Desirae Hakel

Hey! My name's Desirae. I'm a FOCUS missionary!

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Where I serve

God has called me to serve college students at the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota. You'll typically find me hanging out at the university cafe, the Newman Center, or basically anywhere with my team or students! I have a pretty cool story about how Jesus has changed my life -- I think you should hear it sometime! Come find me and I'd love to share it with you. :)

My Story

I was a cradle Catholic up until I went on a retreat at the end of my senior year in high school. After this retreat, I had the mindset that I wanted to go into college getting as involved in the faith as I could. I met a FOCUS missionary in college who opened my eyes to what true beauty and joy looked like. I asked her to disciple me so that I could grow deeper in this beauty and joy, other known as Jesus Christ.

 A couple years went by and I was then discipled by another missionary who rocked my world. I went to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where I was surrounded by missionaries who I could see Christ so visibly in and who challenged me to grow in my love for the faith.

 My decision to become a FOCUS missionary was so I could grow in my love for the Catholic faith and be able to spread that love to those around me. I want to give back for those that gave to me. I want to share the beauty and joy of the Catholic Church, just as it was shared with me.

"Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier." -Mother Teresa 

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 …