Jonathan & Kathleen Cardinal


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Where we serve

God has called our family to serve college students. We are blessed to live this mission out at the University of Northern Colorado. Our days are filled running around with our three kids on campus, encountering students in the midst of their daily lives, and welcoming them into our home where we are able to share Christ's love and invite them to experience the beauty (and craziness) of family life! 

Our Story

“If you wish to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” - Jesus

From Jonathan:

“Jesus, I have done what you have asked. I have followed the commandments, I love my wife and kids, I try to live a holy Marriage… I even work for the Church! What do I still lack?” 

After working in parish ministry for 7 years, Jesus has been quietly responding to me: “Go, sell what you have - your pride, position, control and comfort… and follow me.” His words to me have been a call to abandon those things that too often possess me and place a greater trust in Him by being on mission with my wife and kids as we build the Kingdom in the hearts of college students. As a man committed to Christian Marriage and family life, I believe the Lord can use me in my role as a husband and father to wake up young men to their calling in Christ by modeling for them a life of virtue, sacrifice, and love for Jesus that gives shape to every aspect of life.

As a family, God is working through each of us (including our children!) to reveal to students His love and desire for them to live life as an essential part of His family, the Church.

Your Impact

When we answered the call to join FOCUS, we made the decision to rely on the spiritual and financial support of mission partners to help make this mission possible and fruitful. Our family is not alone in this mission. We have been blessed with the most amazing people who have journeyed with us as we serve on campus. If you are interested in partnering with us, please let us know of the best way to reach you and we will schedule an appointment. We would 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 …