Answering the Church’s call for a new evangelization, FOCUS, the Fellowship of Catholic University Students, is a national outreach that meets college students where they are and invites them into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and the Catholic faith.
More and more people hear and learn about FOCUS every day. In the course of 16 years, the ripple effect of our campus missionaries’ work has spanned across the country to touch lives on the college campus. We are grateful for the good fruit we have begun to reap in seeing thousands of college students being reached for Christ but we also know there is so much more to do.
Every day, FOCUS missionaries are asked, “What is FOCUS?” “What does FOCUS do?” “How does FOCUS work?” “Whom are you trying to reach?” In order to answer these important questions, we’ve written the following statements to help express the scope of our work succinctly.
The Main Thing
Inviting college students into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church.
Inspiring and equipping them for a lifetime of Christ-centered evangelization,
discipleship, and friendship in which they lead others to do the same.
To know Christ Jesus, and to fulfill His great commission by first living and then
communicating the fullness of life within the family of God, the Church.
Rooted in Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition, FOCUS was born out of a passion and zeal to share how a relationship with Jesus Christ and the Catholic faith can transform the world. Beginning with our nation’s future leaders, FOCUS sends teams of young, trained missionaries to the college campus in order to reach students with the gospel. In partnership with the university parish and/or Newman Center, FOCUS missionaries host large group outreach events, weekly Bible studies and offer one-on-one mentoring with student leaders.
We welcome young adults from all walks of life and religious backgrounds to our events. Through the personal investment and dedication of our missionaries, FOCUS helps to build a joyful, Christ-centered community and support network on each campus where we have a presence. Students are encouraged to join the missionaries at daily Mass and in prayer, the most vital commitment our missionaries make each day.
At St. Mary's we have four full time Missionaries - Nathan Deal, Danielle Duplechain, Megan Callaghan, and Dorian Arellano. Learn more about them on our Staff Page!