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Former Jesuit Volunteers land fellowships
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Jesuit Volunteers in Portland 2012.
Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest photo
Jesuit Volunteers in Portland 2012.

ATLANTA — Sara Prendergast, Ian Roeber and Erika Spaet, former Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest participants who are entering master of divinity studies, have been recognized by The Fund for Theological Education as young leaders who demonstrate gifts for ministry and a passion to serve others. They will receive a fellowship that provides up to $10,000 over three years to help meet expenses and to fund a ministry internship. Prendergast, Roeber and Spaet will be attending Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara University, Boston College School of Theology and Ministry and Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary. In addition to receiving the fellowship, they will attend an Aug 11-15 conference in Atlanta.

The fund awards fellowships to participants in 19 national faith-based volunteer service organizations. The fellowships are designed to foster leadership and diversity in pastoral ministry.

Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest recruits, places, and supports full-time Jesuit Volunteers for a year or more of service in 107 different schools, social service, community health, environmental, and public agencies throughout the Northwest.

Each year, JVs, as they are known, serve more than 150,000 marginalized people, including individuals experiencing homeless, adults with mental disabilities, women fleeing abuse, at-risk youth, and people who are unemployed, uninsured, and disenfranchised. During their year of service, JVs explore the four core values of community, spirituality, simple living, and social and ecological justice. JVs live and serve in 21 local communities in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. 

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