Category: Letters from the Executive Director

The Next Step

October is different for CVN. But I guess in this year every month is different for everyone. That said, this month stands out because of several new steps we are taking. Each will also require more steps with hope, trust, and awareness – and ideally be with you. These steps come from the desire to… Read more »

Voting Statement

Catholic Volunteer Network(CVN) believes it is important to offer the statement and resources below. This has received considerable attention from the CVN board and staff. We hope your programs, staff, and volunteers find it helpful. CVN Voting Statement We recognize that this is a year unlike any other. For many CVN partners and volunteers across… Read more »

Creative Visibility

In my August “How Can I Help?” letter, I noted some questions CVN is asking about better supporting the network based on your needs and creative ideas. I also shared the many efforts we have made this year to help you and your programs. Now, I am happy to share that RESPONSE 2021 is almost… Read more »

A Wise Leader Reaches Out

The staff and Board of CVN have been working very hard in past months to support you. We realize what a tough time this is and how it impacts every aspect of your programs. We are in this with you – trying to listen well and anticipate some of your needs. In trying to assess… Read more »

What Do We Do?

“What do I do?” and “What do we do?” are questions you may be asking now.  The desire to respond to injustice and be part of the solution has been voiced in a range of ways in past weeks.  With regard to CVN, I have seen examples on our listserv, in emails we have received,… Read more »


My sad is not your sad. My angry is not your angry. My story is not your story. But we are in this together. And together we can help each other learn and focus in ways that seek to lift up the best of who we are. A week ago, I was at the CVN… Read more »

Expansive Advocacy

“We don’t help others because they are Catholic; we help them because we are.” This Catholic Charities principle helps me trust in the power of Christian witness.  It informs my embrace of ecumenism and partnership with secular efforts.  It affirms that faith is strongest when expansive and inclusive. I am in good company because you… Read more »

Joyfully Exhausted

A Letter from the Executive Director My head is too tired to come up with anything very creative for this letter. But my spirit is joyous. I’m OK holding those two in tension – or maybe just letting them run wild within me.  I know you are tired too. I have heard from you and from CVN staff how much… Read more »

Choosing Control During Uncertainty

A Letter from the Executive Director Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him. John tried to prevent him, saying, ‘I need to be baptized by you, and yet you are coming to me?’  Jesus said to him in reply, ‘Allow it now, for thus it is fitting… Read more »

Holiness is Not a Strategy

A Letter from the Executive Director “Holiness is not a strategy. Structures prevent bad things.” This comment was made last week by a Catholic leader during the Catholic Partnership Summit. The gathering explored what aspects of the current leadership culture led to the twin crises of abuse and leadership failures, and sought to imagine a new future. The comment was made in the context of exploring governance and leadership.    I have been reflecting on this challenge while considering the heart-breaking news about Jean Vanier…. Read more »