Category: Staying Connected Newsletter

Creating Community in Chicago

By Ed Nunez, Amate House  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 I told people that I was doing a year of service… Read more »

Working Together Towards a Common Purpose

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 review Week 10: “A Community of Service: Working Together Towards a Common Purpose.” How can our individual gifts and talents… Read more »

Don’t Be Frozen; Don’t Be A Zombie

Reflection by Fr. Frank S. Donio, S.A.C., D.Min. – Director, Catholic Apostolate Center From the outside, it may seem that transitions in life are easy for some people. What I have found is that for most people they are not easy at all. Transitions are filled with uncertainty, even if the next thing is eagerly… Read more »

Know Yourself and Trust in God

Reflection by Eileen O’Brien, Former Claretian Volunteer I took unusual paths both into and out of my volunteer time, but I have flourished for over 30 years. It is not easy, but with the right motivation, clear vision, and support, it can be done. There is life after volunteering. I first considered full-time, faith-based volunteering… Read more »

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 »