Post-Graduate Volunteering Archive


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



Thank You For Attending the Post-Graduate Volunteer & Religious Life Missioning Ceremony

As part of Creighton University’s commencement activities, we commissioned 50 students who will be participating in post-graduate volunteer work or who are entering a religious order. Thank you to everyone who came out to support these students.

More pictures can be found on Facebook or on our flickr page!


Why I Go: A Personal Vocational Discernment

Melissa HollabaughA personal reflection on why participate in Post-Graduate volunteering.
By Mellissa Hollabaugh 

I am going because I am young and able, and I have no career to endanger. If not now, when?

After I get another degree? After I make some money?

I am going because I have learned to believe that everything starts at home, with me.

I am going because I want my actions to reflect my values.

I am going because if I want peace, I know I must work for justice.

I am going because if I don’t, who will?

I am going because I have innumerable questions that I want to live out.

I am going because a Spanish nun in Peru taught me to salir al encuentro para hacerme amigos
con el pobre. If I don’t know the poor by name, I have not done enough.

I am going in the name of all the poor who asked me never to forget their stories:
Silvana, Aurora, Johan, Miguel, Carmen, Walter, Juan & Esilia, Antonio & Mimi, Miguelina, Elfi, Alma, Sami, Genesis, Luchi, Orquidea, Junior, Estalin, Pedro & Kristina, Canene & Antigua, Pimpa, Boba, Carmen, Juana & Luis, Oscar, Antonio.

I am going because there are a million more stories that need to be told.

I am going because I have been blessed with an education to justice, a community of friends that
encourages me, a loving family that sustains me, and a desire to experience all the joys
and pains the world is willing to offer me.

I am going because I, too, have always wondered,
Why don’t more people stand up?

I am going for all the times I have remained embarrassingly quiet and cowardly in the face of
injustice, prejudice and ignorance.

I am going because I want to be different. I am going because Kyle Woolley once asked me:
How unusual do you want to be?

I am going because I want to test my values, and I want my actions to reflect those values.

I am going because of what Dorothy Day taught me:
The only solution to the long lonliness is love and that love comes with community.

I am going because I want to know what it’s like to have my heart broken, and then to have it
rebuilt through the presence of the divine in others.

I am going to live out my commitment to Jesuit values: to be a woman for and with others, to do and be more than what is expected, to be contemplative in action.

I am going so that I am challenged to change and grow into a better version of myself.

I am going so that I can share what I’ve witnessed with my community back home.

I am going for the many Creighton professors and mentors who have challenged and inspired me.

I am going because I want to make a preferential option for the poor.

I am going because I believe in this quote: Life begins outside your comfort zone.

I am going because I want to practice giving and receiving intangible gifts.

I am going so I can learn to practice wonder and awe for creation.

I am going because I believe in Dr. Martin Luther King’s message,
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

I am going because I want to learn to live in simplicity and solidarity.

I am going because I would rather be an instrument of peace than an apathetic graduate.

I am going because I want to learn the difference between wants and needs.

I am going in the influential footsteps of all the JPS grads that have gone before me.

I am going because it is the best reflection of Creighton running through me.

I am going so I can learn to live the Easter holiday.

I am going so I can learn to experience the life that occurs beyond a planner. For as I’ve been told,
Life is what happens when you’re busy making plans.

I am going so I can paint a new picture of what an “American” can be to Latin America.

I am going for all those who cannot go, and better yet, for those who willingly choose not to.

I am going because I have to believe there is so much more to life than just this.

I am going because I have absolutely nothing to lose and everything to gain.

I am going because I know there is a different kind of real world out there, and I want to meet it.

I am going now because life is short, and all we have is today.