Kassandra Leal

The world promises you comfort, but you were not made for comfort. You were made for greatness. — Pope Benedict XVI

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Where I serve

This is my first year on staff, and I currently serve at the University of Florida, but I started off my year on staff at the University of Alabama (RTR). I accepted the offer to move to the University of Florida to do Latino Outreach and that has also been a huge joy and adventure on mission. 


My Story

Not only is this my first year as a FOCUS missionary, but I actually graduated from a "non-FOCUS" school. I usually say that I found out about FOCUS "on accident," but it was really the Lord's will that set me on the path to follow Him in this way.

I have grown up in the faith sporadically through my family, but I was a worldly person for most of my life until I learned who Jesus was through authentic friendships starting in high school, which led me to want to know Christ in college. I was very much caught up in the culture of serving myself and not God, but it was not until I started living outside of myself and met people who had a joy that I had never seen before, did I actually start to walk towards Jesus in His Church. 

It was through true friendships at my alma mater, The College of William and Mary, that I truly came to fall in love with Jesus again and to pick up my cross and follow Him. These beautiful people taught me how to pray, how to love, and how to be the woman that God called me to be by listening to His voice that always longed for me. 

Ever since these encounters, I had the desire in my heart to share this Good News to college students because these are the people who are going to reach the multitudes. God thirsts for His children to know Him, to love Him, and to abide in His love. I am so incredibly excited that I listened to God's call and will meet my brothers and sisters so we can continue to walk towards Jesus' Most Sacred Heart together!

Your Impact

When I answered the call to join FOCUS, I made the decision to rely on the spiritual and financial support of mission partners to help me through this mission. If you are interested in partnering with me, please let me know of the best way to reach you and I will schedule an appointment. I'd be honored to share this mission with you. 

Please contact me at 757-903-7731 or at [email protected] 

Know, Love and Serve God

We encounter God in an intimate relationship through daily prayer, the sacraments and the Scriptures.

Build Virtuous Friendships

By building genuine friendships, we meet students on a deeper level.

Teach Others to Share Christ

We teach students how to share the gospel, who in turn teach other students how to pass it on …