My Story

Hello! My name is Anna-Maria and I am in my second year of Psychology at the University of Ottawa. I’m originally from a small rural town in Caledon Ontario, and yes, I occasionally will see cows haha. I love listening to music, drinking lots of coffee, spending as much time with my friends as possible, being in nature, and my 1990 Toyota Tercel, named Betsy.

I met CCO in my first year of University and was trying to run away from the faith when I started my faith study. I grew up in a Byzantine Catholic Church (shout out St. Elias in Brampton) and was raised with my family helping me grow in my faith. I knew of the Catholic faith, but never understood that I could have a personal relationship with Jesus. As I was learning to come back into my faith, I struggled with needing to be perfect. On February 24, 2023 I made the decision to say ‘Yes’ to Jesus! My faith study leader explained that Jesus would meet me where I was on my journey, and I didn’t need to reach certain goals to accept Jesus at the centre of my life. Ever since that day, I have felt the Lord’s love and have seen Him work in others’ lives in such a profound way!

Why do I want to be on Mission?

Through the walk of my faith journey, I always had an idea that only specific people are called to share the good news of the Gospel. I felt that I would not be “holy” enough for a mission and I would just continue living my life only growing my own faith. Little did I know, every conversation I had with friends, family or coworkers would always lead to us talking about the Catholic faith and Jesus. My call to mission happened during the 2024 ‘Rise Up’ conference. Hearing the 10 year vision of CCO inspired me to share my faith more openly to others. It wasn’t until the praise and worship session on the last day of ‘Rise Up’ that the words in the song, Driven by Love, became my call and prayer to want to evangelize and spread the Gospel. It says, “To a broken world around us, Let us be your heart Oh God, To the unreached and forgotten, Let us be your healing arms”. I felt an overwhelming amount of peace to tell others, including the lost and broken about how Jesus can change their life.

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