Five graduates from Loyola University Maryland’s Class of 2013 have joined the Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC), answering the call to serve and work for justice and peace. As Jesuit Volunteers (JVs) they will be challenged to dedicate their time to living simply and serving people who are most in need.
The Loyola graduates will become part of a spiritually supportive community of 325 fellow JVs living in 39 U.S. cities and six other countries. JVs work at schools, health clinics, legal clinics, parishes, and nonprofit organizations to provide essential services, saving those organizations an estimated $6 million in salaries each year.
The recent Loyola graduates joining JVC are:
- Christina Fahey, a mathematical sciences major from Folsom, Calif., who is working with Sacred Heart Nativity Schools in San Jose, Calif.
- Nora Kearney, an art history major from Buffao, N.Y., who is working in Cleveland, Ohio, at Saint Martin de Porres High School.
- Meghan McHale, a chemistry-theology interdisciplinary major from Manlius, N.Y., who is working with Bering Omega Community Services in Houston, Texas.
- Anthony Medina, a communication major from Secaucus, N.J., who is working with ACE Leadership High School in Albuquerque, N.M.
- Erin Westdyk, an elementary education major from Pompton Plains, N.J., who is working with St. HOPE Public Schools/PS7 in Sacramento, Calif.
Service placements range from one to two years, during which volunteers integrate Christian faith by working and living among the poor and marginalized. JVC works to offer the volunteers an experience that will open their hearts and minds to a life forever conscious of those in need, and a commitment to the Church's mission of promoting justice in the service of faith.
Internationally, more than 250 grassroots organizations count on JVs to provide essential services. More information is available at jesuitvolunteers.org.
Loyola marketing and communications intern Ariel Genovese, '14, contributed to this story.