Catherine Gallerizzo

Ciao! My name's Catherine. I'm a FOCUS missionary.

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Where I serve

I am going to be serving at Brown University this year (2016-2017) as Team Director! It is such a joy to be moving to Providence, RI to bring FOCUS to Brown. I know that God has called me to this campus specifically, and I am so excited!! I have a special place in my heart for college students, and I cannot wait to lay down my life for them in this way. I'd love to share my story with you of how I ended up as a missionary!

My Story

A few years ago, you would have found me a lost college girl placing her identity in relationships and parties. Then one day, my world shattered, and everything I knew was no longer true or real. Immediately, I ran to the foot of the cross because I had no where else to turn, and Jesus loved me right there in my brokenness and extreme weakness. I never knew myself until that moment when I met Christ in all of my pain and sorrow and sin. I knew then that I had to commit my life to Him because I never wanted to live without Him. I had always said that "fall is my season of love" and that fall of my super senior year of college, I fell in love with Jesus.

He called me to be a missionary and fight for His kingdom on the college campus because I knew what it was like to be lost and alone and broken. I was terrified and over and over again, the devil told me that I couldn't do it. Fear is never a good enough reason to not do something, especially when you know that you need to do it. So I said yes to His call to become a missionary, a soldier in this battle against evil.

This past year, I served as a first-year missionary at the University of Maine. It was an amazing experience, and the people I met in Maine will always hold a very special place in my heart. It was not easy to leave, but I know that God has a plan for that campus as well as for Brown. He has called me to be a Team Director and I am ready to step up to the challenge.

All the girls in discipleship at the University of Maine!

Ryley was baptized into the Catholic Church at Easter 2016!

Our group from Maine at the FOCUS Student Leadership Summit (SLS) in Dallas, TX!

My disciple, Meaghan, and I -- she is now a FOCUS Missionary!!

I want nothing more than to bring this joy to others and introduce them to the life-changing message of the Gospel. In His ministry on earth, Jesus humbled Himself to meet us on our level, taking on our humanity, and spent most of His time investing deeply in a few. I look to Jesus’ own example to find the best method of reaching the world. I've been constantly amazed by the different souls I've encountered on campus. Please pray for me as I continue on this journey for Christ and move to Rhode Island!

Your Impact

There is such a need on college campuses for the students to know Jesus and have a relationship with Him. I want to surrender my life entirely to Christ by serving Him as a missionary, but I know that there is no way that I can embark on this journey on my own. 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. Please join me in living for Christ by laying down our lives to love and serve Him and His church! Know always of my prayers for you and your loved ones. Thank you for your extreme generosity and faithfulness to God!

Know, Love and Serve God

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Build Virtuous Friendships

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Teach Others to Share Christ

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