Joseph Murphy

Missionary Support Raising Manager, Stewardship and Development
joseph.murphy@cco.ca
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I grew up in Trenton, Ontario with two loving parents and two younger brothers. Since we were all close in age, I was very close with my brothers growing up.

Going to Church on Sunday was a normal occurrence for us. Our family was active in our parish community by participating in various ministries and organizations. While my brothers and I were taught that Jesus loved us, we never prayed or read the Bible. In my eyes, I had to earn my way to Heaven by performing works of service and building a “spiritual resume”. I knew Jesus loved me, but I never felt like he was an actual person

When I went to university, someone shared with me that we are called to be in a personal relationship with Christ. I was utterly shocked. How was it that I had been Catholic all these years and never known this? The idea that my salvation had already been won on the cross, regardless of anything I was ever going to do, was mind-blowing. Almost a year later, while before the Lord in Eucharistic Adoration, I heard a voice say “It is time”. I let down the walls of my heart, and opened the door to Christ. I made an adult decision to invite Christ into the centre of my life, accepting him as my Lord and Saviour.

My life has never been the same. I have experienced the love of God in such a personal way that I feel as though He is my most trusted friend. This has led to much joy in my life. I have seen God working in every aspect of my life, helping me grow and become the best version of myself!

As the Missionary Support Raising Manager, I have the responsibility of overseeing the personal support raising efforts of all CCO missionaries. My ministry is dedicated to equipping other missionaries with the attitudes, skills, and knowledge they need to thrive for a lifetime.

I lead training courses for our missionaries, providing coaching to those raising their support, foster community, and use systems to monitor support raising progress.

I love that we get to invite people to partner in this great mission of evangelization. I love being able to help onboard new staff into the CCO missionary experience, and equip them with the skills they need to succeed. I love CCO’s supporters, and helping our missionaries develop the resources to steward them well.

ONGOING PRAYER REQUESTS

No matter when you’re reading this, there will be some CCO missionaries out in the mission field of full-time support raising. Please pray for them as they seek the ministry partners God is calling them to partner with.

Please pray for my continued discernment with the movement and for God’s will to be done in my life.

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