Jacqueline Chung

Hey, I’m Jackie! I’m a first-year FOCUS missionary!

Where I serve

The Lord has called me to serve at the University of Rhode Island! Go Rams!

My Story

I was raised Catholic by my wonderful parents. Them passing on the faith to me is one of the greatest gifts. I was well formed intellectually through my parish’s CCD and confirmation program, and from my parents, but it wasn’t until college that my faith really took off. 

I was committed to receiving the Sacraments, but my “why” was not strong. As a freshman at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, everyone tells you to “get involved,” and “keep yourself busy.” I took this to heart and decided to sign up for some clubs and find ways to fill my schedule. Thanks be to God, one of the first clubs I signed up for was the NCSA (Newman Catholic Student Association). Shortly after that, a missionary reached out to me and invited me to an event… and then to a Zoom Bible Study. It was through these simple invitations and her genuine, down to earth, nature that I was led to an encounter with Christ. Suddenly, I found myself desiring to learn more about my Catholic faith and forming friendships centered around the Lord. My relationship with God had never felt more alive.

“Life with Christ is a wonderful adventure” – Pope St. John Paul II

During the summer, between my Sophomore and Junior year, I participated in FOCUS Summer Projects in Newry, Maine. This experience was another pivotal moment in my faith journey. I was surrounded by 40 other Catholic college students, worked a full-time job in food service, and had some of the best Catholic formation each week. We were taught by the missionaries living there with us how to lead Bible studies and formation groups. It was there that I learned how to live out the Christian life while managing a demanding work schedule.

It was through a FOCUS missionary that I was invited and led into a deeper relationship with God. It is my desire to invite other young college students to make Jesus the center of their lives and experience the joy of the Gospel!

“To whom much is given, much is required” – Luke 12:48

Your Impact

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. 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 on mission, please let me know the best way to reach you and I will schedule an appointment. It would be a great joy and honor to share this mission with you!

Please contact me at [email protected]

God bless you!

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