service across generations – jvc northwest blog

The Jesuit Volunteer EnCorps (JVE) program is proud to be a part of the “Encore” service movement, but you might be asking, “What is the ‘Encore’ service movement, exactly?” This post briefly explains the movement and how a new partnership between JVC Northwest and an Encore.org initiative in Seattle deepens our commitment to providing meaningful opportunities…

forces that have shaped my life: featured fjv patty enrado (st. mary’s, ak ’86-87)

This month’s Featured FJV, Patty Enrado (St. Mary’s, AK ’86-87), writes about her newly published book and how the combination of writing and service has guided her life.   “In September 2015, at the Filipino Community Hall in Delano, Calif., I read an excerpt from my historical novel, “A Village in the Fields”. The local chapter of the Filipino American Historical…

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”…

leaning on shared values: featured fjv jane salisbury (st. mary’s, ak ’78-80, portland, or ’80-81)

In this month’s Featured FJV post Jane Salisbury (St. Mary’s, AK ’78-80, Portland, OR ’80-81) reflects on her years as a JV and the lifelong friends that came of it – friends that will convene at this year’s 60th Anniversary Portland celebration.   “In 1978, I went to St. Marys, Alaska to work as the librarian at St. Marys High School, placing all my…

refugees and loving kindness: featured fjv colleen sinsky (gresham, or ’10-11)

FJV Colleen Sinsky has been on the front lines of the refugee situation on the Greek island of Lesvos for several weeks, assisting refugees as they seek food, shelter, and safety far from home. Read on to see how she got involved in one of the largest humanitarian crises of our time.   Colleen with a young refugee I’ve been volunteering on the distant Greek island of Lesvos for over…

“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…

returning to the final frontier: featured fjv liz purdy (sitka, ak ’10-11)

We begin the new year with a new Featured FJV whose commitment to the four core values of JVC Northwest, especially ecological justice, remains as strong as ever. Liz Purdy (Sitka, AK ’10-11, Staff ’11-13) details her time in Alaska as a JV and the environmental protection work that has brought her back.   When I first spoke with the Alaska Program Coordinator upon beginning my JV…

ignatian family teach-in 2014

The Ignatian Solidarity Network will host its annual Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice (IFTJ) this month in Washington D.C. Two of our staff members will be attending and we’ll also be co-sponsoring a Q & A session with author James Martin S.J. Read on to learn what this exciting social justice event is about and how you can be a part of it!   For nearly twenty years the Ignatian…

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…