Franco Watts

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Where I serve

I served my first two years at the University of California, Berkeley, last year I served as Team Director at the University of Missouri, and now I am the first Team Director at California State University, Long Beach! Long Beach State is one of the largest of the 23 California State universities with over 38,000 diverse undergraduate and graduate students. Popular fields of study on this commuter campus include Business Management, Visual & Performing Arts, and Health Professions. The students here will go on to be some of the leaders of the marketplace, the influencers in the arts, and the healers of the communities. I pray that Jesus may enter abundantly into the hearts of the students at Long Beach, that His saving Love may seep into every aspect of our society through the students we serve.

My Story

I grew up in a Catholic family in Murrieta, California. My family helped me to trust God with my life ever since I was a child, but when I was a junior in high school preparing for the sacrament of confirmation at my parish, I realized how real Jesus is and how powerfully He loves me. From then on I felt convicted to live out my identity as His son.

For my undergraduate degree I went to California State University, Fullerton, and received my degree in Cinema and Television Arts. My freshmen year I didn't know exactly what I was going to do with my degree, but when I witnessed my Catholic RA reading the scriptures, loving her peers, giving all to her studies, and living as a disciple of Jesus in the midst of the chaotic college culture, my mind opened to the reality that I could live as a disciple of Jesus too. And I knew that He would lead me in my career and beyond. I started to read and pray with the scriptures on my own every day, and I learned to hear Our Lord speaking to me.

As school went on, the Lord opened up a number of opportunities for me - I was an RA for two years, I joined a fraternity my sophomore year, I studied in Italy for 3 months, and I went on a mission trip to serve the poor in Mexico City. Through these experiences and more, Jesus formed my heart to desire to love all of His diverse people. He helped me to recognize that just as I need to experience His love, forgiveness, and healing in my life in unique ways, every person has a unique story and specific places in their lives and hearts that Jesus desires to renew. Meditating on how St. Teresa of Avila says that Jesus has "no hands, no feet on earth but yours, [...] yours are the eyes with which he looks compassion on this world," I realized that part of my God-given purpose is to actively let Him love His people through me.

One group that struck my heart significantly as an undergrad was the Greek community. Fraternity and sorority students are some of the most driven people on the college campus who strive for success and want to leave a mark on campus and everywhere else they go. At the same time, the Greek system is a community where so many students seek fulfillment and pursue relationships in the wrong places and in the wrong ways.

My junior year, some fellow Greeks and I started a Christian Greek ministry in order to foster a community for Greeks to encounter Jesus. IT WAS AWESOME! Jesus transformed so many lives and brought so much hope to the Greek system on my campus through that ministry, and it was amazing to be a part of that. 

My last semester of my senior year was when I was first exposed to FOCUS. My fraternity brother invited me to a FOCUS Bible study, and a couple weeks later I was invited to go on a mission trip. This mission trip to Mexico City was specifically an all-Greek mission trip with students from four different schools, and I felt the Lord calling my name to go with them. That mission trip was the first time in my life that I encountered Catholics my age who loved and were excited about Jesus, and who just wanted to serve Him. IT BLEW MY MIND THAT PEOPLE LIKE THIS EXISTED! 

A year after I graduated, I felt a strong call from the Lord to discern joining FOCUS where my main focus would be serving Greek students on campus. Soon enough, that discernment turned into a life-changing decision, and now I am so happy and blessed to be serving our Lord with the Fellowship of Catholic University Students!

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. If you are interested in partnering with me in this vital mission, please let me know of the best way to reach you and I will schedule an appointment with you. I'd be honored if we could partner on this mission together! My email is: [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 …