FOCUS Missionaries

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Michael Hynes

FOCUS Team Leader

Hometown: I grew up on a farm in Nebraska.

Why did you join FOCUS? I want all to experience the saving work of Jesus and have a chance to respond.

What is the best thing about working with college students? Walking with students through the highs and the lows and sharing the gospel and life with them!

Last song you listened to? Come Tear Down the Walls.

Favorite saint? I love St. John Paul II

How do you like to pray? In adoration with our Lord and allowing Him to speak to me through Scripture.


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Tess Volanski

FOCUS Missionary

Hometown: I grew up in a suburb just north of Houston, TX called The Woodlands.

Why did you join FOCUS? In college, I encountered the reality of who God is as Father, and who I am as His daughter and it changed everything for me! I became a missionary because I desire to invite other college students into this same eternity shaping life of following Jesus!

What do you like about ministry? Getting to see God’s providence and grace at work in the lives of college students! I am continually amazed by the way God loves people so individually and radically.

Something on your playlist? “Nothing Without You” by Will Reagan.

Favorite saint? St. Therese is my girl!


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Carley Pietrzak

FOCUS Missionary

Hometown: Sherwood, WI

Why did you join FOCUS? FOCUS was very impactful for me in college and helped me grow in my personal relationship with Christ. I wanted to allow God to use me to help others in the same way.

What do you like about ministry? I love being able to live life with them and be a friend. I think I learn more from students than I can give them in return.

Something on your playlist? Sailboat by Cody Fry and Ben Rector.

Favorite saint? I can’t pick one, but a couple are JPII, St. Faustina, and St. Kateri Tekakwitha.


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Aidan Setter

FOCUS Missionary

Hometown: Topeka, Kansas

Why did you join FOCUS? I was the most fulfilled in college when I led bible study in my fraternity, Alpha Tau Omega, or when I was walking in discipleship with two younger students, Brad and Sam, who were involved with FOCUS.

What do you like about ministry? Seeing their hearts open up to Jesus and being more and more willing to share the the Gospel with others.

Something on your playlist? Welcome to Prairieville by Logan Mize.

Favorite saint? St. John Paul II and Venerable Fulton Sheen! JP2 is such a great example to me of being able to love the person in front of him. Fulton Sheen’s books “Life of Christ” and “World’s First Love” were instrumental for me to learn about the faith in college.