The Main Thing

Inviting college students into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church.
Inspiring and equipping them for a lifetime of Christ-centered evangelization,
discipleship, and friendship in which they lead others to do the same.

Mission Statement

To know Christ Jesus, and to fulfill His great commission by first living and then
communicating the fullness of life within the family of God, the Church.

Rooted in Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition, FOCUS was born out of a passion and zeal to share how a relationship with Jesus Christ and the Catholic faith can transform the world.  Beginning with our nation’s future leaders, FOCUS sends teams of young, trained missionaries to the college campus in order to reach students with the gospel.  In partnership with the university parish and/or Newman Center, FOCUS missionaries host large group outreach events, weekly

Bible studies and offer one-on-one mentoring with student leaders.

We welcome young adults from all walks of life and religious backgrounds to our events.  Through the personal investment and dedication of our missionaries, FOCUS helps to build a joyful, Christ-centered community and support network on each campus where we have a presence.  Students are encouraged to join the missionaries at daily Mass and in prayer, the most vital commitment our missionaries make each day.



Originally from North Platte, NE. Elli Fugate gradudated from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln  where she studied Advertising and Public Relations. She recently finished her second year as a FOCUS missionary serving at the University of South Dakota #thepromiseland.  Elli now serves St. Mark’s University Parish and UCSB as the FOCUS Team Director.

Food: Cinnamon Toast Eggos and Cookie Butter #justdoit
Music: Audrey Assad, Jack Johnson and Drew Holcombe
Collegiate Team: Nebraska CornHuskers who else?
Saints: Thérèse of Lisieux  Superpower: Biolcation


Born and raised in Southern California, Schyler Smith (York) ended up leaving Los Angeles to attend the University of Colorado, Boulder. She graduated with a degree in Communications. This is Schyler’s third year serving at UCSB and she is thrilled to continue as a married missionary to Mike Smith of Boston, MA.

Food: Popcorn
Music: Country, singer/songwriters, and musical theatre
Collegiate Team: Colorado Buffaloes
Saints: Elizabeth of Portugal
Superpower: Time travel


JimmyOriginally from the great state of Idaho, Jimmy is a professional potato eater.  He graduated from Santa Clara University in San Jose, CA with a degree in Computer Science.  Jimmy is a first year missionary and is excited and honored to be serving at UCSB.

Food: Pepperoni Pizza (Preferably Dominos)
Music: Jason Isbell, Randy Rogers Band, Sturgill Simpson
Collegiate Team: Santa Clara Broncos
Saints: St. Benedict, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Michael the Archangel, and Momma Mary

Superpower: Control weather

11215127_10155821102985193_872587264440320955_nPaul is originally from Omaha, Nebraska and is probably the least Nebraskan Nebraskan you will ever meet. He graduated from the University of Nebraska – Omaha with a degree in Speech Communications focused on Public Speaking with a minor in Philosophy. He is a second year missionary and spent last year serving at the University of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff. Paul now serves at UCSB and St. Mark’s.

Food: Virtually everything except oranges
Music: Jon Bellion, Folk Rock, EDM, Hip Hop, Indie Rock
Collegiate Team: Michigan Wolverines, Marquette Golden Eagles
Saints: Therese of Lisieux, Francis Xavier
Superpower: Telekinesis

AshleyAshley Haiar hails from the great state of South Dakota where she attended the University of South Dakota. She graduated with a degree in Elementary Education and is a third year missionary with FOCUS.
Food: anything chocolate
Music: country and worship
Collegiate Team: The NDSU Bison
Saints: St. Mary Magdalene and St. Faustina
Superpower: Flying