Lent has always been one of my favorite times of the year. Appropriately meaning “spring,” I have found these forty days to be utterly reminiscent of just that, full of rebirth and rejuvenation. The time of conscientious discipline and self-examination has always meant one of paring my life of unnecessary frivolities and […]
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“So, what’s your favorite place in Jamaica?” This is a question I regularly hear from friends both here on the island and at home. It’s a hard one to answer, thinking of all the amazing things I’ve done and seen in the past six months. The more obvious places are the first that come to my […]
PVI Kaitlin Denney (14′-15′) discovers the PVI motto of “love is ingenious” working with the children at Our Lady of Hope Basic School in Williamsfield, Jamaica.
Being one of those strange individuals that really enjoys school, homework, projects, etc., I often find myself missing the hustle and bustle of being in an academic setting. I miss the challenge of finding a solution to an organic chemistry problem and the unknown of what an essay might turn out like despite having a […]
During orientation, we were asked to create a mission statement to guide our service in Jamaica. We were given almost no direction and, as a result, produced seven unique and different plans of action for the next year. Some were sentimental, a few were poetic, and one was an amazing extended metaphor of a hike […]
Two months ago my alarm rang at 7:00 am, but I can tell you now that I was probably already awake. Sleeping in didn’t used to be much of an option with the hot sun streaming in, the resounding echo of taxi horns, barking dogs, and the never-ending sound of reggae rhythms floating in through […]
More often than not my bouts of access to the Internet are consumed with long overdue correspondences with friends and family. Recently, however, as I procrastinate writing articles for the Diocese of Mandeville at my desk job, I took time to scroll through my facebook newsfeed. Quite frankly I was left curious but most of […]
This past Sunday I brought the “big boys” team to Mount St. Joseph, which is the school I live at, to play football. I coach two football teams at St. John Bosco Boys Home. One we call the “little boys” team and the other is the “big boys” team. The younger boys are U-15 and […]
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Passionist Volunteers International (PVI) is a non-profit, post-graduate international volunteer program dedicated to service of the rural poor in Jamaica, West Indies. Volunteers commit to one or two years of international service in the spirit of accompaniment and the pillars of service, community, simplicity and spirituality.
•SERVICE - Directing our outreach to the marginalized
•COMMUNITY - Sharing life to strengthen our service and faith
•SIMPLICITY - Living beyond our comfort zone to be in solidarity
•SPIRITUALITY - Taking time to explore our personal and communal faith