Monica Mackie

Hey! My name's Monica and I serve as the Team Director at the University of Illinois-Chicago! Born and raised in Michigan, I ventured a thousand miles out to attend the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and God called me to the Windy City to help start FOCUS at UIC! I'm so excited to have this opportunity to share Christ and His love with others on a college campus! 

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Where I serve

I am so excited to lead my team to serve this campus of about 17,000 undergradute students in the Windy City with my four teammates. The University of Illinois-Chicago is mostly a commuter campus, so we have a lot of work ahead of us, but with Christ, all things are possible. I'm excited for the adventure that lies ahead and all that God has in store for me, my team, and my students! 

My Story

To quote St. John Paul II, "Life with Christ is a wonderful adventure," and mine has been no different. My whole life I knew God existed, but I always felt like love had to be earned and that I had to work for it. It wasn't until my senior year of high school on a Kairos retreat that I encountered His unconditional, personal love for me that changed everything. I was able to leave behind a life of searching for love in all the wrong places, because I knew that Love Himself has been searching for me my whole life. 


That zeal that came from realizing God's love for me might have fizzled out when I got to college if it weren't for Emily, a FOCUS missionary at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Emily took the time to invest in me, invite me to a Bible study, teach me how to pray, and equip me to help others encounter the same love that changed my life. Now, I am so excited to be able to do the same for others and bring them into a life-changing relationship with Christ. 

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 …