Mercedes Candiloro

Hey! My name's Mercedes. I'm a FOCUS missionary.

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Where I serve

After graduating from Baylor University in December 2018, I joined the team at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette, now my next stop is Hattiesburg! I am joyful at the opportunity to serve as the Team Director at The University of Southern Mississippi! 

My Story

My deepest desire is for people to know and love the Lord through living in Truth and relationship with Him. I grew up Catholic, attending Catholic schools, received my sacraments, and was highly involved in the Church before entering college. But when I met a FOCUS missionary at Baylor my junior year, I knew something was missing. I was living a very active faith, as if being Catholic was something I could achieve or check off a to-do list. But it was through conversation and friendship with Samantha that the Lord showed me that a deeply personal and intimate relationship with Him was available for my taking. Once I saw this, I began running- running towards deeper formation that was available at our student center, running to adoration and prayer, running towards sanctity, with Samantha by my side. This is this same gift I desire to give the students here in Mississippi, to teach them the beauty of our Tradition, equip them to have a relationship with the Lord in prayer, and build virtuous friendships filled with habits oriented towards sainthood. 

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. You can reach me on my cell at (409) 293-9713 or email me at [email protected] I'm 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 …