Maryanne Macdonald

“The world offers you comfort. But you were not made for comfort. You were made for greatness.”

– Pope Benedict XVI

Where I serve

When I said “yes” to serving as a missionary, I had no idea that the Lord would call me away from my home on the East Coast to service in the Midwest, but I couldn’t be more excited! This year, I will be serving as a first-year missionary at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois. Go Redbirds! I am a huge outdoor fan so you are likely to find me hanging outside or throwing a frisbee to meet new people.

My Story

Born and raised Catholic, I was no stranger to the faith. I was blessed to attend Catholic middle and high school which laid the foundation of my faith, helping me to understand the importance of having a relationship with God. The effects of the 2020 pandemic during my freshman year of college provided the space for me to ponder more deeply on my relationship with Christ, centered around the fundamental question: Who is God, and who am I? I encountered FOCUS missionaries during my sophomore year of college at Franciscan University of Steubenville and got involved in a Bible Study. Their example and the beautiful community at Franciscan helped me as I grew in my faith and matured in college.

The Lord continued working in my life during the remainder of my college years at Franciscan, patiently inviting me to say “yes” daily to the small tasks He asked of me. Over time, each small “yes” grew to His bigger question of inviting me into a life of sharing that save zeal and love of him with others. My intention after graduating college was to attend master’s school, however, I could not ignore the Lord’s call on my heart to a life centered on missionary outreach. I said “yes” to becoming a FOCUS missionary to answer the Lord’s call and administer to college students and spread the Lord’s love and mercy.

Your Impact

With my “yes” to becoming a FOCUS missionary, I made the decision to rely on the spiritual and financial support of others to make the mission to college students possible. I would not be able to continue saying my “yes” without the generosity, love, and support of my team of mission partners. If you are interested in making a difference in the lives of college students by partnering with me I would be honored to share more about this mission, my role, and ways to best support this work.

Please feel free to email me with any questions:

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