Madeline Fric

"To fall in love with God is the greatest romance; to seek Him the greatest adventure; to find Him, the greatest human achievement." - St. Augustine

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Where I serve

A year ago, in the most beautiful way, God called me away from my comforts of the wonderful South to serve His beloved children in the wild Mid-West at Benedictine College.  I quickly adapted to the rolling hills, the numerous pastures, and the flavorful food (not as quick to adapt to the snow and single-digit temperatures). I serve alongside 9 other missionaries at Benedictine and proud to be part of the Raven family! I will be heading back to Kansas for my second year of mission at Benedictine College!

My Story

Looking back on my life, I always knew God was with me from a young age.  Over time, my relationship with Christ was cultivated through amazing friendships, the sacraments, role models, and my middle and high school Catholic education.  I headed off to college with my Catholic faith on my sleeve and love for Christ in my heart.  It was in college that I grew exponentially in my faith: I attended daily Mass, pray a Holy Hour every day, and Christ became the center of everything.  I simply fell in love with Him.

Nothing is more practical than finding God, than falling in Love in a quite absolute, final way. What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything. It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning, what you do with your evenings, how you spend your weekends, what you read, whom you know, what breaks your heart, and what amazes you with joy and gratitude. Fall in Love, stay in love, and it will decide everything.  
Fr. Pedro Arrupe

"When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, 'The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.'"  -Matthew 9: 36-38

I have recently been reflecting on this scripture passage from Matthew.  I have accepted the call of a laborer for God's harvest and the field He has sent me to harvest is the college campus, specifically Benedictine.  However, I do not find myself in a field of wheat, instead I found myself in prepping for a field of battle.

The most important battle we will fight on this earth is one between good and evil- God and the enemy.  The battle rages strong on college campuses and in every human heart. I have accepted the call to bring Christ to college students and help them face and prepare for this battle. 

As a missionary, my greatest desire is to lead all students to Christ and for them to know His love. My life has been transformed by Jesus and I want nothing more than to bring this joy and love 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, beginning with the college campus. I've been constantly amazed by the different souls I've encountered on campus and grateful for the soldiers and laborers God is raising up and calling to spread the Gospel. 

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 …