Joelle Tremblay

Second year FOCUS Missionary at the George Washington University 

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Where I serve

I am privileged to serve my first year with FOCUS at the George Washington University in NW Washington, D.C.! It has been a dream to come back to D.C. in a new capacity and I feel so lucky to be sharing life with young women on this campus. The culture among students at GW is unique because of the high level of career and service oriented motivation across campus. Many of the young men and women we work with are balancing full time academics, internships, and are dedicated to building up the community at GW Catholics. Please pray for students at GW to open their hearts to deeper relationships with each other and with Christ.

My Story

Beginning mission in Foggy Bottom is a new chapter after four beautiful years in Charlotte, North Carolina at my alma mater Belmont Abbey College. Although mission in D.C. is new, a large part of my story begins during my internship on Capitol Hill in the summer of 2017. During this integral summer, I very much identified with GW students in that I was exclusively concerned with my future career. In many ways, my faith was put on the back burner while I focused on my 5 year plan. 

I have chosen to pursue this ministry for the next two years because I have personally witnessed the epidemic of crippling loneliness and anxiety among my peers. On the college campus, students are actively putting their identity in relationships, grades, and social media affirmation. Being known and loved through authentic relationships is not a norm being offered at the university level. What motivated me to realize the gravity of the decisions made during college was watching these toxic behaviors such as participation in hard drugs, binge drinking, and a devastating hook up culture, begin to take form in toxic relationships with the possibility of toxic marriages. Knowing that around 80% of Catholics who leave the church, leave by 23 is a statistic that I felt called to change.

I am so excited to be a part of the change going on in the young church through FOCUS. Thank YOU so much for your amazing prayers and support that make this mission at the George Washington University possible! Your help is truly an investment in the future of our Catholic Church and I am so grateful everyday for the opportunity to run towards Christ with young women and with you!

St. Bernadette of Lourdes, Pray for Us! 

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 …