Cathal Hickey

Howya! My name’s Cathal. I’m a Catholic missionary working for FOCUS.

Where I serve

I’m a missionary serving the students of Queen’s University Belfast on the island of Ireland! It’s a great blessing to be working here with FOCUS for the growth of the Kingdom, especially given their impact upon my own life.

My Story

As with many Irish families, I was blessed to be raised in a Catholic household. Across my childhood, I attended Sunday Mass and received the Sacraments but neither understood the significance nor the importance of the Faith. As a result during those early years, my life of prayer outside Sunday Mass was minimal, being wholly unfamiliar with the invitation God makes for a personal relationship with Himself. As a teenager, I largely fell away from faith and thereafter I spent several years searching for meaning in my work and in the culture.

Photo 01 06 2023, 18 01 22This changed following several encounters with the unconditional friendship of the FOCUS missionaries working through the Catholic society in University College Dublin. Through their invitation to a Catholic conference in Arizona (SLS20), I came to experience the reality of the love of Jesus present here and now in our lives and most especially in the Sacraments. There, my faith was renewed and my life transformed. Afterwards, I chose to get involved with the Bible studies and retreats that FOCUS offered while also making prayer a priority, attending daily Mass where possible.  Eventually, I moved into the FOCUS men’s house in Dublin, where through the deep friendship of one missionary named Moses, I came to understand that the LORD was calling me to His mission. What an immense blessing it is to be serving the students of Belfast! God is powerfully at work in His people!

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 serve on campus.

If you are interested in partnering with me, please shoot me an email at [email protected] and I will schedule an appointment. I’d be honored to share this mission with you.

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