Answering the Church’s call for a new evangelization, FOCUS, the Fellowship of Catholic University Students, is a national outreach that meets college students where they are and invites them into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and the Catholic faith.
The Main Thing: Inviting college students into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church. Inspiring and equipping them for a lifetime of Christ-centered evangelization, discipleship, and friendship in which they lead others to do the same.
If you're a college student interested in growing in your faith, exploring faith, Bible Study, serving on a mission trips, attending national conferences of Catholic Students, etc., contact Rachel Michaud.
All of our missionaries are happy to grab coffee with you, hear your story, talk about college life, and help you live out your faith on Berkeley's campus! We invite you to connect with any of the missionaries below!
Meet our missionaries
(and your new friends)
Hometown: Denver, Colorado
I love live music, good coffee and true friendship - and I'm excited to experience all of these things alongside the community here at Cal Newman. One of my heroes is John Paul II who said: "Man only finds himself by making an authentic gift of himself." I hope to find more of myself here in Berkeley!
Jesus Christ has changed and healed my heart in incredible ways and has called me to dedicate that changed heart to the work of evangelization on college campuses. Ever since I encountered the person of Jesus, I have felt the call to be someone who fosters this encounter of joy and peace for others.
As a missionary, my greatest desire is to lead students to Christ. 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 as the way that I want to do my part in changing the world through the work that FOCUS is doing on campus. I look forward to influencing one of the most crucial groups of people in the world by engaging with students through small-group Bible studies and through one-on-one mentorship. I'm so excited to see all of the wonderful things that God is going to do through my small "yes" to this ministry!
Even though my faith was important to me growing up, I had always kept it tucked neatly in the corner of the life. I had no idea what it meant to really live out and actually pursue my Catholic faith until I went to college, where I was blessed to meet some amazing people at Boston University’s Catholic Center. This incredible group of friends and mentors welcomed me joyfully not only into their own lives, but also into the life of the Church. Through prayer, retreats, the sacraments, and many a meal together (because can there be real friendship without food?), these people loved me deeply and helped me begin to make sense of my longing for greater purpose. Simply put, these people changed my life because they consistently pointed me towards the one person who can truly know, best love, and fully satisfy me - Jesus Christ.
As a missionary, my greatest desire is to lead all students to this same Christ, that they might develop a relationship with Him and come to accept the unfathomable love He has for each and every one of us. While I've always been passionate about so many different things - family, music, sports, academics, you name it - I've come to realize that the greatest gift I have been given is above all that of faith, and I want nothing more than to share that with others. It’s clear to me that God has used my post-grad years of working in the publishing industry and attending graduate school not only to continue to show me that my true identity is in being loved by Him, but also to ultimately invite me to more fully be myself by using my gifts in service of this profound truth - namely, to help others see themselves as they truly are, too.
In His ministry on earth, Jesus did just this: He loved us so much that He humbled Himself to meet us on our level, took on our humanity, and spent most of His time investing deeply in a few. I look to Jesus’ own example as I embark on this mission on the college campus. If I can bring any ounce of the authentic conviction, community, hope, and peace that Christ has given me to the students whom I’ll encounter as a FOCUS missionary, count me in!
Going into college, I invested so much of my identity in my own intellect, as well as relationships that I believed could completely make me completely happy. I struggled to find fulfillment in this, and as I slowly experienced a conversion back into the Catholic faith, I came to know that only Christ can truly fulfill me. My conversion back to faith would not have been possible if God had not worked through some incredible people in my life- including a former FOCUS missionary. The Lord keeps showing me how much deeper He loves me and desires for me to grow in love for Him as well as others. As a missionary, my greatest desire is for God to work through me to lead all students to fulfillment in Him. 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 my experience, I know God has made people for close relationship with one another. I want to form close friendships with those I encounter on campus so that they can encounter the Gospel not just through the truth of what it is, but also through me as a model of a fraction of God's love for them. I want the Lord to work through me in bringing them to encounter Him, building them up in faith, and sending them to be models of His love and truth to others.
Email me at email@example.com
In March of 2018, I had an incredibly powerful encounter with Jesus Christ and I made the decision to dedicate 100% of my life to Him. This meant I was not going to think of things in terms of how other people would think of me. Instead, the only concern I would have going forward is how I would be viewed in the eyes of the Lord. This conviction led me to heavily consider applying for FOCUS the following summer. However, after discussing with my family, it seemed it would be best for me to pursue graduate school in hopes of becoming a clinical social worker. Little did I know, God had other plans for me. In August 2018, God vividly called me to serve Him as a FOCUS missionary and there was no way I could deny the call a second time.
After experiencing some highs and lows during my nine semesters in college, there is no denying I was happiest when my life was centered around Jesus.
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org