Hello! I’m so excited you’re here. My name is Katelynn Dinius and the Lord has called me to authentically live out my faith by serving as a FOCUS Catholic missionary! The campus I have been serving at is Baylor University, home of the Baylor Bears and located in the heart of Texas. There are about 20,000 souls at Baylor that are desiring an encounter with the Lord because each and every one of them is made for a deep and lasting relationship with Him. It has been life-changing to serve as a missionary and to bring Christ to college students, not only for the students but for myself as well. I am so stoked to continue serving at Baylor University with my missionary team! Pictured below are Julie, Kyle, Casey, and myself. Not pictured but serving along with us is our Team Director Matt!
I have always associated myself with the Catholic Church, but it wasn’t until college that I discovered the truth, beauty, and goodness of Catholicism as well as the profound love Christ has for me. The deepest encounter I had with the Lord during college was the summer between my junior and senior years when I attended FOCUS Summer Projects, a 10-week faith and formation program for college students seeking an enriching relationship with Jesus Christ. My relationship with the Lord grew tremendously over that summer and has continued to grow ever since!
I think God called me to serve as a FOCUS missionary in particular because FOCUS allows me to be there for college students when I wish I had someone there for me when I was struggling with my faith during my early years at Northern Kentucky University.
FOCUS missionaries are a joyful witness to the Catholic Church and this apostolate beautifully combines my love for Christ, Catholicism, and college students all into one ministry. Becoming a missionary was my greatest desire senior year, and now this dream is actually a reality!
Simply put, the vision of FOCUS is to launch young people into lifelong mission for Christ and His Church. FOCUS recognizes that young people, particularly college students, are the most at risk of leaving their faith and living a lifestyle that leaves them empty, broken, and unfulfilled. It is the mission of FOCUS to strengthen students in their faith and invite them into a lifestyle that is righteous and fulfilling through their encounters with FOCUS missionaries like myself.
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. It’s a blessing to seek out the most amazing people to partner with me so I can serve on my campus. If you are interested in partnering with me, please let me know the best way to reach you and I would love to schedule a meeting with you. I’d be honored to invite you into this mission so we can bring Jesus Christ to every college student in the country and ultimately to the entire world!