John Klarmann

@klarmannj2

Hello! My name is John and the lovely woman you see next to me is my wife Ariel. We got married May 13th, 2016 in Sacred Heart Church in Mt. Holly, NJ. I am a third year FOCUS missionary and this is Ariel's first year as a missionary. I am the Team Director at the University of Maine in Orono in the wonderful state of Maine. We both grew up in Burlington Township, NJ in the Diocese of Trenton. We graduated from Montclair State University in 2015, where I studied Physical Education and Health and Ariel studied Early Childhood Education. I chose to be a missionary because the impact that Christ had through FOCUS missionaries while I was in college. Through those missionaries I encountered Jesus Christ in a very real way that changed my life. Ariel has decided to join our efforts on campus this year after being inspired by other missionaries and discerning how God desires her to share with the women on campus their true identity as beloved daughters of the Father.

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Where we serve

God has called us to serve college students at the University of Maine in Orono, ME. You'll typically find us hanging out in the Union, the Newman Center, or getting swoll at the Campus Rec Center. We have a pretty cool story about how Jesus has changed our lives -- I think you should hear it sometime! Come find us and we'd love to share it with you. :)

Our Story

As missionaries, our greatest desire is to lead all students to Christ. Our lives have been transformed by Jesus and we want nothing more than to bring this joy to others and introduce them to the life-changing message of the Gospel. I (John) was raised a cradle Catholic and always went to CCD and Church. However the other 166 hours of my life every week were anything but spent being a true Catholic. When I first arrived at Montclair State University I was invited to join Newman Catholic, but really tried to avoid it at all costs at first. However one weekend I decided to go to Mass and had my first encounter with FOCUS and a truly joyful community of college students at the MSU's Newman Center who were filled with the love of Christ. The next few years spending time with Fr. Jim Chern, the Newman Catholic community, and the FOCUS missionaries I encountered Christ in the Eucharist and my life was redirected back to God. Because of my time with FOCUS and Newman Catholic I new I deeply desired to share my love of Christ with others and offer them the invitation to know Christ as well. 


Your Impact

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