Nic Carvalho

Campus Missionary, University of Victoria
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I was born and raised Catholic and always wanted to practice the faith. I feel like I never purposely rejected the faith, but rather sought to grow in understanding and holiness. However, it wasn’t until age 28, after 7 years as a seminarian, after serving as missionary for 1 year on NET Canada, countless conferences, retreats and spiritual direction that I encountered Jesus in a life-changing way.

I had made the decision to follow Jesus from a young age. For instance, I remember a very clear time at a retreat in Laredo, TX run by the Brothers of St. John. Another time was at my Confirmation in Grade 8. Again and again in my daily prayers. Yet as I think back and look at what I had written from those times, I often doubted God’s love for me. I knew that He loved everyone, I had my Master of Theology degree, but I didn’t believe He could love a sinner like me. Weird, eh? (Luke 5:32).

So, through a series of fortunate events (God’s providence) I came to experience God like I never had before. It felt like I had met him for the first time. And I knew I had to share this love with others. Despite that, and as seen above, and maybe experienced by yourself, the longest we take is sometimes from our head to our heart. So, I ran from ministry. I told the Lord, I’m done serving you in this dedicated way. I’ve done this for most of my life (almost 20 years)! It’s now time for myself, to store up wealth, to do what I want, to serve my needs.

But, oh, the Lord is so good to me. He called me, and chased me, and finally I turned and listened and heard Him calling me to serve Him again in dedicated service. I joined CCO in May 2019, and was sent with my wife and daughter and son to share the Great News with the students of UVic!

Again, think of my story (and maybe you’re experiencing that right now – knowing about Jesus, but not knowing Him), and how many souls are searching for meaning and purpose and love. I’m so blessed to be able to journey with these young people.


Please keep me, my wife and our kids in your prayers, as well as the students we are reaching out to. We want to offer them the chance to experience the Love of God, to have a relationship with Jesus like never before. We are keeping you in our prayers also. Thank you.