Senior Communication Sciences and Disorders Major from Miami, FL
Hi everyone! My name is Natalie and I am so excited to serve you as a Co-President of CSF! Coming in Summer B of my freshman year, I made it a point to attend every Sunday Mass and try to join the choir (I love music!). I met so many wonderful people my freshman year but I didn’t get involved until my sophomore year when all of my newly found friends at St. A’s made me sign up for the Alpha retreat. It blew away all of my expectations! It was a retreat where my faith in Christ was rekindled and I found my home away from home. I quickly started going to many Catholic Gators events, like Newman Dinner, and got more involved with Music Ministry. I feel so blessed to be friends with such loving and compassionate people who have an indescribable love of God and His Church. Through the experiences I’ve had at St. A’s and the many Catholic Gators ministries and retreats (Alpha, F.I.R.E., FOCUS, CSF, Newman) that have helped me strengthen my faith, I felt compelled to give back and serve this beautiful community through CSF. I can’t wait to meet all of you this year and I hope you find your home away from home here at St. A’s!
Other than Jesus and the Catholic Church, I’m obsessed with coffee, praising God by singing, hanging around Hurley, learning about the Saints, dancing (especially salsa), and talking (I love meeting new people!). God bless!
Junior Philosophy Major from Cocoa Beach, FL
One of the first things I wanted to upon joining St. A’s was to join the music ministry. Growing up, I had always been a part of the music ministry at home in Cocoa Beach. After playing with the choir a couple times, I found out that there was so much more to do for the community, and became blessed enough to be appointed as Vice President of CSF.
Really, I don’t have much to say about myself other than give an excerpt from Fulton Sheen’s autobiography,
“That [my] autobiography is the crucifix… In the crown of thorns, I see my pride, my grasping for earthly toys in the pierced Hands, my flight from shepherding care in the pierced Feet, my wasted love in the wounded Heart, and my prurient desires in the flesh hanging from Him like purple rags.”
On a side note I love to read, watch anime, goof off, and talk a lot. I’m around the church a lot, so don’t hesitate to say hello. I’d love to get to know you more!
Junior Religion Major from Orange Park, FL
Hi I’m really excited for this upcoming year working on CSF! The Catholic Gators have been a very important part of my time here in college and I hope that any new students will also find a home in the St. Augustine community too. I love to play the piano and cook, and you can find me around Hurley, so please stop and say hi!
Senior Chemistry Major from Haines City, FL
Coming into college, I wondered what my life would be like, away from my hometown (bonus points if you recognize the name!) and my family. My parents and youth ministers encouraged me to seek out the Catholic Student Center at UF, and so I did, knowing I had at least my cousin, who was active there, to fall back on. But God went above and beyond fulfilling my hopes to find a welcoming community at St. A’s. I made numerous great friends immediately, dove into many of the ministries that happen here, and basked in the love of Christ that radiated through everyone around me. The Catholic Gators community has been there for me from the start, and now I am grateful for the opportunity to give back - to be there for you, and in a special way to serve as a Coalition officer.
As a conversation-starter for when you meet me, I enjoy playing various sports, watching various other sports, board games, going swimming, movie quotations (especially Pixar), movie songs (especially Disney), voice impressions, puns, and pondering life - though I am by no means equal in skill at all of those.
Junior in first year of UF Nursing School from Cape Coral, FL
- Jesus and Mary
- Mass and Adoration
- Life Teen Ministries
- Dance parties
Hello all! My name is Chelsea! When I came to UF, I didn't know how to fit in. I just knew I wanted to be in a good Catholic community that would challenge and strengthen my faith in a college environment. Well, I got more than that; I found a home. They welcomed and loved me for who I was, but cared enough about me to challenge me to be better, to pray harder, to give more, to love deeper...
My second thought as a freshman, "How am I supposed to balance everything?" Balance came from being in community, going to events, but most importantly attending Daily Mass with people who could keep me accountable. First things first (God) and everything else fell into place: a lesson I learned the hard way when I got frustrated with classes. If you don't come up to me, I will most likely introduce myself to you. I am sorry in advance for too much energy! Most of all, I am thrilled to be serving as your CSF secretary this year and cannot wait to meet you in person!
Junior Biochemistry Major from Boynton Beach, FL
After attending Catholic school for fourteen years, the absolute last thing I wanted to do in college was be involved with the church—but that all changed last fall when I took a chance and signed up for the Alpha retreat. Ever since that weekend, I’ve become progressively more involved in this community, and St. A’s quickly became my home away from home. I’m excited to be your CSF Historian and can’t wait to see I love all things JPII, and if I’m not in the library or running around the chemistry building, I’m probably waiting in line at Dunkin, watching a Gator sporting event, or napping on the couch at Hurley.
Junior Elementary Education and Psychology Major from Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Coming to college, I wanted to continue going to Mass every Sunday and planned on getting involved in maybe one Catholic ministry. Little did I know about the abundance of faith, the desire to serve, and the love of the Lord that this community has! Now I spend as much time as I can here at St. A’s. I entered the St. Augustine’s community when I joined a Bible study during the fall semester of my freshman year. Since then, I have served on the Alpha and FIRE teams, the CSF officer team last year and now this year, and been a part of FOCUS. My relationship with the Lord has only benefitted by being a part of the community. One of my favorite Bible verses is Luke 12: 25-26, which says, “Can any of you by worrying add a moment to your lifespan? If even the smallest things are beyond your control why are you anxious about the rest?” I knew nothing about St. Augustine’s when I first came to UF, and did not expect to grow in my faith as much as I have. I thought I was going to struggle when I came to college, but through this community God as pulled me even closer to Himself. The Lord has done amazing and beautiful things through this community, both for me very personally and for so many other people. St. As holds a special place in my heart and I am so thankful for the opportunity to serve as a student leader and be an instrument of God’s love.
I love spending time with family and friends, reading, and playing the violin when time permits. I also love meeting new people, so come say hi!