Post-Graduate Volunteering Archive


Cat Keating – 2015 Post Graduate Volunteer & Religious Life Missioning Ceremony

Creighton BA ’10 & MA ’15 alumna Cat Keating speaks to those in the #CreightonGrad Class of 2015 who have chosen to go on to a post-grad volunteer program or to join a religious order at the 2015 Post Graduate Volunteer & Religious Life Missioning Ceremony.


Excerpts from Paschaltide- by: Alla Renee Bozarth

Pack Nothing. Bring only your determination to serve and your willingness to be free. Don’t wait for the bread to rise. Take nourishment for the journey, but eat standing, be ready to move at a moment’s notice.

Do not hesitate to leave your old ways behind—fear, silence, submission. Only surrender to the need of the time— to love justice and walk humbly with your God.

Begin quickly, before you have time to sink back into the old slavery. Set out in the dark. I will send fire to warm and encourage you. I will be with you in the fire and I will be with you in the cloud.

You will learn to eat new food and find refuge in new places. I will give you dreams in the desert to guide you safely home to that place you have not yet seen. The stories you tell one another around your fires in the dark will make you strong and wise.

Some of you will be so changed by weathers and wanderings that even your closest friends will have to learn your features as though for the first time. Some of you will not change at all.

Some will be abandoned by your dearest loves and misunderstood by those who have known you since birth and feel abandoned by you. Some will find new friendship in unlikely faces, and old friends as faithful and true as the pillar of God’s flame.

Sing songs as you go, and hold close together. You may at times grow confused and lose your way. Touch each other and keep telling the stories… Make maps as you go, remembering the way back from before you were born.

So you will be only the first of many waves of deliverance on these desert seas.

It is the first of many beginnings— your Paschaltide. Remain true to this mystery.

Pass on the whole story. Do not go back. I am with you now and I am waiting for you.



Post Grad Volunteer Discussion


Is volunteering after graduation the right choice for you?

Find out! The Creighton Center for Service and Justice will be hosting a Tostadas Dinner Wednesday, February 12, 5:30-6:30pm in the Creighton Center for Service and Justice (Harper Center 2067). All students are welcome (seniors, sure, but also geared to younger students thinking about next steps after Creighton!)
Hear stories and ask questions of former volunteers from a variety of year-long post-graduate programs. Panelists will be able to address their own discernment process during senior year that led to post-grad volunteering, and be able to answer questions about topics including international versus domestic opportunities; taking care of finances while volunteering; the differences between programs that are and are not religiously based; and more.
This event (including tostadas) is FREE, but we’ll need an accurate count for food.
Please RSVP to Jeff Peak or 402-280-1295 by 3 pm on Tuesday, February 11th if you plan to attend.
Please spread the word!


2013 Missioning Ceremony

Emily Ruskamp reflected on her time as a volunteer at the Post-Graduate Missioning ceremony. In her speech she gave advice to the new graduates and offered support to their families.


Vocational Teaching Opportunity

Are you interested in a vocation in teaching? Come to the CCSJ Monday, October 8 to talk with directors and participants of the Urban Catholic Teacher Corps and Magis Catholic Teacher Corps about possibilities of joining a post-graduate teaching volunteer program inspired by the Ignatian charisms. Whether you are an education major or not, there are many opportunities for serving in under-resourced Catholic schools and using education as a way for today’s youth to rise out of poverty. While teaching, further your own learning through graduate coursework and live in an intentional community with other volunteers, growing through simple living, spiritual fellowship, and teaching as service.


Drop by the CCSJ on Monday, October 8 from 2-4pm to learn about a network of possibilities across the country to pursue teaching, graduate coursework, spiritual growth and community living!

Please contact or with any questions.


The Next Right Step — An Ignatian Discernment Workshop/Retreat

Decision making is an unavoidable part of our lives.

The closer one gets to graduation the more stressful some of these decision can seem. Is the next right step getting a job? Going to grad school? Volunteering? Religious life?

The Ignatian Discernment Workshop-Retreat is an opportunity for upperclassmen/women to explore what St. Ignatius of Loyola (the founder of the Jesuits) has taught us about discernment and decision making. Led by Fr. Paul Coelho, SJ, students will learn how to make decisions in a way that engages their entire person — mind, heart and soul, and gives you the tools to take life’s next right step.

This event will be held Sept. 29th, 9:30-5:00 in Harper 2067.

Contact Jeff Peak ( for more information or to sign up.


Post-grad volunteering at the Annunciation House

Becca Harvey and Jacob Huju, two Creighton Alumni from the Annunciation House in El Paso, will be available from 10:00am – 1:00pm this Thursday, September 20th in the Creighton Center for Service and Justice (Harper 2067) to speak with students about post-graduate volunteering. No appointment is necessary. Anyone interested in volunteering after graduation is encouraged to stop by to talk with them.


Tuesday, September 11; 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

For more information, contact:
Jeff Peak in the CCSJ at