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…

jvc northwest: lean, green, justice machine

Although it has been an important facet of our organization for years, “ecological justice” was officially adopted into JVC Northwest’s four core values in September of 2013. The JVC Northwest staff members make it a point to live out this value, and their green efforts are beginning to receive widespread recognition. Below you can read about our popular presentation on ecological…

father jack morris, sj award nomination form

This year will mark the second presentation of the Father Jack Morris, SJ Award at our Annual Seattle Event. Below includes information on the award’s history, as well as a link to the nomination form. If you know an individual who meets the criteria we strongly encourage you to submit a nomination. Forms are submitted online and are due by January 10th, 2014.   The Father Jack Morris, SJ…

jvc northwest adopts st. francis pledge

JVC Northwest is proud to share that we have adopted the St. Francis Pledge, an initiative to “get Catholic individuals, families, parishes, organizations and institutions to live our faith by protecting God’s Creation and advocating on behalf of people in poverty who face the harshest impacts of global climate change”. Read on to see what the pledge entails and how JVC Northwest continues…

featured fjv: cole merkel (portland, or ’10-12)

Check out this month’s featured FJV, Cole Merkel (Portland, OR ’10-12). Cole now works for the organization he was placed at during his second year as a JV.  Read on to hear Cole’s own words on the continued impact his work has on him and others. When my supervisor Israel approached me during my second JV year to ask if I would stay on at Street Roots as Vendor Coordinator, I couldn’t…

abc: alphabet buzz cut

Katie Hanson, a JV AmeriCorps member in Omak, WA, reflects on the process of working with Moses*, a kindergartner at Paschal Sherman Indian School.  Moses had fallen far behind his classmates, and Katie was assigned as a tutor to help him learn the alphabet. During their tutoring sessions, it was clear that he needed an incentive to help him stay focused, and Katie’s creative idea, as told by…

jvc northwest offers support for the leadership conference of women religious (lcwr)

Background:  The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) is an association of the leaders of congregations of Catholic women religious in the United States. The conference has more than 1500 members, who represent more than 80 percent of the 57,000 women religious in the United States.  In April, the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) called for reform of the LCWR…