David Purcell

"If you are what you are meant to be, you will set the world on fire."
St. Catherine of Sienna

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Where I serve

I have been called to serve at the University of Memphis in Tennessee. You will probably find me spending time in fellowship with students, building them up and leading them closer to Christ. I believe this is a critical time in students lives and by impacting them now they are able to spread it to generations to come.

My Story

I was born and raised in the greatest place on earth, Wichita Kansas. Growing up, as the youngest kid in my family. I was glad to have five other siblings to pave the way and help shape me into the man I am today. My parents had the greatest impact on my life and gave me my immense gift of faith. They put me through Catholic grade school and high school and instilled a flame to know Christ Jesus. However, as I left high school and went on to college this gift of faith slowly began to fall to the wayside. I never fell away but religion was reduced to a checklist. I knew it was important but I quickly succumbed to what this world had to offer. 

It wasn't until the summer of my Junior year of college where I distanced myself from my routine and visited my brother in Illinois. After that trip I began to realize that this Almighty God, who created everything wasn't some distant ruler. Instead he came down to our level and walked with us. He didn't try to control us, instead he came to liberate us. He chose us and all he asked in return was for us to choose him. The thing he desires most is intimacy, and up until that point I was filling my life with the things of this world. What I realized was the stuff I filled my life with caused  me happiness, but what I longed for was joy. 

I am not perfect, but I know what I want and where to find it. I am still striving for joy but the call that I have, is same we all have as Catholics. To know Christ Jesus, and fulfill his great commission. FOCUS allows me to enter into that intimacy and feed that flame given to me at my baptism; While at the same time radically changing lives of college students and leading them closer to Christ. What FOCUS allows me to do is meet college students where they are at and walk with them as Christ did with the twelve apostles. I am taking this message to college campus's across the nation because they are in spiritual poverty. This is my call. It isn't special, its what we are all called to do as Catholics.

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.

Contact me at [email protected] or 316-841-1714

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 …