Year: 2012

Getting Things Done with Bon Secours

Katharine McDonald is from Arlington Heights, IL and studied biology and global health at Northwestern University. She served as the Patient Liaison in the Emergency Department at Bon Secours Hospital in Baltimore through the Bon Secours Volunteer Ministry. Her day-to-day functions included providing hospitality and support to patients and families in the ED, assisting with… Read more »

A Day in the Life of an Amigos de Jesus Volunteer: Kristin Mullen-Muhr

Kristin Mullen-Muhr is originally from Arlington Heights, IL and graduated from the University of Dayton with a degree in music education. Along with her seven other community members, she is currently serving as a volunteer with Amigos de Jesus, a home for over sixty abused and abandoned children located in rural Honduras. Read more about… Read more »

Getting Things Done with YSOP

Cristina Varriale reflects on her time serving with Youth Service Opportunities Project (YSOP), a CVN-AmeriCorps program that encourages community participation among young people by engaging them in direct service to homeless and hungry people. As a teacher, Varriale has seen how much of an impact participating in YSOP has had on her students, her colleagues… Read more »

Count Your Pennies: L’Arche USA

By Kate Flannery CVN staff in the living room of the L’Arche community When Eileen stops to collect another penny, L’Arche Development Associate Mari Andrew knows it’s a good day.  “What are you going to do when you become rich?” Andrew remembers asking on one of their walks.  “Move to Africa,” Eileen responds.  “What are… Read more »

What do you stand for?

By Erica Stewart I have noticed in the past few months that the world never stops. I’m sure you just chuckled at that sentence. But it sometimes feels that way in certain earth-shattering moments: the death of a loved one, the diagnosis of a life-threatening disease, the loss of your job. In my case, I… Read more »

A Day in the Life of an Amate House Volunteer: Mackensey Carter

Mackensey Carter grew up in Orange County, California before moving to Washington, DC to attend Georgetown University.  She majored in Theology and minored in Psychology was a pitcher for the university’s varsity softball team. She was also involved in Chi Alpha, a Christian ministry on Georgetown’s campus.  Now, Mackensey is in Chicago serving with the… Read more »

Dwight, Darlene, and the Importance of Whimsy

By Catherine Scallen, CVN Recruiter Everybody needs a road buddy, particularly of the easy-going, chill variety. I couldn’t have asked for better companions than Dwight and Darlene, my fearless road warrior rubber ducks. I have been a fervent supporter and enthusiastic collector of rubber ducks for quite some time now. This began one Christmas when… Read more »

A Day in the Life of a Franciscan Mission Service Lay Missioner: Kitzi Hendricks

Kitzi Hendricks is a writer, musician, and photographer from Northern California. She is passionate about social justice and the Franciscan ministry of presence.  Currently serving at the Madre de Dios center in Cochabamba, Bolivia through Franciscan Mission Service, Kitzi works with teenage girls who have been abandoned, abused, or neglected by their families. Almost a… Read more »

Relishing Silence

By Erica Stewart, CVN Recruiter A few months ago, as I prepared for my interview to become a recruitment associate, I read recruiter Caitlin’s blog post about living simply on the road. Besides the excitement of what the position could bring me in the few months following my year of service, her commitment to simple… Read more »

Cardinal Wuerl returns from synod in Rome, reflects on the experience

By: Kate Flannery, Communications Department I walked out the door and I felt evangelized. There was something in the air. Even though it was thirty-something degrees outside and I’m a wimp from Texas, I was feeling refreshed. I listened for the third time as Cardinal Donald Wuerl spoke last night on the New Evangelization, thinking… Read more »