Message from the Executive Director
Greetings! This month I'd like to invite you to get inspired.
Earlier this year I started a weekly practice of calling an IVC volunteer from one of our regions. At first, it was my attempt to ensure that I would have a good feel for the program, make a connection with the people who are the heart and soul of IVC and to keep inspired in my daily work as executive director. What I also wanted to do was to keep a connection with the people we serve by hearing their stories through the eyes of our volunteers.
Without exception each time I end those conversations I am blown away by the incredible grace of God’s love that flows through our volunteers and between them and those they serve. In our monthly issues of Connections we excitedly share some of these stories with you. You, our supporters and friends make these connections happen and through them, heal.
I hope you enjoy reading the stories below! Know you are connected. Know you heal and empower. Know you serve God.
Mary C. McGinnity
IVC Perspectives: Mike Doherty and Bill Smith
"I think volunteering has made me more compassionate," said Mike Doherty, tutor at Holy Trinity Catholic School. "A disadvantaged child who I work with each week touches me in ways that are impossible to ignore. It's tapped a side of me that more empathetic than I was before."
Bill Smith, serving at Campus Kitchens at St. Louis University, added, "I've been involved in volunteer work before, but being part of IVC is different. I really like combining spirituality and serving people. Both components are essential, and what I am learning is that I'm doing the work for the glory of God."
IVC Volunteer Bill Smith and a student from St. Louis University check the list of meal recipients during a food delivery.
Photo by Rebecca Venegoni Tower, Courtesy of The St. Louis Review
IVC St. Louis Volunteers, as quoted in The St. Louis Review, the publication of the Archdiocese of St. Louis.
Conference on Ignatian Spirituality
Finding God In Unsettled Times: Conference on Ignatian Spirituality. This conference, presented by the Jesuit Collaborative will be held June 29 – July 1, 2012 on the campus of Loyola University Maryland. IVC will host a workshop on Sunday. Please share within your networks and consider attending.
Visit The Jesuit Collaborative for more information and to register.
IVC in the Media
Loyola University of Chicago featured IVC Volunteer, "Jim Sweany: Volunteer Extraordinaire". Here is an excerpt:
What led you to volunteering with the Ignatian Volunteer Corps?
I initially volunteered at Christ the King on my own for 15 months before joining the Ignatian Volunteer Corps. I was very committed to the mission of the school, however, I didn’t feel I was getting everything I had hoped for from the experience. Two fellow volunteers were IVC members and explained the program and the benefits they drew from it. I decided to join the IVC and it has made a real difference in how I view and feel about my volunteer effort. Transitioning from being in corporate management for 36 years to a volunteer role didn’t come all that easy for me. The IVC help me understand the Ignatian volunteer role as one of service to the poor and disadvantaged. I was not there to govern, but to serve. The IVC added a spiritual dimension to the experience that totally enriched my volunteer effort. I have also met a wonderful group of men and women who are committed to giving their time and talent in service to others. They are joy to be with.
What’s the most meaningful part of your servicing at Chicago’s Christ the King High School?
All the students at Christ the King come from backgrounds with limited resources that preclude them from paying tuition for a private college prep school education. At Christ the King, however, the students pay most of their tuition by working entry level intern jobs five days a month at banks, law firms, health care facilities and a variety of different businesses. I spend my time coaching and mentoring the student interns on their work endeavors. They are a very talented group of young people and have inspiring dreams about their future. It is very joyful to work with them and watch them take on new challenges and blossom. This June we will graduate our first class of students. The last couple months have been exceptionally thrilling and exciting as the students received their acceptance letters to college. Every senior has been accepted to a college or university, and there is tremendous energy at the school. I am very joyful and proud of what our students have accomplished.
Read more of this interview.
Ignatian Spirituality Blog
Our most recent Blog posting comes from Fr. Bill Barry, SJ. Read an excerpt here and click for more:
“Like Jesus himself [the disciples] spoke boldly and without fear and relied on love, forgiveness, and compassion as the only way to convince others of who God is. They finally had learned, through bitter failure and loss, what it means to be an image of God, to be a real human being. This is the lesson of this Easter season for us too.” read more
IVC Chicago will host its first Madonna Della Strada Event on Thursday, May 17th. For invitation and details, click here.
IVC Regions have hosted great Della Strada and Evening of Gratitude Events in the past months. A photo sampler:
San Diego: Margie Carroll (left), San Diego Regional Director, presents Madonna Della Strada Award to Rosemary Johnston, Executive Director of Interfaith Shelter Network (center) at their Annual Fundraiser Event and Della Strada Awards. At right is Regional Council Chair Ginger Infantino.
New England: (left) IVC Co-Founder and current Director of the Jesuit Collaborative, Jim Conroy, SJ, gives his homily during the New England Della Strada event.
New England: (left to right) Jim Conroy, SJ with Si Smith, SJ, Della Strada Award winner, Dave Hinchen, New England Regional Director, and Mary C. McGinnity, IVC Executive Director. Fr. Smith joined honorees Sister Lena Deevy, LSA and Bill Waters as the region's first Della Strada Award recipients.
Baltimore: Regional Council Chair Chip Cooke (left) and Regional Director Marilyn Dunphy (right) present the Della Strada Award to Catherine (Missy) Gugerty of Loyola University’s Center for Community Service and Justice.
Baltimore: IVC Baltimore guests at the Evening of Gratitude Reception and Fundraiser at Loyola Blakefield in Towson, MD.
DC-Metro Maryland-Northern Virginia: (bottom left) The Choral Arts of Washington Chamber Chorus graced the 6th Annual Evening of Gratitude Celebration with its musical presentation, which included Mass celebrated by Fr. Charlie Currie, SJ. Mary McGinnity recognized Regional Director Joe Jones for his years of service to IVC - as a Volunteer and as Regional Director, in honor of his coming retirement. (right) Pictured are Mary McGinnity, Joe Jones, and Northern VA Regional Director Patty Holley.
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Message from IVC Executive Director
Conference on Ignatian Spirituality
IVC in the Media
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