PORTLAND---The Ignatian Volunteer Corps (IVC) has named a new regional director for the Portland chapter. Marcella (Mickie) Abatemarco has been appointed to succeed Kathy Crosson, who has served as IVC Portland’s founding director since 2019. IVC is a national program that provides people over the age of 50 with ways to serve those in need in their communities and opportunities to grow in their faith. The program matches seasoned professionals with charities and nonprofits seeking skilled volunteer services.
Mickie is a New York native who grew up attending Catholic schools. The Catholic faith was an essential part of her upbringing, and she earned a bachelor’s degree in religious studies from St. Francis College in Brooklyn, New York. Mickie spent twenty years teaching theology in Catholic high schools in New York. In 1998, she shifted her ministry to parish work as a director of faith formation. Mickie was elected as a representative to the National Association of Parish Catechetical Leaders (NPCD). In 2012, she moved to Virginia to work for the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) as the associate director of the Department of Religious Education, holding the position for four years before returning to parish ministry at St. John Neumann in Reston, Virginia. In June of this year, she and her husband moved to York.
IVC service corps members are asked to commit to serve one or two days a week for ten months of the year after being carefully placed in roles that allow them to share their skills and life experience. Once a month, the Ignatian Service Corps members get together, in person or virtually, to share and reflect on the spirituality of the work they are doing. IVC members also have the opportunity to meet monthly with a spiritual reflector to help them explore how and where they see God in their ministry. To learn more about the program, visit www.ivcusa.org/Portland.