Junior Advertising major from Tampa, FL
Mi nombre es Itzel Ireri Guzman and I am president of Nueva Alianza, the Hispanic ministry here at Catholic Gators. I am a junior majoring in Advertising. Outside of Catholic Gators you can find me in the gym practicing the sport of fencing.
The reason I decided to join the Nueva Alianza is because it is more than just a ministry, it's a family. I would love to get to know each and every one of you so you can join our Nueva Alianza familia as well.
Other interest include Netflix, reading, watching sports, and hanging out with awesome people like you. So if you see me around please don't hesitate to say hello.
Junior Sociology major from Branford, FL
Hello, my name is Isidro Jimenez. My parents are from Mexico, but I was born in Gainesville and raised in a small town named Branford. Growing up, my family and I would go to every Sunday mass because we saw it as an obligation and because it was a part of tradition, my parents were raised Catholic so we had to be raised Catholic too. After I received the Sacrament of Confirmation we slowly stopped going to Sunday mass, at that point I didn’t have a relationship with God and I didn’t feel like it was my faith. It wasn’t until Alpha, a retreat for college students, of my Freshman year at UF that I started to make it my faith. Since Alpha I have gotten involved in Catholic Gators by serving in multiple retreats, helping Newman club, serving in mass, and now serving as an officer in Nueva Alianza. The Catholic Gators have helped bring me into a closer relationship with God and have helped me develop as an individual. I am very grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this community. I look forward to this upcoming year and all the great accomplishments we can make.
Junior Public Relations major from Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Hey everyone! I am the outreach coordinator for Nueva Alianza this year! I wanted to get involved with St. A’s the second I knew that I was going to be attending UF. Catholic Gators has been such a welcoming community and I couldn’t imagine my life with all of the wonderful people I have met - 10/10 would recommend. Some fun facts about me: I’m the oldest of six kids and I have moved nine times!
I enjoy playing sports, going to the beach, and watching movies in my spare time.
Sophomore Biomedical Engineering major from New Port Richey, FL
Catholic Gator’s as a whole changed my life for the better. I cannot imagine where I would be or how I would be living my life right now had I not gone to the “Fearless for Fall” event my freshman year.
I grew up going to mass every Sunday and praying the rosary every night with my family, but it was out of routine and sometimes felt like a chore. Saint Augustine definitely changed the way I view mass and prayer and I wouldn’t want to have it any other way. This experience has been great and I am excited to continue it through my next three years here. It’s great to be a (catholic) gator!