Katie Dulek

Hello! My name is Katie! I serve as a missionary for the Fellowship of Catholic University Students.

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Where I serve

I am currently serving as a full time Varsity Catholic FOCUS missionary at UConn! I'm in my second year and loving what God has called me to. Even though athlete outreach certainly has its challenges, my heart is on fire for the souls at the University of Connecticut.

My Story

"I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me." -John 14:6

I am a cradle Catholic but did not actually embrace the Gospel for a long time. For most of my life, I wanted to just be a good person and believed that the Church didn't really matter. I [sort of] loved God, but I loved myself a whole lot more.

I was attached to my own 'just be a good person' gospel. Why did I need that Jesus guy? So as a natural result, I had major struggles with perfectionism, living out of a disordered identity, and trying to earn love.

In high school, I found myself in a very desolate place. I was living in a way that wasn't what I was truly made for, and I found myself very empty. It was then that I encountered the Person of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. My life has never been the same--and He has been changing my heart one degree of glory at a time ever since.

Later on in college, I was surrounded by people who were passionate, driven, successful, and... also empty. It was much of this same emptiness I had experienced, and I was heartbroken for my peers because they did not know their true identities in Christ. In the words of St. Teresa of Calcutta:

“The greatest disease in the West today is not TB or leprosy; it is being unwanted, unloved, and uncared for. We can cure physical diseases with medicine, but the only cure for loneliness, despair, and hopelessness is love. There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread but there are many more dying for a little love. The poverty in the West is a different kind of poverty -- it is not only a poverty of loneliness but also of spirituality. There's a hunger for love, as there is a hunger for God.”

I have experienced this poverty firsthand and seen it in others too. This is why I am a missionary. There is absolutely no greater joy in this life to know and love Jesus, as well as to share this truth of love with others. FOCUS was absolutely necessary to help me along in my formation, and I was deeply transformed by the lifelong friendships I made along the way. I deeply desire to to lead college students to Christ because my life has been so transformed by the life-giving message of the Gospel.

Your Impact

When I answered the Lord's 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. There is a beauty and a freedom in living on God's providence, even though it has its challenges. I've been blessed with the most amazing people who have supported me in this mission! If you are interested in supporting me, or hearing more about the mission of FOCUS, please let me know of the best way to reach you and I would happy to schedule an appointment with you! 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 …