Category: Shared Visions Newsletter

Wasting Time in Prayer

By Julianna Lewis, VIDES+USA  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 searching through Catholic Volunteer Network a few months before graduating from university,… Read more »

What’s Your Calling? Awakening to the Mystery with Brave Response

From the 20-Week Discernment Series, by Benedictine Volunteers The Benedictine Volunteers 20-Week Vocational Discernment Series is inspired by the Synod of Bishops’ “Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment” Preparatory Document. In this reflection, we explore “Calling: Awakening to the Mystery with Brave Response.” What is ‘calling’? How does it appear in our lives? When… Read more »

What the World Needs

By Pat Boduch, Mercy Volunteer Corps 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 breathe a prayer for God to give me the words… Read more »

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 »