Where I serve
Claire and I are in our fourth year with FOCUS and are currently serving at Mount Saint Mary's University in Emmitsburg, MD. This is our first year living mission together as a family and we could not be more blessed. We both served our first two years at the United States Military Academy at West Point, and Claire did her third year at the Mount while I served at the United States Naval Academy. We have both been transformed by the power of the Gospel and have seen it tangibly change the lives of the students we work with. Through prayer, the sacraments, one on one mentorship, bible studies, and outreach events, it has been a great honor to dive deep in divine intimacy with our Lord and walk alongside students here at the Mount in their walk with Him and their peers. Currently we serve on a team of five (pictured below from left to right); first years Audrey Maghiro and John Clemente, and second year Brooke Flores.
Picture above: Fall Flannel Fest Barn Party to provide an alternative space for students to enjoy Friday and Saturday nights.
Claire's senior women's bible study at the March for Life in Washington, DC.
The Lord prepared us both our senior years of college to attend an interview weekend and say yes to this call of serving as a FOCUS missionary for, at least, the next two years. Praise God both Claire and I said yes because the first day we met was on placement day during training when we found out we would serve on campus together at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Those next two years were incredibly formative for us in our personal lives as we lived out a dating fast our first year, and learned to serve together on an incredibly challenging but rewarding campus. Through living as teammates, and growing as friends, the Lord showed us that we share the Gospel in very similar ways. We both love opening up our homes and welcoming any and all people to share life and have serious fun living in the joy of the Gospel. Fast-forward to today and we are approaching our first anniversary of marriage, and have had the blessing of welcoming our beautiful daughter Rose into the world! We continue to get to serve on mission together at Mount Saint Mary's and it has been the biggest blessing to live this mission through our vocation of marriage and family life. We are beyond blessed and cannot wait to see where the Lord continues to call us and sanctify our family for the sake of the Kingdom of God.
While we know that God has called us to serve Him in this mission, I also know that we are only a small piece of the greater puzzle. Taking on the call to be FOCUS missionaries means giving completely of our time and talents to the students on campus. This giving of time necessitates that we have a team of supporters on board with the mission who want to go with us by giving support - both spiritual and financial. It has been a huge blessing to share this mission with our supporters, and to receive their great generosity. We are deeply honored by each of you, and would love to talk to anyone interested in joining our team! We can be contacted anytime by email or phone:
Pete: [email protected]; (304) 481-7810
Claire: [email protected]; 703-203-1356