be of service wherever you are.

be of service wherever you are.

be of service wherever you are.

-St Catherine of Siena

to be a servant of God, every place is the right place and every time is the right time.

to be a servant of God, every place is the right place and every time is the right time.

to be a servant of God, every place is the right place
and every time is the right time.

- St Catherine of Siena

be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire

be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire

be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire

-St Catherine of Siena
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Dominican Volunteers USA

Dominican Volunteers USA searches for new frontiers for the faith by inviting men and women to walk with us in mission as volunteers. Through our program, lay men and women to volunteer for a 10-12 month in mission while living in intentional Dominican community. Together, we respond to the needs of our sisters and brothers, especially those who are poor and marginalized. We live out the Dominican mission of proclaiming the gospel through our ministry, common life, prayer and study within a diverse, intergenerational community.

The Four Pillars of our Life

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    The challenge of loving God and neighbor embraced as a way of life.

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    Study enables us to search out the truth in our times, especially the issues that affect those we serve.

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    Our lives are nourished by God’s Word as spoken in sacred scripture, celebrated in the Eucharist, and encountered in everyday life.

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    We live together and pray together and share a common vision in the ministry of Preaching the Gospel.

Current Volunteers 2021-2022

Erinn Toth

Erinn is from Toledo, OH and will be ministering in Detroit, MI at All Saints Literacy Center with our Adrian Sisters. She looks

Karen Schrage

Karen, originally from Long Island is coming from Chicago, and will be ministering at Siena House, back in her home state in the Bronx,

Elizabeth Musco

Elizabeth is coming from Fort Wayne, IN and will be ministering at the St. Francis Center in Redwood City, CA with our Sinsinwan Sister,

Andrea Meyer

Andrea is originally from Ottawa, IL and she will be returning to the Bronx NY, alongside Karen, to continue her work at Siena House

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We interrupt Danielle’s takeover to invite you to our 2nd virtual info session this fall!

Interested in learning more about a post grad year of service? Join DVUSA on Wednesday, November 11 to hear from Alumni as they share their experiences, adventures, and personal transformations while journeying with DVUSA!

Register for the panel using the link in our bio. You will receive an event reminder along with the Zoom link prior to the info session.

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From our Blog

  • Valentine's Day Tree
    by DVUSADirector on March 12, 2019 at 7:20 pm

    “Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do... but how much love we put in thataction.” Saint Teresa of Calcutta (Mother Teresa)The month of February is often known as the month of love, having Valentine’s Day at the heartof the month; but, there is so much more to love than what Valentine’s Day holds. Valentine’sDay focuses on romantic love, only one small part of what love can […]

  • The Sisters I Never Knew I Wanted
    by Unknown on February 8, 2019 at 6:38 pm

     Dominican Volunteer Sean Puzzo ministers at the St. Francis Center Picture this: ten years from now a group of friends is getting back together for a reunion. Theybegin to share stories of what they did right after college. Some talk about the first “grown-up”jobs while others talk about moving back in with their parents, and still others talk aboutchanging careers or different paths their […]

  • Happy 2019 from Dominican Volunteers USA!
    by Unknown on January 18, 2019 at 4:42 pm

    In our latest blog post,our volunteers and staff share  some of their goals and resolutions for the coming year.Our 2018-19 Dominican Volunteers 1. “ I hope to take more time to pause, reflect, and breath: to establish peace of mind. And to reflect on this incredible thing we call life." Jake Moran, 2018-19 Dominican Volunteer, Chicago Illinois. 2. “My New Year’s Resolution is to make more […]

  • "A family I'm proud to be a part of"
    by Unknown on December 20, 2018 at 3:58 pm

    In our latest blog post, Dominican Volunteer Lacey Green shares how her year as a DV has influenced who she is and who she strives to become. Lacey serves at the Darst Center, an educational center with a focus on social justice issues in Chicago Illinois. I’m not Catholic.  I have been learning about Catholic traditions over the past six months.  A very large part our personal identity is a […]

  • "The Holy Spirit is palpably present"
    by Unknown on December 7, 2018 at 9:08 pm

     In our most recent blog post, 2014- 15 Dominican Volunteer Juan Miguel Alvarez reflects on his recent trip to the Vatican to witness the canonization of Archbishop Oscar Romero. Juan Miguel also  tells of his spiritual encounter with Pope Francis and how both men  continue to shape his faith journey.1.                  What   was it like to be at the Vatican for the […]