Darien Rivas

Hi Hello! My name’s Darien and I’m a FOCUS Missionary.

Servus Mariae Nunquam Peribit

Where I serve

After graduating from The University of Texas at Austin in 2021, the Lord called me to serve Him as a full-time FOCUS missionary. I know that Jesus loves me deeply because I was tangibly shown that through the friends that walked with me in the faith. It is a gift and an honor to be able to walk with students, loving them in friendship, and accompanying them in what it means to truly be disciples of Jesus.

I served for three years at the University of Illinois Chicago, and I now have the privilege of bringing mission home, serving as the Team Director at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley!

You’ll typically find me hanging out at the Catholic Center, enjoying a coffee or exploring the valley! The Father’s heart longs for every soul, and He thirsts for you. Let’s be friends and talk about it!

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My Story

The Lord has placed in my heart the desire to let every soul know how absolutely necessary and intimately important they are to the fulfillment of God’s plan for the world. I think that the moment that you recognize that you are needed, that you are not dispensable, is the moment that you are able to find a home in the church, because you are the church. I said yes to FOCUS because its mission is rooted in this very essence; bearing Christ to everyone we encounter and then inviting them to do the same.

As a missionary, I get to walk alongside other college students into deeper encounter with our Lord through the truth of His Gospel and through relationship, ultimately equipping them to become living witnesses of Christ and His Mother in the world.

Our Lady of Schoenstatt Shrine – the place where my conversion began.

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Your Impact

When I answered the call to join FOCUS, I made the decision to rely on the spiritual and financial support of mission partners to help me through this mission. I’ve been blessed with the most amazing people who have journeyed with me as I serve on campus. If you are interested in partnering with me, please let me know of the best way to reach you and we can schedule an appointment! I’d be honored to share this mission with you.

You can give me a call at 956-789-8478 or email me at [email protected]

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