Notes from the Field - I was minimizing the day to being a social media popularity contest, but my patients are teaching me how, with reflection, it's a true measure of time and progress.
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 fifth round in the series features one volunteer in Santiago, Chile, and another in Nonghkai, Thailand.
Over the past two months, Fundación Madre Josefa has created a mini-community of support — a yoga class where together we also practice self-care activities, such as personal reflection and group discussion.
Notes from the Field - I have never lived alone and, as a woman obsessed with intentional communities, I never planned to. But now is the time to learn who I am with just myself.
Notes from the Field: Through a chance encounter, a series of unfortunate events, language barriers and a network of connections, a Catholic church helped connect the author to her new home and culture.
Notes from the Field: I've served in Nong Khai for eight months already, so many aspects of Thai culture have become my new normal. But the Thai New Year reminded me how restrictive my comfort zone still is.
Notes from the Field - In early February, one of my fellow Good Shepherd Volunteers, Liana, and I received an unexpected request from one of our supervisors: "The contemplative sisters who live behind you want to learn English. Can you set up a time to meet?"
Notes from the Field - My favorite weekend during service with the Good Shepherd Sisters in Thailand involved dance. The Thai language does not always come easily to me, and having the opportunity to use dance, one of my favorite mediums of communication, gave me a new sense of freedom.
Notes From the Field - I was most drawn to the social justice tenet of the Good Shepherd Volunteers program. But my passion to hit the ground running came up against a pretty big wall upon my arrival to Chile.
Notes from the Field - What does it mean to be a "Spirit-led, Spirit-intoxicated, Spirit-empowered people?" Our community had a midyear retreat March 3-5 in San Felipe, where the Good Shepherd Sisters established their first house in Chile over 160 years ago.
Notes from the Field - For the past five years, I've lived in five different intentional communities, and I've begun to identify myself as a "serial community liver." Sisters live most of their lives in community with others, but for the average person, it might seem strange that I keep seeking out these situations.
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