Year: 2019

Learning from Local LGBTQ+ Communities

Earlier this month, I sat in a room with about 20 school faculty and staff before two workshop facilitators. The participants ranged from elementary and high school administrators and teachers, representing a variety of areas, from elementary principal to 7th grade geography to 11th grade social studies. Our reason for gathering? To learn about best… Read more »

Glimpses of the Kingdom

by Becky Kreidler, Franciscan Mission Service Editor’s Note: Missioner in Guatemala, Becky Kreidler, describes a moment of receptivity as she encountered the children of Xela. Sometimes I get caught up in the intended purpose for each chapter of my life and underestimate how God is at work all around me. When I came to Guatemala… Read more »

The Dominican Verbs

Walk into any Dominican space and there is a good chance that you will see some variation of the words, “Prayer,” “Study,” “Preaching,” and “Community.” These four words on their own are seemingly insignificant, but together they are the root, or pillars as the Dominican Family calls them, of the Dominican Charism that has been… Read more »

Easter Sunday Reflection – This Man God Raised

In this annual series, current and former volunteers reflect on the Lenten Gospels and the Four Pillars of Faith-Based Service: Social Justice, Simplicity, Community and Spirituality. Presented by Catholic Apostolate Center and Catholic Volunteer Network. *** Easter Sunday of Lent Reflection By Gina Morgese, Capuchin Franciscan Volunteer Corps – Youth and Family Ministries “This man… Read more »

Practicing Joyful Detachment

Lent can be a challenging time. We are asked to fast, pray, and give alms, and sometimes it feels like a lot to juggle. We all have our slip-ups. Maybe you accidentally ate meat on a Friday. Or you snacked on cookies and a few minutes after scarfing them down, you realized you vowed to… Read more »

Palm Sunday Reflection – Call to Service

In this annual series, current and former volunteers reflect on the Lenten Gospels and the Four Pillars of Faith-Based Service: Social Justice, Simplicity, Community and Spirituality. Presented by Catholic Apostolate Center and Catholic Volunteer Network. *** Palm Sunday of Lent Reflection By Liz Fairchild, Holy Family Volunteer Service “Father, forgive them, they know not what… Read more »

Saying “Yes” to Presence

In February, the St. Joseph Workers and I headed South to visit Sister Alicia and the people of Maklovio Rojas, Tijuana. Sister Alicia—a Sister of St. Joseph—picked us up in a tough and sturdy white van. The long journey to Tijuana was eye-opening for me to see what it is like to cross the U.S.-Mexico… Read more »

Getting the Basics Right

A Letter from the Executive Director Recently, CVN held its annual Program Formation Workshop, which helps those considering beginning a volunteer program or newly engaged in this work to learn the basics of managing a program. One guest speaker introduced the basics of development and mission advancement – but also reminded us about the basics… Read more »

The Call of Our Talents: Sharing My Personal Gifts With Others

From the 20-Week Discernment Series, by Benedictine Volunteers Matthew 25: 14-30 illustrates a beautiful metaphor of talents as gifts and abilities we have been given in service to others. Matthew paints a picture of a wealthy master who gives three of his servants talents—5, 2, and 1 talent respectively. The first and second servants given… Read more »

Discovering Courage

by Tim Deveney, Director, Precious Blood Volunteers In my mid-20s I lived and worked in Kathmandu, Nepal as a volunteer teacher. During breaks, I had opportunities to travel outside of the Kathmandu Valley and to take in the beauty of the people, cultures, jungles, hills, and mountains of Nepal. On one particular trip outside of… Read more »