Alex Horvat

"Do you not know that the runners in the stadium all run in the race, but only one wins the prize? Run so as to win." - 1 Corinthians 9:24

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Where I serve

God has called me to serve college students. I am currently serving at UC Irvine in Southern California. This presents a unique challenge spreading the gospel in the heart of a culture surrounded by secular media. This is the third year that FOCUS is on campus and it is a close community with  tremendous opportunity for growth. Three student-run Catholic organizations provide a unique opportunity for students to be exposed to different cultural and spiritual influences within Catholicism. It is an exciting environment full of Catholic students waiting to be invited into a deeper relationship with Christ.

My Story

Growing up Catholic was easy, but the more I grew up, the harder it became. This was never more true than in college, surrounded by a culture so opposite to the one I tried to live in. In high school, I surrounded myself with Catholic friends, went to bible studies, and attended church every Sunday. Once I got to college, I didn't have this community around me and I had to seek it out. By God's grace, the community found me.

Through FOCUS, I was able to find the same kind of loving community that had pulled me through high school. It was a community built on true friendship, friendship that pushed me to stay clear of the "college life" that I saw many fall into only to be let down by its promises. The people that were let down were the ones that ultimately led me to be a missionary. There are thousands of these students across the country who just need love, true friendships, and an understanding of the true happiness in Jesus Christ.

As a missionary, my greatest desire is to lead all students to Christ. My life has been transformed by Jesus and I want nothing more than to bring this joy to others and introduce them to the life-changing message of the Gospel. In His ministry on earth, Jesus humbled Himself to meet us on our level, taking on our humanity, and spent most of His time investing deeply in a few. I look to Jesus’ own example to find the best method of reaching the world. I've been constantly amazed by the different souls I've encountered on campus through FOCUS in my time at Mines, and hope to continue to encounter more amazing people 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 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. If you are interested in partnering with me, please let me know of the best way to reach you and I will schedule an appointment. 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 …