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National Volunteer Month Profile: Jack in Virginia

Today we highlight the volunteer work of Jack McHale, who has served on the FMS board since spring 2011.  
“We are all called to serve and use the many gifts that God has given to all of us,” Jack said. “Working on the board for FMS is, today, my way of being ‘part of the work’ of our lay missioners.”
It was lay missioners Don and Pat Clausen (El Salvador, 2004-2007) who introduced Jack to FMS. He is also friends with Fr. Joe Nangle, OFM, former FMS executive director and board member.
Jack’s work for peace and justice expands beyond FMS. As a member of Pax Christi Metro DC-Baltimore and Pax Christi USA, he served as the treasurer of the National Council for two years. He regularly attends Pax Christi activities such as White House prayer vigils and the November vigil for the close of the School of Americas/Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation in Fort Benning, Georgia. 
Jack is also a part of the extended community of Dorothy Day Catholic Worker which is committed to solidarity, Gospel nonviolence, resistance, compassion, forgiveness, patiences. For thirty years, they have served as a house of hospitality in DC, mostly for single moms and their children.
In his home community of Burke, Virginia, Jack is the president of the board for Burke Basketball. The program works with adults and children to teach them to “Honor the Game” so that through competition they can grow as players, individuals, and as members of the community.  Jack also spends time on the courts coaching the local high school basketball team in the spring, summer and fall leagues.
Please honor Jack’s volunteerism and commitment to peace and justice by making a donation to FMS.

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