Anna Rivas

Hi! My name's Anna. I'm a FOCUS missionary. :)

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Where I serve

God has greatly blessed me! I have been assigned the beautiful University of North Texas in Denton, Texas for a second year. I cannot wait to see what great plans God has for His kingdom there this upcoming year. Go Mean Green!


My Story

Growing up, I was very involved at my parish. I attended Mass every Sunday with my family, received my sacraments, was a religious education teacher’s aide, was a lector at Mass, sang in the choir, and many other things. I knew our faith was important and beautiful, and I knew, intellectually, much about my faith and God’s love for me. Because of this, I thought there was no more for me to know, that I had grown as much in my faith as was possible. Once I got to college, I quickly realized how much more I needed spiritual growth and how important it was to stay rooted in my faith. With the help of a FOCUS missionary, I got plugged in to our Catholic student center and found a beautiful community of other young, college Catholics that were on the pursuit of holiness. I found a joy in this community that stemmed from this intimate relationship with our Lord. It was more than knowing Him intellectually; it was knowing Him in the depths of my heart and knowing that He knew the depths of my heart. Through bible studies and discipleship and other FOCUS events, the missionaries I encountered were catalysts in my spiritual journey that lead to this radical disposition of heart. I began to realize how many students were just like me and desired to go deeper with our Lord. That they desired this same joy that I was searching for, and with that, God placed it in my heart to do that exactly, to go out and pursue virtuous relationships with other college students and lead them to Christ, so that they may also experience the intimate love that our Father has for each and every one of them.


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 have faith in God’s providence that just as He cares for the birds of the air, so will He provide all the resources I will need in order to share His Gospel with the students at UNT. If you are interested in partnering with me in leading souls to Christ and, ultimately, to heaven, 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 …