Mary Catherine Machalec

The future is in your hearts and in your hands. God is entrusting to you the task of working with Him in the building of the civilization of love.

-Saint John Paul II

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Where I serve

I am currently an on-campus missionary at Louisiana State University. Geaux tigers!

My Story

When I started college at the University of Texas at Austin, my first week on campus I was asked to join a bible study. Without thinking much about it I said "yes," having no idea how much that "yes" would change my life. Through bible study each week I came to know more and more about the person of Jesus Christ, and also that He wanted to have a relationship with me. Through prayer and attending mass, He began to show me how much I was loved by Him and that I was created for an infinite love and for deep joy, both which He wanted to give me.

For so long I had always tried to measure up to the world's standards and as a result was deeply insecure and lonely, never feeling worthy enough or good enough in the eyes of our culture. In deepening my relationship with Jesus, He showed me that I was a daughter of God and that I was free from any expectation or pressures of the world. In Him I found true joy, love and mercy, and my life has never been the same since.

As a missionary, my greatest desire is to lead all women to this same freedom and joy through 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. My heart has been set ablaze with the love of Christ, and I am passionate about helping other students experience this same life-changing love.

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. As Mother Teresa once said, "some give by going, others go by giving."  If you are interested in going on mission with me by giving, please let me know of the best way to reach you and I will schedule an appointment. I'd be honored to have you join my support team and 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 …