“My favorite animal for a pet is a dog. Or, more specifically, my husky/lab girl back home, Moxxi! However, my favorite animal as a body guard would be Aslan.”

My name is Stephanie Parks and I am bomb.

Why did I become a FOCUS missionary? The FOCUS missionaries at Drake were the people who taught me how to see Jesus as a real person who loves me and is present in my daily life in so many ways. They also taught me how to love others in a way that I was really missing out on. When considering whether to become a missionary or take a teaching job, I decided that I would always be restless until I rested in the Lord’s plan for me, which included following Him with everything I have and am!

I had a hidden talent once, but I don’t hide it anymore. I have a semi-useful knack for editing papers. Students, hit me up! I’d love to hep you out!

Saturdays. I love Saturdays. My fav is a long run followed by an afternoon of blogging, reading, and eating cookie dough.

My favorite quote? JPII’s words from World Youth Day in 2000—

“ It is Jesus you seek when you dream of happiness; He is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you; He is the beauty to which you are so attracted; it is He who provoked you with that thirst for fullness that will not let you settle for compromise; it is He who urges you to shed the masks of a false life; it is He who reads your heart your most genuine choices, the choices that others try to stifle. It is Jesus who stirs in you the desire to do something great with your lives, the will to follow an ideal, the refusal to allow yourselves to be ground down by mediocrity, the courage to commit yourselves humbly and patiently to improving yourselves and society, making the world more human and more fraternal.”

This Year at UMD

I’m pumped to be continuing my second year reaching out to athletes on campus! Varsity Catholic, the athlete movement within FOCUS, is alive and well at UMD! As a former collegiate cross country and track athlete, I am so excited to pass on what I’ve learned about how athletics is prime practice for sainthood. We’ve got athlete-specific Bible studies, monthly events and speakers, and the skills to make a great cheering section. Play a sport? Want to get involved? Email me and we’ll make it happen! Go Bulldogs!

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