The world offers you comfort, but you were not made for comfort. You were made for greatness.
–Pope Benedict XVI
–Pope Benedict XVI
This year the Lord has called me to serve at the University of California, Irvine! I am beyond excited to begin this awesome adventure with my team by diving into a deeper love with 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! :)
Growing up Catholic I was raised to go to mass every Sunday and follow Church teaching. I knew who Jesus was because I was taught to pray every night before I went to bed and I had heard many stories about him in my CCD classes and in Confirmation. I knew of Jesus, but I didn't really know him personally. After I was confirmed, I decided to participate as a youth group leader and Confirmation catechist because there was always a part of me that desired to grow deeper in my relationship with God.
When I started college at the University of California, Santa Barbara (go Gauchos!) I found myself always 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 had been invited to go on a retreat during Divine Mercy weekend hosted by FOCUS missionaries at Saint Mark's University Parish in Isla Vista. On this retreat I learned so much about God's Divine Mercy and the beauty of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. As I sat in front of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament during Adoration that weekend, I felt a love that I had never felt 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 and virtuous friendships that always kept me searching for 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 him.
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.
We encounter God in an intimate relationship through daily prayer, the sacraments and the Scriptures.
By building genuine friendships, we meet students on a deeper level.
We teach students how to share the gospel, who in turn teach other students how to pass it on …