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So far Elizabeth MacNeal has created 29 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|
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