Each of us is called to follow Jesus’ direction: “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19). This mission is accomplished in many ways. The people below have specially dedicated themselves to spreading God’s love and truth throughout the world by performing acts of service, teaching the faith, and building community. Please pray for these missionaries and their work.
Interests: Writing, traveling, line dancing, reading, singing, laughing, talking, listening, praying and loving
Advice for those discerning their vocation: Do not be afraid! Our Lord will not lead us down a path that ends in darkness, although the way may be dimly lit. Daily surrendering to Him and turning ourselves over to His will provides an unfathomable freedom, peace, and joy! Always ask the Lord what He wants, but be ready to answer when He turns it around and asks you the same question.
Anne Marie Brummer
FOCUS Missionary at University of Illinois- Champaign
Description of discernment journey: Upon going to college, I was in search of two things: growth in my faith and an understanding of the Catholic Church. Being set on fire through a Protestant sports camp, I had decided to either own my Catholic roots or leave the Church. On move-in day at the University of Illinois, a FOCUS missionary asked me to join a Bible study. I didn’t even know Catholics read the Bible! Bible study became the highlight of my every week, and the girls in the study quickly became my best friends. The missionaries were filled with such contagious joy that I found myself wanting to be around them all the time. Through my involvement with FOCUS my life was transformed, and I witnessed deep conversion in the lives of those close to me. I knew God was calling me to serve full time as a missionary as my passions aligned perfectly with the job-description: meeting new people, heart to heart conversations, authentic friendship, adventure, and sharing my faith. I truly have the best job in the world :)
Advice for those who are discerning their vocation: Missionary life has taught me how to love. Our vocation – our path to holiness – is a call to love. What more is there in life?! St. Augustine said, “Falling in love with God is life’s greatest adventure.” I’m happier as a missionary than I ever thought possible, and I literally watch miracles unfold before my eyes (many times God allowing me to be used as an instrument in them). Be courageous! Take to heart that God desires your happiness. You’ll come to know how good Our God is and you’ll learn to more fully love yourself and others along the way.
FOCUS Missionary at University of Wisconsin - Madison
Interests/Hobbies: playing guitar, hiking, kayaking, fishing (anything outdoors), reading, running, swimming,
Brief description of discernment journey: Coming into college, I desired to be a part of a community or support system that would push me to be better. I joined a fraternity and got somewhat involved with the Catholic Student Organization @ IUPUI. The fraternity took priority as I desired strong male leadership, but at the expense of worldly and materialistic ways of living. It wasn’t until I hit rock bottom that I realized who truly cared about my physical, mental, emotional and especially spiritual well-being. The students of the Catholic Student Organization, the missionaries with the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS), and the parish of St. John’s created a rich environment that weaned me from the grips of the world and lead me closer to our Lord. Prayer, the sacraments and fellowship have helped me to realize the call of the Lord to becoming Christ’s missionary with FOCUS.
Advice for those discerning their vocation: Don’t rush anything. It always helps to reflect on your “yes’s” to Christ and see what he has done with and for you in your journey.
Prayer requests: For a steadfast and humble spirit in doing the Lord’s work the next couple of years and for the Greek Life, men and women, as well as any student, I come to meet on campus these years with FOCUS.
FOCUS Missionary at University of Oklahoma
Interests/Hobbies: Swimming, Hiking, Camping, Reading the Classics, Baking, Dancing, Learning new skills, Making Fun of Lucas Nieto
Brief description of discernment journey: All throughout my undergraduate education at Indiana University as a student-athlete, I put my sport first and abandoned God. After coming to IUPUI for a Master’s Program and my swim career over, I could truly feel how lost, lonely, and empty I was. The Holy Spirit wondrously brought me to FOCUS and Catholic Student Organization through the Made For Greatness Retreat in the fall of 2014. The missionaries and students welcomed me with open arms and loved me in a way that I had never been loved before- through Christ. With a happy heart, I came back to Christ and, continuing to deepen my relationship with him, the missionaries began to shape and challenge me in new ways to radically change my life. They lit my fire to go spread the Good News to college students who could potentially be going through times similar to my college experience at IU and they prodded me direct my zeal to FOCUS. Praise God!
Advice for those discerning their vocations or thinking of doing mission work: If you find yourself running away from face-to-face time with God- prayer, sacraments, or even the community- it probably means that you are also trying to hide from what God is calling you to do. Do not hide your fears, anxieties, frustrations from Him- bring those to prayer and talk plainly to Him. Only then will you be able to find that true deep peace.
-For my family, that they may fall back in love with Christ and be fulfilled in His love.
-For my fellow missionaries, that they may always find comfort and strength in Jesus to continue to run out into the Battlefield for Souls every day.
-For the students at IUPUI, that they may continue to let the Lord work through them in their love and to let them realize how much their witness transforms lives!
FOCUS Missionary | Location: TBD
Interests/Hobbies: I enjoy hiking, slacklining (like tightrope walking), running, and lifting weights. I thoroughly enjoy learning more about my faith and reading classic works of literature.
Brief description of discernment journey: This past January I went to a national FOCUS conference and I had a profound encounter with the Lord. It changed my whole life and made me rethink where I wanted to go, as well as what truly matters in this life. I had a job lined up for after graduation, but I felt the Lord calling me in a different direction. I started going to adoration, daily Mass, and bible study. I started praying and building a relationship with God. I applied to be a FOCUS missionary about two months later, interviewed, received the offer, and immediately accepted knowing God had answered my prayers.
Advice for those discerning their vocation: Bring it up to the Lord, ask him in prayer, adoration, and Mass. Talk to Fr. Rick or a spiritual director. Talk to your close friends, ask them if they could see you doing whatever vocation or mission you are discerning.
Prayer requests: That my future team will be cohesive and fruitful as we do the Lord’s work. For all students that we will encounter, that they may be open to the Holy Spirit.
Serving with A Simple House of St. Francis St. Alphonsus
Interests/Hobbies: Spending time with Jesus, Rosary Walks, Soccer, Reading, Long boarding, and hanging out at St Johns for any and every social event.
Brief description of discernment journey: I began to truly know who I was once I had an interior conversion to my Catholic faith early in college. In my continued journey I recognized three things I desired: simplicity, service, and to love people. The desire to serve is something I desired to live out in an extreme radical way, so I knew from that point that I desired to be a fulltime missionary. I found Simple House and fell in love with how they love and serve the poor and how they live very simple lives to be in solidarity with the poor. It is how I always saw myself serving and living. I am excited to see how Christ and the Holy Spirit will move souls during this Jubilee year of Mercy!
Advice for those discerning their vocations or thinking of doing mission work: Discernment is not discernment until you take action. Jesus can work with active discernment. I was also inspired to fill out my application by JPII’s quote: “It is Jesus that you seek when you dream of happiness; He is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you; He is the beauty to which you are so attracted; it is he who provoked you with that thirst for fullness that will not let you settle for compromise…it is Jesus who stirs in you the desire to do something great with your lives.” -JPII
Prayer requests: That the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus continues to guide me through this ministry and closer to my vocation!