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Cannonball Moments of Climate Change

A five-part reflection on faith and ecological justice by JVC Northwest Board Member and Former Jesuit Volunteer Fr. John Guyol, SJ I. Cannonballs Background:500 years ago, a cannonball struck the leg of Ignatius of Loyola, a Basque soldier. This violent moment forced the future saint into months of convalescence. It was a time of paralysis, … Read more

Lenten Reflection on The Prodigal Son

Director of Recruitment and Engagement Fumi Tosu reflects on Luke 15, The Parable of the Prodigal Son, as part of Ignatian Solidarity Network’s “Steadfast: A Call To Love, Lent 2021” series. Drawdown refers to industrial civilization’s “drawing down” of the Earth’s resources at a rate many times faster than the planet can replenish them. Our … Read more

“A Time of Reckoning for (white) Christianity” Reflection by Fumi Tosu

Yesterday, we celebrated the inauguration of the country’s second Catholic president and its first female (Black, Asian) vice president. The election of Kamala Harris to the vice presidency, in particular, is a landmark moment for our democracy.  Yet, we are also aware of the deep rifts that remain in our society. We have not turned the … 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

forces that have shaped my life: featured fjv patty enrado (st. mary’s, ak ’86-87)

This month’s Featured FJV, Patty Enrado (St. Mary’s, AK ’86-87), writes about her newly published book and how the combination of writing and service has guided her life.   “In September 2015, at the Filipino Community Hall in Delano, Calif., I read an excerpt from my historical novel, “A Village in the Fields”. The local … 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

leaning on shared values: featured fjv jane salisbury (st. mary’s, ak ’78-80, portland, or ’80-81)

In this month’s Featured FJV post Jane Salisbury (St. Mary’s, AK ’78-80, Portland, OR ’80-81) reflects on her years as a JV and the lifelong friends that came of it – friends that will convene at this year’s 60th Anniversary Portland celebration.   “In 1978, I went to St. Marys, Alaska to work as the librarian … Read more

“fueled up to do god’s work”

JVC Northwest has been a partner and grant recipient of the Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE) since 2010, which has allowed us to offer more opportunities for current and former volunteers to explore their purpose and call through retreats, spiritual direction, and discernment. In the following post you can read about the impact a recent … Read more

reflections on advent

JVC Northwest recently held its annual Advent Gathering, which brings together the extended JVC Northwest family for an evening of food, fellowship, and a prayer service. Read  current Jesuit Volunteer Amanda Foggia (Portland, OR ’14-15) and current Jesuit Volunteer EnCorps participant Anne Mildenberger’s (JVE: Portland, OR ’14-15) reflections from this event below.   Amanda Foggia … Read more

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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. 

Zayna Abusada

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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.