Matthew Lauderdale

Howdy! My name is Matthew and I'm a FOCUS missionary. Let's bring Christ to the world!

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Where I serve

I serve at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. This will be my fourth year here! 

My Story

Although I was raised Catholic, I stopped practicing my faith during high school and my early college years. I remember that I always longed for something deeper in my life, something more than the shallow worldly things that I was involved in. One day, my younger sister invited me to Mass at the Newman Center (the first Mass that I had gone to in a long while) and I remember being struck by the beauty at this particular Mass and also being amazed at the number of people my own age that had prioritized coming to Mass. I had a profound feeling that all of these people had something that I didn't have and that it gave them joy. I wasn't sure what that was, but I wanted it. I started to go to Mass regularly again and made new friends who helped introduce me to a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ. As my relationship and love for him deepened, I started to hear the call to discern the priesthood. I attended Conception Seminary College for two years before discerning that God was calling me to marriage, and he wanted me to use all of the things I learned in seminary to be the best husband and father I could be. After discerning out, my wife and I began dating and the desire to share the Gospel with others was burning within me. I joined FOCUS and have been on mission serving college students ever since. My wife Sarah and I have been married for two and a half years, and we have a beautiful daughter named Josephine. Please pray for us all!

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 …