2014 Totus Tuus Missionary Team Members
Brenelle D'Souza (returning)
Hey! My name is Brenelle D'Souza and this will be my second summer as a Totus Tuus Missionary. I am 19 years old and going into my 3rd year at McMaster University studying Biology. Over the years, I have participated in campus ministry at McMaster as well as the EDGE and LifeTeen youth ministry programs at Nativity of Our Lord in Etobicoke. Sports are my thing; singing and dancing are not, although I do enjoy all three! I can't wait to learn from as well as share God's unfailing love with all those I meet.
Henry Liu (returning)
Hello everyone my name is Henry Liu, I am 25 years old. My home parish is St. Agnes Tsao Catholic Church in Markham. . I enjoy working with youth, especially organizing different events and sports activities for them. I am involved with the youth group at my parish and I also taught confirmation class at the church. This is my 2nd year back at Totus Tuus. I want to come back for another year because I find working as a missionary during the summer a lot of fun and it is also very fulfilling.
Josh Lobo (returning)
Hi! I'm 23 years old and from Epiphany of Our Lord Parish in Scarborough. I went to St. Robert’s High School in Thornhill and graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelors of Business Administration. I just finished my second year of seminary formation at Serra House philosophy Seminary in Toronto.
Totus Tuus was an amazing experience for me, especially as a seminarian. As someone who is studying to become a diocesan priest for Toronto, it was a great opportunity for me to meet and interact with the people of the Archdiocese. I got a taste of how wonderful life in a Parish community is, especially since all the Parishes I went to were so passionate, energetic and faith-filled. I thoroughly enjoyed sharing my faith and love of Christ with all the kids, I can't wait to do it all over again!
Maria Lucas (returning)
My name is Maria Lucas and I am 22 years old. I study at the University of Toronto where I am pursuing a double major in History and Political Science. My home parish is St. Marguerite D'Youville in Brampton. I enjoy reading and take great interest in humanitarian issues, along with youth engagement. In my past roles as a camp counselor and as a Totus Tuus missionary, God has shown me a great love for youth ministry that has led me to return to Totus Tuus for a third time this summer!
John Rugosi (returning)
Hi, I'm John Rugosi! This is my 2nd summer for Totus Tuus and I am beyond excited! I've just completed my 3rd year at York University for Music, with a minor in Religious Studies. I am 1 of 5 kids - big, beautiful Italian family. I work on a team of four with the Salesian Youth Office in Toronto and am a Youth Minister for St. Benedict's Church in Etobicoke. I have the Salesians of Don Bosco to thank for my formation - instilling a great zeal to evangelize the youth of our church. You can find me noodling on my guitar, or eagerly awaiting the next smash bros match. I'm excited for what God has planned for this summer and to live Totus Tuus.
Allen Varghese (returning)
Hey! I'm Allen and this is my second year doing TOTUS TUUS. I am 22 years old and currently studying to be a nurse, my home parish is Marguerite D’Youville in Brampton. I am very excited to do Totus Tuus again because I really enjoyed it the first year. It helped me deepen my faith and not to mention all the fun I had teaching kids about God. It was an amazing experience through which I've met a lot of amazing people who give their time for the Lord. I love playing sports; basketball and soccer are among my favorite and I'm pretty excited about FIFA this year! Go Germany!
Rachana Varghese (returning)
My name is Rachana Varghese and I am excited to be returning for another joy-filled summer of Totus Tuus. I am 22 years old and am majoring in Nutritional and Nutraceutical Sciences. I belong to Guardian Angels Parish located in Brampton. When I am not singing or attempting to play the guitar, I enjoy spending time with family and learning more about our beautiful Catholic faith.
I have heard that there comes a fair bit of responsibility as a returning missionary but I am saying “YES” – trusting all that God has in store for me will lead me closer to Him. Looking forward to giving my whole self to God this summer and sharing the joy of Christ with YOU!
Hello my name is Aaron Andrade and I am a 19 year old student at York University currently pursuing a B.A.Sc. degree in Engineering. I live in Aurora and a part of the Our Lady of Grace Parish community, a community which I absolutely love and dedicate my time as a Youth Leader and a Lector. I enjoy reading, break-dancing, playing the guitar and taking part in any sports I can. Above all I truly enjoy working with youth and for this reason I feel that Totus Tuus would be the perfect opportunity to use my talents and experiences in helping youth grow both personally and spiritually.
Yoooo! My name is Cristina Bolzon, my home parish is St Mary Immaculate in Richmond Hill, and I’m entering my second year of Graphic Design at York University. I have a passion for anime, creative arts, photography and music. This past year I’ve encountered Christ in a newer and deeper way in my life, and I decided to join Totus Tuus to get to know God more! I want to connect with other young adults who are passionate about their faith, teach young kids about Catholicism, and overcome my fears about sharing myself and my faith with others. I am excited for this new experience to live away from home and be welcomed into several new parish communities, work with others on a team, and share my faith.
Greetings, my name is Andrew Brinas and I am working on a double major in Christianity & Culture and Philosophy at the University of Toronto. I am going into my second year this September and am aspiring to become a religion teacher. My home parish is St. Patrick's in Markham and I am actively involved in a youth group called CFC-YFL. I enjoy reading books, watching films, and playing tabletop board games with my friends. I am going to spend my summer in Totus Tuus because I hope to share the inspiring faith with others, create lasting friendships with the team members, and deepen my relationship with Christ.
Hi Friends! My name is Myra. I am 22 years old and a recent graduate from UofT, where I studied human biology with an immunology focus. My family parish is St. Paschal Baylon, which is where I had my first experience in a youth group. I have continued to deepen my relationship with God through faith studies and intercampus events with young Catholics. I enjoy playing with my dog and exploring the restaurants of Toronto. This summer I am excited to open myself up to everything Jesus has planned for me in hopes of coming to know Him better and sharing His great love with others!
Hey! I’m Ariel-Mark Carlos (like the mermaid… but a guy). I’m 19 years old and I’m studying Life Sciences at McMaster University! My home parish is St. Mary’s in Brampton, but I attend Canadian Martyrs Parish while studying in Hamilton. I enjoy playing tennis, singing (mostly in the shower) and enjoying comic books about superheroes and their movie adaptations (Guardians of the Galaxy anyone?)! My time in Couples for Christ – Youth ministry and with the McMaster Catholic Student Association has shown me the countless blessings the Lord provides, and now, as a Totus Tuus missionary, I hope to not only share those blessings with others, but to also become that much closer to Christ and contribute to our Catholic community.
Hi my name is Joshua; I’m 21 years old and I study Information Technology at York University. My home parish is Immaculate Conception in Vaughan, but I also attend St Thomas the Apostle Mission parish which celebrates Mass in my native tongue. Speaking of which, I am of Indian (Malayalee) descent and I probably fit most of my cultural stereotypes. I enjoy traveling, filming videos, playing music, and dancing. I’m excited to be a Totus Tuus missionary this summer, because I know it will be a great opportunity to grow in my faith and share it with others.
Hi everyone! My name is Suzanne Joanes, and this is my second year as a Totus Tuus Missionary. I am 19 years old and entering my third year in the Concurrent Education program at Queen’s University, studying English and Drama. My home parish is St. Marguerite d’Youville in Brampton. I enjoy my time in Kingston, where I am blessed to continuously encounter Christ through my work with LifeTeen, Newman House, and Catholic Christian Outreach (as well as through my family and friends). I delight in anything family-, literature-, travel-, music-, or faith-related. Each day is filled with opportunities to recognize God's unfailing love for us, and I look forward to these moments this summer, meeting new people, and strengthening and sharing my faith!
Stephen Di Fonzo
My name is Stephen Di Fonzo. I am 23 years old and my home parish is Blessed Trinity. I have received a Bachelor of Applied Technology in Construction Science and Management from George Brown College and a Bachelor of Education in Technological Education from York University. I enjoy sports, music, and singing. I come from a family of seven brothers, of which I am the middle child. I will be giving my summer to Totus Tuus to not only strengthen and deepen my own faith, but to also bring the message of Jesus Christ and the Gospel to others.
My name is Natalie Doummar. I am 19 years old and will be entering my 2nd year at St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto. I hope to pursue Concurrent Education to become a high school special needs teacher. My home parish is St. Marguerite D’Youville in Brampton, where I served as an altar server, lector and Confirmation catechist, and worked in the parish office. This past year I was a Student Campus Minister at the wonderful Newman Centre Toronto. I love music, travelling, being outdoors, and sharing my pure joy for Jesus and Mary with others! I feel so blessed to be a Totus Tuus missionary this summer and I look forward to deepening in faith with the children and other missionaries! God bless you! :) +JMJ
Hi, my name is Tasha Fernandez and I am currently 18 years old. I will be starting my 2nd year of Kinesiology at York University this September and I attend St. Wilfrid’s Catholic Church. I was born in Mumbai, India, and came to Canada in 2004, when I was in grade 4. You can find me making travel plans, playing sports, or playing with my dogs. I have had the honour of teaching children in Ghana as well as helping youth with disabilities ride horses. I want to make a difference in the lives of others so that we can grow in our faith together, which is why I am eager in giving of myself to Totus Tuus!
My name is Paola Fraietta and I am 21 years old. I will be entering my fifth year of studies as a Christianity and Culture/Philosophy student at the University of Toronto. My home parish is St. David's in Maple where I have been a youth minister with OASIS Youth Group for the past 4 years. We have all been bestowed with beautiful gifts. I believe my gift is having a passion to help youth come to know Christ and His love. This summer will challenge me to take a new step in my vocation and prepare me for a future career in Catholic youth ministry. I'm very grateful for the opportunity! Grace and peace to you!
My name is Kris Gardiner and I am a seminarian for the Archdiocese of Toronto. I currently study at St. Philip's Seminary and have recently finished my first year of Philosophy. My home parish is St. Marguerite D’Youville in Brampton. I enjoy doing anything from playing the guitar, painting, or watching movies. Before I entered the seminary, I was very active in youth ministry for a Catholic lay movement called Couples for Christ. I am extremely excited to continue growing in youth ministry through Totus Tuus and to spread the love that the Lord constantly reveals to me every day.
HELLO MY FRIENDS!! My name is Vanessa Lentini and I am 20 years old. I am entering into my 3rd year of my undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto, double majoring in Christianity and Culture along with the Medieval Studies. My home parish is St. Joseph the Worker, located in Thornhill. It was through my Confirmation in 2008 that I recognized Christ’s true presence in my life. I am so blessed to be a missionary for Totus Tuus 2014! I am very excited to share with others my faith, love and joy I have received from Christ and as well to strengthen my relationship with Him. He has a beautiful summer planned out for us all and I am eager to see how He will personally encounter and accompany us all through our faith journey.
Hey everyone. My name is Freddy and I am 21 years old. Currently, I am going into my fourth year at the University of Toronto, majoring in sociology and anthropology. Last year I had the amazing opportunity of volunteering in the 2013 World Youth Day and it has been that experience which has driven my desire to become a missionary and serve Christ through others. I attend St. Thomas Aquinas Parish at the Newman Centre and form part of the executive team for the Newman Catholic Student's Club, where I will serve as Vice President in the coming year. In my spare time I enjoy watching movies and staying active through sport, especially soccer. This summer is going to be very special and I am extremely excited for what The Lord has in store for us. God bless!
My name is Megan Nelson and I am turning 22 in May. I am going into my fifth year at the University of Guelph majoring in Ecology. I belong to the St. Jerome parish in Brampton and commute every day to school, where I am a part of the Executive Committee for the University Catholic Club. I love reading (fantasy and the Bible), listening to music, watching TV shows, and studying history. This summer I hope to share the love and truth that I discovered in the Church and Jesus with others.
Hey there! My name's Darren Pereira. I'm 19 on the outside, but 5 on the inside. I study Astronomy and Physics at the University of Toronto, and I belong to St. Paschal Baylon Church in Thornhill. I was also part of my high school's youth ministry and now help with the Catholic chaplaincy team on campus. Since my consecration to Jesus, through Mary - from which "Totus Tuus" originates! - I've learned that I must let Jesus and Mary love others through me. That's what I hope to do as I give myself to this ministry!
Hi there! My name is Katie Stokes. I’m 19 years old and am in the middle of my undergraduate degree at Western University as a voice major in the Music Education program with a second teachable subject in Catholic Religious Studies. I love to read, sing, and play guitar. I attend Blessed Sacrament parish in Toronto, and am involved with Young Adults for Christ (the youth group at St. Peter’s Cathedral Basilica) in London. I’m very excited to participate in Totus Tuus for the first time this summer to gain practice in passing on the faith in a teaching environment.