Mary Ann Murphy

"It is Jesus that you seek when you dream of happiness; He is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you; He is the beauty to which you are so attracted; it is He who provokes you with that thirst for fullness that will not let you settle for compromise." -St. Pope John Paul II

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Where I serve

God has called me to serve college students at Texas State University! 

My Story

“If the devil can’t make you bad, he’ll make you busy. He can persuade you to do lots of good things to prevent you from doing great things.”

These words, spoken to me by a dear friend and FOCUS missionary my freshman year at the University of Tennessee, struck me to the core. For many years I sought fulfillment by trying to excel in academics, leadership positions, and extracurriculars. I was on the path to success but I was unfulfilled. Following this conversation, the Lord gradually transformed my life by inviting me to radically surrender to Him. The more I gave my time to Jesus, the more I discovered the truth in the words of St. Augustine: “You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in You.”

Resting in the Lord led me to discover the fullness of Truth, Beauty, and Goodness in the Catholic Church. As a student, I learned the joy of sharing the Gospel and Christ’s Church with others. As a missionary, it is a true gift to continue in this joy and witness many college students find their identity as sons and daughters of God and lead their peers to encounter Jesus Christ also!  

Your Impact

Please join me in fulfilling the Great Commission to win souls for Christ and “make disciples of all nations.” I found my identity and purpose through virtuous friendships with FOCUS missionaries and student leaders, and I pray for grace and fortitude as the Lord sends me on this mission. Your prayers and support will strengthen this mission greatly and make it possible to win over college students in their search for Truth at this critical time in their lives. Thank you so much in advance, and know that your support will not go unappreciated! 

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 …