Danielle Gaudet

Campus Leader, University of Calgary
danielle.gaudet@cco.ca
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I am from a loving family of 6. I am the second eldest daughter. I grew up on an acreage near Bellevue, Saskatchewan, a small French town in the middle of the Prairies!

At a CCO retreat, during my first year of university, I chose to make my faith my own. It was no longer something that I was obliged to do, but that I wanted to do. After realizing how much God loves me personally and what He did for me, my life is transformed!

Currently, I am the Campus Leader for the University of Calgary. My first year of staff was fulfilled at Dalhousie University in Halifax, where I was privileged in spreading the clear Gospel message to students through faith studies, social events, retreats, conferences, and missions. Since then, I have been serving at the University of Calgary.

One of the many highlights of being a missionary is seeing students take ownership of the Gospel. For example, I led the Commission faith study with a group of students. After discussing the meaning of being ‘Commissioned’ with the clear message that Jesus loves us and is our Saviour, one girl lit up and said, “That’s what you did for me! Someone shared the message with you, and then you shared it with me! I can’t break this chain; I want to share it with all my friends and now I know how!” And how true a statement, in the words of St. Paul:

“And what you have heard from me, through many witnesses, entrust to faithful people who will be able to teach others as well.” (2 Tim 2:2)

We have an event called JAM held every Monday night. It consists of a time of socializing, music, reading of the upcoming Sunday Gospel, and small group discussion. Every week, we are amazed at how many new students show up – from people just walking by, to having found out via Facebook/Twitter, or from students telling students. It has brought the whole Catholic community together in fellowship, and constantly it is said, “People here are so nice! How have I not heard about you guys before?!”

My Heart for the World has grown. I not only want my family and friends to know Christ, but every single person I encounter! Every moment is an opportunity to share the Gospel.

ONGOING PRAYER REQUESTS

– For students’ conversion; that they may realize how much God loves them, and wants to have a personal relationship with them
– For student leaders; that their hearts may be inflamed with the desire to share the Gospel
– That students, the next generation of builders, may influence the culture of our future with Christ’s love.

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