Matthew Ayers

“The world gives you comfort. But you were not made for comfort. You were made for greatness.”
– Pope Benedict XVI

Where I serve

I am excited to serve my second year as a FOCUS missionary at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA!

A picture of the Carnegie Mellon University team for 2024-2025
My Team (left to right): Abbie, Morgan, Matthew (me!), and Corinne

My Story

In the later years of my college career, it became abundantly clear to me that so many people are lonely in the world. This leads to a number of different problems that our society faces, but this loneliness that people feel is not justified. After all, we are made for relationship and everything we do should reflect that desire for relationship.

At the beginning of my senior year of college, one of the students involved with FOCUS at The Ohio State University helped me to learn how a relationship with Jesus Christ would help not only with my faith, but with every other relationship in my life, to live so as to love every human person authentically and as a beloved son or daughter of Christ. My college career was amazing, but many of the experiences I had left me unfulfilled, and I knew there had to be something more than what I had experienced.

Throughout my senior year, Jesus revealed Himself to me through the various encounters I had in college, and in due time had called me to be one of His missionaries, to serve students on college campuses, and to help others to know Him more deeply.

My first year as a missionary at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina was amazing, and I’m excited to continue to fulfill the Great Commission in Pittsburgh this coming year!

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. Send me a text or call me at 419-234-6474 or email me at [email protected]. Thank you and God bless!

Find other missionaries

FOCUS brings the joy of the Gospel to colleges and parishes across the United States (and beyond)!
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Know, Love and Serve God

We encounter God in an intimate relationship through daily prayer, the sacraments and the Scriptures.

FOCUS Find A Missionary Build Virtuous Friendships Together

Build Virtuous Friendships

By building genuine friendships, we meet students on a deeper level.

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Teach Others to Share Christ

We teach students how to share the gospel, who in turn teach other students how to pass it on.

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