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 2017-2018

Sean Puzzo

Long Island, NY.
Ministry: Dominican Youth Movement USA.
Assistant to director, Website and Graphic Designer.

Elizabeth Broussard

Bronx, NY. Ministry: Siena House.
Assists homeless mothers and their small children.

Jake Moran

Bronx, NY. Ministry: Siena House.
Assists homeless mothers and their small children.

Life as a Dominican Volunteer

In our most recent blog post, volunteer Kayla Grodzicki gives us a glimpse of her daily life as a DV. Kayla serves as a domestic violence counselor at Sarah’s Inn, a domestic violence shelter in Chicago. This blog post is from her personal blog which ...

Lacey Green

Bronx, NY. Ministry: Siena House.
Assists homeless mothers and their small children.

Rosanna Fiasche

Bronx, NY. Ministry: Siena House.
Assists homeless mothers and their small children.

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From our Blog

  • The Sisters I Never Knew I Wanted
    by David on February 8, 2019 at 12:38 pm

     Dominican Volunteer Sean Puzzo ministers at the St. Francis CenterPicture 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 […]

  • The Sisters I Never Knew I Wanted
    by David on February 8, 2019 at 11:45 am

    Dominican Volunteer Sean Puzzo serves at the St. Francis Center in Redwood City California.Picture this: ten years from now a group of friends is getting back together for a reunion. They begin 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 about changing […]

  • Happy 2019 from Dominican Volunteers USA!
    by David on January 18, 2019 at 10:42 am

    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 […]

  • "A family I'm proud to be a part of"
    by David on December 20, 2018 at 9:58 am

    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 David on December 7, 2018 at 3:08 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 […]