MaryGrace (Mimi) Ilardi

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

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Where I serve

After two years of serving at the Coast Guard Academy I'll be moving to Maryland to serve at Mount St. Mary's University. I'll be leading a team of 5 as we serve this small Catholic campus in Emmitsburg. There is a mix of committed Catholics, non-Catholics, locals from surrounding states, and D-1 athletes. Plenty of people to reach out to!  

My Story

Encountering a FOCUS missionary led to a major life change while I was a student at UVM. I was completely submerged in the party culture and I was really far from God. In high school I'd turned away from my Catholic upbringing and a FOCUS event was my first encounter with people in the Church in several years. I met young people who had found fullness of life in Jesus and it made me want what they had. 

Since that event 6 years ago I have grown so much in my relationship with God. He has changed my life and I want to introduce other young people to Him so He can change theirs too. 

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. With your prayers and monthly financial support I can be fully available to the students with whom I work. If you are interested in partnering with me, please let me know of the best way to reach you and I will schedule an visit or phone call. 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 …