But We Are So Much More
Mission StatementEstablished in the charism and tradition of St. Paul of the Cross and the Passionist Community, and rooted in the experience of the Passionist volunteers serving among the rural and urban poor in the Eastern United States under the auspices of the Province of St. Paul of the Cross, we are the Passionist Volunteers International. We extend our service by crossing borders and cultures to walk with the poor and suffering in a spirit of accompaniment. We respond with our individual and collective skills to the needs that manifest themselves. We seek this service of accompaniment and response to the crucified of today in union with our Passionist brothers and sisters in their ministries to the suffering in the developing world. We commit ourselves to personal and communal prayer in order that we might more effectively find inspiration, motivation and strength in the Memory of Jesus crucified and lifted up from the earth to draw all the world to Himself.
Passionist Volunteers International seeks effectiveness of its mission as the Volunteer seeks the fulfillment of his or her hopes and aspirations as a PVI. We believe that effectiveness of mission and fulfillment of aspirations stand on PVI’s Four Pillars and Two Foundations.
- ACCOMPANIMENT— We express our style for life and service as walking with and forming relationships with those we serve and with whom we live. This style provides the HOW to the WHAT we do in service. Service through accompaniment first learns the needs then moves to action or projects that can be undertaken in a sustainable manner. Accompaniment also provides support for community members and challenges and inspires living with simplicity.
- THE CRUCIFIED OF TODAY—PVI reflects the foundational charism of the Passionist community whose members vow to “Keep alive in peoples’ hearts the Memory of the Passion of Jesus” They find this memory living in the Crucified of Calvary and in the crucified of today.
SERVICE– Directing our outreach to the marginalized in society.
COMMUNITY– Sharing life to strengthen and support our service and faith
SIMPLICITY– Living beyond our comfort zone to be in solidarity with those whom we serve
SPIRITUALITY— Taking time to explore our personal and communal faith
We Passionist Volunteers find inspiration and significance in these foundations and pillars. They provides the WHY to the WHAT we do in service. They sustain our service when we may want to turn from the suffering we meet. The memory of Jesus crucified offers the Volunteers a motive to live with simplicity in solidarity with those we serve. This Passionist charism of remembering the crucified of today offers us new vision, depth and challenge to our growing spiritually.