Ameerah Tolentino

The world offers you comfort, but you were not made for comfort. You were made for greatness.

–Pope Benedict XVI

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Where I serve

This year the Lord has called me to serve another year at the University of California, Irvine! I am beyond excited to continue this awesome adventure with my new teammates by diving into a deeper love of Jesus and building up friendships with students on campus. I can't wait to see what God has planned for me this year at UC Irvine!

Meet my teammates! David, Mike, Alison, and me on placement day this year!

My Story

When I started college at the University of California, Santa Barbara (go Gauchos!) I found myself desiring more than just the typical college freshman lifestyle I had been living. I knew I wanted to strengthen my relationship with Christ but I didn't really know how. I was invited to a Divine Mercy weekend retreat hosted by FOCUS missionaries and it was on this retreat that I had a deep, profound encounter with our Lord in the Eucharist. As I sat in front of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament during Adoration that weekend, I experienced a love that I had never known before in my entire life and knew that something had to change. After this encounter with Jesus, I sought Him out more intimately, and FOCUS provided me with an awesome bible study that made my prayer life more fruitful along with virtuous friendships that always kept me searching for a deeper relationship with Christ.

FOCUS has allowed me to encounter Jesus in a much deeper, intimate way and has given me the opportunity to grow in my faith and knowledge of the Catholic Church. I have learned that the greatest love I will ever experience is the love of Jesus Christ and I seek to help others along their faith journey so that they too can find joy by falling in love with Love Himself. 

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 …