Category: Shared Visions Newsletter

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 »

Sacred Ground

By Monica Thom Konschnik, Jesuit Volunteer Corps; Assistant Director of Administration, Catholic Apostolate Center; Board Chair, Catholic Volunteer Network “Remove our sandals before the sacred ground of the other.” – Pope Francis, EG 169. When I stood in the Detroit airport in August of 2006, heading off into the unknown for my year of service… 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 »

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 »

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 »