Christine Parvin

FOCUS Missionary | University of Virginia

"Can one man say to another, 'God has given you to me?'" -JPII

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Where I serve

God has called me to serve college students. I'm excited to say that I'll be serving my first year with FOCUS at the University of Virginia! Knowing Christ has completely transformed my life and filled my heart with the greatest joy - I hope to spend this year at UVA inviting students into this relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church so that their lives may be transformed in the same way. 

My Story

As a missionary, my greatest desire is to bring the joy of Christ onto the college campus and invite students to encounter the infinite love of our Father. Before I returned to the Church, my heart was restlessly searching for a sense of love and happiness, but there was nothing that this world was offering me that could satisfy this void within my heart. After years of ignoring Jesus calling me into relationship with him, he gave me the chance to say yes again through a friend's invitation to attend mass. It had been 5 years since I had attended mass and I had no idea what to expect. However, as soon as I walked through the doors of the church, all fear and hesitation left, and I couldn't deny the presence of Jesus Christ and his infinite merciful love. I walked into the church that day having no relationship with Christ, but I saw that he was patiently waiting there out of love for my return and for my 'yes' to follow him. The love that touched my heart that day was greater than anything I had ever experienced and set my heart on fire to change my life and follow Christ with all of me. 

As I entered into my first year of college with this desire to have a relationship with Christ, I encountered FOCUS missionaries who taught me the importance of not only maintaining a relationship with Christ through mass and prayer, but desiring to continually deepen this relationship and to become a saint. The zeal these missionaries had to bring souls to Jesus Christ and his Church, to share the joy of the Gospel, and their authentic love to walk with me to the cross was a beautiful witness to the love of Christ. Seeing the heart of Christ in these missionaries gave me the desire to open my heart and allow the Gospel to not only change my life, but to desire to invite others to know this truth and allow it to change their lives. 

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 …