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Like any good love story, Andrew and Katie Hellmann’s tale has interesting twists and turns. She had a solid foundation of faith growing up, attending St. So it seemed natural when she got involved with the college outreach group called FOCUS, Fellowship of Catholic University Students.
Katie, who was a year ahead of Andrew in school, graduated from high school and pursued a double major in mathematics and math education at North Dakota State University.
Although he also had a strong Catholic upbringing attending St. Stephen, he said he didn’t get involved much with his faith during his first years of college.
I was invited into a Bible study, which is where I first started to learn a little bit about what FOCUS was,” he said.
Andrew was an athlete, while Katie enjoyed band and the arts.
“One of the FOCUS student leaders, Mary, gave me a call and invited me to her Bible study.
As Andrew finished college and Katie completed her first year as a FOCUS missionary, Andrew, too, felt called to become a FOCUS missionary. “I wasn’t sure if I was going to propose at training or wait until we got back. But then I decided on Thursday that I was going to propose at training.
He and Katie attended a FOCUS new staff training in Florida. And then Friday, I went with one of my really good friends who I lived with during my senior year of college to get a ring. On Saturday morning, Andrew called Katie’s dad for his permission and blessing. They continued as married missionaries with FOCUS, serving together at the University of Minnesota-Duluth.
During that time, Katie and Andrew lived in the same apartment building and often rode the same bus home from class.