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A Time to Dance

DanMcCarthy       Dan McCarthy is a graduate of Cleveland State University and worked as the Health Care Navigator at Catholic Charities Migration and Refugee Services. He has returned to Cleveland State to start law school after his Volunteer year, but his Cap Corps Volunteers work was a full time commitment in education, healthcare and social service placements while living simply in community with other volunteers. The position at Migration and Refugee Services was a reationship based on journeying closely with clients in the resettlement process.

       Alivera, a refugee from Rwanda, could hear for the first time in her right ear in twenty odd years after a surgeon at MetroHealth Hospital in Cleveland removed the scar tissue that was blocking her ear canal. Twenty years earlier, a machete swung in Rwanda cut her up the side of her head. In Cleveland, that wound was set straight. She could hear! She thanked the medical students and the surgeon. She cried and hugged and kissed the doctor. “I love you,” she said through the Kirnawanda interpreter on the telephone. “God bless you all. 

       My job was to drive Alivera home which was on the other side of the city . . .

       See his blog entry here.

A Day in the Life of a Cap Corps Volunteer


     Shenelle Sanoir graduated from Marymount University and worked at Sacred Heart School in Washington, DC, as a Cap Corps Volunteer for the 2015-2016 Volunteer Year. She now continues to work at the school as a teacher and project manager.

     In an entry on our blog page, CAPTURE, Shenelle reflects on her "Day in the life" and writes:

     Cap Corps isn’t just a year of service. It is a program that is filled with limitless possibilities, concrete friendships and community, and meaningful challenges that help you grow into a self aware and faithfully sustaining individual.

     See her blog entry here.

Franciscan Values Continue to Inspire

SFIS    Cap Corps Volunteer Christiana Gellert works at St. Francis International School (SFIS). The following article, written by Tobias Harkleroad of SFIS, shares his gratitude for the Franciscan values which inspire his work and serve as the inspiration for the work of SFIS -- inherited from his time, 25 years ago, at the Capuchin St. Lawrence Seminary in Mt. Calvary, WI.

    I write today, as I have done before, to express how grateful I am to the Capuchins for the way that my life has been changed because of your dedication to formation and education . . . [H]undreds of families in the nation's capitol are touched every day by the ministry of Saint Francis International School. I continue my own Franciscan journey started 25 years ago at Calvary: just this month I began formation as a Secular Franciscan in St. Conrad of Parzham Fraternity . . .


A Different Kind of Service Year

John Sorice2     Cap Corps Volunteer John Sorice (2015-2016) graduated from Villanova University and worked at Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School throughout his volunteer year. He supported students directly in their roles at work, providing mentoring and guidance, as well as communication with supervisors. He was offered a position at the end of his service year and is currently on staff at the high school.

     Just in time for the Feast day of Cristo Rey's Patron, Don John Bosco (January 31), John shares his thoughts on the life-changing and life-giving work he undertook:

     . . . The students with whom I have had the pleasure of working with this year are extraordinary.. . . When making the decision to participate in a service program, you expect to DBCristo Rey3make a difference in the lives of those you serve. However, my experience here at Don Bosco has felt a bit backwards. It is difficult to appreciate the impact you are having on young lives while volunteering, I am confident this is something I will be able to reflect upon once my service year is complete. However, what I feel on a daily basis is the positive impact that each one of my students is having on me . . .  

     Read his reflection on our Cap Corps blog: Capture

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