Loyola University Chicago

JVC Magis

What is JVC Magis?

JVC Magis is a two/three-year professional development program for non-married college graduates who are former Jesuit volunteers.  (For more detailed information about requirements see the program  application). 

The formational elements of the program are  intended to be a holistic process - encouraging intellectual, social, emotional, physical, spiritual, ethical, and moral growth.

Discover more about the different aspects of JVC Magis below.


JVC Magis provides a unique opportunity to live out Jesuit ideals. Participants are able to put these ideals into action in both the agencies in which they work and the communities in which they live. JVC Magis participants embody the Jesuit ideal of being people with others through dedication to their agency and community. 

Participants live a sustainable  lifestyle in a community during their two or three-year commitment.  They receive a part time salary, out of which they pay for rent, utilities, food, and other basic items.

Ideal candidates for JVC Magis:

  • Bright, enthusiastic single person who are interested in their development and education.
  • JVC Magis participants have completed at least one year of JVC.  
  • Applicants should have a college degree. JVC Magis welcomes graduates from institutions other than Loyola.
  • JVC Magis welcomes candidates from all ethnic, spiritual and cultural backgrounds.

Learn more about requirements through our application.

The term Magis is a key element of Jesuit Spirituality, inviting us to do more and to become more. Any former volunteer from JVC (Jesuit Volunteer Corps) or JVC Northwest, may apply for this formation program.

JVC Magis provides a unique opportunity to live out Jesuit ideals. Participants are able to put these ideals into action in both the agencies in which they work and the communities in which they live. JVC Magis participants embody the Jesuit ideal of being people with others through dedication to their agency and community. 

The essence of JVC Magis can be found in its five values: sustainable living, social justice, community, spirituality, and anti-racism.  Participants of JVC Magis work in various professions, at Catholic agencies and attend classes through a graduate program at Loyola University Chicago. Upon successful completion of the course work, participants earn a master’s degree from Loyola. The program provides an excellent opportunity for professional development through the master degrees offered and the work done at the various placement sites.

 

  • A master's degree in one of the following areas is offered by Loyola University Chicago while participating in the JVC Magis program: The following graduate degrees are offered through JVC Magis: social workdivinitypastoral studiesspirituality and social justice. Dual degrees are not offered through JVC Magis, and these are the only degrees offered through the JVC Magis Program.

 

The formation is intended to be a holistic process - encouraging intellectual, social, emotional, physical, spiritual, ethical, and moral growth.

 

Being intentional about what it means to be community is an essential element of community living in the JVC Magis program. Building community requires time, effort, compromise, and a willingness to communicate.  JVC Magis communities are places to share and to grow, to support and to be supported.

The community experience in JVC Magis is quite different from that of JVC. In a Magis community, you may have members that have already been in the program for one or two years. Due to various work and class schedules it is quite possible that all members of a community are only in the house at the same time a few times a week. 

The community experience can be best described by the covenants of each JVC Magis community. (See program handbook).

 

The JVC Magis experience is an opportunity for participants to deepen their spiritual lives, both individually and communally, building upon their prior experiences. 

 

Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits), believed that spirituality involves people's human experience of God and their response to God's calling.  In his own response to that call, Ignatius moved prayer and contemplation out of the monastery and into everyday life.  Thus, in the tradition of Ignatius, Magis participants live as contemplatives in action - People who are committed to integrating their faith and spirituality with their work for justice.

 

As contemplatives in action, Magis participants are invited to change the attitudes and structures that create poverty, racism, perpetuate injustice, white supremacy, and waste of the earth’s resources. The participants take time to reflect on the pain, the brokenness, and the joy they find in the people they work with as well as in themselves.  This journey is part of a lifelong process that is comforting and unsettling, joyful and painful.

 

JVC Magis invites each participant to live a sustainable, reflective lifestyle and to be intentional about the use of money, time, and material possessions.  Sustainable living can be seen as  opportunity to practice presence to others in our lives, a means of reducing our impact on the globe, and counteracting prevailing narratives of overconsumption.  By living sustainably we strive to remove those obstacles that inhibit our closeness to God and others.

 

A commitment to live a sustainable lifestyle involves focusing on people - others as well as ourselves - and on basic needs. By working with people who may have different immediate needs, participants become more aware of the basic needs that are not met for many and of over-consumption by others.  A sustainable lifestyle is a living expression of a commitment to a just world where all people's needs are met.

 

Living sustainably is an individual, communal, and global challenge that continues long after JVC Magis.

JVC Magis participants commit to taking an active part in the exploration of issues of social justice. This invitation to justice finds its roots in the dignity of all people and the awareness of intersecting privileges and identities. 

 

JVC Magis participants work with others who are dedicated to providing for the physical and spiritual needs basic to human dignity.  Participants also work for peace and justice by critically examining the root causes of injustice and by becoming aware of how our privileges, attitudes, and behaviors impact others.  We are invited to challenge and actively combat the attitudes and structures that create and perpetuate poverty, racism, injustice, white supremacy, and waste of the earth’s resources. This work is begun through continued self-examination, and intentional conversations.

The JVC Magis program and its participants are committed to analyzing policies, structures, and procedures that maintain and encourage white privilege. This work begins with the individuals in the program which then helps us to extend to our program, the university and the agencies in which we work.

 

  • The program has committed to the following as a beginning on the work of Anti - Racism:
    • All new members attend a two and half day anti-racism training.
    • All members include a section on their own personal commitment to anti-racism in their personal statement.
    • Communities include a session on their commitment to anti-racism in their community covenant.
    • The fall retreat includes a personal, communal and program evaluation on our anti-racism work.
    • In the spring a day of reflection is offered to further our exploration and training in anti-racism.

 

This work is ongoing, and is ever evolving.