Year: 2019

Who Is My Neighbor?

Driving cross country from California to New Jersey gave me a lot of time to reflect on my past two years as a Dominican Volunteer. I have seen and learned more than I ever imagined possible. I know I am a different person than I was two years ago, even one year ago when I… Read more »

Do What is Right

A Letter from the Executive Director There was only one rule for my college football team: do what is right. Despite how broad that might seem, I can’t remember a time when a player felt he was able to argue with our head coach’s opinion about a situation. Being committed to the team – and… Read more »

Welcome Our New Board Members

Please join us in welcoming the following individuals to the CVN Board of Directors! Valarie J. Amica – Catholic Volunteers in Florida Valarie J. Amica has served with Catholic Volunteers in Florida for over nine years as Director of Service Sites/Program/Recruitment.  She is responsible for leading the recruiting efforts of CVIF, managing the interview and… Read more »

Birds, Bees, and Naming Your Spiritual Entities

In early June, I had the opportunity to return to the Sisters of Loretto’s Motherhouse in Nerinx, Kentucky.  The purpose of the trip was to bring three small groups of high school students from each of the Loretto schools to the Motherhouse to engage with service and Loretto values, while making tangible connections between their… Read more »

Letting God Love Through Me

As I work on this final blog, I am still in disbelief that I have completed my year of service in California! To say it has been a turbulent journey would be an understatement. I had assumed that I would be putting my life on pause while I served for a year, but the ups… Read more »

The Benefits of Faith-Based Service

Most people will agree that service is a good thing. It raises up the community, helps eradicate injustices, and brings healing to those experiencing pain or loss. Service is often seen as a sacrifice ones makes to help others, but many people are surprised to learn about that service also has a deep and lasting… Read more »

Putting Ourselves on Discount

I was recently sitting in a staff meeting for the Siena Youth Center, the youth center where I serve for part of my ministry with Dominican Volunteers USA. The topics ranged from the recent run-ins with budding adolescence, summer camp logistics, our upcoming obstacle race, to putting ourselves on discount. In this short year, Rafael… Read more »

Scripture Reflection: Who Is My Neighbor?

Luke 10: 25-37 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your… Read more »

Why These Conference Speakers

A Letter from the Executive Director Last month, we announced our two keynote speakers for Many Rays, One Rising, the 2019 National Conference on Faith-Based Service. Now that you have learned a little about who they are, I want to share why we invited them. Speakers were invited because their stories and strategies are relevant… Read more »

Educating Campus Ministers – and the Press – About Faith-Based Service

In June, a cohort of ten individuals from CVN member programs attended the Catholic Campus Ministry Association’s (CCMA) “LAUNCH” training for new campus minsters at Seton Hall University in New Jersey. Their participation in the conference, made possible by a grant to CVN from the SC Ministry Foundation, was intended to facilitate learning and relationships that… Read more »