Year: 2016

My Two Cents

By Lauren Mifsud, Mercy Volunteer Corps Mercy Volunteer Lauren Mifsud plays at recess withthree of her students at St. Peter’s School in SanFrancisco If there is one thing that I have learned this year as a Mercy Volunteer, it is how to pay for things with change. My community member, Bianca, laughs at me when… Read more »

Let Go and Let God

By Helene Bansley, Amate House  “Do not ask yourself what unique talent I possess, but rather, who am I for others?” In the first station of the cross, Jesus is preparing for his death. He goes to the garden of Gethsemane to pray to God because he is overwhelmed with sorrow and distress. He is… Read more »

All Will Be Well

By Gianna Carleo, Colorado Vincentian Volunteer  “Reflect and Be Transformed”: This photo is of Tommy Ryan (left) and Kaela Alton (right) during a fall retreat with the Colorado Vincentian Volunteers. This is one of the last photos taken of Kaela before she passed away. Few things in nature compare to the company of a winding… Read more »

Discovering Trust in a Baltimore Hospital

By Elizabeth Modde, Bon Secours Volunteer Ministry  A Baltimore Graveyard: The irony of our Baltimore benches is a poignant symbol As a patient advocate, I am immediately drawn to the patients who do not seem to be happy with their care or those who do not understand their care plan. When I found out that… Read more »

Beyond the Statistics

Amor de Hermanas – Sisterly Love, Amanda and Diana* By Amanda Ceraldi, Franciscan Mission Service From the first day I met her, Diana* captured a piece of my heart. I’m not sure if it was her wide-eyed smile and precious dimples, her joyful belly laugh, or the way she called me “Miss” because she couldn’t properly… Read more »

Justice in Education

By Mary Arczynski, Colorado Vincentian Volunteer In school I discovered my passion for improving our societal structures, but by my senior year, I felt dissatisfied with pure discussion and felt a pull to act, to “do” something about all of the societal injustices that I was learning about. Especially in my economics courses, many discussions… Read more »

Holy Ground: A Volunteer and Graduate Student’s Experiences of Unexpected Grace

By Laura Shrode, former Colorado Vincentian Volunteer“As others allow you into the most tender places in their lives, you will know you are standing on holy ground, and you will find yourself touched, humbled, and gladdened by unexpected grace.” –Sharyl Peterson On one particular busy afternoon at my service site, Denver Urban Ministries, I met… Read more »

Don’t Forget About the Soil

By Carley Knapp, Bethlehem Farm Volunteer One of my favorite aspects of being on the volunteer staff of Bethlehem Farm in Pence Springs, West Virginia, is the opportunity to lead crews of high school and college students in our gardens.  We have two large gardens and several smaller ones where we cultivate many of the… Read more »

Where Are They Now? Former Volunteers in Engineering

Here is another exciting installment of our popular feature, “Where Are They Now?” This series highlights volunteer alumni who carry out the spirit of service in different professions and ministries. In this edition we are getting to know some alumni who have chosen professions in engineering. Hello! I’m Angela Medlock, and I served with the… Read more »