Emily Cimmino

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

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Where I serve

God has called me to serve the students at the University of Pennsylvania! You'll typically find me hanging out at a coffee shop around campus, the Newman Center, or strolling down Locust Walk. 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. :)

 Our team (left to right): Angela, Jonathan, Joe, and me!   

My Story

St. Teresa of Calcutta said, “I'm a little pencil in the hand of a writing God, who is sending a love letter to the world.” God is the author of my story, and I could not be more excited that He's led me to serve with FOCUS! 

I was blessed to grow up in a Catholic family and have a wonderful community of Catholic friends at home. When I started as a mechanical engineering student at MIT, living my faith was no longer easy. Among some of the brightest minds in the world, I started placing my identity primarily in my academic success. Although Jesus was still part of my life, I invited him to sit on the sidelines rather than in the center. 

But God knew exactly what I needed, and He quickly introduced me to the FOCUS missionaries on campus. A missionary invited me to a weekly bible study with other girls who soon became some of my closest friends and sisters in Christ. While my peers and I felt the weight of chasing engineering success and found ourselves longing for more, the missionaries were living joyful, abundant lives. They were witnesses of what Jesus promised when he said, “I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).

The missionaries reminded me of my identity as a beloved daughter of God. When I began striving to make God the center of my life and grow in relationship with Him, I found myself sharing in this abundant life that I longed for. After experiencing the truth of the Gospel in my own life, my greatest desire is to bring this joy to all students and introduce them to Christ and the beauty of the Catholic Church. 

Your Impact

St. Therese of Lisieux, once said "Some give by going to the missions, others go by giving. Without both, there are no missions." 

When I answered the call to be a FOCUS missionary, 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 anytime at (203) 451-1146 or [email protected].

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 …