Ariana Ricarte

Harvard University

"Do not fear death, but rather the unlived life.  You don't have to live forever.  You just have to live." - Tuck Everlasting

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Where I serve

God has sent me on an adventure!  I serve college students at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  You’ll typically find me hanging out with students, exploring Boston, or high-fiving people around campus.  I have a pretty cool story about how Jesus has changed my life -- I think you should hear it sometime! Come find me and I'd love to share it with you. :)

My Story

It all started with books.  

I grew up surrounded by books filled with tales of strong female characters who lead lives of adventure and courage.  Wanting to be like them, I pushed myself throughout my childhood to be successful, independent, and self-reliant.  All of this ambition was helpful for getting me into college, and I attended the University of California, Los Angeles.  However, I soon found myself lost in a sea of 40,000 brilliant undergraduates, pursuing a degree that I had lukewarm interest in but had pridefully chosen.  

At the height of my struggle during my sophomore year of college, God began to lift me out of my darkness by inspiring me to sign up for a “Busy Bruin Retreat” at the University Catholic Center.  For a week, I met with a joyful spiritual director (shout-out to Sister Judy!), who encouraged me to pray in silence for 30 minutes everyday.  When I finally allowed Jesus this chance to speak to my heart, His voice rose clear above all of the chaos. 

"Be still, and know that I am God," He said.  "It's now time to rely on me, not on yourself."

This week of prayer only increased my desire to get to know Jesus more, and I decided to get involved as a student leader.  As I allowed Jesus to become the center of my life, everything else began to fall beautifully into the place.  Like the women in my childhood stories, I decided to go big: I took a 10-week course in Ignatian Spirituality where I committed to pray in silence for 1 hour every day.  And with this “yes,” God swept in and changed my life forever.

God has a story for all of us, and this is just the abridged version of mine!  I’d be more than happy to meet up with you and tell you more, because let’s face it, unabridged versions of stories are always better.  There is nothing more I would rather do than walk with you as you discover the masterpiece that God has in store for your life.  No matter the plot twists or surprise endings, villains or heroes, know that the Lord has crafted the world around you with intentionality and purpose.  

How beautiful your life will be if God is the main character in your story! 

Your Impact

When I answered the call to join FOCUS, I made the decision to rely on the spiritual and financial support of mission partners to help me through this mission. I've been blessed with the most amazing people who have journeyed with me as I serve on campus. If you are interested in partnering with me, please let me know of the best way to reach you and I will schedule an appointment. I'd be honored to share this mission with you.

Know, Love and Serve God

We encounter God in an intimate relationship through daily prayer, the sacraments and the Scriptures.

Build Virtuous Friendships

By building genuine friendships, we meet students on a deeper level.

Teach Others to Share Christ

We teach students how to share the gospel, who in turn teach other students how to pass it on …