“Silence Saves” Susan Hannifin-MacNab, MSW (’92-93 Auburn, WA)

“So there will also be another retreat option this year,” our program coordinator explained. “The three-day silent retreat, which will be offered in the springtime.” It was right then that all six pairs of eyes opened wide and all six mouths dropped to the floor. We all gasped. You want us to be silent? For three days?! Why on earth would we ever want to do that? The ’92-93 Auburn, WA…

JV EnCorps Members Answer the Call to the Southern Border

Answering the Call JV EnCorps Members Witness our Southern Border Kathleen (l) and Margaret (r) In November, Rio Grande Valley Chapter members of Call To Action (CTA) hosted a weekend conference to focus on border conditions in McAllen, Texas. Two Portland ’19-20 JV EnCorps members, Kathleen Glover and Margaret Johnson, answered that call! In two very full days of traveling, the 50 CTA conference…

Family Together: Ayau Family (part one)

Reflections on Re-Centering and Family Please help support current and future JVs by giving to our year-end Family Together Campaign. Maggie (l) and Lily (r) Ayau — An interview with Maggie Ayau (Hays, MT ’14’15, St. Xavier, MT ’15-16, Staff ’16-19)   What were the name of your placements and what did you do at your placements? What did a typical day look like for…

Family Together: Ayau Family (part two)

Reflections on Re-Centering and Family Please help support current and future JVs by giving to our year-end Family Together Campaign. Maggie (l) and Lily (r) Ayau Please help support current and future JVs by giving to our year-end Family Together Campaign. — Lily Ayau (Juneau, AK ’19-20) Lily Ayau (second from left) and the ’19-20 JV Juneau, AK Community It’s winter in Juneau,…

Advent Reflection: Family Together

Advent Reflection, December 2019 Please help support current and future JVs by giving to our year-end Family Together Campaign. Jane Salisbury (St. Mary’s, AK ’78-80, JV EnCorps Portland, OR ’18-20) Jane Salisbury at speaking at an Advent Gathering, December 2019 Good evening. I think we have all heard a few talks about Advent – many of them lovely. Advent evokes patience, angels,…

Family Together: Wagner Family (part one)

Reflections on Re-Centering and Family Please help support current and future JVs by giving to our year-end Family Together Campaign. (l) Tyler Wagner (Portland, OR ’15-16) and (r) Joe Wagner (Portland, OR ’19-20) — Tyler Wagner (Portland, OR ’15-16, Portland Alumni Council ’17-20) During my JV year, one part of my service was helping to manage a small community garden.…

Family Together: Wagner Family (part two)

Reflections on Re-Centering and Family Please help support current and future JVs by giving to our year-end Family Together Campaign. (l) Tyler Wagner (Portland, OR ’15-16) and (r) Joe Wagner (Portland, OR ’19-20) — Joe Wagner (Portland, OR ’19-20) It was a dark gray day and the clouds had swallowed any hope of having a view of Mt. St. Helen’s. Ice cold rain pelted our rain…

Family Together: Hayes Family

Reflections on Re-Centering and Family Please help support current and future JVs by giving to our year-end Family Together Campaign. Taylor Hayes (Yakima, WA ’18-19, Omak, WA ’19-20) and Maddie Hayes (Anchorage, AK ’19-20) Re-Center Together. The phrase adorns the JVC Northwest shirts distributed to us at Orientation, reminding us of the myriad reasons why we chose JVC Northwest:…

JV Reflection – Jethro Macaraeg (Portland, OR ’19-20)

The Fall BIPOC [Black, Indigenous, People of Color] Retreat led me on a path back home to myself. To me, returning “back home to myself’ meant recognizing, welcoming, and celebrating my truth – my identity lived out fully. I entered JVC Northwest bringing with me years of shame, frustration, and burden from navigating spaces where I was visibly and culturally distinct. My four months…

A Ministry of Presence, Crystal Zimmer (Tacoma, WA ’04-05)

I entered Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest in the fall of 2005, having just graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in Anthropology and Peace Studies. I was not sure exactly where life was going to take me, but I had a vague notion of going to Africa with Jesuit Volunteer Corps International and returning after a few decades with a PhD in anthropology. Marriage and motherhood were…