Month: February 2020

Lenten Reflection – Resisting Normality

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 Anthony Russo, Jesuit Volunteer Corps “It is written: One does not live on… Read more »

Lenten Reflection – Facing Temptation

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 Lanette Nguyen, Salesian Lay Missioners  “It is written: One does not live on… Read more »

Ash Wednesday Reflection – Giving in Secret

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 Joanna Bowen, Augustinian Volunteers “Do not let your left hand know what your right is doing,… Read more »

Ash Wednesday Reflection – Help Us Love Like You

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 Abby Belt, Maryknoll Lay Missioners “Your Father who sees what is hidden will repay you” (Matthew… Read more »

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 »