Faith wasn’t important to me growing up. My experience of the Catholic faith was through my Catholic schools and occasionally going to church. I believed that God existed, but only as some far off, distant kind of cosmic entity. I had heard the phrase, “God loves you” but I didn’t believe it. I didn’t believe that God could ever love me – or that He would ever want to love me.
In my second year of university at Queen’s, I met CCO. A missionary invited me to attend their Fall Retreat and at this retreat I heard a staff member speak about a Father’s love – how it is personal, secure, and strong. I remember thinking: “That’s what I want. I want what he has. I want that kind of love.”
During adoration at the retreat, I encountered this intense and personal love of God. It was the first time I had felt so strongly loved that I knew there was no other possible explanation for what I had experienced that night other than simply that God was real. In that moment, I knew I needed to change my life and begin my relationship with God.
I think back to that moment often – how it has shaped who I have become and the missionary that I am. It drives me to bring the students that I work with into this encounter and relationship with God.
I served my first 3 years on staff in Halifax at Dalhousie and St. Mary’s University. This past year, I had the privilege of being a part of the expansion team to the University of Winnipeg. This year, I will be moving back to my alma mater of Queen’s University in Kingston ON, to serve as Team Leader.
I’m excited to be going back to the place where I encountered Christ for the first time and am now able to lead more young people into this beautiful and transforming relationship with Jesus.
ONGOING PRAYER REQUESTS
For the students that we will meet on campus this year – for their openness to a relationship with Jesus.
For our returning students, that they grow in their missionary identity and zeal.