Samuel Chmelik

"I believe in God as I believe that the sun has risen. Not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else." ~ C.S. Lewis

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Where I serve

I was blessed to serve my first year as a missionary at the University of Vermont, and last year at the University of Virginia. Now I am excited to be heading across the Shenandoah to the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University to join my fellow Hokies in striving to become saints by diving deep in our intimacy with the Blessed Trinity, cultivating authentic friendships and investing in the people God places in our lives in order to transform the world starting with the person in front of us.  

My Story

I have been blessed in my own life to grow up in a faithful Catholic home full of living witnesses to holiness, charity, humility, and hard work. Despite this upbringing I would never be who I am today without the invitation and investment of 2 men I first encountered as a student at WVU. These men invited me to realize that the God I knew so much about actually wanted me to know him personally and to live out a covenantal relationship with him. They also walked with me as I continued to struggle to live out this relationship, growing steadily in the interior life of prayer and the sacraments, in the exterior life of virtue and in knowledge of Christ's Church and all of her teachings. Finally they empowered me to make this same invitation to the next couple of men God placed in front of me, to give out of the excess which I had received and raise up more faithful men who would be able to reach others as well. 

Through the personal investment of these men I was able to leave behind the comfort of this world to embrace the peace and joy which is only possible through a covenantal and fruitful relationship with Jesus Christ our Lord, and I am excited to allow God to continue to raise up generations of Saints through my daily 'Yes' to his will. 

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.

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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 …