God has called me to serve college students. You’ll typically find me hanging out at St. Thomas More Catholic Center, hooping with students at the rec, or encountering individuals around campus. The way God transformed my life and called me to mission is not quite on the same level as “Moses and the burning bush,” but I think it’s still a story worth hearing. I think you should hear it sometime! Come find me and I’d love to share it with you.
Hailing from Hays America, I grew up in a caring and supportive family. I underwent Catholic education from kindergarten through my senior year of high school, graduating from the great Thomas More Prep-Marian High School. I was well informed on the truth of the Catholic faith, and especially that all important of the Ten Commandments about “keeping holy the Lord’s Day.” I left Hays for Kansas State University in the fall of 2019 where I planned “keep holy the Lord’s Day” by attending Sunday Mass and acknowledging the truth of the faith, but in no way was my faith going to go anywhere beyond that. I had been rightly raised to work hard and pursue success in all that I did, but at a certain point this pursuit had lead to my finding identity in academics and athletics. Because I was no longer partaking in athletics after high school, a void in my identity needed to be filled. This resulted in my joining of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Kansas Beta at Kansas State University. I quickly found myself chasing temporary pleasures along with obsession over grades. Thinking, like many other college students do, that these grasps at identity would lead to lasting happiness and abundance of life, another way to experience being known and loved did not exist in my mind. It took a determined FOCUS missionary and investment from an older member of the fraternity to show me otherwise. A simple invitation to bible study and other programs from these two men coupled with conversations after mass and St. Isidore’s functions gave me a glimpse into authentic relationships. Slowly ingraining myself into the St. Isidore’s community throughout my sophomore year resulted in genuine joy and a deeper understanding of who Jesus Christ is; and why a relationship with Him and His Heavenly Father is essential to abundant life. A FOCUS mission trip to Lima, Peru, that following summer changed my life. After thinking the purpose of living was to be materially successful, God reached out with an alternative proposition. He told me I was created to love. This helped me to understand that what each and every soul desires is to be known and loved, and the ultimate gift we can be to each other is a vessel of love. That is how Jesus found me, through the love of others, and that is how I intend to help him find more souls, through loving those He has placed in front of me. As a missionary, I long to help lost college students know where they can be found, especially for my fellow brothers in fraternities, who already possess natural skills of leadership, brotherhood, and excellence. Through intentional investment, Jesus Christ can make himself known in these men to lead them to a life full of meaning and worth living; a life lived for him.
When 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. As a mission team, my partners and I will help lead the future leaders, executives, healthcare professionals, and decision-makers of the future to a life lived for God. 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 and I will schedule an appointment. I’d be honored to share this mission with you.