Angela Bacaling

Hey there! My name is Angela and I am a 5th year missionary with FOCUS!

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Where I serve

I am very excited to share that I will be continuing my second year serving as a Team Director at the University of Pennsylvania. It has been an incredible journey of growth beginning at New York University for my first two years and then at Brown University. The first four years have formed and equipped me in many ways and I'm truly looking forward to this continued transformation in year five!

University of Pennsylvania is an Ivy League in Philadelphia, PA and hosts over 10,000 undergraduates. This will be FOCUS' 3rd year serving at Penn and our team is excited to continue building up the Catholic community and equipping students to be leaders on this campus. 

My Story

As a missionary, my greatest desire is for all students to have a personal encounter with Jesus Christ and to know His abundant love and mercy. 

Growing up Catholic, I became very familiar with the practices of the church, but I struggled to understand the "whys" behind what we do. My faith felt more like a hobby and a to-do list of items to check off rather than something meaningful.

It was when I went to college and joined our University Catholic group that my faith was transformed. I met a FOCUS missionary who asked me into a discipleship relationship where she then invested herself into helping me grow in a relationship with the Lord. She taught me how to pray with the scriptures (Lectio Divina) and it was with this consistent form of prayer, as well as our conversations, where I understood that the Lord was seeking to have a personal relationship with me. 

Since entering into a personal relationship with Christ I've learned so much more about what it means to be Catholic. Now, I've come to know more of the rich history of the church and understand the meaning behind who we are. Instead of a strict check list, I see my faith as a source of freedom: freedom to love and be loved.  My faith is experiencing the unconditional love and mercy of God everyday, which ultimately is the foundation of the church. I am inspired to share my experiences with college students, that they may come to know the Lord and experience His abundant love and mercy He has for each of them. 

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!

Please keep my team and all the students of the University of Pennsylvania in your prayers! 

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 …