Bon Secours Volunteer Ministry

Program Pillars

Bon Secours Volunteer Ministry is structured around 5 pillars, which volunteers reflect on each week. They serve as the foundation for the year and hopefully for their lives after completing the program, as well.

  • Grow Spiritually:
    • As BSVM volunteers experience life and relationships in Baltimore and Richmond, in their service sites and in their own intentional community, staff guides them in interfacing these experiences with Catholic Social Teaching and prayer. The hope is that the volunteers deepen their own spirituality, develop a sense of openness towards the diversity of others’ spiritual lives and  come to recognize Christ within all those they serve so they may grow closer to God as they serve.


  • Learn through Service with Others:
    • BSVM carefully establishes service sites that will foster transformation by giving the volunteers the opportunity to build relationships.  When evaluating a service site, BSVM looks for sites where the volunteers have direct contact with individuals in need during at least 80% of their service time. We want the sites to provide the volunteers with meaningful work that will make an impact on the department or the organization hosting them.

  • Develop Community: 
    • Volunteers commit to live intentional community for the year, or as a past volunteer group put it: “The longest sleepover ever.” The closest comparison for this living situation is that they live together as a family would, not simply as roommates. Volunteers have dinner together several times a week, pray together every week, reflect on their service experiences, and lean on each other for support throughout the year. Living in intentional is a fun, challenging, and beautiful experience.

  •  Practice God’s Justice: 
    • BSVM integrates reflection around social justice issues into our curriculum and formation. Volunteers live in solidarity with people who face challenges due to unjust systems and are invited consider how to be in right relationship with others in light of those issues.

  • Live Simply:
    • Volunteers discern what their needs are as compared to their wants and how to share resources with others. Volunteers are also asked to consider the positive and negative ways that material things impact relationships.

We are called by God and sent by the Church to reproduce in ourselves:
Christ healing... Christ consoling... Christ always aware of the needs of others.