Month: September 2019

A Poem to Close

One of my last days living in El Paso, my house mates and I sat in Sister Mary Margaret’s home with about 5 or 6 Sisters/co-members.  We circled around Sister Elisa’s chile con queso and piled this delicious gold of hers onto our plated chips. Periodically, her dog trotted about the circle of humans in… Read more »

A Renewed Sense of Community – Part 2

After joining a community, building and strengthening that bond is so important to maintain unity. I was so fortunate to become close friends with my fellow AV volunteer Rugile. Our household became smaller in the summer when our third volunteer had to leave early, but the two of us kept on with regular meals and… Read more »

Get to Know Cheyenne, our New Recruitment Associate!

Where’s home? I grew up in Orange, California. While I have lived in a handful of other places, I still consider that to be my home. Where did you go to school and what did you study? I graduated from Willamette University in 2017 with a degree in politics and Spanish. Where did you serve… Read more »

Practically Spiritual

A Letter from the Executive Director You work and minister in a spiritual realm. What you do is grounded in something that cannot be totally understood, measured, or explained. I hope that is true of your program’s foundation, even though numbers, budgets, and evaluations demand attention too. This year’s National Conference – “Many Rays, One… Read more »

Relationships Not Programs

In July, CVN’s Executive Director, Yonce Shelton represented CVN at the Voice and Vision National Summit for Ministries with Youth and Young Adults in Steubenville,Ohio. This Summit was co-sponsored by Franciscan University of Steubenville and the National Dialogue of Pastoral Ministry with Youth and Young Adults. The National Dialogue is a collaborative effort between the… Read more »

“Choose Service Anyway” – CVN’s Story Contest WINNER!

The following reflection is the WINNER of Catholic Volunteer Network’s annual Volunteer Story & Photo Contest and is now featured as the cover story of the 2020 edition of RESPONSE. Each year, we ask our member programs and their volunteers to submit stories and photos of their daily life to share and celebrate their experiences… Read more »

A Renewed Sense of Community – Part 1

I had a feeling that being a part of community would be second nature to me. I felt a strong sense of community from my dance group growing up. The influence of my instructors and peers shaped the person I am today. The word was central to student life when I attended Villanova University. After… Read more »