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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)

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Upcoming Virtual Events

"JVC Northwest 101: Service and Community"

Thursday, April 7 | 7:00pm ET / 4:00pm PT
Learn about all that makes a year of service with JVC Northwest unique. We’ll talk about the opportunities available, what intentional community looks like, and dive into our values of social and ecological justice, simple living, and spirituality/reflection. There will also be plenty of time for Q+A. Register here. 

"How to Make Your Application Stand Out"

Wednesday, April 20 | 7:00pm ET / 4:00pm PT
Learn how you can position yourself to be a strong candidate for service with JVC Northwest. With one week left before the April 26 priority deadline, this will also be the perfect time to get a handle on each step of the application, interview, matching, and placement process. Register here. 

Where Are the JVC Northwest Recruiters Going Next?

Check out our upcoming recruitment events below. Don’t see your school or town on the list? Reach out to us at recruiter@jvcnorthwest.org to let us know you’d like us to pay your town a visit! 

Notre Dame | Info Session: Discerning Post Graduate Service | 6:30 PM | COffee House in Geddes Hall

Marquette | Info session (1-2) office hours (2-4) | Career Services Center – Seminar Room