Notes from the Field - My heart was called to the Nong Khai community in a way that I still can't explain. It was as if a part of me had to be claimed here for me to be whole.
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.
Notes from the Field - I spent my last week in silence at the Seven Fountains Jesuit Retreat Center in Chiang Mai, Thailand. I'm not intimidated by silence, but eliminating language, technology, and many of the comforts I rely on in Nong Khai made this week uniquely challenging.
Notes from the Field - As I write this, my final Notes from the Field blog with GSR, I am in my last week as a Good Shepherd Volunteer in Chile; by the time it is published, I will have been back in the United States for almost a full week. Have I changed?
Notes from the Field - Our producers are a powerhouse group of women whose internal strength is seen in the way they carry others and continue to be resilient when encountering trauma.
Notes from the Field - I felt I was starting as a Good Shepherd Volunteer with my gas tank already on empty. But much to my surprise, my year of service provided me with the rejuvenation I was yearning for.
Notes from the Field - I hear patients in a new way when they speak through their art, and it allows me to see nuances in their personalities that would otherwise go unnoticed.
Notes from the Field - Welcoming the stranger, building connections, celebrating differences and discovering commonalities — these are the gifts which, having been blessed with in Chile, I hope to offer all whom I encounter in the future.
In Nong Khai, Thailand, Good Shepherd sisters have created a safe space for anyone who needs healing, education or fair employment. Sisters focus on every individual's success, without judgment.
Notes from the Field - While we may not hold the title of "Sister," we Good Shepherd Volunteers have been blessed by the sisters' willingness to share their spirituality — a spirituality I have learned can be relevant to anyone, not just those in religious life.
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.
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