My journey into the Catholic faith stems from my catholic education and being a part of different Christian organisations and communities. Throughout high school I was a member of St Vincent De Paul Society and was able to put my faith into action, serving those in need in the community. I didn’t grow up in a particularly practising Catholic family, we intermittently attended mass, and so having a very tangible faith experience really helped me understand that the Catholic faith was something meaningful and worth being a part of. Thus, early on, my faith was very action-oriented, I was able to see and experience how being a Catholic had a positive impact within the community.
Then, when I entered University my faith began to grow deeper. I began participating in events run by Catholic Youth Ministry, Notre Dame Campus Ministry and Young Christian Workers. Through these experiences I began to learn the importance of not just taking action but also building a personal relationship with God through prayer and participation in the sacraments.
Then in 2017 I took a leap of faith and spent a year studying youth ministry at Acts 2 College of Mission and Evangelisation which allowed me to develop an even greater understanding of the faith and knowledge on how to spread the Christian message.
I hope to always strive to learn more about the faith, surround myself with like-minded people, pray daily, participate regularly in the Sacraments, trust in Mother Mary’s intercession and build my Armor of God (Ephesians 6:11).
– Ashley Carvhalho, 2019