Category: Current Volunteer Reflections

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 »

Whoever Has Ears, Let Them Hear

By Joe Loney, Maryknoll Lay Missioners, Bolivia COCHABAMBA, Bolivia — When I was in grade school, I recall that the three Rs were reading, (w)riting and (a)rithmetic. When my children were in grade school, they taught me that the three Rs were reduce, reuse and recycle. Today we use all six Rs to bring hearing… Read more »

Feeding the Soul

By Rachel Zanfardino, FrancisCorps I learned how to read in the kitchen. My mom would hand me a recipe, ask me to read the next step, and then to do whatever it said. This came easy to me and I enjoyed helping. I also have two brothers, and the three of us couldn’t be more different… Read more »

Christianity and Service – A Lens to See the World

By Pat Boduch, Mercy Volunteer Corps My year of service with Mercy Volunteer Corps is a particularly stark example of life as a murky and ambiguous plane of decision-making. I’m serving this year with MVC in Cincinnati, working in hospital chaplaincy. I’ve changed cities, jobs, type of work, and living situation to be here. Nearly… Read more »

Mountain Meditations

By Sarah Jane Cauzillo, Franciscan Mission Service I moved to Cochabamba, the fourth largest city in Bolivia, early in 2018. We are in something of a fish bowl, surrounded by the mountains, and with all the emissions from cars, trucks, and buses… sometimes I get caught in a bit of a foggy haze. As I walk… Read more »

“Glad Tidings” – 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 Monica Thom Konschnik, Catholic Apostolate Center, Catholic Volunteer Network Board of Directors “How beautiful upon the mountains are the… Read more »

“Sharing God’s Joy” – Fourth Sunday of 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 Liz Fairchild, Holy Family Service Corps “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your… Read more »

“Go the Extra Mile” – Fourth Sunday of 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 Benita Owusuaa Amoako, St. Joseph Worker “Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste…”… Read more »

“Natural Gifts” – Third Sunday of 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 Melissa Cedillo, Loretto Volunteers “I am not worthy to loosen the thongs of his sandals.” – Luke… Read more »

“Prayer for Healing” – Second Sunday of 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 Kevin Ruano, Franciscan Mission Service DC Service Corps “Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his… Read more »