Marissa Emmerich

Daughter of the King! First year FOCUS missionary. Soon to be Mrs. Ellis. Graduate of Temple University. I also like coffee.  

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Where I serve

God has called me to be His instrument in changing our culture by ministering to college students. College is a pivotal time as it forms the habits that will stay with a person throughout their life. Students will graduate and enter the work force, get involved in parishes, and pursue their vocations. If we can share the joy of Jesus with our future mothers, fathers, teachers, lawyers, politicians, and businessmen, our world will be set on fire with the love of Christ! 

Currently, I serve at Ramapo College of New Jersey! Attended by 6,000 students, half of which are commuters, this small public college is located in northern New Jersey, about an hour away from New York City. 

Meet my team! I serve with Paul, Arianna, and Zach! (Pictured left to right).


My Story

Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted are the most terrible poverty.
Saint Teresa of Calcutta

Coming into college, I had no intention of practicing the Catholic faith that I grew up with. Then, a FOCUS missionary reached out to me in some simple yet genuine ways. She ate meals with me, explored the city with me, and invited me into her life. Thanks to her friendship, I began to go to Bible study, attend Mass, and spent time in prayer. It was then that I discovered the beauty of the Eucharist, grew in my relationship with Jesus, and had a true reversion to the Catholic Church. 

As I spent time with our Lord in prayer, I began to see how much He thirsts for a personal relationship with us. He then began to show me how people on my college campus also thirst for authentic relationship. Saint Teresa of Calcutta once said, “Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted are the most terrible poverty.” I began to see this poverty all around me, and I knew I had to do something about it.

In college, I felt the call to lead a Bible study with the intention of building authentic friendships, genuinely loving the girls who came, and leading them closer to Christ. God entrusted twelve girls to me, and three years later, they are some of my best friends who strive to live out their Catholic faith and bring others to Jesus.  Now, He has called me to be a full-time missionary, and I could not be more humbled and excited to serve in this capacity!

Here are some of the loveliest ladies and my greatest friends that I met through Bible study!

Your Impact

Some give by going, others go by giving. Without both, there is no mission.
Saint Teresa of Calcutta

When I answered the call to join FOCUS, I made the decision to imitate Christ fully in ministry. For this reason, I rely on the spiritual and financial support of mission partners to help me be available to serve. I've been blessed with the most amazing people who have journeyed with me in this ministry, and I would love for you to be part of our team! If you are interested in partnering with me, please contact me and let me know the best way that I can reach out to you. I'd be honored to share this mission with you!

Email: [email protected]         Phone: 301-904-6202

And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age." - Matthew 28:18-20


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 …