Category: Shared Visions Newsletter

The Call of Our Talents: Sharing My Personal Gifts With Others

From the 20-Week Discernment Series, by Benedictine Volunteers Matthew 25: 14-30 illustrates a beautiful metaphor of talents as gifts and abilities we have been given in service to others. Matthew paints a picture of a wealthy master who gives three of his servants talents—5, 2, and 1 talent respectively. The first and second servants given… 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 »

From Nothing to More

By Theresa Nguyen, VIDES USA (2015-2018) In the summer of 2015 I entered an unknown stage of my life – entrusting into God’s hands my life for the next year as a VIDES volunteer missioner. What started out as a one-year commitment turned into two…and then three years. After paying off all my school loans, I… Read more »

Why Service?

Reflection by Yonce Shelton, Executive Director, Catholic Volunteer Network “Make sure your why can stand before God.”  That challenge was offered recently by a young, passionate, visionary minister in a reflection that begin a discussion about how to effect social change. It summarized his point that leaders must be in touch with core motivations and… Read more »

Dwelling Among Us

“‘And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us’ (Jn 1:14). These words, that never cease to amaze us, contain the whole of Christianity! God became mortal, fragile like us, he shared in our human condition, except for sin, but he took ours upon himself, as though they were his own… The birth of Jesus,… Read more »

A Journey to Three Oceans

My service experience with the Augustinian Volunteers was really a journey to three different oceans. First, the Atlantic. Then the Pacific. Then the Atlantic again – but a different Atlantic than the one I’d left behind. The journey began in August, after a week of orientation in sweltering Philadelphia with about two dozen volunteers. After… Read more »

Into the Depths

My name is Ronnie Townsend, I am 22 years old and a recent graduate of Information Technology (B.S.) from Mount Aloysius College. I volunteer on the Navajo Indian Reservation through Mercy Volunteer Corps, teaching autistic children and children with learning disabilities, in addition to being an IT specialist at Saint Michaels Association for Special Education…. Read more »

You Have Chosen & You Have Been Chosen

Dear Volunteers… Congratulations! If you are reading this, you have made the life-changing decision to serve as a volunteer with one of CVN’s member programs. As Faith mentioned, you have joined a community of over 17,000 volunteers, united by your choice to serve. It’s true – conscious or not, you engaged in a discernment process… Read more »

Advice From a Recent Volunteer

Some of you have packed up and left the only home you’ve known in the rearview mirror. Perhaps your family has been your cheer squad on the journey to get here, or maybe they are worried for you and have been questioning why you’ve chosen partake in a year out of your comfort zone. Many… Read more »