Elyse Schweighofer

I'm a Program Director for the International Region.

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Where I serve

After graduating from Baylor University, I served at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas for two years and then in Graz, Austria for three years.  This is my second year serving as the Program Director for the International Region. This role is a servant leader position that can best be described as being a "missionary to the missionaries." Though I will wear many hats, administration, staff care, and missionary formation will be at the center of my new position.   

My Story

Growing up, I was very involved in my parish.  Although I was "doing" all the right things, I thought that God was far away and I could not know Him personally.  My junior year in college, my life began to change.  I met FOCUS missionaries at Baylor who were both faithful, praying a holy hour every day, and zealous, going out of their comfort zones to share the Gospel with students on campus.  The next semester, the Lord extended an invitation to me to leave everything comfortable behind-- my community at Baylor, the FOCUS missionaries who had inspired me so much, family back home, the ministries and academics that were so familiar-- and step out on unknown waters to study abroad in Gaming, Austria.  There, I experienced that Jesus is alive, that He knows me personally, and that this relationship with Him is the most important thing.  I answered the call to become a missionary after college in order to share with everyone that life with the risen Jesus is the only thing that matters!  It has been a tremendous joy and adventure to share life and the Gospel with college students in the place where Jesus first captured my heart!

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 contact me at [email protected] and 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 …