A Heart of Service
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A Heart of Service

When I joined the Augustinian Volunteers, I was really unsure what a “year of service” would look like. I was hoping to feel like everything I was doing throughout the whole year was in service, to really be there for the students and help the school in any way I could. But during the first...

Healing Beyond the Body
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Healing Beyond the Body

“I solemnly pledge myself before God and in the presence of this assembly, to pass my life in purity and to practice my profession faithfully”. This is the beginning of The Florence Nightingale Pledge, one that many nurses undertake as they begin their path in healthcare. Among other nurses I took this pledge and began...

To Teach a Teacher
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To Teach a Teacher

My service experience this year has taken many unexpected turns because of the pandemic. I had originally planned to focus on after-school care at my service site, a K-8 Catholic school in West Philadelphia, but my primary role is now as the long-term substitute teacher for the first grade class. While I happily accepted this...

The Necessity of Relationship
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The Necessity of Relationship

It’s in the midst of a global pandemic and stay at home orders that I find myself working as a Campus Minister at St. Augustine High School, an all-boys school in San Diego. Despite the world being more connected than ever through revolutionary technology, people find themselves longing for deeper relationships and plagued by a...

Living in the Present
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Living in the Present

“Do you tend to dwell in the past, live in the present, or dream of the future?” This was a question I was asked during one of our Orientation activities back in August, and it is still something I think about to this day. I would describe myself as someone who is constantly thinking about...

Fellowship Over Coffee and Breakfast
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Fellowship Over Coffee and Breakfast

I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I began my discernment process in joining the Augustinian Volunteers a year ago. At the time, I had been out of college for the last three years and had been searching for a life-giving career. Something that would leave me feeling grateful and appreciative...

Service Guided by a Spirit of Prayer
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Service Guided by a Spirit of Prayer

One of the most notable memories I have experienced this volunteer year is the priestly ordination of a young Augustinian friar. The ordination was performed by a local auxiliary bishop named Bishop Robert Barron. Bishop Barron, famous for his work with Word on Fire Ministries on YouTube, shared a profound insight in his homily that...

Breaking Bread, Mending Spirits
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Breaking Bread, Mending Spirits

A tenet of Augustinian spirituality is sharing meals in fellowship. As soon as we arrived, my community adopted this rhythm and it’s now one of my favorites. Every night, we begin dinner by sharing our daily “highs and lows” (or “sunshine and rain clouds”, “flowers and weeds” etc.). This almost always takes us awhile to...

What a Wonderful World
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What a Wonderful World

A cool breeze, laughter ringing and live music in the air. When I thought about where I’ve seen God present in my week. I realized I’ve seen Him in many small ways. I also realized that those small ways came to a head this Saturday when my community mates and I went to Harvest Weekend....