Jesuit Volunteers live and perform vital service around the world. Here are just a few stories of the over 200 Jesuit Volunteers who live out our mission and our four values each day.
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"There is no pressure for words but they are always welcome. As we begin the day, we gradually acknowledge all the chaos that the day could bring, but in our own way, this is our benediction. A daily commitment that we will begin the journey of the day together."
"I learn the names of our guests. I encourage them when they find opportunities, and I am present to them when they suffer. I can laugh with them. By carrying in my heart a kind of hospitality-centered Magis, as St. Andre did"
“’I can’t do it,’ he groans through his hands, and his head hits the table. ‘I’m not smart enough.’ The pressure weighs on my lips as I consider my response. I give the words as much gusto as I can, hoping that they help this student soar higher than the paper airplanes his class made during science yesterday. ‘You can do it.’”
“Political instability around the world is causing people to flee their homeland and my country of service, Tacna, Peru is dealing with its own migrant crisis. I’m incredibly blessed to work with such a dedicated group of people. It seems that no matter how difficult the situation, they know just exactly what to do.”
"When I was initially applying for a year of service program, JVC’s tagline “Dare to Change” really attracted me. I was discerning a year of service, because I wanted to continue to grow and change according to God’s plan for me, so what better program than one daring me to do just that?"