Cameron Ayles

Campus Leader, Trent University
cameron.ayles@cco.ca
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I’m originally from a town just south of Calgary. I grew up with one younger brother and a very supportive and loving family. Life was full of school, hockey, family and friends, and I went to Church on Sunday provided we didn’t have a hockey game out of town.

When I left home to attend the University of Ottawa, I did so without involving God in my life, even though I had grown up going to Mass. I relied on myself to get through anything that came my way, positive or negative. My life in Ottawa was great, but a couple of bumps in the road left me searching for more. Having good friends, being in my desired program, and being in charge of my own life wasn’t enough.

While I was trying to figure out what I was looking for, my brother asked me to be his Confirmation sponsor. I knew that at that particular moment I wasn’t the right person to be his sponsor, but I wanted to be there for my brother. I told him I would be his sponsor, then I told myself that I was going to make an honest effort to be a true sponsor. I asked some friends how I could both get involved in my faith and truly be a good sponsor. One of them invited me to participate in a six-week faith study offered by CCO about 2 months before my brother’s Confirmation, so I took him up on it.

After the fifth lesson, I attended an evening of Eucharistic Adoration and worship hosted by CCO. It was at this event, while trying to be the right person for my brother, that Jesus revealed Himself to me personally. He asked me to let Him in, to let Him handle the bumps in the road, and to let Him be everything, to be at the centre of my life. That day was back in April of 2013, and I have lived each day since then with Jesus at the centre of my life. It’s been a remarkable journey so far, and I’ve truly experienced what St. John Paul II meant when he said “Life with Christ is a wonderful adventure”.

I have been the Campus Team Leader at Trent University in Peterborough since CCO expanded here in the summer of 2018. I have really enjoyed my role in building CCO’s ministry from the ground up with my teammates in collaboration with our Chaplain and the Catholic club on campus that paved the way for us to be here. Seeing how quickly we have grown and how quickly the Lord has moved in the hearts of our students has been amazing. Our God is so loving, merciful, and generous with His children, and I’m so fortunate to see it every day!

ONGOING PRAYER REQUESTS

Please pray for our students, that they would “drop their nets” and place Jesus at the centre of their lives. Please also pray for the other missionaries on my campus and for me as I continue to guide them in their time on campus. Finally, please pray for me, that I can grow closer to the Lord each day.