Laura Kopp

FOCUS Missionary | MSU, Mankato 

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Where I serve

God has called me to serve, for a third year, the students of Minnesota State University, Mankato with the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS). As a missionary, my greatest desire is to invite students into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, His Church, and to inspire them to be lifelong leaders. 

My Story

During my four and a half years of undergraduate studies at U-Mary I met FOCUS missionaries and student missionaries who deeply desired to encounter Jesus and to share His love with others. There was something different about these individuals and I deeply desired to know the why behind their authentic joy. The missionaries I met personally knew Jesus from a daily hour of prayer and the Holy Mass. However, it was not until after spending a semester abroad in Rome I realized the only times I went to Jesus was when I needed something. An authentic and virtuous relationship requires a gift of self from both persons, each must give and receive! Jesus had been pouring Himself out to me in countless ways and I had done nothing for Him in return. 

In Rome, you are able to walk in the footsteps of so many great saints who gave their entire life for Jesus and his Church. The witness of the saints such as Monica, Therese of Lisieux, Benedict, and Francis of Assisi inspired me to live and serve Jesus. In prayer, I begged Jesus to show me how I could serve Him. Come October after my semester abroad I was asked into discipleship by a close friend and FOCUS student missionary. My friend helped me to build the habit of daily prayer and mass. I learned how to pray with scripture, how to lead a bible study, and eventually taught others to do the same. Inviting students to have their hearts re-awakened to the truth, beauty, and goodness of knowing Jesus within His Church is the greatest gift we can give in our lifetime! Please join Jesus and me alongside my team (pictured below) at MSU, Mankato in this great mission of encounter! 

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 …