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Welcome to our LV Shared Blog, a space to capture the thoughts and experiences of the 2017-2018 Lasallian Volunteers—34 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.

  • Meg Birgen, 16-18, La Salle Middle School, St. Louis, MO

Meg Birgen: The First Step is the Hardest

Meg Birgen, 16-18, La Salle Middle School, St. Louis, MO I have now started my second year as a Lasallian Volunteer at La Salle Middle School in St. Louis, MO. What really strikes [...]

  • Carly Cohen, 17-18, Br. David Darst Center, Chicago, IL

Carly Cohen: Companions and Volunteers

Carly Cohen, 17-18, Br. David Darst Center, Chicago, IL It has been over a month since I started my journey as a Lasallian Volunteer, and I have already learned an invaluable amount of [...]

  • Jon Vanegas, 16-18, San Miguel School, Washington, DC

Jon Vanegas: Broken, Reshaped, Renewed

Jon Vanegas, 16-18, San Miguel School, Washington, DC I’ll be honest with you: I’ve been staring at this Word document for the last 12 hours – typing and deleting every thought/idea I could [...]

  • Krystiana Schaffer, 17-18, De Marillac Academy, San Francisco, CA

Krystiana Schaffer: What I Wish My Students Knew

I don’t want you to think that I decided to enter the world of education because of the handful of people during my 17 years of schooling who made me feel disruptive and like an [...]

  • David Edwards Jr, 16-17, John Paul II Academy, Racine, WI

David Edwards Jr: This Is Why I Am Here

David Edwards Jr, 16-17, John Paul II Academy, Racine, WI Peace. Peace is defined as “freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions.” Through my journey thus far in this life, I have [...]

  • 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 [...]