Category: VOCARE

Learning from Local LGBTQ+ Communities

Earlier this month, I sat in a room with about 20 school faculty and staff before two workshop facilitators. The participants ranged from elementary and high school administrators and teachers, representing a variety of areas, from elementary principal to 7th grade geography to 11th grade social studies. Our reason for gathering? To learn about best… Read more »

The Dominican Verbs

Walk into any Dominican space and there is a good chance that you will see some variation of the words, “Prayer,” “Study,” “Preaching,” and “Community.” These four words on their own are seemingly insignificant, but together they are the root, or pillars as the Dominican Family calls them, of the Dominican Charism that has been… Read more »

Practicing Joyful Detachment

Lent can be a challenging time. We are asked to fast, pray, and give alms, and sometimes it feels like a lot to juggle. We all have our slip-ups. Maybe you accidentally ate meat on a Friday. Or you snacked on cookies and a few minutes after scarfing them down, you realized you vowed to… Read more »

Saying “Yes” to Presence

In February, the St. Joseph Workers and I headed South to visit Sister Alicia and the people of Maklovio Rojas, Tijuana. Sister Alicia—a Sister of St. Joseph—picked us up in a tough and sturdy white van. The long journey to Tijuana was eye-opening for me to see what it is like to cross the U.S.-Mexico… Read more »

Linked and Learning: Amelie Rode – Loretto Volunteer Program

On November 15, 2018, I stood in a throng of people outside of the deadliest detention center in the United States. The bright headlights of police cars illuminated us and made the sea of darkness between our feet on the sidewalk and the guarded detention center seem to stretch even further. I trembled, partly from the… Read more »

Purpose? Where Are You?: Myra Villas – Assumption Mission Associates

Before joining the Assumption Mission Associates (AMA) Program, I was a young graduate working full-time in a comfortable job and living in the heart of Philadelphia. I felt driven from finally being out in “the real world” after college. It was a new environment with its own set of challenges: adjusting to new roommates in… Read more »

National Catholic Sisters Week

CVN CELEBRATES SISTERS IN SERVICE This National Catholic Sisters Week, CVN thanks Catholic sisters for their witness, leadership, and commitment to faith-based service! For over 55 years, CVN member programs, volunteers, lay mission partners, and Sisters have served, discerned, prayed, and grown together. We invite you to join the celebration! Serve Sisters commit their lives… Read more »

Share Your Wisdom: Melissa Feito – Loretto Volunteers, Washington DC

Melissa’s reflective, fun, and expertly produced podcasts come full circle in this final piece, as she celebrates a year of service with three other Loretto Volunteers. Many thanks, Melissa, for bringing so much life and energy to CVN’s  #servingwithsisters Ambassador series. Blessings as you continue your journey as a second year Loretto Volunteer! The 2017-2018… Read more »

Serving with Sisters: Natalie Brown serving with Benedictine Volunteers

Throughout National Catholic Sisters Week, Catholic Volunteer Network will share interviews with volunteers currently serving alongside sisters. In each post you will hear a little more about how the volunteers found their program and what they’ve learned from the sisters they work with. Today we feature Natalie Brown from Lisbon Falls, Maine, a graduate of St. Joseph’s College… Read more »