Category: Staying Connected Newsletter

Scripture Reflection: Who Is My Neighbor?

Luke 10: 25-37 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your… Read more »

Learning and Love at Covenant House

By Kevin Chung, Jesuit Volunteer Corps My perspective on social justice used to be that no matter whether a person is white, black, Asian, Hispanic, etc., they should receive the consequences for breaking the law. My college friend would always tell me that my perspective on social justice shouldn’t be that simple, because of the… Read more »

Holy Pilgrimage to the Border

By Katharine Montemurri, Program Coordinator, Colorado Vincentian Volunteers On Valentine’s Day, a group of 18 Colorado Vincentian Volunteers, 4 staff, and a handful of community supporters gathered in our prayer room to pause before embarking on a profound journey. We shared what we hoped to carry on our journey and what we would leave behind…. Read more »

Authentic Fulfillment

We all have expectations when we begin a year of service. Most are well-intentioned and focus on wanting to make a difference. Personally, I had an idealistic vision of what the year would entail. I overwhelmingly believed that I would come to a place of greater fulfillment through community, ministry, discernment, and being surrounded by… Read more »

Finding Joy and Confidence in Christ

“The New Evangelization is accomplished with a smile, not a frown.” – Cardinal Timothy Dolan (Address to the College of Cardinals, February 2012) There is nothing simplistic about Cardinal Dolan’s point above. Some, who are not examining it carefully, might see it as such. No, instead, in a short, pithy comment that is very emblematic… Read more »

Simple Living & Oneness of Purpose

Kevin Lopez Mader lived and served at the Finca del Niño (Farm of the Child) from 2012 – 14 and 2015 – 16. The Finca, a Catholic children’s home along the north coast of Honduras, is home to 30 wonderful and crazy kids. It also provides medical care and education to residents of the surrounding… Read more »

Simple Living Reflection Materials

Reflections, Prayers, Scripture, and Quotes about Simplicity Simple Living, or Simplicity, is one of the Four Pillars of Faith-Based Service. Typically, Simplicity means abandoning the material goods that we do not need. Many volunteer communities emphasize this aspect, whether it be choosing to travel by bicycle, eliminate Wi-Fi from the house, or repairing household items instead of… Read more »

Starting With a Story

Interview with John Lee, Former Precious Blood Volunteer After graduating Villanova University, John Lee started a new chapter by joining the Precious Blood Volunteers, living in community and serving at Cristo Rey Kansas City High School. When his time of service was complete, John knew he wanted to keep alive the weekly story-sharing he had… Read more »