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So far Elizabeth MacNeal has created 25 blog entries.

Peace & All Good: A Letter to the Incoming FVMs

Dear FVMs,  You're headed to what I can only describe as a singular experience, and not just because Michael Duffy will take you on mystery rides.  It's a unique time because the shape of FVM both supports you and challenges you to grow.  And, while I hope that your whole life has that shape, [...]

2021-10-14T10:31:28-04:00September 24th, 2021|

If Only Briefly

. “Man, I’m glad to see you,” said a guy outside the gate, who was shaking, panicking, having an episode or on a substance, clearly in the midst of a nightmarish experience. “It’s ok,” I said, after a moment. He wandered over to the side of the gate, still very much panicking. I couldn’t [...]

2021-08-16T16:08:36-04:00August 16th, 2021|

Strive for Spirit

“Don’t strive for perfection;  you will always be disappointed.  Strive for the Spirit;  She’s always present.” ~ Michael Duffy, OFM My first few days of being the new FVM Program Director were a whirlwind. I began two weeks before the incoming Class of FVMs was to arrive. Two people decided they would not be [...]

2021-07-15T09:30:28-04:00July 30th, 2021|

Loving and Living Outside our Comfort Zone

“What has your volunteer year taught you about love?” That was the question I asked a panel of former volunteers during my final semester at St. Bonaventure University in Spring 2015. Among the panelists was an alumnus of FVM. Everyone gave thoughtful answers, and I was encouraged that I would not be alone in [...]

2021-07-15T09:25:27-04:00July 15th, 2021|

A Good Path

 A few weeks ago, I was in a job interview and the interviewer asked me, "what's your five year plan? How does this job fit into your career goals?"  I hadn't really considered the question, and it brought back a lot of memories.  When I was a child, I never had a good answer to the [...]

2021-06-21T18:29:02-04:00June 15th, 2021|

The FVM Poem

The 2020-2021 FVMs Live across the block from a guest named Hector And receive guidance from Katie Sullivan and Emma Edwards Because they’re the program directors Our site supervisor is Michael Duffy Now I had hoped for better I’m only kidding, on the inside he’s very loving Which is why guests ask to speak [...]

2021-05-12T16:15:35-04:00May 30th, 2021|

A Sunday Reflection

Reflection by Kathryn Getek Soltis St. Thomas of Villanova Parish Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time October 24/25, 2020 Exod 22:20-26; 1 Thess 1:5c-10; Matt 22:34-40 I want to share some brief reflections today. I am not speaking for the anti-racism committee, but my reflections do grow out of the conversations of this group of [...]

2021-05-20T13:57:57-04:00May 15th, 2021|

Friar Lessons

Like all of us, I’m still reeling from the untimely loss of our dear brother, Chris.  Thinking about what to write here, I thought perhaps there is a way to describe a little of my life post-FVM while also honoring him somehow.  Shortly after Br. Chris died, I found myself sitting in my psychotherapy [...]

2021-05-05T10:50:41-04:00April 30th, 2021|
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