Introducing the 2020-2021 Precious Blood Volunteers: Mike Nguyen

Mike was born and raised in Lahaina, Hawaii, and is our first volunteer from Hawaii! He will be serving at both Cristo Rey Kansas City High School and Bishop Sullivan Center. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2020 with a degree in neuroscience and Japanese. This year he will be applying for medical school where he hopes to continue his dream of becoming a doctor.

Why do you want to volunteer?

“I want to volunteer to serve and learn from communities different than my own. In my pursuit of being a doctor, I have seen how important it is to truly understand the people we serve so we can walk with them in compassionate solidarity. By interacting with underserved populations while living simply, I hope to understand those who need help them most. This year I am excited to work as a teacher and mentor so I can prepare myself to be a better doctor who empowers patients to be informed advocates for their own health.”

Why do you want to volunteer with Precious Blood Volunteer Ministry?

“Doing volunteer work has always been something I enjoyed, but I realized during my time in college that I had more to give. Joining Precious Blood Ministry I have the opportunity to help those in need in a sustained and personal way. By living out the Precious Blood Mission to build community and walk with those who suffer, I know I will be able to make a difference in the lives of those who need it most. I am extremely excited to serve the Kansas City community, and I know with the support of Tim and the Precious Blood Ministry I will be well prepared to do so.”

What are you looking forward to most?

“I am excited to meet new people and I looked forward to building strong friendships along the way. This year will undoubtedly present me with challenges but I am excited to learn from them and grow from the experiences.”

Learn more about Precious Blood Volunteers at preciousbloodvolunteers.org.

Introducing the 2020-2021 Precious Blood Volunteers: Thomas Weiss

2020-2021 Precious Blood Volunteer, Thomas Weiss

Thomas Weiss will be serving as a Precious Blood Volunteer at Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation in Chicago, Illinois. He grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, and graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in the Program of Liberal Studies, Notre Dame’s Great Books education.

Why do you want to volunteer?

“The most formative experience of my education was the summer service program I completed after my sophomore year at Notre Dame. Living in intentional community at Hope House and serving at PBMR will hopefully be an equally illuminating and restorative experience for me.”

Why do you want to volunteer with Precious Blood Volunteers?

“The values of Precious Blood Volunteers outline the kind of life I hope to live. Commitment to serving those from suffering communities and a drive to redevelop often backward social systems resonate with the direction of my heart as I transition out of college and toward a career informed by Christ’s message of peace and compassion.”

What are you looking forward to about your volunteer experience?

“I am excited to step out of the classroom and into the real world. Having spent four years mostly reading books and writing essays, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to put my ideals into practice and to learn to sharpen my understanding of social realities through first-hand experience with those living on the south side of Chicago.”

Learn more about Precious Blood Volunteers at preciousbloodvolunteers.org.

Introducing the 2020-2021 Precious Blood Volunteers: Allison Spraul

2020-2021 Precious Blood Volunteer, Allison Spraul

Allison Spraul will serve at KC CARE Health Center in Kansas City, Missouri, and live in community at Jerusalem Farm. She grew up in the town of Effingham in central Illinois between St. Louis and Indianapolis. She attended the University of Notre Dame and graduated in 2020 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a minor in Catholic Social Tradition.

Why do you want to volunteer?

“I want to volunteer because I want a year of learning the kind of skills that I cannot learn in a classroom or from a textbook that will make me a more empathetic physician. Skills like connection, accompaniment, cultural competence, and sensitivity, in addition to clinical experience, will make me a better doctor going forward.”

Why do you want to volunteer with Precious Blood Volunteers?

“I want to volunteer with Precious Blood because of their focus on accompaniment and service alongside. I want to do what I can to help bring in those on the margins.”

What are you looking forward to about your volunteer experience?

“I am looking forward to building community with those I am working with and with my fellow volunteers, as well as the chance to put my faith into real-world practice.”

Learn more about Precious Blood Volunteers at preciousbloodvolunteers.org.

Introducing the 2020-2021 Precious Blood Volunteers: Mike Price

2020-2021 Volunteer, Mike Price

Mike Price will serve at Most Holy Redeemer Parish in San Francisco, California, and live in community with Father Matt Link, C.PP.S. at Most Holy Redeemer. Mike grew up in Granger, Indiana, and graduated in May 2017 from Holy Cross College in Notre Dame, Indiana with a Bachelor of Arts in Catholic theology and leadership management.

Why do you want to volunteer?

“I know volunteerism is something that people love to engage in to give part of themselves to the world, but I know this will also help form me in ways to encounter the Lord. I believe in the works of all religious orders, and I am excited to be part of this community for the coming year.”

Why do you want to volunteer with Precious Blood Volunteers?

“I’d met Fr. Matt Link C.PP.S. from Most Holy Redeemer a little over a year ago, we’ve remained in contact and he suggested I should pray about giving myself a year of service. I was inspired and encouraged by the ministry Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church was doing in their community which led me to take this next step as a Precious Blood Volunteer.”

What are you looking forward to about your volunteer experience?

“I look forward to the encounters I will have with the Most Holy Redeemer community in a parish setting. I am excited to learn more about parish life, but also about myself as I grow as an individual spiritually.”

Learn more about Precious Blood Volunteers at preciousbloodvolunteers.org.

Introducing the 2020-2021 Precious Blood Volunteers

Precious Blood Volunteers is excited to announce that five new volunteers will serve with us for the 2020-2021 volunteer cycle. We will again collaborate with Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation in Chicago with one volunteer and we will also continue our commitment to Kansas City with three volunteers. One of them will be serving as a religion teacher at Cristo Rey Kansas City High School, another will be serving at KC CARE Health Center, and the third one will be splitting his time between Cristo Rey and the Bishop Sullivan Center.

New for the program, our Kansas City volunteers will live in community at Jerusalem Farm in Northeast Kansas City, Missouri. The Kansas City Province and Jerusalem Farm have a longstanding relationship and this partnership will be deepened and strengthened because of this arrangement. In previous years, our volunteers lived in community at Gaspar Mission House in Kansas City. We decided to have them live in a different community setting to maintain a safer environment for the priests living at Gaspar Mission House since we are in the middle of a pandemic.

Also new for this year, we are thrilled to announce a new placement at Most Holy Redeemer Parish in San Francisco! Our volunteer at Most Holy Redeemer will be living in community with Father Matt Link, C.PP.S. Father Matt has been gracious in extending a welcome to our volunteer there.

We give thanks to God for this wonderful group of young people! Over the next few days, we will be introducing them on the Kansas City Province website and on social media. Orientation is starting this Saturday, July 25! Please keep them in your prayers throughout the year.

Volunteers April 2020 Events

This last week, on April 7, we had our first Facebook Live event with alumnus Steven Dougherty talking about his work at Shalom Community Center in Bloomington, Indiana. You can see the video on the Precious Blood Volunteers Facebook page.

This coming week we’re planning on hosting two different Facebook Live events. The first event is our second feature of a former Precious Blood Volunteer. We will be talking with alumna Lina Guerrero talking about her work at St. James Food Pantry in Chicago, Illinois on Tuesday, April 14, at 4 pm (Central Time). You can see it at https://www.facebook.com/events/254814615555755/.

On Thursday evening at 8 pm (Central Time) we’ll have an “Ask Us Anything” with current volunteers Keven and Caitlin. You can join in at https://www.facebook.com/events/1127254390960035/. This is a great time for anyone interest in a year of service to hear from our current volunteers what it is like to serve as a Precious Blood Volunteer.