Fr. Dan O'Reilly has been the director of Columbia Catholic Ministry since 2011 and the administrator of Corpus Christi Church since 2013. Born in Manhattan and raised in the Bronx, he attended Regis High School in New York City and majored in philosophy at Princeton University before entering the seminary for the Archdiocese of New York. After earning Master’s degrees in theology and divinity from St. Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers, he was ordained a priest in 2003. He has served as parochial vicar at Resurrection Church in Rye, Director of Campus Ministry for the Archdiocese of New York, Spiritual Director for the St. John Neumann Seminary College in Yonkers, and Catholic Campus Minister at SUNY Maritime College in the Bronx.
Connect with Fr. Dan: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lauren is a sophomore at Barnard studying English literature and computer science. Her favorite things include her mom and her babiest siblings Justin and Lily, #PureMichigan & #lifeatthelake, walking anywhere and everywhere, and listening to music. If you have a small fraction of forever to listen to Lauren ramble excessively, then ask her what she's reading the next time you see her! (Pro-tip: you'll likely find her around noon at St. Paul's or Notre Dame for mass and adoration.) She's also on the boards of VSA and EWB-Uganda. Lauren's actual greatest skill is in strategic napping; she takes a consistent, perfect 18 minute nap without alarm almost everyday.
Connect with Lauren: email@example.com
Sam is a junior at Columbia College majoring in East Asian Studies. He is a proud New Orleanian but always feels at home in the German-speaking Alps. His favorite activities include taking long walks, learning foreign languages, and planning bogus trips to Europe. If he hasn't told you why Exodus is the best book in the bible, how the Enneagram will change your life, or started a conversation with you in a language you studied for two years in high school, avoid him at all costs.
Connect with Sam: firstname.lastname@example.org
John Russell is a Columbia College junior majoring in History and concentrating in Linguistics. He hails from St. Louis, Missouri, and is originally from Long Island. He is the treasurer of CCM, and is also involved in the Veritas Forum, the Student Governing Board, and Right to Life. In his free time, he enjoys writing music, conlanging, reading about Vietnam and Malta, and playing ultimate frisbee.
Connect with John: email@example.com
Nathan is a junior at Columbia College studying Latin American Studies and History. A baroque music aficionado, he will defend the relevancy of Jean-Philippe Rameau and his outrageous libretto plots to the end of the world and back. His literary giants include Umberto Eco, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Saint Thomas Aquinas, and - of course - Dante, of whom he will one day read in the original if other members of the board help him with his Italian. Given his eclectic involvement in clubs on campus ranging from Mexican folk ballet to philosophy discussions à la Veritas, he is inspired to one day become either a farmer, conductor, or President of Brazil. Maybe all three, who knows.
Connect with Nathan: firstname.lastname@example.org
Virginia is a freshman who plans to study Classics. She was born in Michigan but has lived in North Carolina for most of her life. Virginia is also involved in the Veritas Forum. In her free time, Virginia enjoys attempting overly-complicated recipes, running, and, of course, praying the Rosary!
Connect with Virginia: email@example.com
Britt is a Columbia sophomore majoring in Political Science and Religion. She takes great pride in her hometown Tabernacle in South Jersey. She spends most of her time pole vaulting on Columbia’s Track and Field Team. When she’s not at practice or with CCM, Britt enjoys finding coffee spots with free WiFi, watching Ellen DeGeneres videos, doing hot yoga, and bouldering.
Connect with Brit: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nicholas is a sophomore studying history and political science. He was born in Connecticut before moving to Indiana for most of his life and spending his summers in Italy. He's involved with Columbia Right to Life, the Veritas Forum, and the SGB. He spends most of his free time either listening to music, playing piano, or drinking perfectly decanted wine with his suitemates.
Connect with Nicholas: email@example.com
Sarai Michel is a Barnard College sophomore majoring in psychology and political science. She is from warm and sunny Southern California and has probably spent 99% of her college career complaining about the East Coast cold. She is also on the board of Chicanx Caucus, an RA in Hewitt, and a volunteer with Columbia Youth Adventurers. Some of Sarai’s favorite things include her mom, beautiful sunsets, Jesus, her beloved LA Dodgers, Marvel movies, and her mom’s Mexican food. You can catch her with friends at postcrypt coffeehouse, admiring the sunsets from Sulz Tower, or waiting for spring to arrive.
Connect with Sarai: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rachel Harran is the Team Director for the FOCUS missionary team here at Columbia University. She is from Ireland, where she studied English and Theology at NUI Maynooth. Before moving to NYC she served as a missionary with FOCUS for two years at the University of Texas in Austin. Rachel loves living in New York City! In her spare time she likes to explore the city, draw and paint, read and hang out with friends and family.
Connect with Rachel at email@example.com to schedule a meeting or enquire about bible study opportunities
Paul Wessel is a first year FOCUS missionary from Missouri. He graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Benedictine College in December 2018. Paul enjoys outdoor activities, playing sports, and exploring the city. He loves to meet new students and to talk about engineering, sports, philosophy, and theology.
Contact Paul at 636-358-6836 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a meeting or discuss Bible study opportunities!
Andres is from Indiana - the heart of the Midwest. He is also a recent graduate from Ball State University's College of Architecture and Planning where he studied Urban Planning and Development with a concentration in Real Estate. He enjoys spending time doing any activity outdoors, sharing a smoke, or grabbing a beer with his friends.
Connect with Andres: email@example.com
Belén Loza is a first year missionary hailing from the great state of Texas! She graduated with a dual degree in International Politics + Diplomacy and French from Texas A&M University (Gig 'Em Aggies!). Before becoming a FOCUS Missionary, Belén worked in Washington DC for two years at an international nonprofit. She loves all things coffee and enjoys podcasts, the Oxford comma, and good conversations!
Connect with Belén at firstname.lastname@example.org or 713-518-4570.