“I grew up in a typical Catholic home. I was baptized, made my first Reconciliation and Eucharist, went to CCD and Sunday School, and my family made it to Mass when we could. It was a very average Catholic upbringing, and for the most part, it bored me.
When I began my freshman year at St. Joseph High School in Trumbull, I began to see faith in action every day. My freshman religion class (shout-out to Jess Nayden ) intrigued me. I loved being surrounded by faithful people who seemed to be really living the message of Christ. At the same time, I was preparing to be Confirmed. The combination of the environment at St. Joe’s and my Confirmation marked a new and exciting chapter of my life. Many people say they don’t feel different after Confirmation, but I certainly felt the workings of the Holy Spirit in my life. I was so intrigued by my religion classes and each year I had amazing religion teachers who drew me closer and closer to Christ.
At St. Joe’s, I became involved in Campus Ministry and found a love for service and consequently, Christ. I found my true friends through Campus Ministry and was given amazing opportunities like traveling to Washington, D.C. for the March for Life, giving a talk at a retreat for underclassmen, and becoming a Eucharistic Minister. I began to see the Church in a new light. Instead of an old, stuffy institution with a bunch of rules, I saw the Church for its truth: a live, exciting, wonderful place with so much to offer.
Now, as a freshman at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island, I have jumped right into the faith community here. There is an amazing Catholic group here that is helping me grow further in my relationship with Christ.
The reason I continue to invest in the Catholic Faith is because of all the people I see who truly love the faith and live happy and successful lives in accordance with Christ’s teachings. My teachers and friends at St. Joe’s had an immense impact on who I am today, in relation to my faith. By immersing myself in a life with Christ, I have experienced so much greatness. I love going on retreat, attending Catholic rallies and conferences, and, in my free time, listening to my “real love” Spotify playlist featuring artists such as Chris Tomlin, Hillsong United, and Matt Redman, just to name a few.”
-Mike Rosati, college student, Shelton, CT
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