Olivia Trafton

“Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch” -Luke 5:4

Where I serve

I get to serve the greater mission as a whole as a Program Director for the North Area. I love getting to serve the regional directors, missionaries and students on our 38 campuses.

My Story

By the grace of God, I encountered Jesus in the real presence of the Eucharist my freshman year of high school. After that encounter, and with the help of good friends who encouraged me to pray regularly, I began to grow in my relationship with Christ.

As I began my college career at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, I knew that I wanted to make my faith a priority, but I did not expect to be so blown away by the incredible Church and Catholic community at the Newman Center on campus. Again, God blessed me with incredible friends who encouraged me to grow deeper in my relationship with Jesus.

God continued to draw me closer to Himself, and as He did so I began to learn that my faith could not be solely about me. My relationship with Christ was meant to be shared! Just as my friends had encouraged me to grow in my relationship with Jesus, I could do the same for others.

I said yes to becoming a missionary with FOCUS, and God has abundantly blessed my time at Drake University and now the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  I’ve been constantly amazed by the incredible souls I’ve encountered on campus, and how Jesus continues to work in their lives and my own.

As a missionary, my greatest desire is to lead all students to Christ. 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. 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. I look to Jesus own example to find the best method of reaching the world.

Your Impact

Thank YOU for partnering with me in this great mission for the Church!

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.

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Know, Love and Serve God

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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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