Chris Livernois


Hey! My name's Chris, and I'm a FOCUS missionary at the University of Tennessee.

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Where I serve

I spent my first two years out of college serving as a youth minister at two parishes just outside of Boston, but God called me back to college. As a student I was always searching for Jesus, and I found a home at our Newman center, but in the time since I graduated, I've discovered more deeply what it means to be a missionary disciple. God has given me the opportunity to do that where there are thousands of people who need the Gospel now more than ever—the college campus.

My Story

I’ve always been Catholic, but it wasn’t until the end of my college career that I decided to make it a lifestyle and not just an adjective. One day, things changed. Everything felt different. I realized the God I had been calling, “Father” my entire life was also calling me His son and wanted to have a relationship with me. That relationship would need to look different and require more investment than any other relationship I had ever had. I said yes, and he’s lead me across the country, through trials and temptations, and now finally here. With FOCUS. To serve you.

Your Impact

I’ve always said that working in ministry, I don’t do anything. And that’s one of my favorite parts about it—I don’t have to! God does all the work, He just does it through me. As much as I’ve been humbled time after time by the amazing work He does, I’m never able to do it alone. There are many ways to partner with me on this journey, but one of the most powerful ways is for us to pray together. Reach out to me, and let’s start that conversation so we can bring even more souls back to the home they were created for!

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 …