Erika Franey

Erika Franey

Erika Franey

Program Coordinator – Los Angeles (West, Central, East)

Fun Fact: Loves Harry Potter.

What passions and experiences brought you to JVC’s staff?

I love love in all its forms, and this was solidified in my own year of service with Amate House in Chicago. Coming to JVC has been a series of answering invitations to love more deeply and more generously, and I’m excited to continue answering God’s call at JVC!

How did your college experience shape you?

My time at Loyola Marymount University is a huge part of who I am today. LMU is where I first learned about Ignatian spirituality, where I first read feminist and liberation theologies, and where I began to really claim my faith as an adult. LMU also provided me with incredible service opportunities that highlighted the necessity of a faith that does justice, and challenged me to think more deeply about unjust structures.

What do you like to do in your free time and why do you enjoy doing it?

More often than not, you’ll find me with my nose in a book recharging my introvert batteries. I also love yoga, hiking, and searching for the best fries in the United States.

How would your friends or family describe you?

Most likely as a lover of words, children (both in age and the child within), and big ideas. Also probably frequently over-caffeinated and utterly lacking a sense of direction.

What do you wish other people knew about JVC?

I wish people knew the breadth and depth of the larger JVC community. There are probably FJVs in your midst (I can’t seem to go anywhere without bumping into someone affiliated with JVC) – ask them about their experience!

What is your favorite passage from the bible and why?

Psalm 33:5 – “The Lord loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love.” This verse reminds me to look for God everywhere, and that the work of justice is rooted in God’s love for creation.