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…

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…

former volunteer retreat sept. 13-15

Back by popular demand! JVC Northwest is proud to bring you a third Former Volunteer Retreat September 13-15.  The retreat will take place at Ghormley Meadow camp in Naches, WA, the same location as our first Former Volunteer Retreat last Fall.  Read on to learn more about the specific details of the retreat. One of the most common struggles we hear about from FJVs is how to better integrate the…

fjv reflects on retreat

FJV Emily Comerford (Anchorage, AK ’08-09) reflects on the recent weekend spent reconnecting with former volunteers on retreat: I am so grateful for having attended the FJV retreat at Miracle Ranch in Port Orchard, WA.  Our facilitator, Marilyn Nash, did a phenomenal job of engaging the group with the theme of “Transitions and Transformations.” Through poetry, movement, journaling,…

former volunteers gather for retreat

Over the weekend of May 17-19th, 31 former volunteers from various service organizations gathered for a chance to rest, reconnect, and reflect on their time of service. FJV Marilyn Nash (Seattle, WA ’92-94)  lead reflections on the Transitions and Transformation experienced post-service and as young adults. Thanks to our partner VEV at the Fund for Theological Education for supporting our…

three former jvs receive VEV fellowship

Three former Jesuit Volunteer, Sara Prendergast (Grays Harbor, WA ’10-11), Ian Roeber (Boise, ID ’09-10, Juneau, AK ’10-11) and Erika Spaet (Portland, OR ’09-11), will be entering as Master of Divinity students, and have been recognized by The Fund for Theological Education (FTE) as young leaders who demonstrate gifts for ministry and a passion to serve others. Sara Prendergast…

oregonian article features jv americorps member caroline kelly

The Oregonian published an article today, featuring Jesuit Volunteer AmeriCorps Member Caroline Kelly and other Oregonians who offer their perspectives on the link between food and faith. An excerpt from the article, entitled “Ethical Eating”: Eating seasonally creates “a child-like anticipation,” she [Kelly] says. “Peaches were in season, and then they were gone. I missed…

the power of sidewalk chalk

Christie Costello, Recruitment & Marketing Manager, muses about the creative yet simple ways people share their ideas with the world and how they in turn, inspire others to do the same: Last summer, as I dashed out the door to catch the bus, a neighborhood kid caused me to stop just outside my backyard gate. This kid made me laugh, think, and wish I was a kid again. This kid made me excited to…

advent means waiting

Current JV Claire Smith (Gresham, OR ’12-13) shared a reflection with the Portland JVC Northwest community Tuesday evening at our annual Advent Gathering. The following paragraphs are an excerpt, for the rest of the reflection, click here to download: Advent means waiting-Claire Smith Reflection JV Claire Smith (Gresham, OR ’12-13) shares her reflection at the Advent Gathering As a child,…

taking the plunge

Area Director, Anthony DeLorenzo, reflects on the Jesuit Volunteers’ willingness to take the plunge into their JV years:   Between the week-long Orientation in August and area directors’  first area visits beginning mid-September, most area directors have limited contact with the Jesuit Volunteers in their region.  But having two JV communities located within one mile of our main office…