Mia Teehan

Hi! My name's Mia and I'm a FOCUS missionary

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Where I serve

80% of Catholics who leave the faith do so between the ages of 18-23 years old, typically when students leave college. College is the time when many students decide to leave their faith or live it out on their own.  As a missionary, I will be working directly with college students at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and inviting them into a deeper relationship with Christ and with their peers. I have the honor to accompany these men and women as they pursue their faith on campus.

Team Carnegie Mellon '18-'19 (L-R Ben Myers, Myself, John Frederick, Maggie Hartman)

My Story

When I came to the University of Illinois as a college freshman, I believed I knew everything there was to know about the Church. Having gone to Catholic school my entire life, I could tell you everything about God and His Church, but what I couldn't tell you was who God was and what my relationship with God and Christ looked like. Since graduating, I know my life has been completely transformed because I have a relationship with Christ and I wouldn't have that relationship if it weren't for others teaching me how and learning from their example. It wasn't until FOCUS missionaries showed me authentic love and friendship and lived as witnesses on how to radically live for Christ that I discovered God's immense love for me. Now as a college graduate, I am called to be a missionary for other students on my campus and help them encounter Christ the same way others helped me. I am honored that I have the opportunity to meet college students and help them say "yes" to God as they navigate the college life.  

Your Impact

When I answered the call to join FOCUS, I have the opportunity to invite others to join me in the mission through spiritual and financial support. I've been blessed with the most amazing people who have journeyed with me from the time I was a student at the University of Illinois to my time now as a missionary on campus. I invite you to join me in this mission, to invest in the souls of my students, to make Jesus known to every student on my campus. 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 …