Fellowship of Catholic University Students Adds Ten New Campuses for 2011-12 School Year
Columbia, Texas and Arizona State among latest additions
DENVER, Colo., August 29, 2011—The Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS), a fast-growing college campus outreach now with a presence at colleges in 28 states (as well as the District of Columbia) has announced that it has added ten more universities to its roster for the 2011-12 school year, bringing the total number of campuses served by FOCUS to 58.
Each year, teams of FOCUS missionaries are sent to college campuses at the invitation of the local bishop and with the support of the local Catholic campus ministry. Since it was founded in 1998, FOCUS has grown from two part-time missionaries serving a single campus to the more than 260 full-time missionaries who will work on the 58 campuses this year.
“All Catholics have been commissioned by Christ to ‘Go, therefore and make disciples,’ and it’s an honor for us to serve the Church in this way,” said Curtis Martin, president of FOCUS. “We give thanks to God for yet another fruitful year as we continue to work with not just the students on campus but the clergy and those who partner with us financially and through prayer. Slowly but surely, the Church’s commitment to the New Evangelization grows stronger every year."
“By sending more than 260 full-time, trained missionaries to college campuses, we hope they will serve as living witnesses who embody the truth, love and joy that comes from a relationship with Jesus Christ and then get creative and take risks to share His love with those around them, especially those who are searching or do not believe they are lovable or worth being pursued.”
The new campuses to be served by FOCUS beginning this Fall, are:
-University of Louisiana, Lafayette, LA
In response to the Church’s call for a “new evangelization,” FOCUS seeks to communicate the gospel to young adults in a dynamic and culturally relevant way. The missionaries are typically recent college graduates who devote two or more years of their post-collegiate lives to reach out to their peers on campus. Through genuine friendship and personal investment, FOCUS missionaries invite students into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and the fullness of life found in the Catholic Church.