Hayley Shaver

Hi friends! I'm a FOCUS missionary at The University of Florida. Go Gators!



"This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent." John 17:3

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Where I serve

God has called me to serve college students. I am currently serving at The University of Florida in Gainesville.

My Story

I grew up in a wonderful Catholic home where my family went to Mass every Sunday and I was able to attend Catholic school for 14 years. However, I did not have any sort of relationship with God. I knew all the stories and all the basic Catholic Church teachings, but I did not know the heart of the Father. I kept this mindset going in to college too. I immediately joined a sorority and placed my identity in friend groups, grades, and leadership positions. I spent 3 years searching for my own worth in places I would never find it.

It wasn't until my senior year of college, in the Fall of 2017, that I met my first FOCUS missionary Autumn. I was invited to her bible study where she asked, "Who is God?" I did not have an answer. That whole semester I was searching for that answer. I was completely blown away by the way Autumn lived her life and the relationship that she had with Jesus Christ. I was sure that she knew God in an intimate way and I wanted to know how I could too.

In January of 2018, I attended a FOCUS conference, and that was the first time I ever encountered Jesus in the Eucharist. I specifically heard Jesus tell me to center my entire life around Him, and if I did not I would never be truly happy. From that point on, I knew my life had to change. I began seeking how to know God on a deeper level and thus began to form a prayer life. The next year I entered in to discipleship with a new missionary named Becca. She challenged me to pursue Jesus in a radical way. Becca showed me how to pray and how to live like an authentic disciple of Jesus Christ. 

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.

Pictured above: This is Becca! One of the most influential people God has given me!!

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 …