Nick Colón

"The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness!"

Lamentations 3:22-23

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Where I serve

I am blessed to serve at Brown University in wonderful Providence, Rhode Island! You can generally find me on the Main Green with a great book, meeting up with someone at a coffeeshop on Thayer, or finding a concert to go to in downtown Providence. I'm so excited to see how God works in the souls of the students at Brown, and I'm honored to be a part of that work! 

Meet the team!

(Left to right) Second year missionary, Ceci Menendez; team director and third year missionary, Mark Mallari; myself; and first year missionary, Zoe Tarasiewicz

My Story

“Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; but only say the word, and my servant will be healed." These words spoken by the centurion to Jesus in the centurion's time of need reflect the immense faith and trust that he had in Jesus's lordship. I spoke a variation of these words every Sunday growing up. In college, when I started going to Mass more frequently, I would speak them daily. Twenty-three words, so often said, never held meaning for me; merely a string of words that was said before lining up for Communion. 

I had entered college Catholic with barely a desire to attend Sunday Mass. My pride of getting into Harvard had gone to my head, and I thought I had everything figured out on my own. I soon realized that those around me were smarter than I was, more attractive, more personable. I felt out of place, alone, and unworthy. 

In the midst of this turmoil, I was meeting with a FOCUS missionary weekly. He genuinely desired to know me, and he shared the truth of the Gospel: that we were made for relationship with God, and Jesus is constantly waiting for us and desiring to draw us closer to Himself, so long as we respond to His call. He reminded me that my worth was not found in my work, my shortcomings, or failures; rather, God created me for a relationship with Him. 

He invited me to a conference where three-thousand other young Catholics were desiring to deepen their relationship with Christ. I was reluctant to go, but was gifted a scholarship which covered registration costs. There, I had a profound encounter with Jesus in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament where I realized the truth and beauty of the real presence fo Jesus in the sacrament. I shared with Him my hurts of the previous semester and opened my heart to His healing. 

What would it have meant to be in the centurion's position, asking Jesus to heal his servant? One having so much power over others, I can imagine, must not be accustomed to asking for help; yet, he humbles himself and does so. How often do I take on the weight of my struggles alone refusing the help of others, and how often do I feel unworthy of love? 

Jesus is waiting, patiently and willingly, to take on that weight and show His unconditional love for us -- and I learned that through the simple invitations of a FOCUS missionary. I'm humbled to have the opportunity to share these truths with the students at Brown, and I look forward to sharing the love of God with the souls I encounter!

Your Impact

By answering the call to join FOCUS, I also made the decision to rely on the spiritual and financial support of mission partners who allow this mission to come to fruition. I've been blessed with an incredible group of people who have joined me in my mission on Brown's campus. If the message of spreading the Gospel to college students speaks to your heart, please let me know of the best way to contact you and I will schedule a time to chat. 

I would be honored to share this mission with you. 

Email: [email protected] | Cell: (508) 942-2960

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 …