Katie O'Donnell

Hey! My name's Katie. I'm a FOCUS missionary.

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Where I serve

I serve in the mission at FOCUS' National Office as a Curriculum Specialist.  That means, I spend my time writing, editing, and publishing FOCUS Bible studies and other formation materials.  Through these resources, I'm aiming to provide an environment for authentic friendship, deep transformation, and evangelization for our 500 missionaries and 17,000 students involved on college campuses across the nation.

My Story

When I thought of becoming a missionary, I always imagined I would serve in the Third World: in the slums of Calcutta or the mountain villages of Honduras.  But I was struck by what Mother Teresa said: "You in the West are, spiritually, the poorest of the poor."

I was a student at Hillsdale College at the time, and I heard that FOCUS was setting out to address the spiritual poverty pervading college campuses. Something resonated in me.  I knew that one of the loneliest places on earth was the college dorm room.  I felt that God was asking me to enter into this different form of poverty and accompany students on their journey. 

What I didn't expect was that after serving for four years as a FOCUS missionary at Auburn University and working with hundreds of students there, I realized that the heart most transformed by this mission was my own.

Your Impact

In answering the call to join FOCUS, I've made the decision to rely fully on the spiritual and financial support of mission partners to help me in this mission. Your monthly contributions will make up 100% of my income, and I would be so grateful to have you as a part of my team!  If you are interested in partnering with me, please let me know the best way to reach you and I will schedule an appointment.  I'd be honored to share this mission with you. katie.[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 …