Mary Downey

"You will seek me and find me; when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you, says the Lord." ~ Jer. 29:13-14

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Where I serve

For my second year on staff, I've been moved to Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. This is the first time FOCUS will ever be on this campus! My teammates and I will be setting the foundation for the program here. Please pray for both me and my team that we can work together with God to establish a solid presence on campus and share his love in truth!

My Story

I was very blessed to grow up in solid, virtuous, and Catholic family who taught me from the beginning that the most important thing in life is having a relationship with Jesus. From a young age, with encouragement from my parents and siblings, I came to know Christ as my best friend. This friendship with Him brings steadfast joy and peace into my life.

In college, I was invited on a FOCUS conference called SLS and realized for the first time that keeping that joy and peace to myself wasn't enough for me. Through a re-commitment to prayer and the Sacraments, a zeal to share this beautiful message of a relationship of love grew within. To answer that grace, I became a FOCUS missionary and now am excited to bring Christ's merciful love to the college campus and to those students God puts in my path!

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. The generosity of every gift is such a witness and encouragement to me as I go on mission!

It's no secret that I can't do this without people like you. The women I invest in are so grateful. With your support, I was able to bring many students on life-changing conferences, retreats, and experiences they wouldn't have participated in otherwise. One student made it so clear to me how needed your support is:

"When [Mary] first asked me to go on the conference, I thought to myself 'if you only knew who I was, what I'd done, you wouldn't be asking me.' But then she paid for me and I realized I had no other excuse. On that conference, I met Jesus again. I realized I want to love Him." -Student at Wichita State

That experience was only possible because of people like you! 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 …