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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    ministry

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

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    study

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

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    prayer

    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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    community

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

Current Volunteers 2019-2020

Andrew Birrenbach

Andrew earned his Bachelor’s in Theology from the University of St. Thomas. He loves reading the works of Thomas Aquinas,

Elizabeth Broussard

Elizabeth Broussard serves as the Education Support Staff at St. Francis Center and Siena Youth Center in Redwood City, CA.

Sarah Buchholz

Sarah comes to DVUSA after spending a year volunteering with the Norbertines. Sarah is a graduate of St. Cloud State University where

Rosanna Fiasche

Rosie Fiasche serves as the Guidance Counselor at Immaculate Conception Academy in San Francisco, where she serves

Lacey Green

Lacey Green serves at the UIC Pilsen Food Pantry in Chicago, serving people in the community who are facing food scarcity or

Giselle Magana

Giselle is a graduate of Dominican University River Forest where she earned her Bachelor’s in Apparel Merchandising and Business

Andrea Meyer

Andrea joins DVUSA after a 30 year career in Speech Pathology. Andrea is an associate with the Sinsinawa Dominicans and her son

Jake Moran

Jake Moran serves as the Domestic Violence Advocate at Sarah’s Inn in Chicago, serving primarily women and children and their

Erin Morley

Erin graduated from Baylor University where she earned her degree in Communications and English Literature. She enjoys sewing and

Sean Puzzo

Sean Puzzo serves as the Education Support Staff at St. Francis Center and Siena Youth Center in Redwood City, CA. Sean is a second

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It's not too late! DONATE TODAY and you'll be entered into a drawing for each $10 donated. JOIN US TONIGHT to learn more about DVUSA and the impact our volunteers make in our world.Grab yourself the beverage of your choice and join us TONIGHT at 6:00 PM CDT for our virtual event, Caritas & Veritas: Continuing the Journey!

Together, we'll toast two Dominican Sisters who have meant so much to our program, celebrate our current volunteers, and honor our Sr. Marcella Connolly Award recipient, MaDonna Thelen!

We want to extend a huge THANK YOU to every single person who donated or shared our program. With your support, we have raised $14,200!!!

Were are less than $2,000 from our goal! Can you help us get there!?
dominicanvolunteersusa.salsalabs.org/VirtualEvent2020/index.html

We are so humbled by your support and cannot wait to see you in a few hours!

To access the event, you do not need to have a zoom account; simply click the link below and it should automatically launch the zoom window. The zoom will be available starting at 5:45 PM CDT, you are welcome to join early and we will start the program promptly at 6:00 PM.

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Grab yourself the beverage of your choice and join us TONIGHT at 6:00 PM CDT for our virtual event, Caritas & Veritas: Continuing the Journey!

Together, we'll toast two Dominican Sisters who have meant so much to our program, celebrate our current volunteers, and honor our Sr. Marcella Connolly Award recipient, MaDonna Thelen!

We want to extend a huge THANK YOU to every single person who donated or shared our program. With your support, we have raised $14,200!!!

Were are less than $2,000 from our goal! Can you help us get there!?
dominicanvolunteersusa.salsalabs.org/VirtualEvent2020/index.html

We are so humbled by your support and cannot wait to see you in a few hours!

To access the event, you do not need to have a zoom account; simply click the link below and it should automatically launch the zoom window. The zoom will be available starting at 5:45 PM CDT, you are welcome to join early and we will start the program promptly at 6:00 PM.

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Were are just ONE day away from our live event: Caritas & Veritas Continuing the Journey!!!

And, we continue to celebrate MaDonna Thelen!

Erika Corona, graduate of Dominican University, shares with us a final refection on the impact that Madonna has had in her life, even beyond her undergraduate career:

"In 2004, I had the pleasure of meeting MaDonna Thelen while I was in college. MaDonna hired me as one of her first Service Learning Student Coordinators. In that role our mighty office worked hard to match college students with organizations in the Austin neighborhood, Lawndale, Back of the Yards and many other underserved communities in Southwest side of Chicago. Our work in that office did not stop there, under MaDonna’s leadership our office created service opportunities that expanded to serve at a global level.

MaDonna was and continues to be one of the people I aspire to be. Her passion to put others before herself is a testament to the type of person she is. While in college, I was conflicted about going out into the world to become a change maker in the corporate world or follow the world of nonprofit to serve others.

MaDonna reminded me to find a job that gave me purpose every day. The mission of my alma mater is “Pursue truth, to give compassionate service, and to participate in the creation of a more just and humane world.”

MaDonna without a doubt influenced my career path. For 8 years, I worked for an amazing organization, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago. There I worked with amazing colleagues to bring mentoring programs to under served communities. As I transitioned to my work in Economic Development, specifically working within the Chamber Division with small businesses, I still had MaDonna influencing my path. My work with small businesses is to help provide answers, to empower and give a voice to these community champions.

MaDonna, thank you for being an amazing force for social change and for building bridges for communities to work together. From helping to build my career in social justice, to officiating our wedding to enjoying an occasional dinner… this woman is amazing Social Justice leader that I am honored to call a friend."

If you would like continue to support us in honor of Madonna's commitment to service, guidance and inspiration, follow the link below!

And, Join us TOMORROW, April 25, at 6pm CDT via Zoom to witness Madonna receive her award! We can't wait to share this moment with you!

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    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 Volunteers1. “ 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 […]

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    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 […]

  • "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 […]