Vincentians of Wherever

Vincentians of Wherever: Jean Semler – Change a Life Uganda

Jean and Dave Semler launched a 501(c) 3 non-profit charity Change A Life Uganda (CALU) with a vision of educated, healthy, and empowered Ugandan children as agents of positive social and economic change.

To be a Vincentian is to Have a Purpose in Life

Being Vincentian is much more than a volunteer: it is a vocation. It is a purpose in life.

A Solid Foundation to Build From

Based on the practices ingrained during CVV I have a solid foundation to build from, a comfort level with introspection, vulnerability, and thoughtfulness..

Supporting Your Child In A Year Of Service

My daughter Linnea asked me to write a few thoughts about her time at VMC. What follows is my effort to share my point of view from a father’s perspective.

Let the Children Come to Me

Let the Children Come to Me

Brian spent much of his summer coaching soccer in the Denver metro area. Native of Denver, he is a Notre Dame Alum and wearer of many hats. He is introspective, intentional and thoughtful through and through. To date, he is the first alum to write his reflection at...

Reusable items that are “2 Good 2 Toss”

Reusable items that are “2 Good 2 Toss”

“2 Good 2 Toss,” a Niagara University service program intended to keep reusable items out of landfills, raised $2,334.20 this May for the Office of Campus Ministry and the St. Vincent de Paul Society. For the fourth straight year, members of NU’s Vincentian Mission...

Broken Open and Rebuilt

Broken Open and Rebuilt

I find that people have a keen sense of recognizing when something significant has happened in a person’s life, and that they want to ask about it. The problem, however is often –words. “How was your semester abroad?” “How was the wedding? “The funeral?” “What was...