Our BSVM volunteers celebrate holiday together at new site in Richmond

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Bon Secours Volunteer Ministry expands community to Richmond

MARRIOTTSVILLE, Md.—Ten recent college graduates from across the country will spend their first Thanksgiving in Richmond, where the Sisters of Bon Secours, USA expanded its Bon Secours Volunteer Ministry (BSVM) this fall. The ministry supports college graduates who commit to a year of living in community together and volunteering full-time within the Bon Secours Health System.

“We have had such a wonderful experience with the Bon Secours Volunteer Ministry program in Baltimore over the past 19 years and have talked often about expanding that experience into other areas. It is very exciting to see that dream become reality with the introduction of BSVM in Richmond and specifically connected with Richmond Community Hospital. The Sisters of Bon Secours couldn’t be prouder of the volunteer ministry overall and this expansion,” said Sister Rose Marie Jasinski, country leader of the Sisters of Bon Secours, USA.

Now, with two locations, Bon Secours Volunteer Ministry has expanded its community and mission. Bon Secours Volunteer Ministry, which started in West Baltimore in 1999, supports volunteers in East Richmond through a year of spiritual growth. In addition to growing spiritually, volunteers commit to learn through service with others, develop community, live simply and practice God’s justice.

Volunteers serve in Bon Secours Richmond Community Hospital’s Emergency Department, Patient Advocacy, Sarah Garland Jones Center-a community center- and on Care-A-Van, a free mobile health clinic. Community life as a Bon Secours Ministry volunteer includes common meals, weekly morning reflection, weekly contemplative prayer and dialogue, seasonal retreats and spiritual direction.

“We are so pleased and excited to welcome our Bon Secours Ministry volunteers to Richmond,” said Sister Anne Marie Mack, senior vice president of sponsorship for Bon Secours Health System in Richmond. “We look forward to their sharing in our charism and sharing their gifts and talents with those Church Hill community members who they will be ministering to. We wholeheartedly support them as they answer the call they have received to be of service.”

Bon Secours Volunteer Ministry Director Shannon Curran said, “Pope Francis calls us to move from being spectators of suffering to compassionately responding to suffering, a call that the Sisters of Bon Secours echo with Bon Secours Volunteer Ministry. As they join in the sisters’ commitment to justice in radical solidarity with the poor, the suffering and those most in need, Bon Secours Ministry volunteers respond to this call. Responding in radical solidarity leads volunteers to a pivotal year of profound spiritual growth.”