Emma Shea

Hey hey, I’m Emma Shea – a FOCUS missionary potentially near you

Where I serve

I am serving college athletes at Carroll College in Helena MT. The Lord has really blessed me with this opportunity to share His love and life with the people I encounter here! My prayer for every college student is, “that they would have life, and have it abundantly,” not settling for the alluring mediocrities that distract us from the joy and fullness of the faith (John 10:10 NASB).

I am psyched to be acclimated to the altitude here and to explore Montana with my Carroll gal pals, making friendships and memories that reveal the goodness of God.

if you are curious or want to reach out, you can reach me @ 269-908-7551 / [email protected]


My Story

I grew up a Cradle Catholic in Middleville, MI and everything changed when I was invited to join a choir at St. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church. I internalized the hymns, and realized Jesus is present here and now, in every moment. I began reading Scripture and frequenting the Sacraments, inspired by the devout Christians around me. Through prayer, Scripture, the Catechism, and the Sacraments, I found immense peace and joy. I encountered Christ there, and have been getting to know and love Him more ever since:)

During my four years at Hillsdale College, Jesus helped me set my priorities straight and brought me closer to His Sacred Heart. My relationship with God the Father inspired me to change my life and align it with the Church. I realized that He was not Lord of my entire life, but fun times and my life goals were. In college I realized we are all called to be saints and strive after holiness daily, saying “yes” to God whenever He “interrupts” our plans. That He actually is Lord of my entire being.

Flash forward to Spring 2022 – in all my potential job options, the only thing that filled me with joy was Catholic ministry. Luckily, a pretty random FOCUS missionary encouraged me to apply to FOCUS earlier in the year. Everything fell into place in a miraculous manner, despite the fact I applied to be a missionary a month late and FOCUS was not at my college. Since accepting the position in April 2022, I have found nothing but abounding peace in saying yes to FOCUS. Not only am I excited for this adventure, but thrilled to be an instrument of Christ in this corner of the world. I am hopeful to bring Christ, the source of everything, to some of the most motivated, curious, and busy people- college students.

Your Impact

When I answered God’s 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. I’d be honored to share God’s mission with you!

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