Ella Brickman

Hey! My name’s Ella. I’m a FOCUS missionary.

Where I serve

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Introducing ourselves to our new teammate, Hyoung!

God has called me to serve the students at University of Illinois – Chicago for another wonderful year! I’m so grateful to be returning and living life alongside the UIC students! You’ll typically find me hanging around Cor Coffee (our AMAZING coffee shop at our Newman Center) or exploring this amazing city I get to call home. Living life with the students at UIC was the highlight of my first year as a missionary, and I am so excited to see what the Lord has in store for this year!

So if you’re new to campus, looking for a friend, or are just curious about what exactly it is that I do, please don’t be a stranger! I look forward to talking with you!


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Giving a talk on Mission to UIC students at our Way of the Disciple Retreat
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The women from my first Bible study I held at UIC

My Story

The summer before starting college, I reached out to the campus pastor at the university I was attending to see what kind of worship opportunities they had for Catholics on campus. I was directed to the president of the Catholic Student Organization and got involved, and they became a second family to me. And from CSO, I got involved with the Newman Center at Ohio State University where my second family multiplied in size! From freshman year til graduation, I was involved at Newman in ministry and liturgy. My junior year, FOCUS came to OSU! I was thrilled! I reached out immediately to the missionaries and got involved with them and their ministry. Every year, I came to know Christ in a deeper, more intimate way until it all came to a head with me realizing I don’t ever want to live my life without Him and that I couldn’t imagine not having Him be the center of my life!  And after being disillusioned with the idea of grad school or a full-time office job immediately after graduating, I decided to apply to FOCUS, and thanks be to God, I received an offer and joyfully accepted it! And now I’m here one year later, and I have no regrets!

Your Impact

IMG 8904When 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. Too many students face loneliness during their time in college, and even more forget how loved they are by God and His Church. My amazing mission partners are the reason why I’m able to serve and love freely! If you are interested in partnering with me, please let me know of the best way to reach you and I will schedule an appointment. I’d be honored to share this mission with you.

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