I am serving at Coastal Carolina University with my team of three other missionaries. I specifically will be serving guys involved in their Greek fraternities on campus, but will also reach out to anyone that the Lord is calling me to. You can catch me playing volleyball on the campus courts or tossing the pigskin around with bros.
My teammates (from left to right) Celeste, Matthew and Prebble.
When I first started college, my best friend, Collin, and I started to go to mass together at the JPII Newman Center on campus. About a month in, we were approached by this man named Alex Pandolfo, who would always ask how we were doing and how Greek life was going, since both Collin and I were in Delta Chi. After a couple of weeks, a strong friendship started to grow and both of us were in a Greek Bible Study being led by Alex. A little while after that, Alex asked me to take on the challenge of being a Bible study leader for my fraternity, Delta Chi. I never thought I would be approached in college to lead a Bible study, yet this was where my faith began to grow and become more applicable.
I was hesitant to accept Alex’s offer to lead a Bible study because I did not think that the fraternity “lifestyle” would be compatible with a lifestyle committed to Jesus Christ. I realized that I loved to spend time with my fraternity brothers and that if there was a way to spend an eternity with them and Jesus, I knew I had to let them know about it. After thinking and praying about it for a few days, I said “yes” and accepted what God’s plan was for my college career. Soon after, I slowly started to see the change in my fraternity brothers who came to Bible study and saw how they deepened their relationship with Christ while continuing to become more virtuous in their character. After seeing the fruits of the Bible study at my Delta Chi chapter, I knew I could bring a similar experience to other college men in fraternities at other universities through a Catholic outreach organization like FOCUS.