Volunteer Program


UPCOMING TRIPS

Location

Date

Price

Notes

Dunbar, Pennsylvania

June 16-21, 2013

COMPLETED

Archbishop Williams High School (FULL)

Crow Reservation, Montana

July 11-18, 2013

COMPLETED

Bible School (FULL)

Bardstown, Kentucky

September 1-7, 2013

$100 COMPLETED

Home repairs  Memphis Group, Family & Friends (FULL)

Appalachia, Kentucky

October 6-12, 2013

$160 COMPLETED

Spalding University

Memphis, Tennessee

January 11, 2014

COMPLETED

Volunteer Gathering & Disaster Relief Program Training

Belize City, Belize

January 19-26, 2014

$1700 COMPLETED

St. John's Hollywood House (FULL)

Belize City, Belize

February 9-16, 2014

$1700 COMPLETED

(FULL)

Elm Grove, West Virginia

February 27-March 2, 2014

COMPLETED

Renovation of transition home for Florence Crittenton Services

Louisville, Kentucky

April 22, 2014

Mayor’s Program: My Give A Day (Volunteers needed)

Botswana, Africa

May 2014

approx $3,700

Mission trip (FULL)

Appalachia, Kentucky

May 12-17, 2014

$170

(Volunteers needed)

Crow Reservation, Montana

June 7-13, 2014

$550

Home repairs (seeking skilled workers)

Bardstown, Kentucky

June 15-19, 2014

Home repairs, Vincentian Academy

Bardstown, Kentucky

June 25, 2014

"Feeding America" food distribution (Volunteers needed)

TBD

July 20-25, 2014

Archbishop Williams High School

Nazareth, Kentucky

August 2, 2014

Annual Volunteer Day of Reflection

Appalachia, Kentucky

August 11-16, 2014

$170

(Volunteers needed)

India

Fall 2014

TBD

(Volunteers needed)

Belize City, Belize

January 17-25, 2015

"Building for Change" collaboration with Hand in Hand Ministries (Volunteers needed)

CURRENT NEWS
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Read about SCN Volunteers at Crittenton Service's in the Wheeling News-Register

Recently, two members of St. John Francis Regis S.J., Council 7914, had an amazing experience. Chris Woehrer and Jerry Hicks travelled with several of their fellow parishioners at St. John‘s in Hollywood to Belize, in Cen- tral America, with the Sisters of Charity, Nazareth (SCN).

http://www.kofc-md.org/docs1213/MD_Newsletter.pdf

On Tuesday, March 4, 2014, members of the SCN Lay Mission Volunteer Program’s Disaster Relief Advisory Committee held a meeting to review the recent response in Washington, Illinois. The group also announced Millard Boggs will be joining the committee. Stay tuned for more updates as the March winds move in this month.

Our SCN Mission Volunteers arrived at Crittenton Services Thursday late afternoon. Members of the management team gave an orientation about the history of Crittenton and the population they serve.

Soon after the men began work on the transitional home for the young women in residential care. 

Included here are  photos of the volunteers (Adolph Williams, Dale Miles, Jude Leak and Ronnie Mattingly) in the work area.

Sister Luke

Feeling closed in by the cold winter weather? How about branching out and volunteering with the SCN Lay Mission Volunteer Program as we travel to sunny New Orleans April 6-11, 2014!  Cost of the trip is $250 including project supplies, transportation, room and board. If you are interested, please contact Sister Luke Boiarski at lukescn@scnky.org or (502)348-1581.

http://www.scnfamily.org/volunteer

Lay Mission Volunteers to Elm Grove, WV: A small group of SCN lay mission volunteers will be leaving today for Elm Grove, WV. They will return on March 2. The group will be working to renovate a transitional home for Florence Crittenton Services, which serves young women who have been abused. It was established in 1895 as a home for unwed mothers, and they continue to provide the only licensed residential mother/infant and maternity care for teenagers in West Virginia. Pray for safe travel. The volunteers are from St. Francis Xavier parish in Raywick, Ky.

Day three is in the books and the volunteers have surged forward in the building process. Not only were the walls lifted into place, but the roof was also completed ahead of schedule due to impending rain in the forecast for tomorrow. The sun continued to beat down on the hot tin as the last roofing nails were hammered into place and the volunteers began installing the window trim and painting a second coat on the exterior walls. Ms. Jennifer (the future home owner) personally selected both of the shades to be used on the walls and trim. Jennifer was on site all day working hand in hand with the team to construct her home. She even celebrated with a cheer as the walls fell into place! Friday will be a special day for her for two reasons: receiving the keys to her very first home and also celebrating her 53rd birthday!

More photos with the group of 9 volunteers in Belize. They are working in Belize City to build a house for a family in need. Please pray for their them on this journey.

SCN Lay Mission Volunteers arrived in Belize City On Sunday, February 9th to work with Hand in Hand Ministries building a home over the course of the next week. The group of volunteers are from Ohio, Pennsylvania and Kentucky, and are being lead by Sr. Luke Boiarski, Director of SCN Lay Mission Volunteer Program and Felicia Rowe (Assistant Director). Day one proved to be both hard work and hot as they gathered the building supplies and laid the foundation and the floor for the home. After the day’s work was complete the volunteers gathered at the SCN house to meet the sisters who are working here in Belize and to hear more about their ministries. Thank you for your continued prayers and support for the group!

Belize City Volunteer Trip

Luke Boiarski, SCN, will be traveling with a group of 9 volunteers to Belize on Sunday, February 9. They will return on February 16. Felicia Rowe, Assistant Director of the Lay Mission Volunteer Program, will join them in Belize, where she stayed on after the first Lay Mission group returned on January 26. Felicia has been visiting mission sites and getting acquainted with the Sisters in Belize. There will be a Commissioning on February 8 in St. Vincent Church at the 10:50 a.m. Saturday liturgy. They will be working in Belize City in collaboration with Hand-in-Hand Ministries to build a house for a family in need. Please pray for their safety.

On Friday, January 24, the SCN volunteers from St John’s Hollywood, Maryland gathered for the final time to conclude their mission trip with a house blessing ceremony to present Ms. Delvorine her new house keys. The volunteers worked tirelessly to complete the home in 4 days alongside the talented construction managers from Hand in Hand Ministries, Ms. Delvorine herself and other community members who came out to join the group effort. The ceremony marked the culmination of over a year’s worth of planning and fundraising by the generous members of St. John’s Hollywood parish. Amidst the prayers, music, hugs and goodbyes, the team reflected on what it means to answer the call to mission as Christ’s love impels us to do for all people. A big thank you to the people of St. John’s Hollywood who made this mission trip possible; serving as ambassadors for the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth and also offering a new beginning for Ms. Delvorine and her two sons in their new home.

The team returned to Kentucky late on Sunday, January 26th, before beginning the drive back to Hollywood, MD on Monday.

Safe travels to everyone!

Belize City, Tuesday, January 21, 2014
SCN Lay Mission Volunteer Program 

Tuesday proved to be another eventful day for the SCN lay mission volunteers from St John’s in Hollywood, MD, who are working here in sunny Belize City. The day began with the team visiting Hand in Hand Ministry’s Outreach Center located in Belize City, before heading to the worksite to complete the construction of all four of the walls that will make up the outside of Ms. Delvorine’s new home. Immediately after the boards were hammered into place, the first coat of bright yellow paint was applied by the eager volunteers. The yellow color, which was chosen by Ms. Delvorine herself, will be accompanied by black for the trim. These particular shades represent the colors of the Garifuna flag. The Garifuna are descendants of Carib, Arawak, and West African people. Today the Garifuna live primarily in Central America.

SCN Lay Mission Volunteers from Hollywood, Maryland arrive in Belize City

On Sunday, January 19th a group of SCN Lay Mission Volunteers arrived in Belize City to work with Hand in Hand Ministries building a home over the course of the next week. The group of volunteers are from St. John’s church in Hollywood, Maryland and are being lead by Sr. Luke Boiarski, Director of SCN Lay Mission Volunteer Program and Felicia Rowe (Assistant Director). Luckily the rain held off and day one on the site proved to be productive (and muddy!) as they gathered the building supplies and laid the foundation and the floor for the home. Thank you for your continued prayers and support for the group!

SCN Lay Mission Volunteers from Hollywood, Maryland arrive in Belize City

On Sunday, January 19th a group of SCN Lay Mission Volunteers arrived in Belize City to work with Hand in Hand Ministries building a home over the course of the next week. The group of volunteers are from St. John’s church in Hollywood, Maryland and are being lead by Sr. Luke Boiarski, Director of SCN Lay Mission Volunteer Program and Felicia Rowe (Assistant Director). Luckily the rain held off and day one on the site proved to be productive (and muddy!) as they gathered the building supplies and laid the foundation and the floor for the home. Thank you for your continued prayers and support for the group!

scnfamily:

Interested in volunteering with the SCNs in Botswana, Africa?

We have one opening left on our volunteer trip to Botswana, scheduled for May 7-22, 2014. Approximate cost is $3,700. If you are interested, please contact Sister Luke at lukescn@scnky.org or (502) 348-1581.

scnfamily.org/volunteer

Commissioning Saturday

Luke Boiarski, SCN, and Felicia Rowe, Assistant Director of the Lay Mission Volunteer Program, will be traveling with a group of 11 volunteers to Belize on Sunday, Jan. 19. All of these participants are from the Hollywood, Maryland area, with the exception of Ann Kovalcik, who is the Director of Camp Maria Retreat Center in Leonardtown. There will be a Commissioning on January 18 in St. Vincent Church at the Saturday liturgy. They will be working in Belize City in collaboration with Hand-in-Hand Ministries to build a house for a family in need. Please pray for their safety.

Luke Boiarski, SCN, Patsy O’Toole, SCNA, and Felicia Rowe, Assistant Director of the Lay Mission Volunteer Program, will be traveling to Memphis, Tenn., this weekend to conduct a Disaster Relief orientation for those in the western Tennessee, eastern Arkansas and northern Mississippi areas. Over 20 people are expected to attend. This will also be a time for our Lay Mission Volunteers from that area to reunite with each other.

On Tuesday, December 10th, a group of Sisters volunteered along with the SCN Lay Mission Volunteer Program director, Sr. Luke Boiarski and the assistant director, Felicia Rowe, to travel to Beattyville, Kentucky to assist Ms. Dora Ross in sorting and wrapping gifts to be distributed to the needy families of Appalachia this season. The group also brought along their own donations to contribute including hats, scarves and hand knitted sweaters. The gifts combined with other food donations will be shared with over 500 families this Saturday at Ms. Dora Ross’ annual holiday party.

As we take time to pause in gratitude for all that we have this season, why not explore new ways to give of yourself and be the change you want to see in the world?

If you or anyone you know is interested in serving the people of Belize with the SCNs Feb. 9–16, 2014, please let us know. Spots are still available to be a part of this life changing experience.

"There is more happiness in giving than in receiving." —Acts, 20:35

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Would you like to change someone’s life?

(You’ll be surprised at the change in your life as well.)

The SCN Lay Mission Volunteer Program, sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth (SCN), invites lay women and men to cross-cultural partnership with people, especially the oppressed, economically poor and marginalized, primarily in the areas in which Sisters, Associates and/or members of the Charity Federation are called to mission.

Future volunteer opportunities are always available. Contact Sister Luke today.


Sister Luke Boiarski, SCN
P.O. Box 9, Nazareth, KY 40048
(502) 348-1578
lukescn@scnky.org

Appalachia

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