Neil & Mary Blanchard

Team Director at Mississippi State University in Starkville

"The Lord asks everything of us, and in return he offers us true life, the happiness for which we were created. He wants us to be saints and not to settle for a bland and mediocre existence." - Pope Francis, Gaudete et Exsultate

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Where I serve

My time serving with FOCUS has been quite the adventure! Over the past several years I've been blessed to serve at Wichita State University in Kansas, Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana, and Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. I couldn't be more excited to serve my sixth year with FOCUS at Mississippi State University as the team director. The best part is that I get to do it with my awesome wife, Mary, our kids, Ada and Louis, and a great team. 

My Story

I'm pure-blooded Louisiana with a passion for all things the outdoors, adventure, music, craft beer, and ten other things tomorrow. I hail as an LSU Tiger with a deep love for the campus that formed me. In my early college years, I put faith on hold to have as much "fun" as I possibly could. Only after a while did I figure out that what is life-giving was not to be found in the dirt that the world tells us to roll in. With the help of rock-solid friends, I discovered that living for Christ is guaranteed adventure, and the monotony of the modern world cannot satiate human thirst. As Christian youth, we have the invitation and the responsibility to live abundantly. Watching my brothers and sisters live subpar sent me into mission mode. Christ called me, even with every single flaw I have, into mission. I am convicted to the purpose of showing people Christ's way. This way shows people that we are called to be nothing less than incredible, even with all of our flaws. This way gives life, love, and adventure. My generation deserves better than the salt-water that they drink from. We have Christ as a brother to show us a spring. 

The only thing better than serving this mission will is doing it with my wife Mary, by my side. Mary is also entering her 5th year on staff, will be serving as a Program Director for the South Area, managing all of the administrative needs of those on campus in the South. 

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.  I'd be honored to share this mission with you. As Mary and I embark on this journey now together, we are more convicted than ever that this mission is worth it, and we hope to share it with you. If you are interested in partnering with us, please let me know of the best way to reach you and I will schedule an appointment.

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

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