Hey! My name's Shelby. I'm a FOCUS missionary.
Hey! My name's Shelby. I'm a FOCUS missionary.
After working within the non-profit sector of events, God has called me to serve college students as a Senior Events Specialist on the FOCUS Events Team remotely from California in order to all for me to be present at home for our growing family. My husband and I welcomed our first child, a baby boy, into our family at the end of October named Emmett Reagan Stein.
Working within a role based out of the Denver Support Center (Focus Headquarters), the mission is to serve and support the missionaries as they work on the front lines of college campuses. Each department serves the mission with the goal of contributing to the larger work of the New Evangelization through service to the missionaries. FOCUS is a Catholic collegiate outreach organization whose mission is to share the hope and joy of the gospel with college and university students. What better way to serve the Kingdom than by aiding in the creation of events that will leave a lasting impact on countless event attendees? For example, the 2019 Seek Conference had an attendance of nearly 17,000 people and live streamed to countless others—now that’s a lot of hearts and minds!
Here is a little about my journey to where I am today. I was raised as a cradle Catholic by two incredible parents who went above and beyond to catechize my twin sister and me. While I came from a strong Catholic family, growing up in a small mountain community there was not much offered when it came to youth ministry. I went north to college at California State University, Chico with a lot of knowledge about the faith, but did not know how to make it my own. While I did attend the Newman Center starting freshman year and grew more confident in sharing my faith with others, I still felt personally alone. Going to a secular California university, joining a sorority, and experiencing the wide diversity of my peers, made me feel like a minority when it came to living out my Catholic faith. I felt my true calling when I began volunteering as a Core Team Member for St. John’s Life Teen program my senior year. During that year, I felt more on fire for my faith than ever and felt the call to witness to high schoolers as a young woman who was living her faith. I wanted to be that person for them, relatable and close in age enough that they felt comfortable coming to me with any questions they had and to share what was going on in their lives. Ultimately, I wanted them to feel supported in their faith choices unlike how I had felt at their age—having had no real, non-relative role model.
Jumping forward to after my husband and I got married, we had both experienced the importance and need for youth and college ministry during those critical formative years from 14-22 years old. We decided to volunteer with the local Catholic parish, St. Kateri Tekakwitha in Santa Clarita, CA as Co-Facilitators for one of the Confirmation groups. From that point on, I wanted to teach others how to not only know the biblical teachings of their Catholic faith, but also how to practice and integrate them into their everyday life as social Catholics as well. As a social Catholic, you understand that living out your faith should impact all areas of your life—what friendships you keep, what college(s) you apply to, what career you pursue, how you discern your vocation, what ideals and values you hold true, how you choose to vote, what your priorities are, and so on. With my background in event planning—an Event Management Bachelor’s degree and working for several organizations within the field of events—I wanted to merge my two passions of nonprofit event planning and growing as a disciple of my Catholic faith. I looked no further than to FOCUS.
might know, we have a generation missing from our parishes, unfortunately. As
exciting as college can be, it can also be a very difficult transition. We’ve
all heard the stories and seen the alarming statistics: drugs, alcohol,
depression, eating disorders, abuse, abortion, and suicide. In this season of
life, young adults are wrestling with big questions and making decisions about
their identity, their spiritual beliefs, and their calling in life. The
Catholic Church needs a dynamic, attractive presence on college campuses,
perhaps now more than ever.
How does FOCUS plan to approach this growing exodus of youth from
the church you ask? FOCUS works to win the hearts of college students by educating
them in the faith and sending them back into the world to change the hearts and
minds of others. FOCUS teaches students to know, love, and serve God; build
virtuous friendships; and teach others to share Christ’s message. FOCUS has
more than 725 missionaries on over 160 campuses. Missionaries witness to
students through mentorship, small groups, sharing life, and simply leading by
example. Then they are launched into life-long Catholic Mission, in the work
force, in the parish, and in the family.
I am reaching out to family, friends, and anyone interested in joining me in partnership—I am asking you to consider becoming a monthly Mission Partner. Prior to my employment and currently still, my husband Jeremy and I have been Missionary Partners for two campus missionaries because we believe so strongly in the formation of the faith that FOCUS provides for young adult college students. We cannot do the work God has called us to do without missionary partnership from individuals such as yourself. By supporting me, you are joining me in the mission to build up leaders, change the world for Christ, and save souls. I would love to speak with you further regarding FOCUS either in-person or over the phone. With your help, I am so excited to reach out and touch the lives of many young people and change the culture for Christ. Thank you and God bless!
We encounter God in an intimate relationship through daily prayer, the sacraments and the Scriptures.
By building genuine friendships, we meet students on a deeper level.
We teach students how to share the gospel, who in turn teach other students how to pass it on …