Hunter Haas

FOCUS missionary|UC Santa Barbara

"Being Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but the encounter with an event, a person, which gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction."

-BENEDICT XVI

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Where I serve

I am excited to serve as Team Director at the University of California, Santa Barbara! 

My Story

As I moved away to college, I experienced firsthand the struggles of staying grounded in the faith and striving to live a life of virtue and purpose. I was yearning for authenticity, meaning and identity, but failing to find it out in the world. During this crucial time in my life I encountered the joy of Christ's love and mercy. In little ways I started to respond to His call, eventually leading me to become a FOCUS missionary. I have the opportunity to Invite college students into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church, inspiring and equipping them for a lifetime of Christ-centered evangelization, discipleship and friendship in which they lead others to do the same.

 The Art of Accompaniment

“With such affection for you, we were determined to share with you not only the gospel of God, but our very selves as well, so dearly beloved had you become to us....”
-1 Thessalonians 2:8

Recently, I have been reflecting on the importance of mentorship in the Christian life. I would argue that we are loosing the young people of our church to a large degree because the faith has become irrelevant to their lives. Their is a lack of role models for young people in the Church to follow who are a few steps ahead of them and can relate to where they are at. I know how crucial it was in my deeper conversion to the life of faith to have other brothers challenging and encouraging me. Individuals who were willing to invest the time and energy to meet me where I was at and call me to the standard of Christ. Individuals who live extraordinary lives that I found worthy of imitation. Throughout of my high school and college years I was waiting for the invitation and desiring just that (most of the time without even realizing it). Many young people are waiting for that very invitation just as I was. It is heart breaking the amount of students I meet each week on the college campus who have fallen away from the faith because nobody was there to accompany them. Being a full-time Catholic missionary now for over two years, I have seen the amazing fruits of what intentional discipleship (mentorship) rooted in Christ can do in my own life as well as the men I have poured my life into.

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.

              |call or text: 651-955-3451 | email: [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 …