Catie Kunkel

Hey! My name's Catie. I'm a FOCUS missionary.

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Where I serve

I am very humbled that our Lord has called me to serve the Midshipmen at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. I am honored to have the opportunity to serve, challenge, and lead the future leaders of our United States Navy and Marine Corps, who are some of the hardest working, highly motivated, and faith-filled people I have ever met. It is truly a gift to serve here as I inspire them to go deeper in their faith, and teach them to lead others to do the same.

Go Navy, Beat Everyone.

My Story

Born and raised in New Jersey, I grew up not really knowing or understanding what faith was.  It wasn't until my freshman year of college at Montclair State University that, thanks to the invitation from a friend, I attended my first ever Mass, and eventually had my first encounter with Jesus. My curiosity about the faith led me to RCIA and I fully entered the Church in April 2014. Ever since that first encounter, our Lord has been leading me on this incredible adventure! 

I graduated from Montclair State University in May 2016 with a degree in Physical Education and a minor in Leadership Development through Civic Engagement. I became a missionary because as a student, I experienced a lot of brokenness and struggles that are similar to what most college students face each day.  It was through our Lord that I was led out of those struggles and was formed to be the person that I am today!

As a missionary, my greatest desire is to lead all students to Christ. In His ministry on earth, Jesus humbled Himself to meet us on our level, taking on our humanity, and spent most of His time investing deeply in a few. I look to Jesus’ own example to find the best method of reaching the world. I'm constantly amazed by the different souls I've encountered at the Naval Academy.

Your Impact

When I answered the call to join FOCUS, I made the decision to rely on the spiritual and financial support of mission partners to help me through this mission. I've been blessed with the most amazing people who have journeyed with me as I serve on campus. If you are interested in partnering with me, please let me know of the best way to reach you and I will schedule an appointment. I'd be honored to share this mission with you!

Know, Love and Serve God

We encounter God in an intimate relationship through daily prayer, the sacraments and the Scriptures.

Build Virtuous Friendships

By building genuine friendships, we meet students on a deeper level.

Teach Others to Share Christ

We teach students how to share the gospel, who in turn teach other students how to pass it on …