Francesca Battista

“Let us go forward in peace, our eyes upon Heaven, the only one goal of all of our labors.”

– St. Thérèse of Lisieux

Where I serve

I am blessed to serve at the University of Virginia, Wahoowa! St. Thomas Aquinas, pray for us!

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Team UVA 2024-25, Left to Right: Landon, Jack (TD), Carolanne, Francesca, Lindsay, Shane

My Story

By the time that I arrived on campus for my freshman year of college, the Lord had planted a deep desire in my heart to discover and embrace my Catholic Faith on my own by going to Mass by myself. I began to go to Daily Mass that summer, which utterly restored and changed my life. Being a Catholic Christian went from being the most important part of my identity to being the very foundation, meaning, and source of my life. The Lord sweeps me off of my feet!

I was blessed to grow in fellowship and friendship during my time at the University of California, Berkeley—especially through the ministry of FOCUS missionaries—where I met and made some of my very dearest friends. I became even closer with the Western Province of Dominican Friars, and served as a chapter leader with the Thomistic Institute on campus. Jesus calls me into the fullness of my faith, heals me, and guides me to His own Heart, where He has prepared a place for me, and a place for you!

I am blessed to serve you as a FOCUS missionary. Know of my prayers for you! All you holy saints and angels, pray for us! Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us!


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Your Impact

When I committed to serving full-time as a campus missionary, the Lord invited me to rely entirely upon the financial and spiritual support of my mission partners in order to preach the Gospel on college campuses, and thus—please, God!—unto the ends of the earth. Would you like to join in this mission by becoming a member of my support team? It would be my pleasure to meet with you or speak with you over the phone and an honor to be supported by your generosity. Please feel free to reach out to me by phone or email! May God reward you and keep you always safe in the palm of His Hand!


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