Glasgow Jesuit Volunteers
As part of our social justice ministry the Jesuits in Britain place adults (aged 18+) in direct service or in advocacy roles for a few hours a week with those who are materially poor, vulnerable and marginalized in our inner cities. We offer these opportunities in association with a range of Jesuit and other charitable services.
We provide regular opportunity for volunteers to reflect together on their experience. Groups are facilitated by trained Spiritual Reflectors. St Ignatius regarded social action as one of the fundamental foundations of Christian life, and so his spirituality - Ignatian spirituality - is at the heart of the reflection programme. Our volunteers make three commitments. Read more about these.
Here are some examples of what our current volunteers are doing in Glasgow:
Thomas volunteers as a Befriender at two care homes for people with dementia in Glasgow. “Despite the perception of the condition I have gained as much as I hope the residents have. I often joke that outside my family they are the only people who are pleased to see me! I have learned to see the person and not the condition and that regardless of our health or situation we all have value"
Paul volunteers once a week at Bridging The Gap, a charity which supports asylum seekers in the Gorbals district of Glasgow, helping them integrate with the many generations who have never left the area, and ultimately building an inclusive community
“Since becoming a volunteer I feel I am a different person…I see and feel God everywhere now, especially in the type of people that a few months ago I would have crossed the street to get away from"
“ it is rewarding being able to help others and a reminder of how very fortunate I am in life. This is reinforced by the monthly GJV meetings."
" the GJV experience has been an immense blessing, allowing me to combine two of my great passions — volunteering and my faith.”
“ the programme allows me to continually challenge my perceptions and attitudes towards those I volunteer with and the challenges which come with volunteering allow me to go outwith my comfort zone and gain experience which would otherwise be unavailable for me to achieve.
“ The GJV programme offers me spirituality in a way which is unique and much needed, especially in Glasgow, where we can sometimes feel lost from God through the busy daily business of everyday life."
The find out more please contact:
David Birchall SJ firstname.lastname@example.org 0141 354 0077
When and where . . .
On the first Thursday evening of each month 6.30-8.30pm, volunteers gather at the Ignatian Spirituality Centre for a cup of tea or coffee, and a snack, and then share their experiences in a smaller group.
After that there is a time of stillness when each person can think through their experiences - and those of others - and fit them into their view of the world and their faith.
October 6 2016
Meeting plus: Frederic Ozanam – Serving the poor in post-revolutionary France (SVdP)
November 3 2016
Meeting plus: Head, Heart and Spirits: a look at making choices according to St Ignatius Loyola
December 1 2016
Meeting plus: Rerum Novarum: Leo XIII in 1891 – the beginnings of Catholic Social Teaching in the modern Church.
January 21 (Saturday – 11am- 3pm) 2017
Day of Prayer and Study.