Felipe & Kayleigh Anaya

We’re the Anayas. We’re FOCUS missionaries

Welcome to our missionary page! As Catholics we are always striving to become saints ourselves, and as FOCUS missionaries our apostolate is to evangelize college students, helping them to know Christ Jesus and training them for lifelong Catholic mission. Continue reading to get to know us a little better!  

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Where we serve

God has called me to serve college students. You'll typically find me hanging out at the university cafe, the Newman Center, or high-fiving people around campus. 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 Story

Felipe Anaya

I am from Villavicencio, Colombia and I love playing soccer, learning, chemical engineering, spending time with my wife and son James, and living out my Catholic faith through the Sacraments, prayer, and sharing the Gospel with others! I came to the United States for the first time for the foreign exchange program at the University of Oklahoma (OU). I returned to OU for my master’s degree, and my journey of faith really started during my first semester of graduate school. I made an Awakening retreat and started found really great community at our university parish. My faith started to deepen and become a bigger part of my life when a FOCUS missionary challenged me to start praying daily. Through my friendships with the missionaries and other students at our Catholic center, I began striving to be a true disciple of Christ and wanted to help the people around me come to know and love Jesus and the Church He founded. While pursuing my doctorate in chemical engineering I discerned a call to join FOCUS with my wife Kayleigh and live out the Great Commission in a more radical way. As a missionary I love having good conversations with students, playing Spikeball and games on campus, leading men’s Bible studies, and inviting students into my family life.

Kayleigh Anaya

I am proud to be a Nebraska native but a Sooner born and bred! I grew up in Omaha, NE and have a great love for the outdoors, painting, trap shooting, exercise, my family, the Oklahoma Sooners, and, most of all, my Catholic faith! I was raised Catholic but only started taking my faith seriously my sophomore year of college after a Baptist missionary started investing in me, shared truth with me, and challenged me to read the Bible and pray. That same semester I staffed an Awakening retreat and found good Catholic community, but I also was shaken about whether I believed in the Catholic Church and its teachings. I started looking for answers to my questions and attended a couple Catholic conferences, including SEEK (a FOCUS national conference), and really took off in my faith through a FOCUS missionary’s Bible study. As I continued to study apologetics and develop my love for Adoration, I grew more in love with Christ and the beautiful Church He founded. I started leading a Bible study my junior year of college and my desire to share the Gospel and the truth of the Catholic Church continued to grow. During my master’s degree I felt the need to spend more of my time investing in girls to help them become true disciples of Jesus, and becoming a FOCUS missionary was an answer to my prayers! I love the opportunity to fulfill the Great Commission so intentionally through FOCUS with husband by my side. This is the good life*!

*In case you don’t know, “The Good Life” is the state slogan of Nebraska.

As FOCUS missionaries, we are blessed to be able to live mission full-time to bring as many souls to Christ and His Church as possible. In order to have the radical availability to evangelize during the best hours of the day, we rely 100% on the charitable donations of people like you who desire to live the great commission with us by becoming part of our financial support team. We would love for you to partner with us for the salvation of souls! If you would like to learn more about how you can support us both through prayer and financially, please contact us by phone or email and we will set up a time to share more about our work and how you can join our team. God bless you and your family!

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 …