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 2017-2018

Julia Butts

Red Wood City, CA. Ministry: St. Francis Center. Teaches Religious Education classes to 4th grade, Tutors the mothers of her students in ESL, Coordinates Advocacy at Siena Youth Center

Zachary Moeller

Chicago, IL.
Ministry: Catholic Charities Chicago.
Serves children K-12 and their families in the Refugee Resettlement Program.

Sean Puzzo

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

Stephanie Zavala Guzman

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

Kateri Golbiw

San Francisco: CA. Ministry: Immaculate Conception Academy, Campus Minister and Mentor

Sydney Boyer

Long Island, NY. Ministry: OPening Word, Teaches ESL and Computer Literacy to adult English Second Language Learners

Viviana Garcia-Blanco

Bronx, NY. Ministry: United Nations. Represents the Dominican Sisters at the United Nations

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 ...

Madeleine Paulsen

Chicago, IL.
Ministry: Sarah’s Inn.
Crisis Intervention Advocate.

Gabrielle Smith

San Francisco, CA.
Ministry: Immaculate Conception Academy.
Guidance Counseling, Mentor.

Henry Moller

Atlanta, GA.
Ministry: Cristo Rey Atlanta.
Teaches and coaches students grades 9-12.

Elizabeth Drake

Chicago, IL. Ministry: Catholic Charities Chicago. Serves on the Employment Team in the Refugee Resettlement Program

Jennifer Doering

San Francisco, CA. Ministry: St. James Elementary School. Teaching Assistant, Runs Free-Lunch Program, Supervises Extended Care

Carolina Talavera Romero

Redwood City, CA. Ministry: St. Francis Center. Teaches, Coaches, Tutors, Coordinates Art & Self-Expression.

Diana Hernandez

Red Wood City, CA.
Ministry: St. Francis Center.
Teaching Assistant, Coaches, Tutors, Coordinates Art & Self-Expression

Sarah Pereira

Chicago, IL.
Ministry: Visitation Catholic School.
Teaching Assistant, Tutor, Aftercare.

Niki Klco

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

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"All of creation is part of a whole that is Love and is part of the unfolding of Love. And so, we must also understand ourselves to be one, to be entangled with all humanity, with all creation."
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Please join us in wishing incoming 2018-19 Dominican Volunteer Lacey Green a very Happy Birthday!

Originally from Berwick, PA, Lacey received her Bachelor’s Degree in Community Leadership and Development from Alverno College in Milwaukee, WI and has recently completed her Master’s Degree in Project Management through the Keller Graduate School of Management of DeVry College of New York.

Lacey is passionate about the social justice issues of healthcare equity, food insecurity, and housing insecurity, which is what led her to whole-heartedly accept her ministry placement at the new UIC Pilsen Food Pantry UIC Pilsen Food Pantry. She is a busy bee who enjoys writing creative non-fiction books, shopping, service trips, and anything related to the Arts.

Lacey writes, ““Dear Dominican family: Thank you for the birthday wishes and a special thank you to the Dominican Sisters of Hope for sharing your community space with the DV volunteers for our Opening Retreat. To all those connected to the Dominican Family, we couldn’t accomplish our ministry goals this year without your love, kindness, and prayers. On behalf of all of the DV volunteers, I would like to say that we appreciate you!”

We appreciate you, Lacey and are honored that you will share your gifts as a member of our Dominican family in the coming year. Dominican blessings today and always!
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“The great gift of DVUSA is that it widens the circle of Dominican Preachers and increases the influence of Dominic’s passion for justice and the healing of the world beyond the walls of our convents and priories.”

Sister Beth Murphy, Dominican Sisters of Springfield, Illinois.

Please pray for our five 2018- 19 Dominican Volunteers, Lacey Green (Chicago Illinois), Elizabeth Broussard,(Redwood City California) Sean Puzzo, Sean Puzzo (Redwood City California) Jake Moran (Chicago Illinois), and Rosanna Fiasche, (Redwood City California) as they are sent out today to preach and live the Dominican mission in their respective communities. Thank you for widening our Dominican circle and sharing your gifts as the newest members of our Dominican family.
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From our Blog

  • "That's what volunteers do"
    by David on August 6, 2018 at 3:08 pm

     Our latest blog post comes from Dominican Sister and Dominican Volunteers USA Board Member, Sister Mary Kremer.Sister Mary Kremer OPSister Mary shares a conversation with the 2017-18 Chicago volunteers that exemplified St. Dominic’s mission.Thank you for your service and Dominican example Sister Mary.Several months ago, I invited myself for supper to the House of Connections in […]

  • Faith, Justice, and Graphic Design
    by David on July 9, 2018 at 4:17 pm

    Our latest blog post comes from Dominican Volunteer Sean Puzzo. Sean serves with the Dominican Youth Movement  in Amityville New York and helps coordinate The Dominican High Schools Preaching Conference,  the National College Preaching in Action Conference, and Dominican Young Adults USA.Sean reflects on how these conferences have gradually shaped his Dominican journey . Sean […]

  • Reflecting on a Year of Service
    by David on July 5, 2018 at 3:40 pm

    As our 2017-18 service year draws to a close, we share this post from  Dominican Volunteer Erica Stewart. Erica served as a teacher at Immaculate Conception Academy in San Francisco California in 2011-12. After 6 years, Erica's words remain relevant to anyone transitioning out of a year of service.Perhaps our 2017- 18 Dominican Volunteers can relate to Erica's words.Erica and Immaculate […]

  • Black and Brown Women Deserve Doula Access Too
    by David on June 6, 2018 at 8:56 pm

    2017-18 Dominican Volunteer, Stephanie Zavala: “In New York City, a black woman is 12 times more likely to die during pregnancy, during labor, or from complications after labor.”And from an NPR report, “A 2016 analysis of five years of data found that black, college-educated mothers who gave birth in local hospitals were more likely to suffer severe complications of pregnancy or […]

  • A Year In Review – A Dominican Volunteer’s experience at Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School in the Penn Community
    by David on May 31, 2018 at 5:02 pm

    DV Henry MollerOur latest blog post comes from Dominican Volunteer Henry Moller.Henry serves as a teacher at Immaculate Conception Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Atlanta Georgia and reflects on his year with DVUSA with gratitude.Thank you for your service Henry and for sharing your many gifts with your students, colleagues community members,and fellow volunteers.Dominican blessings in all your […]