June 23, 1996 – January 5, 2021
“For this is the will of my Father, that every one who sees the Son and believes in him should have eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.” (Jn 6:40)
Bailey Lauret was a second-year missionary with FOCUS whose dedication, generosity and joy in service to Christ’s Great Commission will remain as a lasting example of faith for all those who serve our apostolate.
Bailey was born in Rockville, Maryland and moved to Sioux Falls with his family when he was a year old. In Sioux Falls, he was an active member of St. Katharine Drexel Parish, serving as an alter server, a choir member and a charter member of the St. Katharine Drexel Knights of Columbus chapter. He was interested in cooking, baking, and traveling, and he had a great love for music.
Bailey attended St. John Vianney Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota to discern the priesthood. He first encountered FOCUS as a seminarian. During his sophomore year, Bailey attended FOCUS’ SEEK2017 conference, and then he signed up for a spring break mission trip to Mexico City with FOCUS Missions. On that trip, Bailey had the chance to get to know the FOCUS missionary and trip director, Jake Leins; Bailey witnessed the intentionality with which Jake interacted with and invested in others, and that example sparked a desire to become a missionary in Bailey’s heart.
Bailey was called to secular life and continued to attend the University of St. Thomas to pursue a degree in Catholic studies. He became involved with FOCUS’ Digital Campus during his senior year, and upon graduation he was offered a position as a full-time FOCUS missionary. Bailey served as a campus missionary for a year and a half at the University of Memphis; there was no doubt in his mind that it was where God was calling him to be. His relationship with Christ was first in his life, and his priority was to help spread the Gospel and lead others to heaven. Fellow missionaries on Bailey’s team remarked how much they looked forward to spending time with him, and that he never asked or expected anything in return for his hospitality or generosity.
Bailey entered the Lord’s embrace on Tuesday, January 5, 2021. Our entire FOCUS family will always remember Bailey as a joyful, hospitable, and good-humored soul. His authentic missionary spirit and enthusiastic “yes” to God is a model witness of what it means to be Christ’s disciple, and the gift of his life and service will continue to encourage and inspire his fellow missionaries for years to come.