Meet the 2017-2018 JVs!
Jose Alberto Cuervo Castro is from Bogotá, Colombia. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Clinical and Health Psychology. He has worked for five years in Colombia, serving people with chronic diseases, emotional struggles, and visual impairments. He has also worked in music and young adult ministries in parishes and catholic communities. Jose is passionate about working for the well-being of others and learning from different spiritual, human and cultural experiences. As part of the JVC program he works in two part time placements: Blessed Trinity Church (visiting, youth and funeral home ministries) and Becoming Neighbours (refugee ministry, companionship to refugees). He is also helping once a week in the Christie Refugee Welcome Centre as part of the kitchen team.
Esomchukwu Obinna is a Nigerian who arrived Canada four years ago. He attended the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) where he graduated with a honours degree in biology. While studying he gained some research and leadership experience. His honours thesis was on the effects of probiotic bacteria on blueberry polyphenols. In addition, he was the president of the Society for International Student, policy and research coordinator of UPEI’s Student Union, and on-campus managing editor of the school’s newspaper, The Cadre.
Obinna is currently placed in the Mary Ward centre and Sisters of St. Joseph. He facilitates world religion retreats and the KAIROS blanket exercise at the Mary Ward Centre. At the Sisters of St. Joseph, he assists with the social justice portfolio, specifically on justice for migrants workers and water conservation. When he is not working, he enjoys playing basketball and watching book reviews on Youtube.
Félix Gauthier-Mamaril, 23 years old, is from Val-Des-Monts, near Ottawa. Prior to being a Jesuit Volunteer, he worked as a host and program interpreter at the Canadian War Museum and Canadian Museum of History. He is currently completing an MA in Philosophy at the Dominican University College in Ottawa.
At JVC, Félix serves Canadian Jesuits International (CJI) in promoting social and ecological justice to third world countries and the Jesuit Forum on Social Faith and Justice through archiving and research.
Catherine Ann Morley is from Halifax, Nova Scotia and holds a bachelors degree in Chemistry from St. Francis Xavier University. She loves the outdoors, travelling, and her dog, Seamus. Catherine grew up with a large, tight-knit family and she is especially fond of its newest addition – her little nephew, Rory. Along with gathering with her family, Catherine can often be found sharing in laughter and catching up with friends over a hot drink. As a Jesuit Volunteer she is working at St. Patrick’s Parish in various capacities, including Out of the Cold, refugee resettlement and high school retreat facilitation.
James O’ Connor holds a Masters degree in the History of Art, and studied as a PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge. He has worked as a mobile and web developer, and around the world as a professional scuba instructor. As a Jesuit Volunteer, James works at the Canadian Martyrs’ Shrine in Midland, ON, as a Pastoral Animator involved in giving high school and parish retreats in addition to working in Out of the Cold programs and serving at a local year-round homeless shelter.