Patrick Hagenbucher

Hey! My name's Patrick. I'm a FOCUS missionary.

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Where I serve

I am incredibly excited to be serving students at the University of North Dakota! As a Varsity Catholic missionary within FOCUS, I have a special opportunity to invest much of my time in helping student athletes come to know Jesus and to live out their faith both on and off the field, court, or ice. On a typical day, you'll most likely find me hanging around the rec center, athletic facilities, and (of course) the Newman Center. I'd love to share how God has radically changed my life, so give me a shout if you see me on campus!

My Story

As a missionary, my greatest desire is to lead all students to Christ. I entered into my college years with a desire to remain grounded in my Catholic faith, yet was still pulled into a culture that prevented me from truly knowing Jesus and his will in my life. After graduating from the University of Nebraska and pursuing a career as a golf professional for several years, I came to the realization that I had never given God permission to fully enter into my life. Having experienced a change of heart, I felt the Lord was calling me to leave a job that I loved for something even greater - to live in service to him as a full time missionary. 

I now want nothing more than to bring this joy I have experienced to others and introduce them to the life-changing message of the Gospel. In His ministry on earth, Jesus humbled Himself to meet us on our level, taking on our humanity, and spent most of His time investing deeply in a few. I look to Jesus’ own example to find the best method of reaching the world. In my time on campus, I work with students of many different backgrounds but will share with them the truth of the Catholic faith. I've been constantly amazed by the different souls I've encountered on campus, and I look forward to continuing to witness the incredible ways that God is working through my ministry. 

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 thrive in this mission. This was perhaps the biggest challenge for me to overcome in my call to serve as a missionary, because I was reluctant to accept the idea of living on the support of others. In realizing this is the model Jesus and his disciples lived out for us, I have embraced the opportunity to invite you to join me in this mission. I've been blessed in more ways than I could have imagined, and I have the most amazing people who have committed to journeying with me as I serve on campus. If you are interested in partnering with me, please contact me at [email protected] to let me know the best way to reach you. I'd be honored to share this mission with you! 


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 …