Year: 2018

“Prayer for Healing” – Second Sunday of Advent Reflection

In this annual series, current and former volunteers reflect on the Advent Gospels and the Four Pillars of Faith-Based Service: Social Justice, Simplicity, Community and Spirituality. Presented by Catholic Apostolate Center and Catholic Volunteer Network. *** Second Sunday of Advent Reflection, by Kevin Ruano, Franciscan Mission Service DC Service Corps “Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his… Read more »

Voices Crying Out at a Conference

A Letter from the Executive Director You are most recognized for promoting service that transforms. But you also prepare volunteers to find their voices for leadership. That’s a great thing to honor during Advent. Two days into our annual conference in November, I lost my voice. After initial frustration, I actually became glad for the… Read more »

Living Simply – Lessons learned from a year in Bolivia

By Allison Reynolds, Good Shepherd Volunteers When I first learned I would be serving in Sucre, Bolivia with Good Shepherd Volunteers I don’t think I realized how different my life would become. If I could describe life in Bolivia compared to life in the United States, I would just have to say it is a… Read more »

“Ministry of Presence” – First Sunday of Advent Reflection

In this annual series, current and former volunteers reflect on the Advent Gospels and the Four Pillars of Faith-Based Service: Social Justice, Simplicity, Community and Spirituality. Presented by Catholic Apostolate Center and Catholic Volunteer Network. *** First Sunday of Advent Reflection, by Mara Scarbrough, Bon Secours Volunteer Ministry “Be vigilant at all times.” – Luke 21:25-28, 34-36 As we… Read more »

“Receptive Hearts” – First Sunday of Advent Reflection

  In this annual series, current and former volunteers reflect on the Advent Gospels and the Four Pillars of Faith-Based Service: Social Justice, Simplicity, Community and Spirituality. Presented by Catholic Apostolate Center and Catholic Volunteer Network.   *** First Sunday of Advent Reflection, by Amy Brandt, Franciscan Mission Service, DC Service Corps “Be vigilant at all times.” – Luke 21:25-28,… Read more »

“Trusting in God’s Plan” – First Sunday of Advent Reflection

  In this annual series, current and former volunteers reflect on the Advent Gospels and the Four Pillars of Faith-Based Service: Social Justice, Simplicity, Community and Spirituality. Presented by Catholic Apostolate Center and Catholic Volunteer Network. *** First Sunday of Advent Reflection, by Jesse Koch, Franciscan Volunteer Ministry “Be vigilant at all times.” – Luke 21:25-28, 34-36 When I first… Read more »

Dear Future Volunteer – lessons from running my first half marathon

Dear Future Volunteer, During my year of volunteering there were many exciting adventures. For instance, I ran my first half-marathon! I was inspired by some of the other staff at Christ House who actively participate in runs, such as John who ran his eighth marathon shortly after I arrived. Feeling confident in my summer training,… Read more »

Urban Farming in Dayton – how service opens unexpected doors

By Ellen Yoder, Marianist PULSE Program It has been nearly two years since responding to the call to serve with the Marianist PULSE Program in Dayton, Ohio. Before the call to serve, I was discerning a career in professional sports. The same day I accepted a job with a minor league baseball team was also… Read more »

Service in the City of Angels

By Hannah Petcovic, Vincentian Service Corps West, 2013-2014 I started my service commitment with the Catholic Volunteer Network five years ago and still think about Skid Row almost every day. I think about driving through downtown Los Angeles to park near a posh apartment complex. I think about my morning walk through the toy district;… Read more »

Finding Joy and Confidence in Christ

“The New Evangelization is accomplished with a smile, not a frown.” – Cardinal Timothy Dolan (Address to the College of Cardinals, February 2012) There is nothing simplistic about Cardinal Dolan’s point above. Some, who are not examining it carefully, might see it as such. No, instead, in a short, pithy comment that is very emblematic… Read more »