Steven Ortega

Hey! My name is Steven, and I’m a FOCUS Missionary!

“Fight the good fight of the faith”

1 Timothy 6:12

Where I serve

Praised & Blessed be Jesus, Mary, and Joseph! This year, God has called me to serve at Oakland University in Rochester Hills, Michigan, and I couldn’t be more excited to work and serve alongside my fellow missionaries for my first year as a Missionary-Disciple for FOCUS! Let’s Go OU!

My Story

Conversion took place in my heart in 2022 when I attended mass for the first time in Novi, Michigan. My Fiancée invited me, and she suggested that I go up and receive a blessing from Father as I could not receive communion (yet). I did not know it then, but that was the moment Jesus encountered me and met me despite all my flaws. Jesus was calling me home to the Catholic Church, and I pursued the same feeling I had during that encounter.

As the year went on and I continued to allow God to soften my heart, I felt an extreme amount of peace in a chapel in Dearborn, Michigan. That is when I knew I could not resist the plan God had for my life. He had been passionately pursuing me, and he wanted me to receive my Sacraments as soon as I possibly could.

That same year, I transferred to the University of California, Irvine. Go Anteaters! There, I eagerly searched for the Catholic center to begin OCIA.

I also longed for Catholic college friendships, and the fact that I had access to both OCIA and FOCUS at UC Irvine changed the trajectory of my faith life as a new Catholic. The Lord cultivated authentic friendships through our campus ministry there and helped me to encounter divine intimacy with him through the Eucharist. Eventually, I entered the Church on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 16, 2023!

As a missionary, I choose to be a vessel of Christ’s earnest love for students so they may know how much he desires them. Jesus calls each of us to live in communion with him through a personal relationship with his Holy Eucharist and Mother Church. I am so thrilled to have the opportunity to invite students into this same journey and walk with them this year!


Your Impact

As a FOCUS missionary, I have the unique opportunity to fundraise my entire salary, meaning my mission and work here at Oakland University is dependent entirely on the prayers and financial support of people like you! If you are interested in joining my support team, I would love to make an appointment with you. Please let me know the best way to reach you, and we can schedule a meeting! It would be an honor to partner with you and to share the mission of FOCUS!

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