Catherine Alex

"All the way to Heaven is Heaven because Jesus said 'I am The Way.'" -St. Catherine of Sienna

My name's Catherine. I'm a FOCUS missionary.

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Where I serve

I've had a special place in my heart for college students for a while now because I taught a class to incoming freshman during the Fall semesters of my junior and senior years in college. God works many wonders in our lives and one of those wonders is Him sending me to serve the students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). It is a long way from Boise, Idaho, but I am excited to return to MIT for a second year of mission, alongside my teammates, Tara, Greg, and John!

My Story

From elementary school through high school, I always struggled to find good friendships. No one really understood me and knew why I wanted to keep Jesus and my faith at the center of my life. No one understood why my family enjoyed going to mass on Sundays, and every other day, or why we prayed for an hour in Adoration every week, or why we prayed a Rosary as a family every night. The people I called my friends were people who made me feel like I had to compete to be good enough. I had to prove that I was good enough to be there friend through my academics. I became so competitive and began to grasp for friendships. I completely forgot that my identity was in being a beloved daughter of God and not in how well I did in school and how many friends I had. It wasn't enough for me that my family loved me very much and I certainly wasn't listening to how much God loved me. 

It wasn't until I was in college when I met the FOCUS missionaries at Boise State University, that I learned to see that my identity did not lie in what my grades were or in how many friends I had. Rather, it was in the indisputable truth that I am a beloved daughter of God. This reality changed my life. 

One of the missionaries in general, Sarah, deeply invested in me and loved me in ways I never thought a friend could. She understood my love for my family and my culture and she took an interest in learning more about my culture and spending time with my family. She helped me understand that God gave me the gifts of my family and my Indian culture and it is good for my friends to love those aspects of my personality as well. This was a stark contrast to anything I was used to because my previous friends always made me feel like I had to hide these aspects of myself. 

I was inspired by Sarah's deep investment in me and the ways in which God revealed Himself to me through our friendship. Then, in January of 2018, I went to the Student Leadership Summit (SLS), one of FOCUS' main conferences for college students. During this conference, I was taught Jesus' Great Commission in a brand new way and I realized, that my purpose in life was to evangelize. I was still a little confused on how God wanted me to do that, but before the conference ended, He had made it clear that He wanted be to apply to be a FOCUS missionary and evangelize the hearts of college students. 

I applied to be a missionary just a few months later, at the beginning of my senior year, and, by the grace of God, I was offered a job as a missionary! I now get to invest deeply in students and remind them of their worth as a beloved child of God and invite them into an intimate relationship with Jesus. 

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.

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. If you are interested in partnering with me, please click on the "Support Catherine" button. I've been blessed with the most amazing people who have journeyed with me as I serve on campus and I am so grateful to God for bringing them into my life. 

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 …