Elena Liguori

Team Director at Temple University

Philadelphia, PA

“To evangelize is to give an account to all of the hope that is within us.”

-St John Paul II

Where I serve

This year, I have been called to serve as Team Director at Temple University in Philadelphia.

Team Temple! Matt, Chris, Brenda and myself

I am very excited to bring the light of Christ to the students at Temple by walking with them in friendship and faith with my teammates: Brenda, Matt, and Chris!

My Story

As a student at Pitt, I first encountered my own peers who deeply loved God and wanted to live their lives for Him. They were incredible people and through their friendship I was brought into deeper relationship with Christ and His Church. Through these friendships and the FOCUS missionaries at Pitt, I found community unlike I had ever known and was invited by Christ to spend the next few years of my life on adventure with Him as a FOCUS Missionary.

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The cadets in Nazareth on our spring break pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

I was blessed to spend one semester on mission at Pitt, and then spent the past year and a half at the US Military Academy at West Point. I have been so blessed to walk alongside Pitt students and West Point cadets as the Lord did incredible things in their hearts and brought them closer to Himself and His Church. I’d love to tell you some of stories of the way the Gospel transformed the lives of these students and the ways their witness has inspired me! As I say goodbye to West Point with profound gratitude and some sadness, I look forward with great hope to what the Lord has in store for me at Temple!

As I move into my third year as a missionary, I am very excited to step into the role of Team Director to serve the students and my teammates at Temple. I already love my teammates; I cannot wait to come to know the students of Temple and to walk with them as they encounter Christ more deeply through authentic friendship, discipleship, bible study, and prayer – and also sports!

Please send up some extra prayers for this proud Pittsburgh native as I venture across the state to the foreign nation of Philadelphia!

Your Impact

When I answered the call to go on mission with FOCUS,

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Some of our lady cadets at SEEK23 in St Louis!

I made the decision to rely on God and the spiritual and financial support of mission partners to help me – particularly in fundraising the entirety of my salary. If you are interested in partnering with me on this mission to support me financially and/or spiritually, I’d love to set up a meeting with you!

To join my personal support team, please click “Support Elena.” Thank you and God bless!


“There is [a] situation, particularly in countries with ancient Christian roots… where entire groups of the baptized have lost a living sense of the faith, or even no longer consider themselves members of the Church, and live a life far removed from Christ and his Gospel. In this case what is needed is a ‘new evangelization’ or a ‘re-evangelization.'”

– St. John Paul II

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