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.
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, Nebraska, 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?
Saint: Thérèse of Lisieux
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 fourth year serving at UCSB and she is thrilled to continue as a married missionary to Mike Smith of Boston, MA.
Music: Country, singer/songwriters, and musical theatre
Collegiate Team: Colorado Buffaloes
Saint: Elizabeth of Portugal
Originally 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
Kylie is originally from Phoenix, Arizona, and graduated from Northern Arizona University with a degree in Theatre Design and Technology with a Spanish minor. This is her first year as a FOCUS missionary and she is so excited to be serving the St. Mark’s University Parish and UCSB Campus!
Food: Mexican food
Music: Alicia Keys, Ed Sheeran, hipster/indie music, Matt Maher, Musicals!
Collegiate Team: Oregon Ducks
Saints: St. Faustina and St. Teresa of Avila
Superpower: Mind Reader
Ashley 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.
Music: country and worship
Collegiate Team: The NDSU Bison
Saints: St. Mary Magdalene and St. Faustina
Born in Lindstrom, Minnesota, Hunter Haas attended Hawaii Pacific University in Honolulu, Hawaii and studied International Business. Hunter is a first year missionary and is thrilled to be serving at UCSB.
Food: Anything Thai, Italian, or Greek
Music: Indie, Folk, Praise and Worship
Collegiate Team: NDSU Bison
Saints: JPII, St. Augustine