Month: February 2020

What Does Welcome Really Mean?

On August 9th, I climbed into a shiny, blue minivan with Sister Mary Swain. She must have seen the fear in my eyes, because she immediately met me with an embrace. She was taking me to the Loretto Motherhouse where I would embark on a year-long journey with the Loretto Volunteer Program. I was terrified…. Read more »

God is Here Too

By Tanner Loper, FrancisCorps 21 I’ve been working at the Catholic Charities Men’s Shelter (CCMS) for a few months now. For many, this is a place of last resort. Even after a client is kicked out of another shelter, we’ll take them in. Even if a client has ongoing difficulties with drugs, alcohol, or mental… Read more »

Creating Community in Chicago

By Ed Nunez, Amate House  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. When I told people that I was doing a year of service… Read more »

Working Together Towards a Common Purpose

From the 20-Week Discernment Series, by Benedictine Volunteers The Benedictine Volunteers’ 20-Week Vocational Discernment Series is inspired by the Synod of Bishops’ “Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment” Preparatory Document. In this reflection, we review Week 10: “A Community of Service: Working Together Towards a Common Purpose.” How can our individual gifts and talents… Read more »

Belonging

A Letter from the Executive Director Catholic Volunteer Network strives to honor community by cultivating spaces, relationships, and supports that help you nurture your soul and strategies. We affirm your vision and creativity, and hope this community can affirm and challenge you to serve even better. A sense of belonging is critical for the demanding… Read more »

Embracing Littleness

By Amy Brandt, Franciscan Mission Service 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. I’m a big picture kind of gal. I have dreams and… Read more »

The Service Summit

Wind rushing through my hair, crunching snow below, and the surrounding sights of sharp cliffs; at last, I have made it to the summit!  Nothing can describe the thrill of seeing the view at the top of a mountain I struggled to climb.  The beauty takes my breath away as I recall the memories along… Read more »