Welcome to IVC San Diego

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The Ignatian Volunteer Corps (IVC) is a national Catholic service ministry founded in 1995 and based on principles of the Jesuits (the Society of Jesus) and St. Ignatius Loyola. IVC provides men and women, most age 50 or better, opportunities to serve others and to transform lives by matching the talents of experienced Volunteers with the greatest social needs of our time. In San Diego, as in all IVC regions throughout the U.S., IVC works in partnership with local nonprofit organizations that provide Ignatian Volunteers with substantive work serving individuals who have slipped through this country’s safety net.


At a recent Spiritual Retreat, moderator Barbara Quinn, RSCJ speaks with IVC Volunteer Tom Hine.

If you are you a mature semi-retired or retired man or woman, consider volunteering with IVC San Diego. Applications are accepted year ‘round for qualified persons to serve 1 or 2 days a week from September through June at participating agencies. However, acceptance as an IVC San Diego Volunteer is dependent on several factors, including an interview with IVC staff, the volunteer’s talents and work preferences, the needs of participating agencies, and the availability of openings.

Once working at a participating agency, Volunteers are strengthened in their Christian faith by IVC’s unique spiritual reflection program which is rooted in the Jesuit tradition of Ignatian spirituality.  By contributing their leadership skills and life experience into service, IVC volunteers improve our San Diego community and create a more just society.


On November 1Carroll Sean3, 2014, IVC San Diego and the University of San Diego hosted Fr. Sean Carroll, SJ, Executive Director of the Kino Border Initiative (KBI) for an inspirational evening discussing the current state of immigration across the US/Mexico Border.  The Kino Border Initiative (KBI) is a binational organization that works in the area of migration and is located in Nogales, Arizona and Nogales, Sonora, Mexico.   The KBI was inaugurated in January of 2009 by six organizations from the United States and Mexico.  The KBI’s vision is to help make humane, just, workable migration between the U.S. and Mexico a reality.

Save the Date! The 2017 Della Strada: An Evening of Gratitude will be held on Saturday, April 29th at the University of San Diego’s Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice. A special mass will be celebrated at Founders Chapel prior to the event, beginning at 5pm. The reception will immediately follow mass at 6pm.