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 April 2014
Happy Easter!
From Catholic Volunteer Network and the Catholic Apostolate Center!
Risking that God is Good
An Easter Prayer 
By Katie Mulembe, Catholic Volunteer Network

I recently had the opportunity to participate in a discernment retreat. Throughout the weekend, the facilitator drew us to new and deeper reflections, but I found myself continuously going back to one of the first things she said - "Discernment involves risking that God is truly good." Of course, I know that God is good, but the deeper I thought about it, the more I realize that I may not always make decisions based on this premise. Read more... 


Megan returns to her service site in Nicaragua.
Alumni Reflection: How was it?

By Megan Vander Wyst, Cap Corps Volunteer Alum

After almost two years, I recently returned to Nicaragua for a week. Like many others, you probably have the same question for me, "How was it?" However, I have found that this seemingly simple question is not followed by such a simple answer. After talking with only a few individuals upon my return, I came to recognize that many individuals have their own preexisting idea of what my "Nicaraguan vacation" was like, many of these ideas taking root in pop culture. Read more about Megan's trip back to Nicagarua.
Got Grad School on Your Mind? 

It's not too late (or too early) to start thinking about enrolling in a graduate program. Because of your rich service experience, many colleges an universities are likely to be very interested in your application. Here are a couple things you can do to prepare:

Check out an Idealist Grad Fair - Idealist Grad Fairs connect prospective students with graduate schools in fields such as public administration, international affairs, education, public policy, public interest law, social work, nonprofit management, global and public health, theology, environmental science, and socially responsible business. They just announced dates for fairs in 17 different cities. Click here for more details.  

St. Joseph's College Online is offering a special discount for anyone affiliated with the Catholic Apostolate Center. This includes waiver of application fee and a 10% tuition reduction. The Catholic Apostolate Center and Saint Joseph's College Online are working to identify educational needs both online and in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Click here for more details.
Visit our Grad School Resource Page - We have compiled a list of graduate programs and scholarships specific to volunteer alumni. Click here for more details. And, if you are an AmeriCorps alum, click here for more info on maximizing your Education Award.

Stay Connected Locally!
Local listservs now connect you with other alumni in your area!

We've launched local listservs to help connect former volunteers in major cities. You can subscribe to the listservs to find out what events are happening near you, make new connections in your area, and ask questions of other alums. Click here to subscribe!

Upcoming Events for Volunteer Alumni

Catholic Volunteer Network Discernment Retreats 
Catholic Volunteer Network now hosts discernment retreats for current volunteers and alumni who are contemplating their next steps. Join us for a weekend retreat and enjoy the opportunity to get away from the busyness of life and join with others in the spirit of discernment. We have two retreats scheduled, and more coming soon.
Central Florida - May 16-18, 2014
Wilmington, DE - August 15-17, 2014
These retreats are made available free of charge thanks to the support of the Hilton Foundation. Travel stipends are also available.
Click here for more details.
Revivers of Faith: The Canonization of Two Popes  
A Webinar hosted by the Catholic Apostolate Center
April 23, 2014
7:00pm EDT 
Blessed John XXIII and Blessed John Paul II are being canonized on April 27th because of the lives of personal holiness that they led. They also consistently called all of the baptized to holiness of life, particularly through working to transform the world to Christ. Join our Director, Fr. Frank Donio, S.A.C. as we explore their teachings and also their witness of life especially in the midst of challenging times.  Click here to register.

From Mission to Mission Re-Entry Workshops
April 24-27 in Camden, NJ / June 26-29 in Chicago, IL / October 23-26 in Chicago, IL / October 20-November 2 in New York, NY 
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. To find out more details about this three-day workshop, please visit or contact Julie Lupien at . 

Catholics on Call

August 5-9, 2014
Location: Catholic Theological Union, 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 information about this upcoming conference.  

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Click here for more information about alumni webinars, graduate school programs, Staying Connected archives, and more!
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