Junior Exploratory Engineering Major from Miami, FL
Hello, my name is Kenneth Fernandez. My parents are from Dominican Republic but I was born and raised in Miami, FL. In my childhood, our family would attend Mass regularly mostly because we found it an obligation. As the years passed, we would seem to make more and more excuses to not go to Mass. When I was 14, my dad did the Emaus retreat at our local church, St. John Neumann, in Miami and since then we have been attending Mass every Sunday. Although I would go to Mass every week, I felt like I did not have a strong connection with God. Later that year I did a retreat called AGAPE meant for high school students. That retreat changed my life. Since then, I have gotten more involved by giving talks on religious topics, serving in multiple retreats, and serving God through music. After moving to Gainesville I have continued to serve via my music at St. Augustine's and will now serve in Nueva Alianza. This upcoming school year brings excitement knowing that it will give me more opportunities to help people. If you have any questions regarding Nueva Alianza, please feel free to ask me!
Senior Applied Physiology and Kinesiology major from Miami, FL
Wassup amigos! I remember walking out of mass the first Sunday I arrived in the ‘Ville and being invited to an ice cream social the following day. I went and little did I know I would be coming back basically every day after that. It was at St. A’s that my life changed completely for the better. By growing closer to Christ and developing my relationship with Him, I gained balance in my life and I have never been happier. It was through Him that I found the St. A’s community where I have made countless friendships that provide me with unconditional love and support. When I’m not studying at Marston or lifting at SW Rec, I enjoy watching HEAT games at Ale House, eating Chipotle, and trolling.
Sophomore Marketing major from Saint Augustine, FL
If it weren’t for the Catholic Gator community here in Gainesville, I would not be who I am today. I thank my older sister for introducing me to a community of students who have a contagious fervent love and desire to grow closer to Christ. The love and support from the students and the staff is beautiful. Everyone from St. A’s would probably identify me for always drinking coffee from Dunkin Donuts, being a social butterfly, and laughing. I’m so blessed to be part of a community that will help me enrich and deepen my faith in Catholicism in this journey in college.
Sophomore, Political Science and International Studies Major with a minor in Francophone Studies from Polk County, FL
Hello!! My name is Jacqueline Chavez, and I am second year dual major in international studies and political science with a minor in francophone studies. I come from a little town in Polk County, Florida. I currently serve as the historian of Nueva Alianza and as one of the violinist for the Spanish mass, and I joined Catholic Gators not only to grow in Christ but to also find that home away from home. I love mentoring children of all ages and introducing people to the brighter side of life! You’ll always see me with a smile on my face ready to help others and serve Christ!