Category: Former Volunteer Reflections

Wasting Time in Prayer

By Julianna Lewis, VIDES+USA  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 searching through Catholic Volunteer Network a few months before graduating from university,… Read more »

What the World Needs

By Pat Boduch, Mercy Volunteer Corps 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 breathe a prayer for God to give me the words… Read more »

“Choose Service Anyway” – CVN’s Story Contest WINNER!

The following reflection is the WINNER of Catholic Volunteer Network’s annual Volunteer Story & Photo Contest and is now featured as the cover story of the 2020 edition of RESPONSE. Each year, we ask our member programs and their volunteers to submit stories and photos of their daily life to share and celebrate their experiences… Read more »

Discovering Courage

by Tim Deveney, Director, Precious Blood Volunteers In my mid-20s I lived and worked in Kathmandu, Nepal as a volunteer teacher. During breaks, I had opportunities to travel outside of the Kathmandu Valley and to take in the beauty of the people, cultures, jungles, hills, and mountains of Nepal. On one particular trip outside of… Read more »

Learning and Love at Covenant House

By Kevin Chung, Jesuit Volunteer Corps My perspective on social justice used to be that no matter whether a person is white, black, Asian, Hispanic, etc., they should receive the consequences for breaking the law. My college friend would always tell me that my perspective on social justice shouldn’t be that simple, because of the… Read more »

“Cura Personalis” – Care of the Whole Person

By Hannah Wesselman, PULSE – Pittsburgh Urban Leadership and Service Experience “Cura personalis.” I first heard these words my sophomore year at St. Martin’s University, during a discussion about campus life. Little did I know, this short Latin phrase meaning, “care of the whole person,” would shape my entire life path. Like many other biology majors,… Read more »

I am Called to Be Light

By Precious Ndukwe, Mercy Volunteer Corps (Detroit, Michigan) During my senior year of college, I knew that I wanted to serve after graduation. After prayer, I felt as though God was leading me to go somewhere I had never been before. Somewhere out of my comfort zone. As a child of God, I am called… Read more »

I Encourage You to V.O.L.U.N.T.E.E.R.

By Katinka Kalusche, Brethren Volunteer Service Dear Future Volunteer: Congratulations on deciding to dedicate a part of your life to volunteering, to bringing both your knowledge and skills to a new place, and above all to expressing your love for people by serving others. Volunteering is so much more than just working without pay; it is… Read more »

Married and Called to Mission in Manila

By Katie and Luke Johnstone, Fidesco USA In August 2015, an organization called Fidesco USA sent us, a newly married couple, to serve a two-year volunteer mission in Manila, Philippines. There, we partnered with another organization, the ANAK-TNK Foundation, which provides homes for about 300 former street children as well as preschool/feeding centers for over… Read more »

Lessons from My Students: Community & Simple Living

By Maddie Bologa, Cristo Rey Jesuit Volunteers While working at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School together, my fellow volunteers and I would return after a day’s work to our cozy, third-story apartment located on one of the major streets in Chicago. In this apartment, we shared meals and favorite pastimes, reflected on our volunteer journeys at… Read more »