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“Certainty in a Time of Uncertainty” – Alexa Jayne (Portland, OR ’19-20)

The unique and unprecedented experience of being a JV during the COVID-19 pandemic has shown me the importance of connectivity, presence, and unwavering support through solidarity. Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, a world-renowned expert on mindfulness and meditation, once stated, “you can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.” Learning to surf the waves of being a Jesuit Volunteer, … Read more

Join Us May 20 for the Seattle Brunch!

Join us in extending the table at this year’s thirteenth annual Seattle Event! During this Sunday morning brunch, we will be hearing from our keynote speaker, Attorney General Bob Ferguson (’89-90)! We will also be honoring our longtime friend and supporter, Br. Fred Mercy with the Fr. Jack Morris, S.J. award and hearing from current JV, … Read more

Community: the answer to moving gracefully in the world – featured fjv patrick vale (gresham, or ’13-14)

This month’s featured fjv, Patrick Vale (Gresham, OR ’13-14) explores how the defining aspect of his JV year, Community, has played a role in the years since completing his service. At the very end of our time together in Gresham, Ore., my housemates and I spent a weekend camping at Crater Lake in southern Oregon. Sitting … Read more

Becoming human: a jv’s reflection on life at l’arche

How does one slow down while living in a culture that places such high value on personal accomplishment? In their post on L’Arche Portland’s blog, Jesuit Volunteer Jacqueline Mosher (Gresham, OR ’17-18) and Core Member Joni Smith offer authentic relationship as the answer. Here’s a glimpse. “My first few weeks at L’Arche were really challenging. … Read more

Advent gathering reflection

Last week was our annual Advent Gathering, which brings together the extended JVC Northwest family for an evening of food, fellowship, and a prayer service. Read Jesuit Volunteer Ursula Magsayo’s (Portland, OR ’17-18) reflection, and find a link to Jesuit Volunteer EnCorps member Mary Kleffner’s (Portland, OR ’17-18) below.   *I invite you all to … Read more

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- … Read more

“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 … Read more

it’s all about love: click campaign 2016

JVC Northwest is proud to host our 5th Annual Click Campaign: Show Your Love for 60 Years of Jesuit Volunteers. Our Valentine’s Day fundraiser runs February 1-14 with a goal of raising $25,000 to support our volunteers and the communities with whom they serve.   Happy Click Campaign! In this season of love, we are especially excited … Read more

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