Michael Fontana

 

Title: Mission Leader

Mission Center: Texas

Chapter: Texas State University

Contact: michael.fontana@spo.org

Michael was born and raised in the wonderfully humid suburbs of Houston, Texas. He recently graduated from Benedictine College with a major in Business Management and a minor in Theology. Michael grew up in a large Catholic Italian family where faith, family, food, and sports were some of the most important parts of his childhood. Growing up as the youngest of four, in a house that constantly had kids in and out, he naturally excelled in sports largely through the influence of his older siblings and peers. Playing just about anything under the sun, Michael loved soccer and basketball growing up, and then good ol' Texas football through high school. In his success and pursuit of sports, approval of friends, and relationships through high school, his faith naturally took the back seat.

Michael always knew his Catholic faith in his head, and believed in God, yet never fully gave over control to Him, allowing for sports and relationships to take president over God. It was not until Michael served with NET Ministries out of high school that his head and his heart connected. It was then that Michael was able to place his full identity in the fact that he is a son of the Father and that his life is not his own to live, but to give over control and live for the greater glory of God. This was further grounded through his time at Benedictine and encountering the SPO community there, that truly provided him with friendships that challenged and encouraged him to continue to strive for sainthood by being on mission in every aspect of his life. 

Michael still enjoys doing just about anything under the sun, but spending time with his family and friends is probably his favorite thing to do - especially with his four nieces and nephew. Michael loves to cook and learning how to cook, because he definitely loves to eat. He is very excited to be returning to the "Promise Land" of Texas for his first year with Saint Paul's Outreach at Texas State. But he is most excited to learn about a new way of life with the Bobcat community and to incorporate the challenge he received with all those he is to meet.