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…

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…

“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…

blessings in every stitch

JVC Northwest is proud to bring back its monthly Featured Former JV post by highlighting Teresa Knipper (Tacoma, WA ’83-84). Teresa was recently awarded the “Catholic Women in Service to the Community” recognition by the Diocese of Trenton’s Mount Carmel Guild for her work with prayer shawl ministry. In her own words Teresa describes the history of prayer shawls and how…

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…

the rarest sort of person: fr. jack morris, sj

Just over two years ago, Fr. Jack Morris, SJ passed away. Jack was a co-founder of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps movement and a figure of great enthusiasm, wisdom, and grace to the thousands of JVs whose lives he touched. FJV Ryan O’Connell (Bethel, AK ’11-12) sent a brief memorial honoring the impact that Jack had on Ryan and all others who had the great fortune to meet him. Jack’s…

Orientation 2014: PhotoRecap

The 2014-15 JVs are off and running in their new communities and the dust of Orientation has settled. Over 80 presenters, FJVs, Jesuits, JV EnCorps members, Board members, support people, staff, and friends came out to assist and support the incoming JVs throughout the week of Orientation, but many more were unable to share in the experience of Orientation directly. Lucky for you, we’ve created…

hearing the whispers: reflections from a 2nd year jv

Each year at Orientation a JV returning for a second year of service is invited to share a personal reflection during the Missioning Liturgy that concludes Orientation. This year, Shannon Cogan (Bethel, AK ’13-14, Portland, OR ’14-15) offered insight into her year serving with Native Alaskans, a reflection that was poignant, moving, and deeply personal.   Shannon did en exemplary…