Meet The Missionaries
My name is Mike Antonacci and this is my third year at FOCUS, I was previously at the University of Tulsa (Tulsa, OK) and George Mason University (Fairfax, VA) and am now starting as Team Director at Ramapo. Before joining FOCUS I attended a small engineering school in Michigan, received my degree in mechanical engineering, and worked for General Motors as an undergrad. After God showed me my plans were unfulfilling I desired to evangelize those around me, eventually coming to a head my senior year when I turned down my full-time job offer from GM to be a missionary. In my free time I love to read and talk philosophy.
Hi! I’m Marienicole Nowak! I’m originally from South Jersey and am super excited to be serving at Ramapo College. I studied psychology at Neumann University, a small school outside Philadelphia. My freshman year of college, after really struggling in my relationship with God, I encountered the overwhelming love of the Savior through the Eucharist. Being able to share this love with students and help them to know the abundant life available in Christ as a fulltime missionary is an honor and privilege! Some of my favorite things are hiking, music, Eucharistic adoration, coffee, sunsets, swingdancing, watching the stars, and roadtrips!
Howdy! My name is Steven Piorkowski, this is my third year at Ramapo College with FOCUS. I from the southwest, lived most of my life in Arizona. I graduated from Northern Arizona University in 2012 with a degree in History/ education. It was there I encountered Jesus, through the friendship of other Catholic and most profoundly in the Eucharist. I desire you and every person I meet to know Christ’s love for us. This is why I chose to be a missionary. I’m blessed to be serving once again at Ramapo! Remember God loves you!
Hi! My name is Stephanie Spinelli, but most people call me Steph. I am from the great state of Pennsylvania, and I went to college at the University of Pittsburgh, where I studied Psychology, Theatre, and Children’s Studies (a little bit of everything!). My freshman year of college was a very lonely one – I spent much of my time wondering what in my life had been missing. Friendships were not fulfilling and all I did seemed lifeless. That was changed when a FOCUS missionary invited me to a conference. The conference showed me that the thing I had been missing in my life was the joy found in Jesus. With this renewed purpose I was able to discover a zeal for souls that I had never experienced before. I became a missionary because I believed it was a waste to pass by an opportunity to give to others the beautiful gift I had been given. I am blessed to be here at Ramapo and I would not want to be doing anything else in the world.