Mariah Jackels

You have made us for Yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in You – St. Augustine 

Where I serve

This will be my second year serving the college students at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. GO EAGLES!!

My Story

I came to college excited to take on the world with Jesus, but I kept Him at a distance and found myself straying from Him as the college culture overwhelmed me. During my sophomore year, a FOCUS missionary invited me to join her bible study and attended SEEK – FOCUS’ national conference where I had a transformative encounter with Jesus and His Church and I committed my entire life to Christ in a way I never had before. I returned to campus with a heart on fire for Jesus and lots of questions. I had many dear friends walk with me and challenge me as I committed to pray everyday, learn more about the Catholic faith, and live as a joyful witness to the Gospel. 

My life has been transformed by Jesus and I want nothing more than to bring this joy to others and introduce them to the life-changing message of the Gospel. After graduating from college, I lived out this calling in a secular job and parish life, until recently when Christ called me back to the college campus — but this time as a full-time FOCUS missionary! 

In His ministry on earth, Jesus humbled Himself to meet us on our level, taking on our humanity, and spent most of His time investing deeply in a few and teaching them to do the same. He provides the perfect example for us to bring souls back to Him, who alone can satisfy our wild hungry hearts.

Your Impact

This mission is difficult, beautiful, and worth every trial — and I cannot do it alone.

When I answered the call to join FOCUS, I made the decision to rely on the spiritual and financial support of a team of mission partners. I have been blessed with the most amazing people who have journeyed with me as I serve on campus, and I’d love to invite you to “go and make disciples of all nations” with us! If you are interested in joining me or would simply like to learn more, please let me know of the best way to reach you and I will schedule an appointment. 

Many saints have said, “Some give by going, others go by giving, but without both there would be no mission.” Without your “yes,” this mission would not be possible. So thank you! I am truly humbled and honored. 

In Christ,  

Mariah Jackels

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