Erica McNeese

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

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Where I serve

For the past two years I have been serving at the University of Colorado- Colorado Springs right at the bottom of Pike's Peak. I had the honor of serving here from the start as FOCUS expanded to serving on this campus last year.   

My Story

My parents raised me in the Catholic faith & I went to Catholic school for most of my life at St. Angela Merici in Orange County, California. It wasn't until I transferred to public school, half way through high school, that I decided to really dive into learning about my faith. As I prepared for confirmation, I started to ask all these questions about our faith. Which only ended up strengthening my desire to practice it. I also had my first encounter with Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. I was told that He is my Father who wants to take all my brokenness and make it new. Through both growing in love & knowledge, I answered the call to now teach confirmation. 

As I entered college though, I started to get busy as being a full time student & full time worker. God was still apart of my life. Though, He seemed to have fallen amongst the many priorities that I had, rather than being the One who guides my life. 

On the way to the gym on campus, I met a FOCUS missionary. They were new to Cal-State Fullerton. During our encounter I exchanged numbers with Kylie, the FOCUS missionary. She invited me to her bible study that I attended faithfully every week. She started to take me to pray in front of the tabernacle. I started to pray "break my heart Lord for what breaks yours". And He did. 

At one of the FOCUS conferences, I was introduced to Camp Wojtyla. It was there, that my heart was transformed. This Catholic outdoor camp, was like nothing I had every experienced before. The counselors I worked with were funny, inspiring, and HOLY. We attended daily mass, prayed holy hours & made every little task a prayer. I realized we are ALL called to be Saints! 

"I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly." John 10:10

I came back from camp & dove into evangelizing on my college campus, in the most important way, through my witness. I decided to recognize that Christ is the center of my life.

"Life with Christ is a wonderful adventure" Pope Saint John Paul II 

As a missionary, my greatest desire is to lead all students to Christ. My life has been transformed by Jesus and I want nothing more than to bring this joy to others and introduce them to the life-changing message of the Gospel. In His ministry on earth, Jesus humbled Himself to meet us on our level, taking on our humanity, and spent most of His time investing deeply in a few. I look to Jesus’ own example to find the best method of reaching the world. I've been constantly amazed by the different souls I've encountered on campus.

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. 

Feel free to contact me at 714.878.9185 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 …