For my second year as a FOCUS missionary, I’m serving at Northern Arizona University in beautiful Flagstaff, Arizona! I’m so excited to get on campus to encounter students and help them grow in authentic friendship, discover God through His creation, and become the virtuous and holy Catholic young adults God is calling them to be!
From the very beginning of college, I became involved with the Catholic Campus Center at Fort Hays State University and grew in my faith and a life of prayer more and more every year. Influenced by role models of those around me and the activities I was involved in, I continued growing in my faith to the point that I wanted to give back and help others come to know what I had found. Through teaching confirmation classes and serving as a camp counselor at a Catholic summer camp (shoutout Camp Wojtyla!!), I was able to fulfill this desire and become even more formed in the process, but I realized I still had a desire to do this even when college ended.
Fall semester of my senior year of college, I did a national student exchange program at Northern Arizona University. It was during that time that I saw the witness of the team of FOCUS missionaries and realized that FOCUS is one of the best opportunities for me to serve the church at this point in my life. Through continued prayer and discernment, I realized that all the preceding opportunities God had put in front of me and that I said yes to were actually preparing me for this next big leap.
I realize I was blessed to continually be building my faith while in college, but I know that sadly this isn’t the story for other students. Many college students either fall away from their faith while in college or never had one to begin with, so my goal is to change the statistic and make the outlier the norm- that students GROW in their faith while in college!
That’s why I’m inviting people like you that share this vision of reaching college students into this mission with me! The way I see it, I’ll be working as the “boots on the ground” on campus, but the work I do wouldn’t be possible without all those supporting and praying for me behind the scenes. As it says in Matthew 9:37, “The harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few”, meaning there are many college students out there who would greatly benefit from FOCUS missionaries reaching them to share with them the gospel. If you would like to learn more about the impact I’m making and how you can get involved, please email or call me and I’d love to find a time to talk!