NYIP’s interns deepen their understanding of themselves and their work by participating in many levels of support and formation.
We have found that intentional community and vocational discernment are nurtured when work, home, and values are integrated and shared.
Interns collaborate on their own Rule of Life, a process begun during Orientation and revisited throughout the year. Interns make collective decisions to develop their community covenant, collaborating on activities such as Community Dinners, Group Worship, rotating leadership roles, and participation in New York City’s vast cultural resources .The opportunity to share in the parish life of St. Mary’s is foundational to NYIP. Interns attend Sunday morning worship, and spiritual practices are woven into all NYIP meetings. Exploring and joining outreach activities help interns discern their own call to service.
Spirituality is further deepened by theological reflection, developing and leading a shared spiritual practice, retreats, field trips, monthly sharing stories, dinner with parish members, and exploring other faith traditions. In addition, events each year connect NYIP interns with other young adults serving in similar programs throughout the region.Every NYIP intern can be matched with an experienced spiritual director for regular meetings.
These are just some of the ways our interns meet seasoned activists, faith-filled mentors and like-minded friends through shared connections and networks. All these levels of interaction and support equip interns to engage in personal, vocational and spiritual discernment.
This is a year for people who want to share in the intensities of urban life, whole-hearted service, and deep personal reflection. Interns live and work among people experiencing complex deprivations and injustices. The year challenges and stimulates. For interns and those around them, support and fellowship can transform hardship into satisfying effort and redemptive joy.