Living & Serving in the Way of St. Francis
A conversation with editor Julie McElmurry

Living & Serving in the Way of St. Francis, is a new collection of stories and reflections from volunteers who have served with Franciscan Volunteer Network programs. Julie McElmurry, Director of Franciscan Passages(and former volunteer) served as the editor for this book. We had a conversation with her about the project. 


Few Words and Many Deeds
By Fr. Frank Donio, S.A.C., Catholic Apostolate Center

Pope Francis is calling all to be missionary disciples, to go out and draw others into relationship with Jesus Christ, not simply by words, but by deeds. During Lent, particularly on Fridays, he is witnessing to all how simple it is to do by making informal visits to the poor and the marginalized - a homeless shelter, a nursing home, a drug rehab center. Simple, but very clear actions that show how to live the Works of Mercy in everyday life.
  

This reflection appears on "To Go Forth," A blog from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Department of Justice, Peace & Human Development. Click here to read the full post.
Where Are They Now?
Former volunteers working as engineers!

Here is another exciting installment of our popular Staying Connected feature, "Where Are They Now?" This series highlights volunteer alumni who carry out the spirit of service in different professions and ministries. In this edition we are getting to know Angela and Dan, two former volunteers who have chosen professions in engineering.  Keep reading.
 
 

Now looking for former volunteers in campus ministry!

Do you know a former volunteer now serving as a campus minister? We would like to interview them for our next edition of "Where Are They Now?"  Please send recommendations to Katie Mulembe at kmulembe@catholicvolunteernetwork.org.
A Celebration of Service!
Catholic Volunteer Network - Bishop Francis Award Ceremony
May 18, 2016 / Washington, D.C.

If you are in the Washington, D.C. metro area, we invite you to join us as we get together for an evening of celebration, great food, and new friends! At this event, Catholic Volunteer Network will honor a  former volunteer who has demonstrated outstanding service to the community as the recipient of our annual Bishop Francis Award.  Click here for more details. 

Do you know a former volunteer in Washington, DC, who is deserving of the Bishop Francis Award? Click here to submit a nomination.

Upcoming Events for Volunteer Alumni

Discernment Retreat 
April 15-17, 2016
Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
How will you continue to live out the values that were so much a part of your service year when that year is over? How will those values shape what's next for you? Catholic Volunteer Network, in partnership with Notre Dame Mission Volunteers, is offering weekend retreats that provide space to discern how you can foster these values and live out your passion, and the possibility of religious life as a way to do so. Each weekend will provide a balance of reflection on your volunteer service, input on the skills of discernment, quiet time for reflection, and sharing with the other participants on the retreat.  The retreats are rooted in the Catholic tradition. All are welcome to participate. Thanks to the support of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, we are able to offer these regional retreats free of charge, and provide travel reimbursement for participants.

Given: Catholic Young Women's Leadership Forum
June 7-12, 2016
Washington, DC
GIVEN: the Catholic Young Women's Leadership Forum is a first-of-its-kind event that will help unleash the gifts of young women within the Catholic Church and the world! Sponsored by the CMSWR in collaboration with the Hilton Foundation, GIVEN will bring 300 rising leaders, selected by application, together with Religious and lay leaders from various disciplines for a full scholarship, week-long immersion in faith formation, leadership skills training and networking.  Click here for more details.

From Mission to Mission Re-Entry Workshops
July 7-10, 2016 / Chicago, IL
October 13-16, 2016 / Philadelphia, PA
From Mission to Mission seeks to help returned missioners and volunteers live mission here in their home culture, in a way that honors those to whom they have said goodbye. Their workshops are for domestic AND international volunteers and missioners from any program, university, diocese, etc. Former volunteers can attend our workshop in the months or even years after completing their term of service. The workshop is not just for those who recently finished their service.  Click here for more details.

Catholics on Call - Young Adult Conference
August 3-6, 2016
Chicago, IL
Every summer, Catholics on Call hosts a four-day program at Catholic Theological Union (CTU) in Chicago. This experience is designed for women and men (ages 18 to 30) who may be thinking about a life of service in the Church as a lay minister, religious sister or brother, or priest, and those who are undecided and want guidance in determining how God is calling them.  Click here for more details.

Have you visited our Alumni Resource Center?
Click here for more information about alumni webinars, graduate school programs, Staying Connected archives, and more!