William Thorne

Everything is grace!

Where I serve

87B742DF 1041 4B37 9CDC 262981F9B7E2I’m serving at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. I have the blessed opportunity to reach students who desperately need the Good News –scratch that– the GREATEST news. With Chalon, Mack, Giselle, Annaliese, and Audrey, we help reach out to hundreds of students and show them something more than what they have been promised from the secular world.

Ever since our campus chaplain, Fr. Rhett Williams, invited FOCUS to St. Thomas More at USC, there has been an amazing increase in:

Mass attendance

Students going to confession

Retreat attendance

Interest in Religious Vocations

Students that become full-time missionaries

This is just some of the fruit of walking with students in the life of Christ, living out true discipleship in every aspect of life.

My Story

In high school, I was crushed by the weight of addiction. I searched for everything I could to take away this pain and give me peace. Just like many high school and college students, I was deep in sin and depression, I was in the dark. It wasn’t until I was invited on a Catholic Christian mission trip in college that I encountered the person of Jesus Christ. Overcome by the mercy and love of Christ, my life was completely transformed. Once I was shown the light, I couldn’t imagine a life without trying to show the light to others. I’m a full-time missionary because Jesus is that light, and He is here to bring others out of darkness.

Your Impact

With your help, I’m being sent out to be a friend, a brother. You have the awesome opportunity to change students’ lives, to move them from a life of running from the dark to running towards the light. You are able to provide hope to students who struggle with depression, anxiety, and the intense struggles of the world. Our university students in America need Christ now more than ever, and it could not be a more exciting time to preach the Gospel.


“Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?” Isaiah 43:18

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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.

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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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