Emma Crespo

Campus Missionary, Queens University
CCO is a registered Canadian charity (#13782 4363 RR0001) and income tax receipts are issued in February of each year.
Please read our Privacy Policy.

I grew up in Burlington, Ontario, with my wonderful Scottish parents and lovely younger sister, Heather. I was always really excited about going to Mass (especially around the time of my First Communion) from a young age. But when I started university, I quickly stopped praying and going to church. I still believed in God, but I kept Him at a distance as I enjoyed university life. But at this point, I knew something was missing in my life.

I was very blessed when I started graduate school to have a friend who wanted to start going to Mass. We made a resolution to go together. At the cathedral in Kingston is where I first encountered CCO missionaries. I reluctantly signed up to take the Discovery faith study, yet this is where everything changed for me. Through this faith study, I realized in my heart for the first time that God loves me, and that He is not far way from me. Due to a powerful experience in Confession, I encountered God’s love most profoundly through His mercy. Especially during the Jubilee Year (2016), I was reminded by Pope Francis that “the name of God is Mercy.” When I encountered the unfathomable depths of His mercy and forgiveness, I believed in my heart that He loves me. This is when I decided that I wanted to live for Him, because how could I reject His great love? Now I know that God is what I was missing from my life before, and He is what my heart was searching for. I can relate to St. Augustine, who said that “our heart is restless until it finds rest in You.” Now I want to share with everyone about God’s wonderful and amazing love for us!

I began staff with CCO in Montréal at Concordia University. I was really excited to part of the first team going to Montreal. Quebec is such a special place because it was the cradle of the Catholic Church in North America. Walking in the footsteps of great saints while surrounded by beautiful churches is one of many things I’m looking forward to! However, this fall, I will serve at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario!

I had heard many great things about CCO’s annual national conference called Rise Up. The year before joining staff, I attended the conference for the first time. Getting to invite my friends and students in my faith studies made Rise Up Montréal even more special. Seeing my close friends encounter Christ in a deeper way and growing in their relationship with Jesus at Rise Up was such a blessing!

My faith has grown stronger by seeing so many young people decide to live out the fullness of the faith in university. It truly is a revolutionary act to stand up for what you believe, especially in today’s culture. Seeing the courage and conviction of young people who desire to know Jesus gives me so much hope and joy!


Please pray for the students that my team and I will meet in Montreal, that they would be open to letting Jesus into their lives.

We are full-time lay missionaries dedicated to the proclamation of the Gospel.
Join the mission.