Maria Taylor

Hey! My name’s Jess. I’m a FOCUS missionary at LSU!

Where I serve

God has called me to serve college students at Louisiana State University! I’m pumped to be moving down to Baton Rouge, experience the school spirit, and serve with an amazing team of missionaries! Geaux Tigers!!

My Story

As I left home for college, it took me about 20 minutes to arrive at the (according to The Princeton Review) second most beautiful college campus in the U.S., located in the great city of Dallas, Texas, Southern Methodist University. As I began my freshman year, I was instantly overwhelmed with the typical college lifestyle and was unsure of how to balance this and my faith life. It was during my first semester that I started spending time at the SMU Catholic Center, which helped take my faith to a new level. There I was invited by a missionary to attend a FOCUS conference, SLS 2018, in January. I experienced, for the first time, thousands of students my age, alive in their faith and pursuing a personal relationship with Jesus.

Coming back to SMU for the next semester, I pledged Alpha Chi Omega. For a while, I tried to keep my faith life and sorority life separate, out of fear of rejection from my new friends. This lasted about a semester until an older girl in my sorority began to walk with me in friendship and faith. That relationship challenged me to be bold in my faith. I started going to daily mass, a weekly Bible study and was making time to pray daily. I encountered Jesus not only in my friendships but in the Eucharist! Soon, I started to lead an Alpha Chi Bible study and had the amazing opportunity to walk with girls in my chapter just like someone had done with me! My desire is to meet women where they are at and help lead them to Jesus because I wouldn t be where I am today without her willingness to let Christ work through her! 

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, 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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