Corey Manning

Hey! My name's Corey. I'm a FOCUS Missionary.

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Where I serve

My first year with FOCUS God called me to serve at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti MI. It was an amazing year working with a lot of different students that come from many backgrounds.  Two years ago I served as Team Director at South Dakota State University (SDSU). It was very blessed year and was very fruitful. We had 380 students attend bible studies! Last year I was the Team Director at St. John's University in Collegeville MN (SJU), and I will be returning this year! I am excited to continue to invest in these men in order to teach them how to live out the Gospel so they can help others to do the same. Please pray for me as I lead my team and these students closer to Christ and His Church!

My Story

I grew up in Forest Lake, Minnesota, where I graduated from Forest Lake High School after which I attended the University of Minnesota-Duluth (UMD). I got involved with FOCUS half way through my sophomore year at UMD. FOCUS is what God used in my life in order to remove me from the party scene and bring me back to the Catholic faith. My involvement, experiences and relationships within  FOCUS taught me how to grow as a person by keeping my gaze constantly on the Lord. 

Following my sophomore year at UMD I felt the Lord calling me to the seminary. I spent three amazing years at St. John Vianney College Seminary at the University of St. Thomas in St Paul, MN. After graduating with a double major in Philosophy and Catholic Studies, I determined the Lord wasn’t calling me to the Diocesan Priesthood and continued my discernment on God’s will for my life. After graduating college I went to the Bronx in New York City to spend 4 months with the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal (CFR) to discern religious life. I absolutely loved my time there, especially the mission of serving the poor in the Friar’s homeless shelter, but as time went on it became clear to me that the Lord was asking me to pursue a different vocation, the vocation of holy marriage.

It was with this new vocation pursuit that I now had to find where the Lord was calling me to serve, while pursuing the calling to marriage. The Lord made it very clear to me in prayer to become a FOCUS missionary. It has been a true honor to be on campus reaching out to students who need and desire guidance, just as I was.  

I was Married on May 13th, 2017 (The 100th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima)! My wife Alysa and I had our first son on March 16th, 2018! His name is Malachi Job Manning!

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.

I realize, in order to be radically available to students, I will need help both with prayers and financial support.

100% of all my living expenses are fundraised

100% of your donation will benefit my personal mission.

Your sponsorship enables me to...

~ Live with a team of missionaries near campus.

~ Lead weekly Bible studies

~ Train students in evangelization

~ Reach out to men on campus

~ Properly outfit students with Bibles, Catechisms, audio and video and other resources


If you are interested in partnering with me, please let me know the best way to reach you to schedule an appointment. I'd be honored to share this mission with you.

I look forward to answering your questions. Feel free to call me at 612-819-4882 or e-mail me at [email protected] with any questions or prayer intentions!

God bless you!

I'll Keep You Updated!

In JC,


Know, Love and Serve God

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