Notes from the Field – I participated in four encounters held by the Union of Religious of the Holy Land. We analyzed a Vatican letter on the relationship between the church's hierarchial and charismatic gifts. Women and men religious from throughout the region shared their experience with the hierarchy, and discussed diversity and inclusion.
Notes from the Field
Notes from the Field are reports from young people volunteering in ministries of Catholic sisters.
The project began in the summer of 2015 when, working with the Catholic Volunteer Network, we enlisted four young women working in Honduras, Thailand, Ethiopia and the United States to blog about their experiences. This sixth round in the series features one volunteer in the Middle East and another in Youngstown, Ohio.
Notes from the Field - We have been organizing learning stations for tutoring children at the Immigrant Outreach Program. Through the stations as well as field trips, we hope to teach the children social and emotional skills to succeed on their own or in a group, so that they can navigate the world independently.
Notes from the Field - Christmastime in the Holy Land for me was special this year. It included singing in concerts in Arabic, visiting the sisters in Cremisan, Bethlehem, and going to midnight Mass at the Nativity Church of Bethlehem. It was so special to be there that it took me one hour to pray one rosary.
Notes from the Field - I try to be aware of how my life experiences affect how I understand the ways in which other people navigate the world. Since I mentor Lusila, I especially try to observe how she sees the world. Of course, I cannot know her exact perceptions, but I can use what I know to help her find comfort.
Notes from the Field - Cremisan was one of the possible destinations for my mission in the Holy Land, so I was curious to see the work of the Salesian Sisters in the valley of Beit Jala, Bethlehem, in the Palestinian Territories.
Notes from the Field - Even though 20 to 30 minutes is not that long to walk someplace once, it can be if a person has no other options and must do it regularly. A number of individuals and families served by Ursuline Ministries walk around town, undeterred by the weather.
Notes from the Field - Every second Sunday of the month, the Salesian Sisters in Nazareth have a silent retreat. On one such Sunday, I was amazed by the guidance of the Holy Spirit that I received for the retreat.
Notes from the Field - Within the Immigrant Outreach Program, parents are motivated to find ways to give their children proper assistance for school and life. Because the immigrant families we serve are so dedicated, it is easy for volunteers to become passionate about the issues they face.
Notes from the Field - I was on mission in Jordan for about four months. On Sept. 5, I took a bus to the Salesian Sisters' house in Nazareth, my next mission site. I have heard great things about the sisters' community in Nazareth and, although I was going to miss all the wonderful people I met in Jordan, I was excited about this new mission, which is completely different than the one I had before.
Notes from the Field - The Día de los Muertos celebrations I experienced at Beatitude House touched me deeply, especially given the recent passing of a wonderful person I met at the Dorothy Day House in Youngstown.
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