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
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 - 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.
Notes from the Field - Feeling uprooted by uncertainty, I discerned a new step. I knew that I felt called to a few things: I wanted to learn Spanish in a Spanish-speaking country. I wanted to return to living in an intentional community. And I wanted to explore a new type of social justice work. I hoped to learn more about my life's purpose while still positively contributing to others and the world.
Notes from the Field - I notice the injustices in the world around me a lot more. I notice the people around me a lot more — the people I interact with on a daily basis, but also the people I pass by and never speak to.
Notes from the Field - Most people would agree that time flies. But for me, it did not. My year of service was slow. The year never seemed to end, but I appreciated that I had more time to enjoy the year and to do the work that I set out to accomplish.
Notes from the Field - Two of the biggest gifts I received from my time at Franciscan Mission Service were courage and confidence. I typically avoid the spotlight at all costs. But God has a sense of humor and ways of pushing us to overcome the things we're afraid of.
Notes from the Field: After spending five and a half months teaching English to young adults at a technical/vocational school in Dilla, Ethiopia, it was time to make the trip north to Geneva to begin the second part of my volunteer mission.
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