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JEV        jvc        jve

The Jesuit Volunteers is a full time lay volunteer organization grounded in the principles of Ignatian Spirituality. We offer young men and women the opportunity to complete a year or more of service experience with the focus on peace and justice. The challenge to Jesuit Volunteers is to integrate Christian faith by working and living directly with the poor and marginalized. It is expected that the Jesuit Volunteers will open their minds and hearts to live always conscious of the poor, committed to the Church's mission of promoting justice in the service of faith. In this experience, the volunteers live in an intentional community, on a simple stipend, and explore together the root causes of social injustice. The values of the Jesuit Volunteers are confirmed in these four tenets: Social Justice, Ignatian Spirituality, Community Living, and Simple Lifestyle.

  • Social Justice

Christian faith challenges the volunteer to stand up for social justice, to analyze the structures of society and to seek solutions. Volunteers work in various placements: with the mentally or physically disabled, with the poor and homeless, with persons with addictions, with refugees and asylum-seekers, with abused and/or abandoned persons, etc.

  • Ignatian Spirituality

This can be summed up in the phrase “finding God in all things". The Ignatian charisma invites women and men to search for and find God in every circumstance of his life, not just in explicitly religious situations or activities such as prayer in church or in private. It implies that God is present everywhere and, though invisible, can be “found" in any and all of the creatures which God has made. Essentially, God's love bears fruit in lives, work and relationships through reflection and prayer.

  • Community Living

Composed of women and men from diverse backgrounds, communities challenge the volunteer to admit and also accept his/her own strengths and weaknesses, as well as those of others. Community life offers a place to share experiences, faith and hope; thus integrating the members in the life of the church. During the JEV year, each community is accompanied by a support person. This is either an Ex-JEV or a Jesuit, or a person familiar with the Ignatian spirituality, who participates in the weekly community meetings and assists the group in growing together and supporting one another during the year.

  • Simple Lifestyle

The simplicity with which JEVs live in all areas of life should contrast with the consumerism of our culture. It is also a part of the community's solidarity with those among whom it works. It helps one become conscious of individual wants and needs, and be attentive to real values.

The experience of this year can be of lasting value. It can broaden horizons, challenge values and change lives.

Coordination for Europe

Contact Person: Fernando Galligo S.J. (CAS)

Jesuit Volunteer Programs in your country

In order to obtain further details on the various JV-programs, the following addresses list the countries in which the Jesuit Volunteer Programs exist and/or the contact person. If you are interested in applying to become a Jesuit Volunteer, please contact the JV-program in your home country.

Britain <> France <> Germany <> Ireland <> Poland <> Slovakia <> Switzerland <> Austria <> Hungary

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