Jeannine Marie Malinao

"Love to be real, it must cost, it must hurt, it must empty us of self." 

-St. Teresa of Calcutta 

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Where I serve

DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. 

My Story

I knew that I wanted to continue my relationship with Jesus as I entered my first year at Drake University but I didn't quite know how. During welcome week, I happed upon chalked writing on the sidewalk of campus about an event at St. Catherine of Siena Newman Center that offered free food and free T-shirts. As a college student, those words caught my attention. Also, I was trying to make new friends so why not go?! Not only did I get my free food and free T-shirt, but I found a community. This community of students and FOCUS missionaries helped me to continue my relationship with Jesus, but they also challenged me to strive for more. I started becoming more involved with bible study and eventually leading ones on my own. I was also invested in through discipleship, while I myself was investing in other students. 
It was at a FOCUS conference (SEEK 2015) that I realized that God had something big planned for me. At this conference, during Adoration, God allowed me to see what the world could look like when everyone knows Him and knows His Son. In my heart, I knew I had to be involved in this somehow. Instead for striving for more, it turned into striving for holiness - to be a saint, which is what we're all called to be. I just thought I had to do this in the workforce.
During my senior year in college, people started asking me if I was going to apply to be a FOCUS missionary. The problem was, I still had classes over the summer and the big new staff training for FOCUS is usually held in the summer too. This was the excuse I used for not applying. Well, eventually, God helped me to realize that I can be a FOCUS missionary - it just wouldn't be in my timeline but His. 
So here we are - a little over a year after graduating from Drake, answering the call to be a saint through FOCUS as a missionary!

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. If you are interested in partnering with me as I serve my first year at Depauw University, please let me know the best way I can reach you and I will schedule an appointment. I would be honored to share this amazing mission with you!


“...to bring souls to God- and God to souls.” 

Mother Teresa, Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light: The Private Writings of the Saint of Calcutta 

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 …