Joseph Gruber

Hi! My name's Joseph. I'm a FOCUS missionary at Saint John the Evangelist Parish in Jackson, Michigan.

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Where I serve

God has called me to serve college students for the past nine and a half years. Then he threw me for a loop, and called me to serve a parish in Michigan. Why? As near as I can tell, so I can help college students master the transition from college mission work to lifelong Catholic mission. Along the way, my wife and I are learning so much, and are so excited about what God continues to do in our hearts and lives!

My Story

As a missionary, my greatest desire is to lead others to Christ. My life has been transformed by Jesus and I want nothing more than to bring this joy to other people and introduce them to the life-changing message of the Gospel. I get to do this in a particular way as a parish missionary. Part of my work is to share my family life with the people of Jackson, part of my work is to invest deeply in a few men, and part of my work is to write about the apostolate to help form other missionaries, students, and whoever else may read what I write. 

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. I've been blessed with the most amazing people who have journeyed with me as I've served on different campuses and now in a parish. 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.

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 …