Amanda Roche

"As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love."

John 15: 9

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Where I serve

God has called me to serve college students through Fellowship of Catholic University Students, or FOCUS. I am so excited to spend my first year as a missionary on the Eastern Michigan University campus in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Go Eagles! 

My Story

As a missionary, my greatest desire is to lead all students to Christ and especially reach out to women on campus who are struggling in knowing their dignity, worth and love from God the Father. 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.

Four years ago I walked onto campus with great confusion about my identity and where I was supposed to fit in the world. My first full semester I experienced shock after shock as I realized that people my age could actually have a strong faith life, and they experienced so much peace and joy! As my involvement at the Newman center grew, I was asked into discipleship from another student missionary. I took it to prayer and the Lord responded with this verse:

            "I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples." (John 15: 5, 8)

I asked God what he wanted me to do, and he very clearly told me that I needed to make disciples. He chose me to be his missionary. Little did I know that my freshman prayer determined my plans after college.

Throughout the next three years I deepened my faith through daily prayer, frequent sacraments and spiritual readings. My fervor for evangelism grew as I started bible studies, invested in other student leaders and started a Women's Ministry Group on campus. I not only discovered so much about my own identify as a beloved daughter of Christ, but I had the beautiful opportunity to walk with many other women on their journey in finding their identity in Christ. The good Lord had called me to be His missionary when I was a freshman and He is calling me now to continue serving him on college campuses through FOCUS. 

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.

Know, Love and Serve God

We encounter God in an intimate relationship through daily prayer, the sacraments and the Scriptures.

Build Virtuous Friendships

By building genuine friendships, we meet students on a deeper level.

Teach Others to Share Christ

We teach students how to share the gospel, who in turn teach other students how to pass it on …