Katie Rinehart

Hey! My name's Katie. I'm a FOCUS missionary at the University of Louisiana Lafayette!

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Where I serve

God has called me to serve college students and I have been blessed with the opportunity to serve at the University of Louisiana Lafayette. I am SO excited to be serving this year with my fiancé and soon to be HUSBAND, Jake! 

My Story

College is a decisive time in a young person's life. It is a time full of new experiences and opportunities, but also a time filled with temptation; I experienced this first-hand. I tried to find fulfillment in ways the college atmosphere offers. I found myself in college placing my identity in my involvement on campus and popularity, trying to be someone whom I didn't really know...myself. When it all started being taken away from me, and the things I thought I was good at began dissipating, I was completely lost. I knew there had to be something more and I wanted to truly discover who I was and what I was wanting to do, just like many college students today. When I was able to witness a friend so peaceful and joyful in their pursuit for Christ, it really made me want what they had. When I was introduced to the love of Christ, and that my identity could be found in being a beautiful daughter of God, no matter my talents, I came to find myself in Jesus and what authentic joy and happiness felt like, and I couldn't resist. As I integrated that into my daily activities and organizations my life has never been the same.. Encountering Christ's mercy in the midst of that darkness radically changed my heart. I found a light brighter than I had ever seen or imagined and it brought purpose to my life. So many college students are starving for this love and mercy. They think that they need to be in a better place before they can come to know Christ, but He is closer than they even realize. "Man cannot fully find himself, except through a sincere gift of himself," St. John Paul II.

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 …