Category: Current Volunteer Reflections

Palm Sunday Reflection – Call to Service

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. *** Palm Sunday of Lent Reflection By Liz Fairchild, Holy Family Volunteer Service “Father, forgive them, they know not what… Read more »

Fifth Sunday of Lent Reflection – Heart of Contemplation

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. *** Fifth Sunday of Lent Reflection By Becky Kreidler, Franciscan Mission Service “Jesus bent down and began to write on… Read more »

Fourth Sunday of Lent Reflection – Sharing Life With God

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. *** Fourth Sunday of Lent Reflection By Melissa Cedillo, Loretto Volunteers “…his father caught sight of him, and was filled… Read more »

Ignorant Bliss

By Lina Guerrero, Precious Blood Volunteers It was around 7 o’clock in the morning on October 10th, 2011 in Austin, Texas. I was seventeen years old and sitting outside on the porch of my house with our pastor Fr. Bill Wack, C.S.C. (now known as Bishop Bill, but I still can’t help but call him… Read more »

Third Sunday of Lent Reflection – We’re Standing on Holy Ground

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. *** Third Sunday of Lent Reflection By Sarah Hopkins, Christ House “Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place… Read more »

Holy Pilgrimage to the Border

By Katharine Montemurri, Program Coordinator, Colorado Vincentian Volunteers On Valentine’s Day, a group of 18 Colorado Vincentian Volunteers, 4 staff, and a handful of community supporters gathered in our prayer room to pause before embarking on a profound journey. We shared what we hoped to carry on our journey and what we would leave behind…. 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 »

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 »