Joseph Gruber

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

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Where I serve

God has called me to serve college students for the past 10 years, but now by way of the parish. A lot of our alumni have graduated and moved into parishes, confused as to how to proceed. I've been sent to the parish to help figure out how to prepare our college students for the great adventure of the rest of their lives! My family and I serve a parish in Jackson, MI, so that we can communicate to the rest of FOCUS all that we learn.

My Story

As a missionary, my greatest desire is to lead all students to Christ. My life has been transformed by Jesus and I want nothing more than to bring this joy to others and introduce them to the life-changing message of the Gospel. I get to do this in a particular way as a husband and father, by welcoming people into our home for meals, for coffee, for drinks, and for discussion. My wife and I are learning what it is to make up the domestic church, and hoping to learn more from others as well. 
We have three children that you can meet, another on the way, and three in heaven. Our middle child, Gisela, is a girl with many special needs-- she is about four years old, and developmentally is about nine months along. Below, see a picture of her being welcomed by her older brother, Philip!
Between my wife, Crystal, and I, we have served in Boston, MA, in Pittsburgh, PA, in Madison, WI, in Bellingham, WA, and now in Jackson, MI. God has been leading us across the country, introducing us to many wonderful souls, and preparing us for the work we have before us. FOCUS is about launching college students into lifelong Catholic mission, and we are glad to be aiding in our understanding of what lifelong Catholic mission looks like!

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 served, first on college 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 …