Application Part II

Be sure to go over how to apply before beginning this application. You should have already submitted your contact form and completed a Preliminary Discussion over the phone. Your application consists of five sections:

I. Discernment

II. Resume Upload

III. Essay Upload

IV. References (Employer, Mentor, Peer)

V. Transcript Upload

You may also download the application here to complete and mail a physical copy.

Application Part II

  • I. Your Discernment

    While you are at the beginning of the application process, we ask you to start this journey by actually looking ahead to the end of the application process. In order to fully invest yourself in the application process, please begin to consider the statement of commitment that accompanies an invitation into the community. Each member of Bon Secours Volunteer Ministry signs this statement when they agree to commit to the program for a year of service. An example of this statement follows for your careful consideration. Please check below to indicate that you have read the following sample.
  • II. Your Resume

    Please submit a copy of your resume (no more than two pages) which includes the following: • Contact Information (please include both permanent and school mailing address) • Education: Include schools, fields of study, and graduation date. • Professional Certifications (if applicable). • Work experience: Include brief description of positions and dates of employment. • Service experience: Include brief description with frequency and dates of service.
  • III. Your Essay

    In this application essay we are interested in learning about you. We want to read about who you are and who you are becoming. While your response should take the form of a brief autobiography, please be sure to respond directly to each of the following five questions. Although we ask you to specifically respond to each question, please respond to the questions in the order most fitting to your one, complete composition.
  • 1) Please describe some of the major people and experiences in your life that have shaped both who you are today and who you are becoming. 2) What have these individuals and experiences taught you about your own strengths and your own weaknesses? 3) Describe a time that you felt uncomfortable being outside of your comfort zone. What did you learn through that experience? 4) Please describe your past experiences of service. What did you learn through your service with others? 5) How do you see yourself participating in the Sisters of Bon Secours’ commitment to justice in radical solidarity with the poor, the suffering, and those most in need? When have you received compassion and love from others? 6) When you think about who you are becoming, what are your hopes for a year with Bon Secours Volunteer Ministry?
  • IV. References

    Please provide BSVM with the names and emails of 3 references. Then email (you may copy and paste) the corresponding links to each reference to fill out at their earliest possible convenience. Interviews cannot take place until all references are in.
  • An individual who has supervised you in a paid position for at least six months.
  • Email this link to your employer reference: https://bonsecours.us/volunteers/bsvm-employer-reference/
  • An individual who knows you well and can speak to your personal values and character as well as your experiences with service. Examples of a mentor include an adviser, a past volunteer coordinator, a youth minister, a campus minister, a pastor, or a professor.
  • Email this link to your mentor reference: https://bonsecours.us/volunteers/bsvm-mentor-reference/
  • An individual (someone other than a relative or significant other) with whom you have lived for at least a year.
  • Email this link to your peer reference: https://bonsecours.us/volunteers/bsvm-peer-reference/
  • V. Transcript

  • We thank you for your interest in and application to Bon Secours Volunteer Ministry (BSVM). Please tell us about the other post-college opportunities that you are pursuing in addition to BSVM. Below, please list other volunteer programs, graduate schools, or employment opportunities that you are considering. What is the status of each application? If pursuing graduate school, please indicate if you have plans to defer your enrollment.