The application cycle for the 2017-2018 volunteer year is now closed! Applications to serve with Mercy Volunteer Corps from August 2018-July 2019 will be available on September 6th. If you have questions before this date, please contact our Recruitment Coordinator at: (215.641.5535 or

Qualifications for Mercy Volunteer Corps Applicants

21 Years Old
High School Graduate
Comfortable with the Catholic Church
In Good Health
Flexible and Adaptable
Single or Married with No Dependents

Application Materials

Application Form
Essay Questions
Transcripts (unofficial are acceptable)
Three References
Medical Forms

These materials will be available once you submit a Request for Application. The Request for Application button can be found below.

Volunteer Benefits

Health Insurance
Student Loan Deferment
Food and Personal Stipends
Retreat Opportunities

Application Timeline and Expectations

Step One: Submit A Request for Application

Submit a Request for Application. Following your submission, you will be directed to our application webpage with the materials for application. The Request for Application button can be found above this and is used to give MVC staff your basic information so we can assist you through the application if needed. 

Step Two: Review Materials and Complete Application

Review the materials and complete the online application. The application includes an application form, written responses, resume, transcripts, three reference forms and medical forms. The online application does not need to be completed in one sitting and can be saved and continued at a later time. 

Those seeking international placement should submit the medical forms with their application materials. Those seeking U.S. placement should submit the medical forms following acceptance into the program.

Step Three: Submit Your Application

Submit your completed application. The priority deadline is January 18 for both International and U.S. applicants. The final deadline for international placement and general deadline for U.S. applicants is March 1. The final deadline for U.S. placement is May 24.

Step Four: Email Confirmation and Processing Your Application

When your application materials are received by MVC, you will receive an email confirmation. MVC will begin to process your application. Once we have received your application, it takes 6-8 weeks to move through the entire process.

Step Five: Personal Interview

Once the initial screening phase is completed, an MVC representative will contact you for a personal interview. The interview lasts 1-2 hours and is conducted in-person or via video call.

For those seeking international placement: After your personal interview if it is recommended that you move forward, you attend a Discernment Weekend.

Step Six: Acceptance

You will receive an official letter, extending or declining acceptance into Mercy Volunteer Corps. You should receive this letter no later than 2 weeks following the Discernment Weekend (for international placements) or your personal interview (for U.S. placements).

Step Seven: Service Site Review and Placement

Upon receiving a letter of acceptance, you should contact the MVC staff member designated in the letter to accept your offer and discuss service site placement.

For those seeking U.S. placement: Your application will be sent to an agreed upon service site. A site representative will contact you for a phone or video call interview. Following the interview, you and the site representative will contact MVC to notify whether it is a good fit. Calls to MVC need to be made no more than 48 hours following the interview. If it is a fit, you are placed. If the site is not a good fit for either party, further conversation will ensue and another site will be chosen