Stephanie Parks

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

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Where I serve

I'm working on my Minnesota accent and my hotdish-cooking skills up at the University of Minnesota Duluth. I love baking treats for my Varsity Catholic athlete Bible study, running with students on the beautiful trails, and watching how Jesus transforms the hearts of students on a daily basis. My days consist of meeting with girls one on one, going onto campus to invite students to our events, daily prayer and Mass, and working with my other three teammates and our Newman Center staff to reach as many souls as we can on campus!

My Story

As a student-athlete at Drake University, I didn't think I had the time or the knowledge to really share my faith with others. But that all changed when a senior invited me to her Bible study my freshman year. 

There, the Catholic faith was made accessible to me by her teaching me how to pray and how to really read the Bible in a way that allowed Jesus to speak to my heart what He wanted for my life. By making prayer a consistent part of my life and by learning how to share my faith from various FOCUS missionaries, Jesus gave me the grace to understand that I could live my life in one of two ways: the way I wanted, which would probably lead to some degree of happiness, or I could surrender my life to Him and watch Him transform it into a life filled with more joy than I could ever imagine. 

So, I became a FOCUS missionary in the hope that I could lead students to Jesus in the same way that someone else did for me, and Jesus has blessed that decision beyond belief!

Your Impact

FOCUS provides an amazing opportunity not only to transform the lives of college students for Christ, but also to engage communities and individuals across the country in the mission of FOCUS. When I answered the call to become a missionary, I made the decision to rely on the spiritual and financial support of mission partners to help me through this mission. Not everyone has the availability to give two years of their lives in service to the Church, but everyone can get involved in the mission of FOCUS through prayer and financial support. 

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 to preach the Gospel to the ends of the earth, please contact me at [email protected] and I will schedule an appointment with you. I'd be honored to share this mission with you and to discuss how the Lord may be calling you to help!

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 …