Tyler Degen

This is my 7th year serving as a FOCUS missionary.  It's a joy to serve the Church through FOCUS.

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Where I serve

I've had the privilege of serving on many campuses including the University of Colorado, the University of Illinois and the University of Wisconsin.  Currently I am honored to serve 7 different campus teams and Chaplains at a regional level including Loras College, the University of Wisconsin - Platteville, the University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh, Michigan Technological University, Central Michigan University, Eastern Michigan University, and the University of Illinois.

My Story

It was in college at Colorado State University that I first got involved with FOCUS. After meeting some missionaries I quickly became friends with them and began to really grow in my faith. I soon realized that I desired to not just make Jesus Christ one part of my life, but rather the center of my entire life.

I knew I wanted to join FOCUS staff after graduation and served for two years at the University of Colorado. I then left staff for two years and worked as a mechanical engineer. During this time it became even more clear that the Catholic Church was in desperate need of young adults living authentic Catholic lives. I could not ignore the yearning on my heart to be a part of the new evangelization and felt God was again calling me to serve with FOCUS. During these two years away from missionary life I met Grace and eventually asked her to marry me.

My wife Grace and I were married on August 11th, 2012.  We have two young girls, Maryella and Margaret and are excited to welcome a new baby in June, 2017.  They are a constant reminder to me of how I desire to change our culture for Christ and how college students, our future leaders, are our greatest hope to do just that.  Animated by the Holy Spirit my life goal is to become a saint and to play an integral role in raising up other saints who will transform our world for Christ and His Church.    

Your Impact

When I said yes to being a FOCUS missionary, I also said yes to relying on the spiritual and financial assistance of many generous individuals and families. It is continually humbling to be able to receive just that from so many people who share my same enthusiasm for sharing the Gospel message on campus. If you are interested in partnering with me or just hearing more about our work on campus, please let me know the best way to reach you and I will schedule an appointment. I'd be honored to share this mission with you.  Email me at [email protected] or click the 'Support Tyler' link above.  Thank 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 …