Month: September 2015

My New Sight: Mikaela

Mikaela Prego is a May 2015 graduate of the University of Notre Dame who is currently serving with ACE in Denver, Colorado. So far, she has had 4 full days of teaching school and describes herself as “slightly sane and fully crazy at the moment”. She loves the mountains of Colorado and already has been… Read more »

My New Sight: Sarah

Sarah Staten is a St. Louis native who loves Cardinals baseball, beating everyone at board games, and her many, many sisters and nieces. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame in May, Sarah began her two years of service with the Billiken Teacher Corps in St. Louis, Missouri.  What inspires you to do service?… Read more »

What does Laudato si’ say about faith-based service?

By Katie Mulembe, Catholic Volunteer Network Staff Community, simple living, social justice, spirituality…for so many volunteer programs, these four values serve as the foundation – guiding their mission, enriching their impact, and shaping their programming. Here at Catholic Volunteer Network, we refer to them as our “Four Pillars.” I recently read through Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato… Read more »

My New Sight: Interviews with Brand New Volunteers!

Have you wondered what beginning a long-term service project would be like? What is hard, surprising, different, and inspiring about it? Follow the stories of Grace, Sarah, Mikaela, Ryan, Michelle, and more, in our “My New Sight” section of our blog this month. My New Sight: Grace Carroll Grace Carroll began serving with the Alliance… Read more »

The Power of Compassionate Care

By Jessica Biser,  Mercy Volunteer Corps, serving in Savannah, Georgia Mercy Volunteer Jessica Biser cares for a patientat a clinic in Savannah, Georgia.  You’re a 35 year old woman from a corrupted and poverty-stricken village in Mexico. You have three kids with hungry bellies but not enough food despite all your efforts. You’ve heard all… Read more »

Arizona Strong – A volunteer reflection

A reflection by Victoria Niedzielski, Mercy Volunteer Corps 2014-2015 The day was May 8, 2015. My community – Karen, Erin, Mary-Kate, Mariah, Kirsten – and I were on our way to Tusayan, Arizona, the town that sits right outside of Grand Canyon National Park. Way back in October, a time that now seems a hundred… Read more »