Lisa Driscoll


"A story is a way to say something that can't be said any other way, and it takes every word in the story to say what the meaning is." -Flannery O'Connor

I always loved to tell stories through music and writing. Whether it was through childhood games, art songs, or writing for an internship later in college, I sought opportunities to express myself. It took me a long time to realize that my identity itself is rooted in a story - one that supersedes time and gives ultimate meaning to my life.

That story is the Gospel. Watching others suffer around me and questioning the meaning of life my senior year of high school brought me face to face with a real question: Jesus was either a liar, a lunatic, or who he said he was - the Son of God. I came to encounter Him as a Person in the Eucharist and His mercy in Confession. In doing so, I realized in my mind and heart that He truly is God - and that I am made to give and receive His love.

On campus at University of Maryland, I wanted to share that love I experienced from God with others. I led a Bible study and continued to draw closer to Christ through prayer and attending daily Mass, inviting friends to do the same in discipleship, and watched lives transform in meaning and purpose. After graduating with degrees in music and journalism, I became a full-time missionary with FOCUS to serve the students at University of Virginia for two years. 

Now, I am humbled to get to serve the students at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as team director this year. I look forward to supporting and accompanying my teammates on mission to share the fullness of Truth through discipleship and in small group Bible studies! In a culture where the second leading cause of death for young people is suicide, with MIT being a campus with one of the highest suicide rates, we clearly need the light of Christ on college campuses in a radical way.

Will you be the hands and feet of Christ with me as we serve those who experience deep poverty of the soul? It would be an honor to serve others together. Please consider giving financially and supporting prayerfully to the mission. 

Thank you so much, and God bless you!

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Where I serve

God has called me to serve college students. You'll typically find me hanging out at the university cafe, the Newman Center, or high-fiving people around campus. I have a pretty cool story about how Jesus has changed my life -- I think you should hear it sometime! Come find me and I'd love to share it with you. :)

My Story

As a missionary, my greatest desire is to lead all students to Christ. My life has been transformed by Jesus and I want nothing more than to bring this joy to others and introduce them to the life-changing message of the Gospel. In His ministry on earth, Jesus humbled Himself to meet us on our level, taking on our humanity, and spent most of His time investing deeply in a few. I look to Jesus’ own example to find the best method of reaching the world. I've been constantly amazed by the different souls I've encountered on campus.

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 …