When I said “yes” to God’s call to become a FOCUS missionary, I did not imagine, even in my wildest dreams, that I would be given the opportunity to serve for 5 years. They say when God says run a mile, run two. I am captured by the life giving grace that our Lord pours out for those who are facing the brunt of the rising crisis of dwindling faith, virtue, and character; being on campus with those men and women who are asking themselves questions such as, “What is the meaning of my life?” And getting a front row seat to watching Jesus transform the their lives… Well, there is nothing quite like it, and I am ready for a 6th year of mission at West Virginia University.
“If God can work through me, he can work through anyone.” – St. Francis of Assisi
Faith is a daily decision to embody the person of Christ, and like most people, I was not always a person of faith. It wasn’t until someone invited me to join them in attending a youth group in High School that I considered my Christianity and Catholicism as legitimate parts of my life. Inspired by the life of St. Francis of Assisi, I was transformed and reoriented towards my Creator, Their Son, and Their Spirit.
I was truly blessed that by the time I started college at Marian University of Indianapolis, my faith was on fire, and I naturally began to soar in the community through our school’s Campus Ministry Department. I couldn’t keep that fire to myself, and so I spread it to as many people as I could, guiding them into an authentic encounter with Jesus Christ. It was soon after that I discerned my calling to become a campus minister and ran full speed towards that goal all four years of my college career; a goal which is still have burning inside of me. I was accepted into graduate school, but instead of spending the next two years obtaining a master’s degree in pastoral ministry, I deferred my enrollment so that I could answer my call to do post-graduate service work. While looking at different possibilities, FOCUS stood out to me, because we shared a common battleground. The immediate recognition that many if not most of the college students today are not only far away from living wholesome lives, but are actively (and ironically) walking themselves into poverty.
“The poverty in the West is a different kind of poverty — it is not only a poverty of loneliness but also of spirituality. There’s a hunger for love, as there is a hunger for God. -Mother Theresa
A missionary is someone who combats poverty in all of its forms. Unfortunately, there is a great deal of poverty that characterizes the student body of most modern college campuses. As a Catholic, who is called to be a missionary, a light to the nations, it is my charge to work through FOCUS to rebel against the spiritual and human poverty that I have seen. And So, together with a team at the West Virginia University, my mission partners, and my with God… We fight. If you are interested in partnering with me, but do not have access to my contact information, here is my email and cell phone number: