Category: Former Volunteer Reflections

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 »

Easter Abroad: Reflections from Peru

“When Simon Peter arrived after him, he went into the tomb and saw the burial cloths there, and the cloth that had covered his head, not with the burial cloths but rolled up in a separate place.” John 20:1-9Reflection by Stephanie Sanabria, Capuchin Franciscan Volunteer Corps Midwest Alumna      In this Gospel reading we are… Read more »

Service Inspired by the Empty Tomb

“When Simon Peter arrived after him, he went into the tomb and saw the burial cloths there, and the cloth that had covered his head, not with the burial cloths but rolled up in a separate place.” John 20:1-9Reflection by Libby Riggs, Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ Volunteer Program Coming to the end of my discernment… Read more »

The Mystery of the Resurrection

“When Simon Peter arrived after him, he went into the tomb and saw the burial cloths there, and the cloth that had covered his head, not with the burial cloths but rolled up in a separate place.” John 20:1-9Reflection by Hannah Abalos, Dominican Volunteers      Christ has risen! Truly, he has risen! The Resurrection—the… Read more »

Witnessing Forgiveness

“Jesus, remember me when You come into Your Kingdom“ Luke 22:14 – 23:56    Reflection by Debbie Northern, Maryknoll Lay Missioners Staff            Palm Sunday always seems like a roller coaster of emotions for me.  We wave palms and have a  procession after hearing how Jesus was given a hero’s welcome in… Read more »

Will You Follow?

“Jesus, remember me when You come into Your Kingdom“ Luke 22:14 – 23:56     Reflection by Cody Maynus, Visitation Internship Program Alumnus             Palm Sunday is all about walking, isn’t it? We find ourselves walking alongside the massive crowd who gathered outside of Jerusalem, waving our palm fronds, and singing “All glory,… Read more »

Look Again

“Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw” John 8:1-11     Reflection by Anna Dourgarian, Visitation Internship Program        For the first time in reading this passage, I was disappointed. It is one of the most famous passages of the entire Bible; everybody knows the line “He who… Read more »

Dropping the Stones

“Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw” John 8:1-11     Reflection by Sarah Ceponis, Bon Secours Volunteer Ministry Alumna             Back in the days of high school drama and cafeteria gossip, I remember hearing of a classmate who had supposedly cheated on his girlfriend. My… Read more »