FOCUS Campus Ministry

FOCUS is the Fellowship of Catholic University Students.  FOCUS sends missionaries, many who are recent college graduates themselves, to reach out to students on campus.

Serra Participation

Serrans can work with dioceses and parishes to nominate college students to be contacted by FOCUS missionaries on their college campuses across the United States.

Serrans and Serra Clubs can also sponsor FOCUS Missionaries on their local campuses.

Summary

The Fellowship of Catholic University Students ( FOCUS) sends missionaries, many who are recent college graduates themselves, to reach out to students on campus, share life with them and invite them into a relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church, in which they teach others to do the same.

Program Outline

FOCUS is a national Catholic organization that sponsors missionaries on college campuses across the country.  Individual missionaries are funded by sponsor from the community.  At their campus, missionaries live in community and work with students to form them in their Catholic faith.

The mission of FOCUS may be stated as the formation students into men and women fully alive in Christ through relational ministry, spiritual formation, works of mercy, and commitment to lifelong mission.

Participation in FOCUS has led to a large number od vocations to the priesthood and religious life.

Before Start of School Year

Lead Time 3-4 Months

Medium Effort

Low Cost

Program History and Development

FOCUS is an international Catholic outreach organization, serving more than 200 college campuses and more than 20 parish communities. Through Bible Studies, mentorship, mission trips, conferences and partnerships with priests, bishops and parishes, FOCUS missionaries walk alongside students and parishioners in their journey of faith, inspiring and equipping them for a lifetime of Christ-centered evangelization and discipleship. Since FOCUS was founded in 1998, more than 1,000 people have entered the seminary or religious orders after connecting with a missionary on college campuses. More than 50,000 FOCUS alumni serve in parishes and communities across the world to continue their lifelong mission of evangelization and leading others to pursue lives of virtue and excellence.

Recognizing the significant impact that the college years have on a young person’s future, Curtis Martin founded FOCUS, starting with just two missionaries at Benedictine College in 1998.

Later that same year, Curtis was blessed with the opportunity to meet Pope St. John Paul II and to share his vision for FOCUS: a chance for every student to know and feel known, loved and cared for by Jesus Christ. His Holiness listened carefully, and in response he simply told Curtis, “Be soldiers.”

Encouraged and driven by Pope St. John Paul II’s call to a New Evangelization and encouraged with steadfast hope to change the culture for Christ, FOCUS has forged ahead into the battlefield. FOCUS missionaries have spread the gospel message to tens of thousands of college students through on-campus outreach, Bible studies, discipleship, mission trips, national conferences and more.

Today, FOCUS continues to encourage young people to pursue truth and meaning in their lives, to invest in relationships with Jesus Christ and their fellow students. Our story is and remains the same: through God’s mercy, FOCUS missionaries will continue to help young people go and share the good news to everyone they meet, bringing Christ to the world and transforming the world through Christ.  FOCUS currently has missionaries on 193 U.S. campuses and 9 International campuses.

Resources

Reference Materials:

The following are hotlinks to the FOCUS organization’s websites:
Main website: https://focus.org/about/overview/
Focus Campuses: https://focus.org/about/campuses/
Brochure How FOCUS Works: http://site.focus.org/assets/pdf/how-focus-works.pdf
FOCUS Handbook—Making Missionary Disciples: https://shopfocus.org/products/making-missionary-disciples-paperback

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““Let us face the vocations challenge with that equanimity and realism which take into account the
effectiveness of prayer,
and which are never devoid of supernatural hope.”

Pope St. John Paul II