Director’s welcome to the Volunteer Blog

Amy Woolam Echeverria
June 14, 2010

Though not a central figure in my younger years, in more recent time my devotion to Mary has grown stronger.  Partially influenced by my mission experience in Latin America and with the Latino community in the United States, and partially due to becoming a mother myself, I hold a deeper appreciation for Mary’s role in our Catholic tradition.   I often find myself praying to Mary when it comes to moments in my life when I’m need of things like greater understanding, patience, and acceptance.

This morning we had our first ‘fellowship gathering’ with our new group of Summer Advocacy Interns.   We will gather every Monday and Friday for a short period of prayer and faith-sharing to help ground ourselves and the work we do for justice, peace, and care for Creation.  As we sat quietly, again my heart turned to Mary, asking for her intercession that we may guided by her example of love and compassion for all those who are most vulnerable in our world today.  From Mary’s Magnificat we remember,

“He puts forth his arm in strength

and scatters the proud-hearted.

He casts the mighty from their thrones

and raises the lowly.

He fills the starving with good things,

sends the rich away empty.”

We invite you to journey with our interns and volunteers over the course of the next six weeks by visiting their blog where they will share about their experiences and how it has touched their faith.  You can also keep informed about our JPIC ministry by becoming a fan of our Facebook page (find the Fans box on the right side of this page).

In peace,

Amy Woolam Echeverria

CCAO Director