Danny Gibbons

Psalm 16:11

I'm grateful and glad you are here!

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Where I serve

For my second year on staff, the Lord has called me to serve as a missionary at the University of Massachusetts Amherst! A new home filled with new challenges, opportunities and blessings, I believe, will allow me to grow into a more fruitful disciple and to be more fully transformed into Christ. James Madison University has prepared me well to live out mission at UMass, and I trust that this is exactly where the Holy Spirit desires to work in and through me. Go Minutemen!

My Story

I have been Catholic my whole life and attended only Catholic schools until college. Without my family and Catholic friends, I lost the daily accountability, fellowship and example that I had taken for granted. Like too many others, I was susceptible to the college temptations to live a life far from Christianity. And I fell far away from the faith... By God's grace, the one thing that never changed was going to Mass on Sundays. Even lost and confused in my darkest times, I still went to Church every weekend. It was the bare minimum of my life that I gave to God. 

After almost three years of going to the Catholic Campus Ministry house and leaving without talking to a single person, a FOCUS missionary finally caught me. It was a conversation I couldn't escape but, to my surprise, I really enjoyed it. He just wanted to be my friend, and at the time real friends were difficult to find. He saw me as a beloved son of the Father, as a brother in Christ, and as a soul worth fighting for. He gained my trust and proved his loyalty with persistence and patience in pursuing a relationship with me. So, not after long, I joined his Bible study. Then, I prayed with him a few times a week. Next, it was attending a daily Mass here and there. A daily prayer life, a long overdue confession, attending the Campus Ministry retreat, hanging out with the other Catholic men in the community, Eucharistic Adoration on Tuesday nights, and accepting a high calling of life into FOCUS's Discipleship program all followed. At this point, my life had changed. The past was over, I found inspiring community, living in the light of Christ was fruitful, and for the first time in college I felt truly fulfilled. This was lasting joy, not fleeting pleasure.

Senior year, when I was recommended to apply for FOCUS, I knew mission was life-giving work. I greatly desired to be a witness of faith and to have the same impact on college students that a missionary had on me. Ever since joining  staff, Jesus has just continued to draw me deeper and deeper into His unending love. Everything I have given to Him has been returned to me in ways I could never imagine. Now every day is an adventure because FOCUS gives me an amazing opportunity to live a life worthy of imitation, loving and serving He who makes all things new.

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 make my work in this vital ministry possible. I have been incredibly blessed with the charitable hearts of God's people, in giving of themselves in partnership to this mission. If you are interested in partnering with me, please email me at [email protected] and we can schedule an appointment to discuss this exciting commitment. I would be honored to share this mission with you!

“Some give by going to the missions. Others go by giving to the missions. Without both, there are no missions.” ~ Saint Teresa of Calcutta


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