Jesuits cannot achieve all that we desire without the collaboration of energetic and motivated lay associates. There are many ways in which spirited people can share their time and talent for the building of the Lord's kingdom here on earth. Below are a few ways to do so.
Opportunities at the New England Province Office
You can contribute to the many works of the New England Province by donating your time, skills and services in ways that are unique to you, for example, calligraphy, catering, computer experience, or helping with mailings. Your talents can be valuable contributions to Province fundraisers, celebrations and reunions. If you are interested, please contact our Advancement Office at 617-607-2800.
The Campion Volunteers are a group of men and women who provide social and recreational services to the elderly and infirm Jesuits at the Campion retirement and assisted living center in Weston, Massachusetts.
Campion volunteers perform many works of charity: assisting as chaperones on seasonal day trips, mending clothing, entertaining through storytelling or poetry reading, assisting with arts and crafts, or simply visiting and praying with a Jesuit.
Campion volunteers also meet socially throughout the year for renewal, prayer and camaraderie. Consider becoming a volunteer by contacting Meghan Farrell.
Jesuit Volunteer Corps
Over 7,000 young men and women have committed themselves to working with the poor through the Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC). Hundreds of grassroots organizations across the country count on Jesuit Volunteers to provide essential services to low-income people and those who live on the margins of our society.
Across the nation Jesuit Volunteers serve the homeless and unemployed, refugees, people with AIDS, the elderly, street youth, abused women and children, the mentally ill and the developmentally disabled.
Jesuit Volunteers incorporate an apostolic spirituality of Ignatius Loyola, one of service to the Church and to the world; it expresses a positive respect and hope for the world. Jesuit Volunteers are called to be "contemplatives in action," that is, to work actively for and with the poor, and to be equally active in reflecting on God's presence in their work and their relationships.
According to the JVC motto, the Jesuit Volunteers become “Ruined for Life” because of the radical counter-cultural choices they make. Social justice, simple life-style, community and spirituality: these values provide the cornerstone for living out a commitment to faith and justice.
Jesuit Volunteers International
Working alongside members of the Society of Jesus in developing nations for a period of two years, Jesuit Volunteers International (JVI) serve as educators, pastoral care givers and social workers. While doing so, they benefit from the four values of the JVI program: growing in faith, seeking justice, building community and living simply.
There are currently 48 JVIs serving in eight nations throughout the world: Belize, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Peru, Tanzania, Nepal, Micronesia, and the Marshall Islands.
After completing their two years as international volunteers, many former JVIs continue working in Jesuit apostolates or the larger Church at home or abroad.