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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At the beginning of November, Dominican Volunteers USA staff members traveled to Cleveland for Catholic Volunteer Network's annual conference. There, we were inspired not only to reflect, but to also put our mission statement into action. After all, it is important for us as staff, that we show up for communities that call on our support and allyship. Two weeks later and we are still thinking about the lessons we learned and putting together action plans for the future of DVUSA. This is a reminder for us to continue showing up, speaking up, and practicing liberation work in our personal and professional lives. ... See MoreSee Less

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Dominican Volunteer, 2016-2018, Niki Klco shares pictures of fun times with Sue and Tina during her 1st volunteer year in Redwood City.

"🎶 I'll like you forever, I'll love you for always... as long as I'm living our Sue you'll be. 🎶"
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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 Unknown 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 […]

  • 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 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 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 […]