“No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (John 15:13)
As a convert, I knew my Catholic faith was the greatest gift and I just wanted to share it. In the fall of 2016, I went to college in Pittsburgh, thinking that playing soccer and studying engineering would bring me the most fulfillment in life. I would wake up early for class, have soccer practice in the evenings, and spend the night in the adoration chapel near campus. Despite all this, I was still restless and unsatisfied. I began to look for new opportunities, like volunteering at the homeless shelters, going on mission trips, and becoming more involved with FOCUS on my campus. I started to experience the gift of friendship from a God who seemed so far away before, and from a community that I had so deeply longed for. I met people who had nothing, but with Christ, as the source of their hope, they possessed everything. I met people who were suffering, who invited me to pick up my cross too and walk with them. I encountered joy in people that came with not only sharing the gospel but sharing in their life too.
During one of those nights in the chapel, I knew Jesus was calling me to something radically different than I had ever imagined. Four years later, if you were to ask me now what I wanted to do with my life, I would probably say God’s will. But actually, I want to live the ordinary day-to-day life alongside people while having extraordinary faith, hope, and love. I have realized that Jesus is calling me to accompaniment, friendship, and a life of great sacrifice and adventure. A good priest once told me, if you knew how much Christ loved you then nothing else would matter. I am so grateful to be on mission in Baltimore and am so excited to see how Christ will continue to love me and love through me.
Pursuing my calling as a missionary is only possible through the spiritual and financial support of mission partners. Your investment in this mission enables our community to go out and share life with our friends on the street day after day, where we address their biggest source of suffering—isolation—in a way that nobody else can. Your support enables our program to grow, and we intend to have a community of 15-20 missionaries by August 15, 2022. These young, determined men and women will be nourished and equipped through daily opportunities for spiritual, intellectual, and human formation, and they will spend time in prayer before Christ in the Eucharist, interceding for the needs of this suffering city. Your support makes all the difference, and I want to invite you to invest in both me and my community. If you are interested in partnering with me, please let me know the best way to reach you and I will happily schedule a time to meet! You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.