Jack Flaherty

Hey! My name's Jack. I'm a FOCUS missionary.

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Where I serve

I serve as a FOCUS Missionary at Auburn University in Alabama. FOCUS is a Catholic collegiate missions organization that strives to make missionary disciples on college campuses.

My Story

I grew up Catholic, going to church with my parents on Sundays and Youth Group on Wednesday nights. The idea of the fear of God always came easily to me, I'm not sure why, but I constantly found myself questioning whether or not I was doing the right or the best thing. Much of it was a fear of failure, no doubt, but a lot of it was also the fear of the Lord, that fear of being cast away from Him. While this kept me going to Church, I was never able to get too much from my faith growing up, and I struggled a lot with it. In high school, as I became more and more free, I started to reach out and become more social, and throughout high school I made a lot of friends. This was also the time I fell away from God for a while, not really caring what He thought of me. I remember having an insatiable desire to perfect myself, to make myself into a man who was proud and respected in the eyes of others. Setting my sights on what modern man sees as goodness and perfection, I became incredibly vain, arrogant, and ended up hurting a lot of people. Towards the end of high school, my senior year, I was in a pretty bad place. I was miserable for many reasons, but most importantly because all I ever really thought about was myself.

Then one day, sitting in class, God spoke to me in an incredibly direct way, and something within me finally clicked. I decided that I needed to make a change, and I began to pray. As soon as I gave the Lord just a little space in my heart to work, a good friend of mine reached out to me, and together he helped lead me back to the Lord. That night in his garage has changed my life, and I've thanked him countless times over the years for it. Since that night I've struggled a lot with my faith, but after coming back to God the answers to all of my questions came pouring in. Truly did Christ speak when He said in the Gospel of Matthew, "Ask, and you shall receive; seek, and you shall find; knock, and the door will be open to you." 

Then, my junior year of college, I transferred to the University of Tennessee, and I started to become involved with FOCUS. Since then the doors of the Church have flown wide open, along with my relationship with God. I came to an amazing realization of how beautiful God is, how beautiful this life was that He has given us, and how beautiful the Church is, the bride of Christ. After coming back to my faith, I cannot number the times I've heard or read something and thought, "Why has no one ever told me this before?!? This is amazing!" Since joining FOCUS, for the first time in my life I've gotten a hold of not only what it means to be a man but what it means to be a Son of God.

The Lord works in mysterious ways; never until this year could I have guessed where He would be send me next. When the man discipling me encouraged me to ask God if He wanted me to be a full-time missionary, the last thing I thought God was going to say was yes. Yet, as unexpected as it seemed at the time, I found myself one unusually warm weekend in February driving down to Atlanta, Georgia to interview to be a FOCUS missionary. When they called to offer me a job, I took it to prayer. I knew God was making it clear that this was where He wanted me, and through FOCUS I and all those I reached out to were meant to become saints. So I said yes, echoing the words of my mother Mary, "Behold, I am the servant of the Lord. Be it done unto me according to thy word." Please pray for me, for my team, and for all who we will reach on campus!

Your Impact

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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 …