Jamie McNaueal

Campus Missionary, University of Saskatchewan
jamie.mcnaueal@cco.ca
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I come from a blended family of nine (of which I am the youngest), but grew up as an only child to my mother, Rosanna, and adoptive-father, Brett. My parents are faithful Christians whose devotion and abandonment to the Lord is an inspiration to me in my walk of faith.

From a young age, I was taught the Gospel message and what it meant to have a personal relationship with Jesus. As I grew older, however, and was confronted by the attitudes and beliefs of a secular society, I began to question the things I had been taught. My questioning made me doubtful, and my doubt brought resentment. My faith began to feel like a burden — a limitation of my freedom, and an obstacle to my happiness.

After years of falling away and eventually denouncing my faith, I had a personal encounter with God that completely uprooted me from my obstinance and apathy. In that moment, I made the decision to place Jesus at the centre of my life, and that decision is one that I continue to make every day.

Seeking fellowship, I reached out to a friend from my program who I knew was a practicing Catholic. After meeting up and sharing my story with him, he offered to introduce me to some of the people from the Catholic community in Kingston. Despite not being Catholic myself, I decided to take him up on his offer. These friends of his quickly became friends of mine, and it wasn’t long before I was an active member of the Catholic community at Queen’s University — and it was there that I first encountered CCO!

This exposure to Catholicism (along with my own research and inquiry) opened my eyes to the beauty and richness of the liturgy and the Church’s teachings, and brought me even deeper in my relationship with Jesus. In November of 2014, I gave my full yes to God and was baptized and confirmed into the Catholic Church. Now, two years later, I am beyond excited to be working with CCO, sharing my faith with university students, and helping to build them up as disciples of Christ.

I am serving as a Campus Missionary at the University of Saskatchewan. My experience so far is limited to support raising, but that experience alone has been inspiring to say the least. The generosity of my family and friends, of parishioners and acquaintances, and of complete strangers has been incredible. It is encouraging to see so many people share in our mission of bringing the Gospel to campus, and I feel blessed to be able to serve God in this way.

Last year’s Rise Up conference in Montreal was the catalyst that led to my decision to apply for staff. I was moved to tears by the sight of 750 young people worshiping Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. Seeing this, the fruit of CCO’s missionary work, filled me with a desire to share my faith and bring others to Christ. It became clear to me that this was where the Lord was calling me, and that this was what he had been preparing me for.

My time on staff, brief though it has been, has pushed me to grow in my faith in very significant ways. Relying on God’s provision has deepened my desire to spend time in prayer and has helped me to turn to Him with all of my needs. Seeing the Lord so evidently at work in my life has given me great hope and expectation for the work he will do through me in the lives of students on campus.

ONGOING PRAYER REQUESTS

Please pray for my success in support raising this summer and for the students who we will meet on campus in September.

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