Grüß Gott! I’m privileged to be serving as team director at the University of Vienna in Austria.
I’m a Dallas, Texas native and grew up in a Catholic atmosphere. When I started college I was comfortable with my faith and identity as a Catholic – I thought that following most of the “rules” meant that I could put a nice big check mark on the religious obligations part of life even though I had zero kind of a steady prayer life or actual relationship with God. I poured my life into school and built my identity and self-worth upon my academic achievements, GPA, and constant activity. By the time I graduated I had that great resume but felt an emptiness of heart. My personal achievements had failed to actually fulfill me, but I was afraid to look deeper into myself to find what I was missing.
After graduation I packed up and headed to Bonn, Germany to complete a teaching fellowship and dive deeper into the language and culture I’d studied in college. There I met a FOCUS team at the University of Bonn Catholic Center and was immediately drawn to the authentic joy of the missionaries and wanted to figure out where exactly it came from. I was invited to join a FOCUS Bible study which began my first real prayerful encounters with scripture. This triggered some hard questions and made me reevaluate the way I thought about my faith. I came to realize that Christ wants so much more for me that fulfilling prescribed duties, but actually desires my whole heart. That He loves me for who I am, not for anything that I achieve or accomplish.
My pandemic lock-down experience in Germany forced me to stop my whirl of activity and gave me lot of time for prayer and reflection: If I truly believe in the message of the Gospel, how do I want to lead my life? I couldn t think of a better way to allow myself to be an instrument of God s will than by joining the organization that guided me on the path to seeing my faith in such a beautiful light. I am so excited to walk with college students and have the opportunity to share some of the joy which has been gifted to me!
“Some give by going, others go by giving” -St. Mother Teresa
As a full-time missionary, I have the privilege of placing full trust in God by fundraising my entire mission budget. I’ve been blessed with the most amazing people who have journeyed with me as I serve students on campus. If you are interested in partnering with me, please let me know of the best way to reach you; I would love to share more in depth about mission in Vienna. My mission is truly dependent on your support and generosity, and I am confident that through the grace of God our work will reach many souls. I would be so honored to partner with you on this great adventure of spreading the Gospel to all nations. Please feel free to contact me at [email protected] with any questions!