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by Amber Johnson
Cap Corps 2015-2016

 
Amber JohnsonAmber Johnson is a graduate of John Carroll University. Her placement is at Catholic Charities Migration and Refugee Services in Cleveland.


Tuesday is my prayer night in our community in the Cleveland house. I work as a Patient Advocate/Health Care Coordinator at the Migration and Refugee Services of Catholic Charities. In the Fall, I decided to mention the refugee crisis and incorporate the struggles of these modern-day individuals and compare their plight to those found in various passages of the Bible.

The first verse I mentioned was Exodus 14:1-14.  In this passage, God convinces Pharaoh to let the Israelites go free. Soon after Pharaoh sends them on their way, he changes his mind and sends waves of men on chariots to chase after the Israelites, which are swept away by the sea during their pursuit.  This is many ways is very similar to what is going on in our world today.

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       Our Cap Corps Volunteers spent a weekend at the Capuchin Alverno Retreat House in Salisbury, PA, in the Fall of 2015. These are some photos of their time together to take a break from the weeks of service, to grow in their community relationships and to spend some time in prayer and reflection. 

       You can check our and download the pictures in the video from Cap Corps' gallery on Flickr.

Book Volunteers       The various Franciscan Volunteer Programs came together to create a reflection book written by former volunteers about their service year based on themes and writings of St. Francis. Living and Serving in the Way of St. Francis: Reflections from Franciscan Volunteers includes reflections from five of our recent Cap Corps Volunteers

  • Lizzy Pugh (2010-11)
  • Maureen Burke (2010-11 & 2011-12)
  • Nick Despotidis (2011-12)
  • Lianna Mueller (2011-2012)
  • Meg Masciola (2013-14)

       The book is available at the publisher's price of $10.00 (shipping included) by clicking the donate button below. Please send an email if you would like your book shipped to an address other than the one listed on the PayPal receipt.

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PopeCircleby Kyra Malamood

       Looking back on last week, I still cannot express my thoughts and feelings adequately. Words simply fall short. Not only did I get the chance to join hoards of people at the Papal Parade on Wednesday, but by complete grace, I also found myself standing among the crowd at the Capitol on Thursday morning listening to his inspiring, wise, and truly life-giving address to Congress.

       All I can say is how lucky I am. God is Good! (All the time). After sharing the tales of the two days of papal festivities, my dad simply said to me, "I wish I had you on video, so you could hear the excitement and joy the way I just heard it from you."

       My presence there made the Pope's visit real for my family and friends who could not be there, and to think of all the people our Holy Father reached through that very same chain of thought and connection is so very powerful. Joyful, surreal, beautiful, holy, special, life-giving...the list of words goes on, none of which seem to capture the sentiment of those two days.

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       On Saturday, February 28, the Board of Directors of our Cap Corps Volunteer program met in DC for a day-long strategic vision session. From left, Frank Yacobi, OFM Cap.; Al Carver, OFM Cap.; Margaret McIntyre Stacy (Cap Corps Director and former volunteer); Jay Long; Paul Dressler, OFM Cap.; Ana Chappa, Bob Toomey, OFM Cap.; Sarah Hack Mooney and Tony Brunswick. 

       Ana, Sarah and Tony are former Cap Corps volunteers from 2001, 1999 and 1998, respectively.

      Reports tell us that the meeting, held at the DC Cap Corps house, was very productive!

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