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

The Lord has called me to serve my third year with FOCUS as the Team Director at the University of California, Irvine! I am incredibly excited to be serving in this new role with a new team of missionaries as we dive into mission on campus!  I can't wait to see what our Lord has planned for us this year at UC Irvine!

Below is a photo of my team! From left to right: Moses, Arianna, me (Ameerah), and Mike!

My Story

When I started college at the University of California, Santa Barbara, I had no idea the adventure that Jesus had in store for me. 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. The FOCUS missionaries on my campus invited me to a Divine Mercy Weekend retreat where I encountered the person of Jesus Christ for the first time in Eucharistic Adoration. As I sat in front of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, I experienced a love that I never had before and knew that something had to change. After this encounter with Jesus, I sought him out more intimately, and FOCUS provided me with a community of virtuous friendships and an incredible bible study that helped me deepen my relationship with the Lord through prayer. 

FOCUS has allowed me to encounter Jesus in a much deeper, intimate way and has given me the opportunity to invite others into the relationship with Christ that they were made for. I have learned that the greatest love I will ever experience is the love of Jesus and I seek to help others along their faith journey so that they too can find joy by falling in love with Him.

Below is a picture of some of the women I've had the opportunity to walk with at UC Irvine! From left to right: Ana, Aileen, Arline, Lily, me (Ameerah), Karla

The Youtube video below is from my medical mission trip to Peru last spring break! What a joy it was to work with the people of Pamplona!

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 …