Where Did I See God in my Service Ministry?

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by Bill Mackey My service work through IVC is tutoring kindergartners  in the after school program at Winton Hills Academy.  The students and tutors meet three times a week  and work with materials and a curriculum developed to help students increase their reading skills and lay the groundwork for success in school and life. At… Read more »

The Kingdom of God is Like a Treasure Hidden in a Field

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By Jim Haggerty   It is well known that, for over a decade, three elves frequented the home of our two great nephews and great niece in northern New Jersey. The elves’ presence was focused on an old trunk in the attic. They communicated with written rhymed messages and, on occasion, a child would see… Read more »

Working at ACTS

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by Joe Delfico After spending a few years enjoying retirement: traveling with my wife Virginia and trying to improve a deteriorating golf game; I developed a deeply felt desire to use the gifts and talents God gave me to help people in need. Virginia and I both came to the same conclusion. After we talked… Read more »

Retreat Poems

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For this week’s reflection, we share a collection of poetry written by IVC Volunteers and Core Community Members during an IVC Retreat of the DC-Metro Maryland and Northern Virginia communities. There Is Nothing I Shall Want The world is my refuge And all creation nurtures me. My mind sees danger But my heart feels love…. Read more »

Is It the End of a Service Year?

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By Linda Wihl Friday, May 20th, Gloriajean Wallace, Ignatian Volunteer with the Greater Cincinnati Region, graduated from United Theological Seminary in Dayton with a Masters in Divinity.  Not only did she win a prestigious award but gave the sermon at the Eucharistic Service which began the day of celebration.  Seeing Gloriajean reach this milestone and… Read more »

Holy Communion

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by Louise Sandberg Another year of IVC comes to a pause. It is never an end. Some of us will take time off from our service positions. Others of us will work through the summer, without our monthly gatherings. Before the May meeting I received a call from Bette, my first IVC volunteer. She wanted… Read more »

How can the heart not be touched?

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This blog post comes from Ignatian Volunteer Mark Wong of Baltimore, who presented these remarks to the IVC National Board at their meeting in February. Good morning. I’m Mark. First, I would like to express my gratitude to you for your sacrifice and all the work that you do on our behalf. Your perseverance enables… Read more »

“Being Helpful” and “Jesus Is All Heart”

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This blog post from Fr. William Barry, SJ, is a reflection on David Fleming’s Book, “What is Ignatian Spirituality”, which Ignatian Volunteers are using for spiritual reflection in many regions this service year. Fleming notes that Ignatius often wrote of ministry as “helping souls” Helping souls means helping others, I believe, and is a lovely… Read more »

Living Mercy at St. Francis House in the Jubilee Year of Mercy

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by Jim Tracy This blog is a presentation given by Ignatian Volunteer Jim Tracy at IVC New England’s Event, “Living Mercy in the Jubilee Year of Mercy”.  St. Francis House is the largest day shelter in Boston.  How it “lives mercy” includes: Providing over 600 meals/day; 365 days a year Providing clothing, medical care, mental… Read more »