Month: December 2018

Mountain Meditations

By Sarah Jane Cauzillo, Franciscan Mission Service I moved to Cochabamba, the fourth largest city in Bolivia, early in 2018. We are in something of a fish bowl, surrounded by the mountains, and with all the emissions from cars, trucks, and buses… sometimes I get caught in a bit of a foggy haze. As I walk… Read more »

“Glad Tidings” – Christmas Day 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. *** Christmas Day Reflection, By Monica Thom Konschnik, Catholic Apostolate Center, Catholic Volunteer Network Board of Directors “How beautiful upon the mountains are the… Read more »

“Sharing God’s Joy” – Fourth 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. *** Fourth Sunday of Advent Reflection, by Liz Fairchild, Holy Family Service Corps “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your… Read more »

“Go the Extra Mile” – Fourth 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. *** Fourth Sunday of Advent Reflection, by Benita Owusuaa Amoako, St. Joseph Worker “Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste…”… Read more »

Invitation to Transformation

By Emily Bruce, Maggie’s Place Dear Future Volunteer, are you ready to be transformed? Service is always an invitation to transformation. Right now, you cannot possibly imagine the ways your heart will expand in these upcoming months. The word “service” might bring to mind community, laughter, intentionality, and prayer- but a year of service brings… Read more »

“Natural Gifts” – Third 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 Melissa Cedillo, Loretto Volunteers “I am not worthy to loosen the thongs of his sandals.” – Luke… Read more »

“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 »