Welcoming Strangers from the Sea

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Rosemary Chang is fluent in the salty vernacular of those who travel the high seas. They’re not sailors, she instructs, they’re seafarers. And it’s not captain of the ship — it’s master of the ship. They’re oilers, fitters, ship engineers, shipmates.  She has come to know them all in the nine months that she has… Read more »

Discerning a Year of Service in IVC

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As the IVC community begins a new year of service, we turned to IVC New England Regional Director Dave Hinchen to get a few thoughts on discerning the call to serve at IVC.  Hinchen, a former Jesuit priest, has spent his life in service, beginning with the Peace Corps and then as a Jesuit. He… Read more »

Volunteer’s Life of Service Leads to Life of Faith

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Most Ignatian Volunteers come to IVC seeking to live their faith through service. But Lucy Howell came to IVC to find her faith amid her service. Howell had always volunteered — PTA, classroom parent, Cub Scouts, community organizations, church. Her service eventually led her to the St. Vincent de Paul Society in the Phoenix area, where she… Read more »

Denver Cafe Upends Soup Kitchen Stereotype

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At Denver’s SAME Café, no day is ever the same. The menu changes almost daily, depending on what’s come in fresh from local organic growers. Prices aren’t set on the menu, either. As for the clientele — it’s typical to see a business-suited customer lunching next to another patron who carries his worldly possessions in… Read more »

Volunteer’s Unplanned Retirement Leads to Life of Gratitude

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Bob Greenwell is a planner. He worked hard at his accounting job for 40 years, planned how he and his wife would raise their family of six children, and mapped out his retirement. What he didn’t plan was what he’d do after he retired. “I thought I’d get up late, watch some TV, read the paper, have… Read more »

An Author’s Unfinished Story

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At 80, Barbara Lee has had her first book published and is embarking on a new career in spiritual direction. She rightly declares that neither she nor God is finished with her life yet.

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 »