one’s neighbor are the most perfect external manifestation of the interior grace of the Spirit,” from The Joy of the Gospel. Jesse is an Ignatian Volunteer in Los Angeles, serving with Habitat for Humanity. His love for Habitat’s mission began years ago… Read more »

Shedding Light in the Dark

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by Mike Galbreath Dark. Pitch black. No power. No lights. Basement waters now four inches and rising… Days and days of winter rains and melting snows.  Is this why I volunteered?  Slipping face-down into the dark, oily water. Nothing to pull me up. Am I gonna drown in this basement pond? Time once again to… Read more »