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Welcome to our LV Shared Blog, a space to capture the thoughts and experiences of the 2015-2016 Lasallian Volunteers—49 voices strong with a lot to say. Each of their posts will reflect on different aspects of their journey through a year of faith, service, and community as they serve those in need throughout the United States. You will hear from a different LV who will be sharing a little about their service year. May their stories inspire you to make an impact as they remember, reflect and write.

  • Katie O'Leary, 15-17, De La Salle Academy, Concord, CA

Katie O’Leary: Comfort in Community

Katie O'Leary, 15-17, De La Salle Academy, Concord, CA Do you ever just walk into a building (such as a school or a church) and just feel immediately comfortable? Something about the whole [...]

  • Abbey Sorensen, 16-17, De Marillac Academy, San Francisco, CA

Abbey Sorensen: You Make Plans And God Laughs

A recurring quote in my community is the saying, “You make plans, and God laughs.” This saying resonates with me because I am a planner in every sense of the word. I enjoy living my [...]

  • Jacquie Martin, 15-17, Serviam Gardens, Bronx, NY

Jacquie Martin: Sharing Our Home

Jacquie Martin, 15-17, Serviam Gardens, Bronx, NY The Bedford Park Lasallian Community in the Bronx, New York, has a reputation for hospitality. There is a quote on our dining room wall that reads, [...]

  • Suzanne Denson, 16-17, Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, Minneapolis, MN

Suzanne Denson: Finding Joy in the Mundane

Suzanne Denson, 16-17, Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, Minneapolis, MN Since the start of my first year as a Lasallian Volunteer in Minneapolis, I have noticed so much joy all around me. I [...]

  • Heather Marsh 15-17, San Miguel School, Tulsa, OK

Heather Marsh: An Uncomfortable Love

Heather Marsh 15-17, San Miguel School, Tulsa, OK During the Sunday afternoon portion of our Midyear Retreat, Kevin Regan challenged us with the words “God is Love, but we have to open ourselves [...]

  • Abby Michels, 15-17, De La Salle Academy, Concord, CA

Abby Michels: Power of Prayer

Coming into Lasallian Volunteers, I wanted to look for new ways to deepen my faith. I figured that being in community with Christian Brothers and serving at a Catholic school would do the trick to [...]

  • Jo-Ann Mullooly, 16-17, La Salle Middle School, St. Louis, MO

Jo-Ann Mullooly: Agile

I want to help students find what will get them out of bed each day. I want every person to find what will make him or her “have good thoughts that shine out of their [...]

  • Viv Ortiz, 16-17, DeLaSalle HS, Minneapolis, MN

Viviana Ortiz: Embracing the Unexpected

Viv Ortiz, 16-17, DeLaSalle HS, Minneapolis, MN If you were to ask me what term comes to mind when I think of living in community, it would be “embracing the unexpected”.  The first [...]

  • Ivette Quinteros, 15-17, Tides School, West Warwick and Pawtucket, RI

Ivette Quinteros: Providence – Trust in God

To three of the most loving, admirable, and courageous kids I have met thus far. Remember when they told me you wouldn’t like me because you hate women? Remember when they told me to be [...]

  • Matt Billings, 15-17, La Salle Academy, New York, NY

Matt Billings: Volunteer and Athlete

As the rain falls on the cold and brisk October morning, New York is blissfully unaware of the whole new world that I am in. I am surrounded by 12,000 other runners. You can hear [...]