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JVC Pilots an Updated Formation Program

Nico Moore and Taylor Caron - Casa Martin Luther King Jr., San Francisco, CA embrace in a sign of peace at commissioning mass. (2017)

The Jesuit Volunteer Corps’ formation program offers training for leadership in accompaniment, solidarity, and reconciliation. It is grounded in a year or more of service with and learning from those who are poor and vulnerable in the context of “a constant interplay between experience, reflection, decision, and action, in line with the Jesuit ideal of being ‘contemplative in action.’” (General Congregation 32).

“We want to offer the volunteers a formation program that prepares them to better accompany the poor and vulnerable, during their year of service and beyond.”


In consult with Jesuit and lay experts in Ignatian spirituality, JVC is developing and piloting an updated formation curriculum that invites volunteers to embrace the four JVC values. Over four retreats and ongoing formation opportunities, JVC provides the tools and frameworks for FJVs to choose, in an informed and thoughtful way, whether and how to engage in and practice the following dispositions and habits.