|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.|
|Catherine graduated from the University of Dallas with both a B.A. and M.A. in Theology. Although she grew up in the great state of Texas, she's not a Cowboys fan - Father made sure of that before hiring her! She is the sixth of twelve children, so she loves being around people, especially spending time talking with the students at CCM. She loves to feed people, is an avid reader, enjoys being outdoors, traveling, and planning parties. At the Chapel, Catherine runs the RCIA/Confirmation program and coordinates the Thursday Night Suppers. To learn more about Catherine, feel free to email her or read about her on her Facebook page.|
|John 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. As of June 2012, John and his wife Mary, who teaches fourth grade in Fairfax County Public Schools, are expecting the birth of their first child. John speaks Spanish and loves ping-pong. Along with Fr. Peter and Dave, he is a member of the Youth Apostles Institute, a community of Catholic men devoted to ministering to young people. At the chapel, he finds joy in counseling students and loves answering questions about the Catholic faith.|
|A native of the DC area, Teresa grew up in Rockville, MD with her three sisters and two brothers. She went to high school at Oakcrest School in McLean, and then attended the University of Notre Dame, where she majored in psychology and minored in theology. After graduation, she directed the PALS program, a mentoring program for young at-risk girls in DC. After two years at PALS, she spent eight months working with sick kids in Chaclacayo, Peru. Upon her return, Teresa stayed connected to the Hispanic community through her fundraising for a crisis pregnancy center in Maryland. She is very excited to continue her vocational journey as a campus minister at George Mason, where she is in charge of CCM's retreats and service programs.|
|Craig was born in Killeen, TX on the Fort Hood Army Base. Although Craig has lived in Texas, Iowa, and Nebraska - he claims Nebraska - "The Good Life" to be his home. Craig attended Pierce Jr./Sr. High School in a very small town of 1,700 citizens. After high school, he attended the University of Nebraska - Omaha, where he became involved in FOCUS and MavCatholic during his Sophomore year in college. In 2010 Craig graduated from UNO with a degree in Non-profit Administration, with minors in Sociology and Political Science. As a new missionary at George Mason, he hopes to encourage men to seek true masculinity and to foster genuine relationships with the men on campus he meets. His future dreams are to help fundraise and/or lead nonprofits that help make the world a better place to live. Craig enjoys Nebraska Football (GO BIG RED), volleyball, running, volleyball, and hosting events and parties.|
|I grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland and studied Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Maryland with a minor in Engineering Leadership Development. I struggled with feeling connected to the people at the Catholic Student Center at UMD and eventually entered into a unchaste dating relationship that put a lot of doubt and stress on my faith. During my sophomore year, I attended a FOCUS Conference in Grapevine, Texas which changed my life! From then on I decided to do my best to strive for holiness and live a Christ centered life. I went to the Catholic Student Center no longer caring about feeling different. I wanted to go to daily mass, pray the rosary and get involved in many of the different faith activities that were offered. The Lord set my heart on fire and naturally I couldn't keep it to myself. I had to share it with my peers and anyone thirsting for His love. I was eventually invited to be a student leader with FOCUS and had the great privilege of leading a woman's Bible Study for the last 2 years of my college career. What an amazing difference it is to live your life and to go through college knowing that Jesus is by your side, relying on the Lord in difficult times and praising Him for the great ones. I'm so grateful to the Lord for working through FOCUS to help me live a life that is so fulfilling. It makes me so happy to bring George Mason University students into a deeper relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!|
|Kyler was born in Valley City, North Dakota on November 29th 1986. He grew up on a farm with two sisters and two brothers, where he helped with the beef cattle and field work. After high school, he attended the University of Nebraska - Linclon and received a Degree in Business Management in August of 2009. During college he was a founding member of Phi Kappa Theta - Nebraska Pi Fraternity, a participant and leader in Dance Marathon, and an active participant in the Newman Center activities. After college, he moved to Eau Claire, Wisconsin to take on a retail management position for Menards, before accepting the call to be a FOCUS missionary. Kyler enjoys meeting new people, sharing his faith, baseball, college football (Go Huskers!), and swing dancing.|
|Arragon was born in Hartford, CT, once home to humorist and author Mark Twain. Arragon was not named after any fictional characters, but he loves literature and writing. He attended East Catholic High School in Manchester, CT and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Connecticut, where he studied English and Political Science. Arragon joined his first Bible study in 2009, during FOCUS’s first year at UConn. Last year, a pilgrimage to Spain for FOCUS’s international conference and World Youth Day was a true life-changer and made him desire to become a missionary. Arragon previously interned at a newspaper and two non-profits, including the Koch Foundation in Arlington, VA, which introduced him to “the District.” He is thrilled to be at George Mason and is ready to help students discover – or perhaps rediscover – their best friend and eternal brother, Jesus Christ.|
|Maria was born and raised in St. Louis, MO. She was homeschooled almost her entire school career along with her older brother and three younger sisters. Maria’s hobbies include Irish dancing, swing dancing, accordion playing, crocheting, and almost any type of craft. After high school, Maria attended Benedictine College in Atchison, KS where she studied Secondary Education, Physic, and Mathematics. She became involved in FOCUS during her freshman year of college and truly discovered what a priceless gift our relationship with Christ is. As a student leader, she learned what a joy and blessing it is to share this gift with others. These experiences fueled her desire to become a FOCUS missionary and to bring Christ to all that she meets! She is so excited to be at George Mason and cannot wait to get to know everyone.|
Pamela was born in Chihuahua, Chih, Mexico. At the age of 11 she moved to Denver, CO with her little brother and her mother. She’s lived in the beautiful state of Colorado for the last 12 years and is blessed to serve at George Mason University for her first year on staff with FOCUS. She graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder (Go Buffs!) with a degree in Economics and Spanish Literature. During her college experience, she was fortunate to encounter true friendships, which lead her to the fullness of the Catholic Church and began her involvement with FOCUS. In Spring 2011 she was blessed with the opportunity to study abroad in Barcelona, Spain. Following this life-changing experience, she returned to CU Boulder for her final year and applied to become a FOCUS missionary. Pamela loves spending time with people, dancing, cooking, and learning about different cultures.
Melissa comes from a family of 8 and grew up on a farm in rural Nebraska. She graduated from Concordia University in Nebraska and was working as a graphic designer for 3 years before joining staff as a full-time Catholic missionary with FOCUS. Melissa's missionary service began at North Dakota State University in 2009, her second year and third years were served at Florida Gulf Coast University as the FOCUS Team Director, and she is excited to continue in her fourth year with FOCUS at George Mason University.
|Dave was born in the sunny state of California on the same week as the Kent State (3 dead in Ohio) shootings and the Apollo (“Houston we have a Problem”) 13 incident. Joining a boy’s choir at the tender age of 10, he performed with Schola Cantorum in the town of State College, PA along side such notables as the Vienna Boys Choir and Bach Professor Schickle. Unfortunately puberty ruined this leg of his musical career. In high-school, his voice having decided to settle at baritone, he turned his energy to that now infamous and little known cult underground alternative funk band "The Dead Cowheads". Their name was later changed to the "Cowheads" at his mother’s behest the word 'dead' being a bit too odd for her taste. After the short lived band’s demise, Dave set his sights on liturgical music, playing various venues, improving his skills, and doing as little damage as possible. You could catch him in downtown Alexandria performing in coffee houses, doing back-up guitaring for dinner theater, or playing at various weddings. While in college, he played in the music ministry group at JMU, subbing in during summers for Fr. Bob here in NoVA, the same priest who built the present GMU chapel, played at numerous Youth Apostle events and Masses, and while serving as a full time youth minister„ starting a successful Life Teen music ministry. While attending graduate school at Franciscan University of Steubenville he became part of their music ministry, giving guitar workshops for the over 150 volunteer music ministers while helping out during the summer at the various summer conferences with congas and mandolin. In West Palm Beach, Florida Dave started yet another music ministry oriented towards teens and lovers of contemporary worship music. After three years there, he returned to the D.C. area to work on his Ph.D in theology and has been helping Fr. Peter’s CCM ministry at the 8 and 10 PM Masses for over four years.|
|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 two sons by marriage and two grandchildren (so far). 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.|