Julia Crean

Hi! I'm Julia, and I'm a FOCUS missionary!

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Where I serve

God has called me to serve Temple University in Philadelphia for my first year of mission! I am so excited to live in the city of brotherly love, eat cheesesteaks and quote Rocky as often as possible! 

Meet Team Temple! (From left to right) Matt, myself, Meaghan, and AJ!

My Story

Growing up on the Jersey shore, by the grace of God I was raised Catholic, but unfortunately for most of my life I believed the extent of the faith was going to Sunday mass, attending CCD, and saying the occasional rosary with my grandparents.  It wasn't until I attended Catholic sleep away camp that I began to desire something more.  It was the first time I saw young people on fire for the faith- wanting to pray daily, get to mass as often as possible, and talk about Jesus as if He was a friend of theirs-I couldn't believe what I had been missing!  Every year I went to camp my thirst for a relationship with God grew, and it's what led me to choosing a Catholic college because I yearned for that same community I had at camp, but didn't have in my hometown. 

It was then in college that (thanks to my bible study leader and the FOCUS missionaries) I learned how to pray, took on the habit of daily mass, and started leading bible study. I could feel myself change; a weight was lifted off my shoulders, and I felt more like myself every day.  I finally had what I had been wanting for years- a relationship with the Lord.  When it came time to decide what I wanted to do after graduation, I knew Jesus was calling me to be His missionary, to give back what I had received, and I couldn't be more excited to get the chance!  I do what I do because I know that college students are in such a need for Jesus, and I pray that I can be an instrument to bring them closer to Him every day!

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.

You can either text me at 732-535-2210 or email me at [email protected]!

"Some give by going to the missions, others go by giving. Without both, there are no missions." -St. Thérèse of Lisieux

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