Month: December 2019

Christmas is Joy – 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 Catholic Apostolate Center & Catholic Volunteer Network “And the word became flesh and made his dwelling… Read more »

Do Not be Afraid – 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 Marina Jerry, Franciscan Mission Service “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid…” Matthew… Read more »

Sharing in the Good News – 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. Third Sunday of Advent Reflection by Miguel Petrosky, Sojourners Fellowship Program “Behold, I am sending my messenger ahead of you;… Read more »

Making My Heart a Home for Jesus

By Rebecca Judge, Bon Secours Volunteer Ministry The following reflection is a notable entry to our annual Volunteer Story & Photo Contest. Each year, we ask our member programs to submit stories and photos of their daily life to celebrate the experiences of faith-based service. “Everyone in my neighborhood knows which house is mine. I… Read more »

Don’t Be Frozen; Don’t Be A Zombie

Reflection by Fr. Frank S. Donio, S.A.C., D.Min. – Director, Catholic Apostolate Center From the outside, it may seem that transitions in life are easy for some people. What I have found is that for most people they are not easy at all. Transitions are filled with uncertainty, even if the next thing is eagerly… Read more »

Know Yourself and Trust in God

Reflection by Eileen O’Brien, Former Claretian Volunteer I took unusual paths both into and out of my volunteer time, but I have flourished for over 30 years. It is not easy, but with the right motivation, clear vision, and support, it can be done. There is life after volunteering. I first considered full-time, faith-based volunteering… Read more »

Living Boldly – 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 Ben Cox, Sojourners Fellowship Program “I am not worthy to carry his sandals…” –… Read more »

I Love You, I Want You Here

A Letter from the Executive Director During opening night of the recent CVN conference, I invited attendees to pay attention to the relationship between calling and desire, especially regarding service. I now invite you to consider how being called by God and having your own desires relate. There is power in that intersection, even if it’s hard to describe. Moreover, fully understanding that place is not as important as learning how to be there and be aware.    … Read more »

Meeting People Where They Are

By Kaitlyn Keffler, Change A Heart Franciscan Volunteer Program  The following reflection is a notable entry to our annual Volunteer Story & Photo Contest. Each year, we ask our member programs to submit stories and photos of their daily life to celebrate the experiences of faith-based service. Throughout my year of service with Change A… Read more »