Alana Beharry

Campus Missionary, Ryerson University
alana.beharry@cco.ca
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I come from a British-Canadian and Italian family. I have one strong and beautiful sister, Sydney, and two awesome parents, Rick and Annette. I love my family!

As a first-year student at Queen’s University, I began attending Mass regularly at the invitation of a friend. At that time, I was very curious why, as a cradle Catholic, faith did not have a more prominent role in my life. As a result, I began seeking the Lord truly and genuinely for the first time.

Four years later, CCO expanded to my campus and I signed up to join them on mission to World Youth Day in Sydney, Australia in 2008. Up until this trip, I was frequenting the Sacraments regularly, however, I was holding back in my relationship with God; I was scared of what might happen to my life, more specifically, how some relationships in my life would change. One night during our pilgrimage, I received the courage to give my whole life to Christ. It was in that moment, before the Blessed Sacrament, that I experienced, for the first time, the joy and peace that comes with a personal relationship with Christ.

Oh, and Jesus hasn’t taken anything away that really matters – only given an abundance of everything I never knew I needed or wanted.

I am very happy to be serving as a campus missionary at Ryerson University. This past year, a professor asked my classmates and I to think about our answer to the question “What is your dream job?” I was thrilled in that moment to realize that I get to do my dream job, be a missionary, by working for CCO.

Through my years on university campuses, I have come to see many friends come into a relationship with Christ. There is nothing better than seeing someone give their life to the person who loves them the most! “All that matters is that Jesus is proclaimed, that is what brings me joy.” Phil 1:18

During my time as a student in a diocese that did not have a CCO presence, I was very happy to invite many people to participate in CCO events and missions (Rise Up conference, WYD, Impact!, etc.). Through those experiences, I came to see these friends have conversions and make bigger steps in their relationships with Christ.

Being a missionary with CCO gives me an opportunity to witness to Christ in a very explicit way. I delight in conversations that begin as a result of the decision I have made to follow Christ as a missionary. It gives people a sense of hope to know that God’s Providence is great and abundant.

ONGOING PRAYER REQUESTS

Please pray for persecuted Christians around the world, for the Church in Canada, and for all priests and men called to the priesthood.

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