Month: October 2012

Scrapped Plans

By: Tracy Kemme, Affiliate with the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, former Rostro de Cristo volunteer In her poem entitled “Summer Day,” Mary Oliver asks, “What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”  I love the power, audacity, and truth of that question, but her use of the word… Read more »

Campus Minister at St. Edward’s University Reflects on Service Experience

By Kate Flannery, CVN Communications Lou Serna didn’t realize in 2000 that when he told his family he’d be gone for a year, he should have said three. The then senior at St. Edward’s University figured a year of being an associate in the Holy Cross Associates Program (closed in 2007) in Colorado Springs would… Read more »

Real Life: Merging Worlds

By Catherine Scallen, CVN Recruiter To be honest, I didn’t think too much beyond completing my year of service. I was going to do this year of post-graduate service with Good Shepherd Volunteers in New York City, it was going to be fabulous, and then I’d return back to my regular life. It was to… Read more »

Returning Home

By Erica Stewart, CVN Recruiter When we start a new phase in life, whether it is high school, college, parenthood, or for me, a year of service, we know that someday, it will come to a close. Knowing this typically does not make the transition any less painful when the day comes. An endless supply… Read more »

Snooze Button Meets its End: Year of Faith Resources (Part 2) By Kate Flannery, Communications Department On September 30, 2012, I sat among hundreds of people for the John Carroll Society-sponsored brunch after the annual Red Mass at St. Matthews Cathedral in Washington, D.C. and listened attentively to Archbishop Cardinal Donald Wuerl. He was funny, and I couldn’t help but lean over my chair, my… Read more »

Snooze Button Meets its End: Year of Faith (Part 1)

By: Kate Flannery, Communications Department Hebrews 11: Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. How do I integrate my service with my faith? Does having a stronger faith mean I need to go to church more? What’s the Year of Faith all about, anyway? If… Read more »

Independence and Interdependence

You know that immediate sinking, twisting feeling in the pit of your stomach when you realize you’ve lost something really important? Yeah, that’s the worst. And precisely the feeling I experienced this past weekend when I opened my wallet and knew without even looking that my driver’s license had vanished somewhere within the greater Chicago… Read more »

Travelin’ Thanksgiving

By: Erica Stewart, Recruiter When running from city to city and university to university, sometimes I don’t take enough time to appreciate what I am thankful for. It’s important to balance all the activity with some time of gratitude and reflection. My experience traveling around the country has helped me make the following list of… Read more »