orientation 2016 recap – jvc northwest blog

2016 Orientation has come and gone but you can get a glimpse into all the week had to offer through our photo recap. If any of these images inspire you or help you reflect on your own Orientation or time as  JV, be sure to leave us a comment!     This year’s Orientation theme was “On Our Way”, corresponds with our 60th Anniversary logo, both of which depict a compass:…

orientation 2016: on our way – jvc northwest blog

The approach of August is a significant time in the lives of current and future JVs; as one year of service comes to a close for current JVs, an exciting an exciting, hope-filled journey to the Northwest begins for the ’16-17 JV cohort, who will all converge on Molalla, Oregon  from August 8-13 for Orientation. To learn what this year’s Orientation will hold, read on.   For many…

the intentionality of time

What are some of the things Jesuit Volunteers learn in the ever-challenging and often eye-opening experience of being a JV? Ellen Quinn, a graduate of St. Louis University and current Jesuit Volunteer in Billings, Montana, shares what she’s learned about building trust and spending time. It’s not too late to apply to be a JV- more info below her reflection!   “This year, I serve…

“ruined for life” – the jack morris story

Before his death in 2012, Jack Morris, S.J., had been busy compiling his life’s story and work into a book. Now, thanks to the tireless help of personal friend, and JVC Northwest Board member, Barbara Scharff, Jack’s story is now available for all to explore and enjoy. Below, Barb shares a bit of her journey in working with Jack to make this book a reality.   “RUINED FOR LIFE”…

it’s all about love: click campaign 2016

JVC Northwest is proud to host our 5th Annual Click Campaign: Show Your Love for 60 Years of Jesuit Volunteers. Our Valentine’s Day fundraiser runs February 1-14 with a goal of raising $25,000 to support our volunteers and the communities with whom they serve.   Happy Click Campaign! In this season of love, we are especially excited to celebrate both the fifth anniversary of our Valentine’s…

through the fire and flames

This past summer the Western United States was struck with one of the worst fire seasons in recorded history, including  regions of the Inland Northwest where our JVs serve. Second year JV Spencer Uemura (Hays, MT ’14-15, Omak, WA ’15-16) reflects on how this experience impacted his JV community and the broader locale.   Foreboding skies linger behind a house in Omak, WA North Central…

“fueled up to do god’s work”

JVC Northwest has been a partner and grant recipient of the Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE) since 2010, which has allowed us to offer more opportunities for current and former volunteers to explore their purpose and call through retreats, spiritual direction, and discernment. In the following post you can read about the impact a recent FTE retreat in California had on several current JVs.   Seven…

reflections on advent

JVC Northwest recently held its annual Advent Gathering, which brings together the extended JVC Northwest family for an evening of food, fellowship, and a prayer service. Read  current Jesuit Volunteer Amanda Foggia (Portland, OR ’14-15) and current Jesuit Volunteer EnCorps participant Anne Mildenberger’s (JVE: Portland, OR ’14-15) reflections from this event below.   Amanda…

jv stories of impact (cont.)

The 2014-15 JV service year theme is “What’s your impact?” The question asks JVs to reflect in multiple ways on their service with those on the margins of society: what is the impact they have on the local community in which they serve, and what is the impact that same local community has on them?   The following stories, continued from the “JV Stories of Impact” article in our…