|Fr. Peter is a native of Northern Virginia and an alumnus of George Mason! He received a BS in Management in 1981 when Patriot Circle was still a semi-circle. He was ordained a priest in 1989 and after five years in different parishes, began in campus ministry. From 1994-2000 he was at Marymount University in Arlington. Since the summer of 2000 he has been thrilled to be back at Mason. He is a consecrated full member of Youth Apostles, an avid GMU hoops fan (since 1978... not a bandwagon jumper), loves the Redskins, and loves to cook (especially Italian food!). Most especially he loves being a priest and being a small part of helping others grow in their faith and experiencing the depth of God’s love for them. For more information about Fr. Peter, email him or check out his Facebook page.|
|John grew up in Northern Virginia. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 2003 with a B.A in Religious Studies, and began working as a campus minister at George Mason later that year. John and his wife Mary have a two-year-old (as of May 2015) daughter named Tessa; Mary teaches fourth grade in Fairfax County Public Schools. He is a member of Youth Apostles, a community of Catholic men devoted to ministering to young people. At the chapel, he finds joy in counseling students, playing ping-pong, and answering questions about the Catholic faith.
|Kristen grew up in Raleigh, NC where the BBQ is sweet and the tea is sweeter. She graduated from Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2011 with a double B.A. in Theology and Catechetics. Kristen worked for 2 years as a youth minister in the Virginia Beach area where she led retreats, mission trips through Catholic Heart Work Camp, Confirmation prep and faith formation for grades 6-12. She thinks Chick-fil-a sauce can go on anything, loves to take random road trips, and wants to learn how to break dance. Outside the office, you can find Kristen at a cute local coffee shop where she would love to chat with you! She is humbled to serve here at George Mason and looks forward to walking alongside each of you on your faith journey.|
|Jen is from St. Louis, MO and graduated from the University of Missouri (Mizzou) with a BA in psychology and Webster University with an MA in Counseling. Jen worked as a parish youth minister for six years and a clinical therapist for a Catholic agency for two and a half years. Jen enjoys accessorizing, boating, sandwiches, and binge-watching Netflix. Passions include Mass, late night talks about faith, writing Catholic musicals, and sharing the love of the heart of Christ.|
|My name is Joey Gruenwald and I am very excited to serve you this year as the FOCUS Team Director. I am originally from Bloomington-Normal, Illinois. I attended Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas and received a degree in Theology with a minor in Psychology. I really began to come into my faith in college. It was the first time someone challenged me to share my faith with another person. It challenged me to actually come to know the person of Jesus Christ. Once I started sharing this relationship with Jesus I have come to love with others, I experienced so much peace and joy. The Lord placed FOCUS in my path and has blessed me with the best job ever. Last year was my first year and I served at University of Virginia. I am looking forward to how I best can share my life with you!
|Hey peeps!! I am so excited to be serving as a FOCUS missionary here at GMU’s CCM! I was born in Queens, New York, but I’m a Cali Girl through and through. I’ve lived in Salinas, Vacaville, Wilton, but mostly in Elk Grove, 15 miles south of Sacramento. I graduated from University of California, Santa Barbara with a B.A in Psychology and a minor in Applied Psychology with an emphasis in Child Development. My faith was shaken quite a bit in college, and I struggled with understanding what it meant to have a relationship with Jesus. I searched for love, and even in the moments I thought I had it, I knew that I was empty, unfulfilled and dissatisfied with my life. Thankfully, Jesus saved me from that mess and a year after I graduated, he called me to serve him as a missionary, and I accepted. Now I am here, eager to share how Jesus can rock your world and love you in ways you’d never imagined! LET’S DO THIS MASON!|
|Anthony graduated high school from Christian Brothers Academy in Syracuse, NY. He left the frigid land of Central New York and attended Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio where he majored in Psychology and minored in Business and Theology. At Xavier, Anthony was very involved in a student club known as Life After Sunday where he experienced God’s love through virtuous friendships centered on Christ. In that community he learned the importance of developing a daily prayer life and encountering Christ both in the sacraments and people. During his senior year, he heard God’s call to be a Catholic missionary and accepted that invitation. Anthony enjoys anything associated with baseball, pasta, pizza, or FIFA. He is excited and honored to serve the George Mason community.|
|Allison has lived her whole life in the flat land of Illinois, growing up in a suburb an hour outside of Chicago and earning her BA in mathematics and Spanish from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She came to experience the saving reality of having a relationship with Jesus in college through finding her true identity as a daughter of God. While studying at Illinois, Allison had a pre-law desire but ultimately, the Lord called her to become a FOCUS missionary where she could combine her two biggest passions, her faith and people. When she’s not getting into a deep conversation with somebody, you can find Allison doing something active whether that be going for a walk, hiking, going on a run, or playing almost any sport. She also loves anything with peanut butter, dancing, and is always trying to learn more. She is incredibly excited to serve at George Mason and bring the healing love of Christ to all those she meets.|
|This is my third year serving as a FOCUS missionary, but first year at George Mason! For the past two years I've been enjoying New England as a missionary at UConn, but my roots are back here in the DC area. I was raised in Carroll County, MD and earned my BA in Religion and Philosophy at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. While in college I made many difficult changes in my life in order to live out my Catholic faith more authentically. Since then, I've enjoyed the abundant life Jesus promises us (John ). I enjoy painting with watercolor and ink, baking pies, listening to good country and folk music, and dancing!|
I am from Omaha, Nebraska and graduated from University ofNebraska Omaha with a degree in Management and Human Resource Management with a Marketing minor. I was very involved with FOCUS and campus ministry at UNO and I am excited to continue serving the Lord at George Mason. It was in college that I came to appreciate my Catholic faith and really came to know Christ. In my free time I like to swing dance, crochet, listen to music, make rosaries, hang out with friends, and play card games. I can’t wait to see what God has in store here and look forward to serving the students here at George Mason.
|Marco was born and raised in Bethesda, Maryland. He went to St. Anselm's Abbey School in Washington DC for high school. Then, for college, he attended the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. There he majored in philosophy and theology. Marco loves to play soccer, talk philosophy and theology and take midday siestas. While in college, Marco grew greatly in his relationship with Christ and came to see how a personal relationship with Christ gives meaning to all of our life. Marco is excited to be working as a missionary with FOCUS at George Mason. As a missionary, my mission is to make Christ known, loved and served by all on campus by inviting them into lifelong relationship with Him.|
|Kathy is happily married with four children. She moved to Northern Virginia in 1977 from New York, and began working at CCM in 1990. She loves her job and considers it to be the best in the world! Kathy cares greatly for all of the staff and students of CCM and will do anything she can to help them. In fact, her biggest strength is her ability to multi-task, and do so in big ways! Her only downfall is that she has some trouble remembering names, so don't feel bad if she has to ask you a couple of times. To learn more about Kathy, feel free to email her.|
|Leslie grew up in Potomac, Maryland and graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in Hearing and Speech Sciences. Upon graduation, Leslie and her husband, Charlie, moved to Minnesota where their three daughters were born. They came back to the East Coast to Virginia in 1993 to be closer to family. Leslie’s family has grown to include three sons and four grandchildren with three more grandchildren on the way. Over the years Leslie has enjoyed sharing the Faith with young people from elementary school through the high school years. Leslie joined the CCM staff, as bookkeeper, in September 2011. She feels blessed to work with the amazing CCM staff and the community at large and is in awe of the reverence and apostolic zeal that she has seen in the CCM students. Please stop by the office to introduce yourself. To learn more about Leslie, feel free to email her.|
Maria Ammirati - Administrative Staff
|Maria hails from New York (it's not as bad as you think) and graduated with a BA in elementary education from the Catholic University of America. She has lived in Northern Virginia since 2000 and has worked for the Diocese of Arlington since 2005. She enjoys being behind the scenes and getting things done and has "jumped in with both feet" since joining GMU CCM, and feels lucky to be a part of this community. She may not know all the answers yet, but feel free to let her help you if you have any questions about CCM.|
Peter Kadeli - Music Director Facebook
|Peter Kadeli is a native of Falls Church, Virginia, and an alumnus of the George Mason University School of Music. While at Mason, Peter earned a Bachelor of Music degree in choral education and music composition. He also served as an accompanist and student music director at the Saint Robert Bellarmine Chapel. Peter loves to travel and has been to several countries throughout Europe including Spain, Croatia, Slovenia, Austria, Germany, and the Czech Republic. The past two summers have provided him with the opportunity to study conducting in Germany and direct performances of his own music throughout Austria and Prague. He has worked as a musician in several parishes within the Arlington Diocese including Saint James, Saint Philips, and All Saints Catholic Church. He currently serves as the Choral Director at Bishop O'Connell High School in Arlington, VA. Peter is excited to return to the CCM community at George Mason University.|