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Mary Donovan is a graduate of Salem College where she studied creative writing and communication. She recently finished a year of full-time volunteer service with Catholic Charities Service Corps in Buffalo, New York. She currently works for Catholic Charities of Western New York as a social worker in a homelessness prevention and rapid rehousing program.
November 9th, 2011
Churches aren't one-size-fits-all and it can take time to find the right one
I’ve been church shopping for more than three years now. I’m not much of a shopper so it’s getting tiring, but I’m not about to give up. I’m choosey: I want good music, a diverse and accepting community, a priest who consistently gives relevant and challenging homilies, and a church culture that embraces social justice. I’ve found churches that have some of the things on my list, but finding all of them in one place has proven to be a challenge. My church shopping began in August of 2008 when I moved from Maine to North Carolina to transfer to Salem College. At first I rode with friends to a Mass on another college campus. I liked the priest, but student Masses have always seemed…
September 14th, 2011
A Vietnamese nun greets children at a refugee camp in Sudan. (CNS photo/Paul Jeffrey) Imagine doing everything required to go back to school — buying books and school supplies, and signing up for classes — but instead of everything being a familiar routine, it’s all new because you’re in a new country where you don’t speak the language. Maybe you’ve never been to school. Sounds a little overwhelming, right? Well, that’s the experience of the 53,000 refugees that resettled in the United States in 2010. For the past year I worked with refugees from Asia and Africa at Catholic Charities’ Immigration and Refugee Assistance Program in Buffalo, New York. Part of my job was to help refugees…
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