Category: Former Volunteer Reflections

Slow Down, and Look at the Grace

By Lia Paolucci, Jesuit Volunteer Corps Editor’s note: Lia’s story is a notable entry to our RESPONSE 2021 Volunteer Story Contest. Each year, Catholic Volunteer Network shares notable entries like this one to our Stories of Service blog – where volunteers reflect on daily life to share and celebrate their experiences of faith-based service. How… Read more »

2021 Story Contest Winner – “Right Now”

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 2021 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 »

Learning Humility

By Sarah Jane Cauzillo, Franciscan Mission Service Editor’s note: Missioner Sarah Jane Cauzillo reflects on her ability to be present to those she serves in Cochabamba, Bolivia and the graces God has given her to do so. “If you have come here to help me… you are wasting your time. But, if you have come… Read more »

From Vision to Mission in South Sudan

By Sarah Rubino, CMMB Global Health Volunteer Program I first wanted to be a midwife the day my mom went into labor with my littlest sister. I was eight at the time and begged to come to the hospital to watch her give birth. When she told me, “No, you are too young,” I stubbornly… Read more »

Creating Community in Chicago

By Ed Nunez, Amate House  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 I told people that I was doing a year of service… Read more »

Embracing Littleness

By Amy Brandt, Franciscan Mission Service 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’m a big picture kind of gal. I have dreams and… Read more »

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 »