Notes from the Field - The adjustment to my new placement site has not always been easy, due to the many differences I have encountered. The climate is much colder, there are language barriers, and the nature of the work here in Veyrier contrasts with my work in Bogotá, which was very hands-on.
Notes from the Field
Notes from the Field are reports from young people volunteering in ministries of Catholic sisters, a project in partnership with Catholic Volunteer Network since the summer of 2015.
This latest round in the series features one volunteer at the United Nations in New York City and another in Haiti.
Notes from the Field - I ran into this experience as a Good Shepherd Volunteer in a zealous full sprint, but it did not take long to feel like I am struggling to crawl.
Notes from the Field: Living with the Salesian sisters at Casa Madre Mazzarello taught me the importance of "wasting" time in prayer, especially in the modern age. Being limited is a good thing.
My past spiritual experiences lacked an intentional connection with God. I was not ready for that relationship then. But now, as a Good Shepherd Volunteer, building a relationship with God feels more and more appealing.
Notes from the Field - When a sister dies at Casa Madre Mazzarello, the community comes together not just to mourn but to celebrate the sister's life, the nearness of Jesus and Mary in the moment of death, and the reunion of the soul with the heavenly Father.
Notes from the Field - In fewer than two months working at a nonprofit, I realized the narrow hole through which I was viewing the tech industry. These innovations could free up more time and energy to dedicate to our girls, which is why we are all there to begin with.
Notes from the Field - St. John Bosco began a tradition more than 100 years ago that still is celebrated in Salesian communities around the world to this day: the Fiesta of Gratitude. It can be held at any time, and this year, I had three Thanksgivings.
Notes from the Field - Those of us who grew up in a religious environment can attest to hearing "Live simply so that others can simply live" rather often. One of the goals of being a Good Shepherd Volunteer is to implement this idea, focusing on the tenant of simplicity in our own lives while serving alongside communities that don't necessarily have a choice in living this value.
Notes from the Field - Spending so much time with these elderly sisters, I have come to truly see how they embody Salesian spirituality. One of the aspects of this spirituality is acknowledging God in even common daily tasks.
In my service as a Good Shepherd Volunteer, I found myself hiding behind paperwork and feeling frustrated that my actions were fruitless. But a resident's recent crisis offered the opportunity for a new kind of sacred interaction.
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