Weekly Web Picks

Looking for work -paid or voluntary — at the service of the Church? Here are some sites to help you locate opportunities.

Catholic Careers (catholiccareers.com) allows you to search by region, job category or keyword or to submit your resume.

Catholic Relief Services (catholicrelief.org) was founded by the U.S. bishops to assist the poor and dis-advantaged outside the country. Check out the “Get Involved” drop-down list and other menu links.

The Catholic Worker (catholicworker.org), founded by Dorothy Day — whose cause for sainthood has been introduced — has 185 communities dedicated to nonviolence, voluntary poverty, prayer and hospitality for the homeless, exiled, hungry and forsaken. Catholic Workers continue to protest injustice, war, racism and violence of all forms. See their “Volunteer Opportunities” link.

Catholic Extension (www.catholicextension.org) promotes the Catholic faith in U.S dioceses where resources are insufficient. Although not a volunteer group per se, it helps support good works in this country.

The Christophers (christophers.org) were started by Maryknoll Father James Keller, who believed that God gives each individual a particular task in life. Their motto: “It is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.” Not a bad maxim to live by in these dark times.

For local opportunities, see your diocesan Web site (linked at usccb.org/bishops.htm). Get involved today!

Cistercian Father Thomas Esposito says of discerning one’s college choice, ‘There has to be something that tugs at you and makes you want to investigate it further. And then the personal encounter comes in the form of a visit or a chat with a student or alumnus who communicates with the same enthusiasm or energy about the place. And then that love of a place can be a seed which germinates in your own heart through prayer.’

Choose a College With a Discerning Mind and Heart

Cistercian Father Thomas Esposito, assistant professor of theology at the University of Dallas (UD) and subprior (and former vocations director) of the Cistercian Abbey of Our Lady of Dallas, drew from his experience as both a student and now monastic religious to help those discerning understand the parallels between religious and college discernment.