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

Lacey Green

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.

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.

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 ...

Rosanna Fiasche

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

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“He is risen!” May we all have the courage of our patroness, St. Mary Magdalene, to set out and preach the Good News.

Dominican Volunteers USA wishes you all a blessed and joyous Easter season!
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We're still celebrating #NationalVolunteerWeek and today we are putting the spotlight on Jake Spencer Moran! Jake works at Sarah's Inn where he's an advocate for survivors of domestic violence. Jake lives at the House of Connection in Chicago with fellow volunteer, Lacey Green, Sr. Marilyn Derr, OP, and Sr. Bernadine Karge, OP.

Jake is from Chicago, IL. He attended Benedictine University in Lisle, IL, and double majored in psychology and Spanish language. He can be found exercising, reading, writing, being in nature, and playing volleyball.

Jake, thank you so much for all the ways you show up in community and ministry. We are most fortunate to have your calm presence, witty sense of humor, and wise insights!

To support Jake, donate here: dvusa.org/donate-now/
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Happy Friday of #NationalVolunteerWeek! Today we want to take a minute to shoutout Elizabeth Broussard! Elizabeth has spent the year serving at the St. Francis Center & Siena Youth Center of The St. Francis Center. She lives at Casa Alianza with fellow volunteer, Sean Puzzo, Sr. Christina Heltsley, and, of course, the dogs Gracie and Murphy!

Elizabeth is from Houston, TX. She attended Trinity University in San Antonio, TX to study Neuroscience and Creative Writing. She said “My favorite aspect of Neuroscience was learning about how we understand our surroundings through our various senses.” Elizabeth enjoys engaging her senses through writing fiction, exploring the outdoors, tap dancing, and spending time with friends.

Elizabeth, thank you so much for diving in to this year and experience! We appreciate your authenticity, thoughtfulness, and adventurous spirit!

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It's #NationalVolunteerWeek and today we're highlighting Rosanna Fiasche! Rosie is currently working at ICA Cristo Rey Academy in San Francisco, CA. She has spent the year serving in the Guidance Counseling and Corporate Work Study offices. Rosie is sharing in community with nine Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose.

Rosie is from Chicago. She attended Dominican University in River Forest, IL, double majoring in Sociology and the Study of Women and Gender with a minor in criminology. She loves to read, listen to music, and is passionate about many social justice issues.

Thank you so much, Rosie for all the ways you've invested in your work, your community, and the Dominican family at large! We appreciate your laughter, insight, and, of course, tech skills! 🙂

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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 […]

  • The Sisters I Never Knew I Wanted
    by David on February 8, 2019 at 6:38 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 5:45 pm

    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 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 […]

  • "A family I'm proud to be a part of"
    by David 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 […]