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J.M. International Volunteer Program

The Volunteer Program is an opportunity to open a possible way in the society of walls, of separations and of exclusions, so that persons who are on both sides can relate with one another and express in a tangible way that these paths are possible.

Why be a Volunteer?

  • Because I feel the impulse to go out of myself and to go “beyond”.
  • Because I want to give “freely” what I have received freely.
  • Because I believe that this is justice.
  • Because I feel a call to go out to the reality.
  • Because I want to commit myself with this
    world and with “my brothers and sisters”.
  • Because my life will have more meaning.
  • Because I want to go where the heart leads me to…

Source: Web Page Provinces of Spain

The J.M. International Volunteer Program helps us to:

  • Globalize solidarity, establish exchanges between countries and regions.
  • Accompany persons, specially the youth, in their search for meaning in life and for their vocation, and in their search for God.
  • Discover the living faith of people who suffer.
  • Help others to become agents of social change / transformation.
  • Deepen knowledge of the charism.
  • Create possibilities of collaboration with the provinces or communities most in need of pastoral assistants.

The J.M. International Program:

  • Promotes collaboration among the provinces which send and receive volunteers.
  • Helps to have a broader vision and
    common criteria.
  • It is an openness to the international dimension
  • Strengthens the J-M spirit.
  • Helps the provinces with the formation
    of volunteers and offers guidance for
    the communities.

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Our membership in UNANIMA has shown us the strength of women religious working together with ONE SPIRIT, ONE MISSION, ONE HOPE. We are grateful to be part of this collaborative endeavor and energizing network of social justice and work for systemic change in our world.

The Religious of Jesus and Mary in the United States have always valued collaboration in ministry wherever we have been sent. We have been partners with parish priests, staffs, colleagues, other religious congregations, organizations, family and friends in trying to "…incarnate the grace of pardon and of reconciliation, and to share with the poor and the marginalized the 'new wine of the feast of the kingdom.'"

Since 1983, we have had special partners linked to the congregation, the RJM Associates, known as the Family of Jesus and Mary. 1615 members belong to the FJM forming 98 groups around the world.

Volunteers for HAITI provides the laity with an opportunity to serve God’s people in the poorest country in the western hemisphere.

Volunteers are committed to developing their spirituality, living simply, growing in community and working for social justice that challenges unjust structures. They live with the Religious of Jesus and Mary sisters (RJM’s) and share in their mission.

A vocation is not a single event.  It is a gradual unfolding of our journey in faith during which God invites us to find our distinctive style of loving. Our responsibility is to discern the Spirit’s movements in our heart which lead us to discover how we can best serve God and God’s people; how we can cooperate with God’s love and God’s life within us most generously and most authentically.