Category: Former Volunteer Reflections

Urban Farming in Dayton – how service opens unexpected doors

By Ellen Yoder, Marianist PULSE Program It has been nearly two years since responding to the call to serve with the Marianist PULSE Program in Dayton, Ohio. Before the call to serve, I was discerning a career in professional sports. The same day I accepted a job with a minor league baseball team was also… Read more »

Service in the City of Angels

By Hannah Petcovic, Vincentian Service Corps West, 2013-2014 I started my service commitment with the Catholic Volunteer Network five years ago and still think about Skid Row almost every day. I think about driving through downtown Los Angeles to park near a posh apartment complex. I think about my morning walk through the toy district;… Read more »

From Brokenness to Healing

By Molly Trainor, former Benedictine Volunteer Fourth Sunday of Lent John 9:1, 6-9, 34-38 “I am the light of the world, says the Lord whoever follows me will have the light of life.” Today John tells of Jesus healing a man born blind. When others learn that the man can see, they ask themselves, “Isn’t… Read more »

Grace Meets Us Where We Are

By Melissa Carnall, alumnus of Amate House Third Sunday of Lent John 4:5-15, 19B-26, 39A, 40-42 “One does not live on bread along,  but on every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.” Writer Anne Lamott tells us, “Grace meets us where we are, but does not leave us where it found us.”… Read more »

Savoring the Graces by the Light of the Moon

By Celina Roybal, alumnus of the St. Joseph Worker Program of Orange, California Second Sunday of Lent Matthew 17:1-9 “From the shining cloud the Father’s voice is heard: This is my beloved Son, hear Him.” In today’s Gospel, the mountain is a place of prayer outside of the everyday world where a luminescent encounter with… Read more »

Ash Wednesday Reflection: Expect the Unexpected

By Katie Mulembe, Catholic Volunteer Network Staff and Franciscan Mission Service Returned Missioner My mission in Zambia turned out to be nothing like I expected. Before I left, I had spent a lot of time researching the country, learning about the current status of abject poverty and HIV/AIDS in the region, deciding on the best… Read more »

Advent, A Season of Service – When God Turns Your World Upside-Down

Catholic Volunteer Network and the Catholic Apostolate Center are pleased to bring you this Advent reflection series to support your growth during this important season. We welcome you to journey through these weeks of Advent alongside several of our current and former volunteers who serve as contributors for this series. We are constantly inspired by… Read more »

Advent, A Season of Service – Seeing the Face of Christ in Ecuador

Catholic Volunteer Network and the Catholic Apostolate Center are pleased to bring you this Advent reflection series to support your growth during this important season. We welcome you to journey through these weeks of Advent alongside several of our current and former volunteers who serve as contributors for this series. We are constantly inspired by… Read more »

Holy Ground: A Volunteer and Graduate Student’s Experiences of Unexpected Grace

By Laura Shrode, former Colorado Vincentian Volunteer“As others allow you into the most tender places in their lives, you will know you are standing on holy ground, and you will find yourself touched, humbled, and gladdened by unexpected grace.” –Sharyl Peterson On one particular busy afternoon at my service site, Denver Urban Ministries, I met… Read more »

Where Are They Now? Former Volunteers in Engineering

Here is another exciting installment of our popular feature, “Where Are They Now?” This series highlights volunteer alumni who carry out the spirit of service in different professions and ministries. In this edition we are getting to know some alumni who have chosen professions in engineering. Hello! I’m Angela Medlock, and I served with the… Read more »