Dave Talarico

Hey! My name's Dave. I'm a FOCUS missionary at Towson University!

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Where I serve

God has called me to say "yes" to serve college students in a radical way as a missionary at Towson University in Baltimore. The community at Towson has been such a welcoming place and an area of growth in faith for my students and myself! I cannot wait to see what this year holds! You'll typically find me running, reading, or hanging out at the Newman Center or with people around campus. My team and I are so excited to be able to serve the students here at Towson! If you're a student, reach out to me and I'd love to meet up to get to know you better!

My Story

If you would have told me at the start of my college career that I would be serving as a Catholic missionary after graduation, I would have never believed you. For most of my life, I was a lukewarm Catholic at best. I was born into a Catholic family, but I simply followed along with what my family did. I viewed my faith as more of a chore that I had to check off a list rather than a real relationship with God. When I came to the small Catholic school DeSales University, I finally started to grow in my faith. The friends that I made there were passionate about their faith and invited me to join them at Sunday mass, the Men’s Spirituality and Service Group, and the Knights of Columbus. After deciding on a whim to take on leadership in the Knights of Columbus, my campus ministry sent me and several other student leaders to the SEEK 2017 conference where I was first exposed to FOCUS. Seeing others my age on fire with the faith inspired me to start to take mine more seriously. Despite this, it wasn’t until the SLS 2018 conference led by FOCUS that I finally desired Christ to enter my life. The experience that I had of God’s love and mercy in Confession and Jesus’s physical presence in Eucharistic Adoration at that conference completely changed my faith forever. I chose to make Christ the center of my life.

Seeing my life through God’s eyes allowed me to see the grace that led me to encounter Him more fully. He cared about me and my struggles and wanted to help me become better. After finally seeing myself, my future, and my relationship with Jesus through His eyes, I decided to act. Through a radical series of “yes,” I grew more in my faith than any time in my life. My prayer life, closeness to God, and my self-esteem improved significantly. I founded a Bible study, started discipleship with FOCUS Digital Campus, and led three students of my own in discipleship. I also attended a FOCUS medical mission trip to Argentina where a missionary first planted the seed by asking if I had ever considered becoming a FOCUS missionary. After applying and getting hired as a FOCUS missionary, everything seemed great, but I had to deal with one of my hardest tests of faith yet. I had also been accepted to attend the Drexel University School of Medicine for the following year. Through prayer, faith, and a whole lot of patience, God provided by blessing me with a two-year deferral from medical school so that I could serve Him as a missionary!

The impact that FOCUS has had on my life by bringing me to encounter God in a deeper way is what inspires me to share with other college students my experience and guide them to welcome Christ into their lives. My first year on staff has been an incredible experience with so much fruit that God has blessed me with in my mission and my own relationship with Him! I cannot wait to continue to grow in friendship with students at Towson and help them to encounter Christ and His Church in a radical way through Bible study, discipleship, conferences, and mission trips. Please keep my team and I in your prayers as we hope God will impact the Towson community through our work this year!

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. I can truly say that my mission partners are on mission with me and are a part of my mission field as well! 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 prefer to meet in person or at least talk on the phone. Feel free to contact me by phone (610-463-4699) or by email at ([email protected]). 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 …