Year: 2016

The Mystery of Mission: A Letter to a Future Missioner

2016 Volunteer Story Contest Winner By Teresa Villaruz, Maryknoll Lay Missioner Dear friend, Relax. Breathe. Welcome to your new life as an overseas missioner. If you are anything like I am, you may be experiencing heaps of excitement with a dash of panic and a good dose of “Good Lord, what did I just get… Read more »

Christmas 2016 – The Gift of Light

The Lutheran pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who wrote in WWII Germany, said of Advent: “The Advent season is a season of waiting, but our whole life is an Advent season, that is, a season of waiting for the last Advent, for the time when there will be a new heaven and a new earth.” Over the… Read more »

Advent, A Season of Service – When God Turns Your World Upside-Down

Catholic Volunteer Network and the Catholic Apostolate Center are pleased to bring you this Advent reflection series to support your growth during this important season. We welcome you to journey through these weeks of Advent alongside several of our current and former volunteers who serve as contributors for this series. We are constantly inspired by… Read more »

Getting a Head Start on Your Application

What are you doing after graduation? If you are a college senior, this is sure to be a question you will hear a lot from friends and family during your winter break. Instead of dodging those tough questions, we recommend that you utilize this time to get a head start on your post-grad service applications…. Read more »

Advent, A Season of Service – Seeing the Face of Christ in Ecuador

Catholic Volunteer Network and the Catholic Apostolate Center are pleased to bring you this Advent reflection series to support your growth during this important season. We welcome you to journey through these weeks of Advent alongside several of our current and former volunteers who serve as contributors for this series. We are constantly inspired by… Read more »

Advent, A Season of Service – Fire and Water

Catholic Volunteer Network and the Catholic Apostolate Center are pleased to bring you this Advent reflection series to support your growth during this important season. We welcome you to journey through these weeks of Advent alongside several of our current and former volunteers who serve as contributors for this series. We are constantly inspired by… Read more »

Advent, A Season of Service – Focus on Spiritual Growth

Catholic Volunteer Network and the Catholic Apostolate Center are pleased to bring you this Advent reflection series to support your growth during this important season. We welcome you to journey through these weeks of Advent alongside several of our current and former volunteers who serve as contributors for this series. We are constantly inspired by… Read more »

Hózhǫ́

By Kaitlyn Miller, Mercy Volunteer Corps  Kaitlyn Miller (far right) and her community members I have been fascinated by the language of the Diné (Navajo) people since living on the Rez. In the nursing department we have been trying to keep up with learning a new “Navajo Word of the Day.” The language is quite… Read more »

Diversity is Beautiful

By Rebecca Lane, Mercy Volunteer Corps  Mercy Volunteers serving on a Navajo Reservation in Arizona enjoy hiking as a community She turned around abruptly to look at me and with sureness in her voice, the words, “I have never been friends with anyone like you before” echoed off the walls of our new apartment. She… Read more »

Learning to Pray in Appalachia

By Matthew Junker, Father Beiting Appalachian Mission Center When I was an atheist, I liked to say that prayer is selfishly asking for every atom in the universe to be rearranged just for your own interest. Having mocked it for so long, I had a very difficult time with prayer when I came into Christianity…. Read more »