Ellen Vallonga

Hi! My name's Ellen, and I'm a FOCUS missionary (:

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Where I serve

For my first two years on staff, God called me to serve the lovely students at Ramapo College of New Jersey, and I am beyond blessed and excited to be back at Ramapo as the team director for my third year of mission with FOCUS! 

Fun fact: Mahwah (the town in which Ramapo College is located) means "place where paths meet" in the Lenape language. I love that: it's so fitting for mission!

My Story

I was raised Catholic, but I never knew there was more to the Faith than just going to Mass on Sundays and praying before meals until I met a FOCUS missionary in college who taught me how to have a prayer life. Through daily prayer, I began an authentic relationship with Jesus. This relationship gave me the freedom, courage, and peace to step outside of my comfort zone and start saying “yes” to a more fulfilling life: I went to SEEK2017 and on a pilgrimage to Rome, I began leading a Bible study, I started discipling three amazing young women, and I eventually felt the call to become a FOCUS missionary. I'm so glad I said yes! Now I have the amazing privilege of walking with students as they dive deeper into their relationship with Christ in order to become His missionary disciples, share in His joy, and live life to the full.

"I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." - John 10:10

Your Impact

When I answered God's 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 the best way to reach you - I'd be honored to be on mission at Ramapo with you!

To learn more about the mission of FOCUS, check out the video below:

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 …