Thomas Horlander

Hey! My name’s Thomas. I’m a FOCUS missionary.

Where I serve

I currently serve at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Bridgeport, PA!

My Story

I am entering my fifth year as a FOCUS missionary! My first two years I served at the University of Southern Indiana, and the next two years I was at DePauw University. My next adventure is at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Bridgeport, PA!

Why the move to a parish from the college campus? A few reasons come to my mind when I’m asked that question. Primarily, the parish is where the family is formed. If families come to know Christ Jesus, hopefully children will be less likely to leave their Catholic faith once they go off to college. Secondly, the Catholic bishops have asked FOCUS to go into their parishes to transform the diocese in this way. I would not be moving to be in a parish if the bishops didn’t ask for missionaries there – I’d stay on campus otherwise. Thirdly, all are deserving of hearing about a life of prayer and discipleship with Jesus; it shouldn’t be limited to just college students!

I’ve seen in my own life what discipleship and prayer can do. I’m a different man than I was four years ago when I joined staff because prayer and fellowship has changed lives around me – it has changed students I’ve worked with, missionary teammates of mine, and it’s changed my own life. I’m super excited to see how it can transform Sacred Heart as well and I would love to have you on the team!

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!

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