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Discernment Resources

Thinking About a Year of Service?

What do I do next? What does the world need? Is JVC Northwest a good fit for me? 


If you find yourself asking these and other questions about your life, read on!  

Saint Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits, had a lot to say about making important life decisions – what he called discernment. Here are some tips from Saint Ignatius:  


1. Pay attention to your heart’s deepest desires. Your deepest desires are a sign of God’s desires for you!  

2. Approach your decision with courage and generosity. The world deserves the best version of you.  

3. Talk to someone you trust. Seek the wisdom of mentors and friends who know and love you. Your campus minister can be a great resource. 


Check out the video below to watch JVC Northwest Executive Director Greg Carpinello give a talk to prospective Jesuit Volunteers about the discernment process. 

Advice from a Former Jesuit Volunteer

 I was first introduced to JVC Northwest through my university. I went to Xavier in Cincinnati, and JVC Northwest was a really common path that a lot of graduates at my school took, and I had heard a lot of positive things about the program. I wasn’t really sure what I wanted my life to look like after graduation. I thought about going to grad school but really wanted to see what it was like and get some experience in the field I was interested in. So I applied to JVC Northwest, JVC National, and also some jobs in the area. Ultimately, I wanted to challenge myself and expand my perspective and what I knew, because I had lived in the Midwest my whole life.  

When I was making this decision I went through a lot of stages of what I thought I’d be interested in. Honestly, after doing the initial interview with JVC Northwest I thought, ‘I don’t think this is for me.’ I was pretty intimidated by the initial interview but wanted to stick through it to see what opportunity I would get. The longer I sat with it, and when I read about Tacoma and the placement that I’d been offered, I think I just knew that it was the right decision.  

So I would say, be patient with yourself. Give yourself some time in making that decision and see things through. Don’t cut anything off early because I certainly would have missed out on an amazing, really formative, year of my life if I had done that.  

That’s my advice, and I think that goes with any path you might find yourself on, not just JVC Northwest. 

Kelsey Kraft
(Tacoma, WA '20-21)

Wondering if a year of service with JVC Northwest is right for you?

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Upcoming Virtual Events

Get to Know JVC Northwest

Tuesday, September 28 | 7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT 

Join us to learn all the basics about a year of service in the Pacific Northwest, including where you can serve, what you might do, and how to apply. Our Recruiter, Zayna, will also share her experience as a JV in both Alaska and Montana. Finally, we’ll open it up for an informal Q+A. 

How to Make Your Application Stand Out

Wednesday, October 6 | 6:00pm ET/3:00pm PT

How can you position yourself to be a strong candidate for JVC Northwest? We’ll share tips and tricks to help you navigate the application, interview, matching, and placement process. We’ll also leave plenty of time for Q+A.  

Zayna Abusada

JVC Northwest Recruiter

Zayna Abusada (Ashland, MT ’17-18, Anchorage, AK ’18-19) was most recently a JV in south-central Alaska serving with immigrant and refugee English-Language learners as the Academy for Citizenship and Civics Support Specialist with the Alaska Literacy Program (ALP) in Anchorage. Zayna first served with Indigenous students on the Northern Cheyenne and Crow Reservations. Originally from Iowa City, Iowa, Zayna went on to earn her undergraduate degree in History and Theological Studies with a minor in Middle Eastern Studies at Saint Louis University.

Catch Zayna at an Event Near You!


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