Priscilla Maher

“I was born and raised Catholic. When I was little I had a lot of anxiety and one of the ways my parents had me combat it was to repeat Hail Mary’s until I could calm down; this resulted in me
having a devotion to Our Lady from a young age. But when I went to high school, my family stopped going to mass and I started to fall victim to the artificial happiness that the world offers. I wasn’t living the life God wanted me to live, and I knew it.

I believe that it was the relationship I had with Mary from the time I was little that got me out of the negative things I had let take over, I know she was praying for me the whole time I was away from the church. Sure enough two weeks before I was to move to Boston for college I had my first real confession which resulted in my reversion to the faith. I realized how much the Lord was striving for me and how much He loved me.

It took a while for me to really build a relationship with God, and even after my reversion I still fell into the college culture and again, things the world offers us to bring us “happiness.” Because that’s what everyone around me was doing, I thought that’s what I was suppose to do too. But God persisted and made sure I knew that I was His daughter and that He had great plans for me.

I started getting involved with the Catholic Center at Northeastern University (shoutout to the Brotherhood of Hope!) which caters to the students at Northeastern as well as all the neighboring colleges including MassArt, where I go. I would go to mass there along with other weekly events. Through the CC I made the best friendships I’ve ever had and was able to discover who God has made me to be and the things He wants for me.

I now get to help lead other college students to Christ through serving on the CC’s executive board as the HUB Representative. When I’m at home I serve on the youth group CORE team at
St. Pius X in Fairfield and am part of planning Convivio. I love working with high school and college students, it’s amazing when someone realizes that Christ is working in their life and helping them identify that. I feel like my witness is a perfect example of God making everything new because He has been able to use my experiences in high school and college to help me
relate to students. I also work as an intern for the Diocese of Bridgeport and this summer ran the first (and hopefully annual) college retreat, Make It or Break It. I will be graduating from
MassArt this coming May, 2018. As for plans postgrad, I have a desire to lead people to Christ in any capacity I can so I’m very excited to see what He has in store for me.”

-Priscilla Mahar, college student, Stratford, CT

 

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