Month: November 2015

Advent, A Season of Service: Focus on Community

Note: This is the first blog post of our Advent series. Every Sunday we will feature a reflection by one of our current or former volunteers. You can download the entire reflection guide here.  First Sunday of Advent “And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great… Read more »

Finding Christ in First-Year Teaching

By Kevin Cacabelos, PLACE Corps Volunteer serving in Los Angeles, CA About a month and a half into my experience with PLACE Corps, a feeling of happiness engulfed  me. As I knelt and prayed, I looked up at the cross while the choir sang “One Bread, One Body.” I glanced at my students who were… Read more »

A day in a life of… A Salesian Volunteer

My name is Linda Vanessa Zalapa Rojes. I am 20 years old and from Downey, California but am currently a volunteer at Oratorio Don Bosco in Tijuana, Mexico. This here is what I do on a daily basis. At 7 am we have morning prayer where all the community comes together to begin our day… Read more »

Where Are They Now? Former volunteers working in homeless ministry

“Where Are They Now?” highlights volunteer alumni who carry out the spirit of service in different professions and ministries. This month we are getting to know some alumni who have dedicated their lives to work with the homeless. Hi! My name is Kurt Runge. I served as a Quest Volunteer in Gros Morne, Haiti in… Read more »

National Vocations Awareness Week: Resources for discernment

Catholic Volunteer Network aims to support current and former volunteers in their vocational discernment process. You may find the following organizations helpful in your personal discernment journey. AVE – After Volunteer Experience Program This program, sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, is an outreach to young adult women who have participated in a post-college… Read more »

National Vocation Awareness Week: The connection between service and vocation

By Katie Mulembe, Catholic Volunteer Network “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”-Mohandas Gandhi For thousands of CVN volunteers – a year of service has a deep impact on their vocation. Many leave the experience changed in profound ways, with a stronger faith and a new sense… Read more »