It’s safe to say that doing a year of service with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC) changed my life. I served as a teacher/lunch coordinator at Detroit Cristo Rey High School, in the heart of a small neighborhood called “Mexicantown.” When I first saw Miguel*, I thought he was a punk. He was a good-looking kid, clean-cut. But he always looked like he wanted to fight. I wondered if Miguel was in a gang. But […]
Here are some links of interest for supporters of Ignatian ministries. The Jesuit Volunteer Corps has opened applications for the 2011-2012 volunteer term. Loyola Press has started a series of articles to help Catholics understand the upcoming changes in the Roman missal. Fordham has launched a web-based video series called Jesuits in Conversation. Mark your calendars for the Ignatian spirituality conference in St. Louis, July 21-24.
“Fialleril” is blogging about the year she is spending with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Chicago. She recently worked on an Ignatian retreat with thirteen homeless women, “every single one of whom had been sexually abused as a child by a male relative, babysitter, teacher, or some other man she felt should have been in the position of a protector. Every. Single. One.” Ultimately, I know that the retreat was a deeply cathartic experience for […]