Year: 2019

First Sunday of Lent Reflection – Facing Trial

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. *** First Sunday of Lent Reflection By Mara Scarbrough, Bon Secours Volunteer Ministry “Jesus returned from the Jordan and was… Read more »

Story and Strategy

A Letter from the Executive Director This letter has many words and concepts, but it is really just about two things: story and strategy. I hope those two ideas stir something in you and open you to an update from CVN about what has been stirring in us. It is critical to understand why we… Read more »

National Catholic Sisters Week

CVN CELEBRATES SISTERS IN SERVICE This National Catholic Sisters Week, CVN thanks Catholic sisters for their witness, leadership, and commitment to faith-based service! For over 55 years, CVN member programs, volunteers, lay mission partners, and Sisters have served, discerned, prayed, and grown together. We invite you to join the celebration! Serve Sisters commit their lives… Read more »

How to Get Serious about Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace

  Catholic Volunteer Network staff is engaging in monthly discussions on diversity and racial justice matters as we journey towards becoming a more inclusive, just, and equitable organization. We encourage CVN members to join us in this process. This month we invite you to watch this TED Talk titled, “How to get serious about diversity… Read more »

Ash Wednesday Reflection – Don’t be a Lenten Hypocrite

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. *** Ash Wednesday Reflection By Nathan Jeide-Detweiler, External Relations Manager with Lutheran Volunteer Corps “Take care not to perform righteous deeds… Read more »

CVN welcomes Erin Roberts as its new Development & Communications Manager

Catholic Volunteer Network (CVN) is excited to announce that Erin Roberts has joined the CVN team as the new Development & Communications Manager. Please join us in welcoming Erin! Where’s home? I’m a New Yorker at heart (raised mostly in Brooklyn and spent several years in Queens as an adult), but these days home is… Read more »

“Cura Personalis” – Care of the Whole Person

By Hannah Wesselman, PULSE – Pittsburgh Urban Leadership and Service Experience “Cura personalis.” I first heard these words my sophomore year at St. Martin’s University, during a discussion about campus life. Little did I know, this short Latin phrase meaning, “care of the whole person,” would shape my entire life path. Like many other biology majors,… Read more »

I am Called to Be Light

By Precious Ndukwe, Mercy Volunteer Corps (Detroit, Michigan) During my senior year of college, I knew that I wanted to serve after graduation. After prayer, I felt as though God was leading me to go somewhere I had never been before. Somewhere out of my comfort zone. As a child of God, I am called… Read more »

I Encourage You to V.O.L.U.N.T.E.E.R.

By Katinka Kalusche, Brethren Volunteer Service Dear Future Volunteer: Congratulations on deciding to dedicate a part of your life to volunteering, to bringing both your knowledge and skills to a new place, and above all to expressing your love for people by serving others. Volunteering is so much more than just working without pay; it is… Read more »

What I Wish I Knew About Community

By Erin DaCosta, Colorado Vincentian Volunteers The Merriam Webster dictionary defines community as “a unified body of individuals, such as people with common interests living in a particular area.” Yes! This is, in the simplest of terms, community. However, what Merriam Webster doesn’t acknowledge in this basic definition is the breadth and depth of an… Read more »