Category: Former Volunteer Reflections

Beloved, a Powerful Word

By Evelyn Rakowsky, Colorado Vincentian Volunteer 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. Beloved. Every time I hear or read this word I feel… Read more »

Drawn Through Love

By Meghan Leary, Good Shepherd Volunteers 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 remember the moment I decided I was going to do… Read more »

Living Simply in New York City

Madelyn Reed, Covenant House Faith Community 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. Last year I completed a year of service through Covenant House… Read more »

Making My Heart a Home for Jesus

By Rebecca Judge, Bon Secours Volunteer Ministry 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. “Everyone in my neighborhood knows which house is mine. I… Read more »

Know Yourself and Trust in God

Reflection by Eileen O’Brien, Former Claretian Volunteer I took unusual paths both into and out of my volunteer time, but I have flourished for over 30 years. It is not easy, but with the right motivation, clear vision, and support, it can be done. There is life after volunteering. I first considered full-time, faith-based volunteering… Read more »

Meeting People Where They Are

By Kaitlyn Keffler, Change A Heart Franciscan Volunteer Program  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. Throughout my year of service with Change A… Read more »

A More Just World – 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. First Sunday of Advent Reflection by Brianna Ledsome, Current Jesuit Volunteer “Come, let us climb the LORD’s mountain…” – Isaiah 2:1-5 Gospel Reflection: The first time I really listened… Read more »

Staying Awake – 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. First Sunday of Advent Reflection by Mike McCormick, Former Augustinian Volunteer & Current Catholic Volunteer Network Staff “At an hour… Read more »

The First Step

By Bud and Sue Ozar, Lay Mission Helpers  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. My husband and I joined Lay Mission Helpers in… Read more »

Stars in the Daylight

By Claire Stewart, Maryknoll Lay Missioners 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 wrote a letter to myself almost four years ago after… Read more »