What is FOCUS?
FOCUS is a Catholic collegiate outreach whose mission is to share the hope and joy of the gospel with college and university students. Trained in Church teaching, prayer, sacred Scripture, evangelization and discipleship, FOCUS missionaries encounter students in friendship where they are, inviting them into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and accompanying them as they pursue lives of virtue and excellence. Through Bible studies, outreach events, mission trips and one-on-one discipleship, missionaries inspire and build up students in the faith, sending them out to spread the good news and to live out the Great Commission: Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations (Mt. 28:19). You can find out more at FOCUS.org.
What does FOCUS offer?
Meet Your Missionaries
Third Year Missionary
Hey! My name is Sarah and I'm from Tulsa, Oklahoma. I studied Graphic Design at the University of Tulsa, but I'm much more fond of my minor in Art History. I've spent the last two years on mission in Southern California at UC Irvine. I enjoy reading, board games, and drinking lots of coffee.
First Year Missionary
Hi, I am Karly! I am so excited to meet y’all! I was born and raised in Knoxville, TN and graduated from Furman University. This summer I moved to Birmingham from Austin, TX - where I have been working for the last 3 years. I am thrilled to be back in the Southeast and can’t wait to make Birmingham home! My fiancé, James Dunnigan, is also in Birmingham serving as a Regional Director for FOCUS. I can’t wait for you to meet him on campus too! I love the outdoors, apples, swimming, cooking, journaling, taking walks, cozy coffee shops and just BEING.
Hey! My name is Carissa Pluta. I am originally from Long Island, NY but have been in Birmingham the last three years. I recently served as Campus Minister at St. Stephen's and am so excited to continue serving the ministry here as an affiliate missionary with FOCUS, alongside my husband Ben and our daughter. I graduated from Franciscan University with degrees in English and Communication Arts. I enjoy reading, writing, hiking, Paul Simon, and drinking copious amounts of herbal tea.