Michaela Rodgers

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

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Where I serve

I have the privilege of serving at the University of Passau, located in Passau, Germany! I served my first two years at the University of Connecticut, and it was certainly a plot twist for me to be called out of the woods of Connecticut into European city life, but I am so humbled and excited to encounter the students here in the midst of a new country and culture! Please pray for us and all of our students here.  

My Story

I was blessed to be raised in a very faithful, Catholic home but in high school and college I started to reject the faith and rebel against the lifestyle I had always lived simply because I wanted to fit in and be included. I had never seen someone my age live out the faith with joy and confidence, so I thought it was not an option for me either and I tried to find my place in parties and popularity instead. It didn't take long for me to feel the emptiness that comes with seeking value in places that it doesn't exist, and thankfully it was during that time that I met a FOCUS missionary who finally showed me what it looked like to be Catholic and live a full, vibrant life with Jesus at the center of it all. I joined a bible study and started attending daily mass and adoration, and Jesus transformed my life and showed me that I can only find my worth in my identity as a Beloved Daughter of God. 

This knowledge of His love for me gave me the courage to give Him control over my life and my future. One day while praying, I asked Him to please show me what He desired for me to do with my life after college, and I stumbled upon Acts 26:16-18, "Get up now and stand on your feet, I have appeared to you for this purpose, to appoint you as a servant and witness of what you have seen of me and what you will be shown. I shall deliver you from this people and from the Gentiles to whom I send you to open their eyes that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may obtain forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been consecrated by faith in me."

I knew in that instant that Jesus was calling me to be His missionary, and I have been amazed by what a gift this calling has been ever since. 

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

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Teach Others to Share Christ

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