Francesca Ani began her journey to Christian Contemporary music at the tender age of 5 years old. From the time she could speak, Francesca was singing. In 2015, Francesca’s honest and heartfelt style won over the judges of a Tampa Bay Talent Search. Inspired by women such as Lauren Daigle and Carole King, in 2016 Francesca released her first pop EP, “Open Your Arms.” Although her heart always called her to perform, her faith ultimately led her to use her gift for more than just entertainment. Francesca’s goal is to convey the message of the gospel with light and joy for any listener no matter their faith. Francesca is currently focusing on youth ministry and youth worship around the greater Tampa area.
Fast Facts with Fran!
- My Favorite bible verse is constantly changing! Right now it’s John 15. Pruning is a good thing, friends 🙂
- I’m only 5 feet tall, still hoping to hit a late growth spurt.
- I work at a Catholic radio station in Tampa, Florida!
- Movies with dogs make me cry. This also includes commercials for movies about dogs.
- I live off The Office, Friends, and Schitt’s Creek.
- Do I go to Disney way more than the socially acceptable amount? Oh definitely… but that’s okay.
Join My Support Team!
After directing 2 successful mission trips in Harlan, KY & in Lake Charles, LA, this spring, March 12-18, 2023 I will be leading a mission trip as a music missionary for the women of Texas State University as they come to Gallup, New Mexico to serve the poor in the largest and poorest Diocese in the United Sates. We will be doing a home repairs for a family in the Zuni reservation and restoring their dignity as children of God through our kindness, love, and hard work! We are joining forces in the mission with the Missionaries of Charity.
Beyond the great physical work of rebuilding, our mission teams will run retreats for our mission group, opening up the door for the Holy Spirit to work in the hearts of those who serve with us. We start each day with Mass, give formational reflections in the evening, facilitate small group discussions, and bring the groups to adore Jesus Blessed Sacrament and to receive His mercy in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Wow! It is such an impactful week for the community we serve, the groups who come to serve with us, for us as mission leaders, and you as mission partners.
Our expected work project expenses for 2023 total approximately $100,000. My personal goal is to raise between $500-$1,000 to ensure that we have the funds necessary for building supplies, given the astronomical rise in building supply costs. I am excited to share with you my journey with God as a missionary and invite you to become one of my mission partners. “Some go to the missions, others give to the missions. Without both there are no missions.” Everything that we have is from God and everything that we give is from God. Could you contribute to covering the cost of our mission and evangelization? Please consider joining me on mission by making a one-time or recurring donation to support the work of Catholic Mission Trips, Inc. Your prayers and financial support will bring hope and restore dignity to the families we serve. We would be honored to have you partner with us at $50-$200 a month. I look forward to connecting with you and experiencing mission together! Thank you for joining my support team!