Louisa Conwill

“The glory of God is man fully alive” — St. Irenaeus

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Where I serve

I am returning to Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for my second year with FOCUS. As a computer science major and former software engineer, I am thrilled to be serving at a school with one of the best computer science programs in the world.

My Story

When I went to college at Brown University, despite being a cradle Catholic, I didn't have an interior life or a relationship with God. Because of this, even though I received the Sacraments regularly, participated in Catholic community events, and even served on the Catholic community leadership team, I found it very easy to fall victim to the typical "college temptations" and put my worth in my academic and social success.

In my senior year, FOCUS came to my campus. The FOCUS missionaries exhibited a freedom and joy that comes with living in relationship with God that I hadn't really seen before, especially not in young adults. At FOCUS's SEEK conference during winter break, I had a profound encounter with the love of God which set my heart and soul on fire. My newfound personal and intimate relationship with God gave me a joy I had never experienced before. Through His mercy I began to be healed from insecurities that I had been holding onto since high school, middle school, and even elementary school.

After graduating college I worked as a software engineer at a large tech company for two years. Towards the end of my first year, I started to wonder if software engineering was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Not knowing what to do about this, I went to Adoration and boldly asked God what He wanted for my life. He gave me a very clear response: be a FOCUS missionary. I was so surprised! Upon further reflection this call made perfect sense--I loved helping my friends deepen their relationship with the Lord, and now having that as my full time job is a dream I didn't know I had come true.

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. If you are interested in partnering with me, please send me an email at [email protected] or call/text me at 503-893-5806 and I will schedule an appointment. I'd be honored to share this mission with you.

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