Julia Herndon

Hi there! My name is Julia and I’m a FOCUS missionary. I’m glad you’re here! 😊

Where I serve

I’m currently serving as a part-time missionary while wrapping up my bachelor’s degree at the University of Northern Colorado. Get Up Greeley! 🐻 After I graduate in December, I will be sent to a new campus.

Here’s a picture of my team (from left to right: Alex, Olivia, me, Elise, Nora, Thea, and Lucas)

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My Story

I was raised Catholic, but the extent to which I lived this out was only going to Mass on Sundays with my family and saying night prayers like, “Thank you Lord for my good life, thank you for my family, thank you for…” and then I would fall asleep. I went through the motions and never had a personal relationship with Jesus. 

Because I wasn’t grounded in my relationship with Jesus, I sought other things I thought would fulfill me like my academics, athletics, and the social groups I was a part of. This escalated once I entered college and experienced a new kind of freedom. I put all of these things before my faith, only really going to Mass when I wanted to, and praying when it was convenient for me. Even when I had achieved the grade I wanted, played well, or was noticed by a certain person or group of people, at my core I still felt empty. 

My identity was rooted in what I did instead of who I was. There was a part of me that desired something more than what I could achieve.

It wasn’t until my second year of college that I started to be fulfilled. I started coming to the Catholic Center more regularly because I said yes to helping our annual Bear Awakening retreat and had to be there for meetings, but I ended up coming to more events that Bear Catholic hosted. I came when they played volleyball, had the Sisters of Life visit, or when we had our Fully Alive nights which would be Adoration for an hour and then Mass to follow. My thirst for something more was being fulfilled by the Word of God, the Sacraments, Mass, and a community that was striving for something more than themselves.

So when the campus minister said they needed more help with Bear Catholic’s Golf Tournament at one of our Bear Awakening meetings, I said yes to volunteering. Praise God I did because I ended up getting partnered with a FOCUS missionary, named Olivia! At this golf tournament, Olivia invited me to get coffee with her and to be in her Bible study. I said yes to both! 

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Olivia invited me into many little things like going to the grocery store, the gym, or the mountains, and I said yes. These little invitations slowly turned into bigger invitations like praying a Holy Hour with the FOCUS team, going to Daily Mass, and inviting me into discipleship. This was just the cherry on top because Olivia’s accompaniment not only showed me what authentic friendship is, but she answered my questions, taught me how to pray with scripture, and how to be a disciple of Jesus Christ.

My intimacy with the Lord was growing in all of this. The Lord revealed to me that He desires a personal relationship with me. Not because of what I did, but because I am His daughter! He loves me as I am with my faults, and He wants to give and be with me. The best thing yet, no one can take away my identity as His daughter.

I want every single person to know that they are His children in their hearts. To know the great freedom of knowing that they are loved just because they are, not because of what they can do, look like, or who they are to others, but that they are loved because they are His!

Your Impact

One life changed means changed relationships, families, parishes, and businesses. The college students today are our future. They desire something more than themselves but don’t know where to find it. I want to accompany these students and help them to know that this fulfillment can only be found in Jesus Christ alone.

BUT! I cannot do this without YOU. If you’re interested in partnering with me to help walk alongside these students or would like to know more about what I do, please reach out to me. I would be honored to share this mission with you!

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