September 15, 2014
Great new friends. Independence. School spirit. Great parties. A chance to study things that pique my interest. An unforgettable experience. Activities I always wanted to try or never heard of before.
This is what many college freshmen look forward to, and even expect, as they start the college adventure. The movies highlight this, and the college brochures you receive junior and senior year of high school appeal to you with this language. Maybe even friends or family members tell stories that emphasize these things.
September 12, 2014
The Kick-Off BBQ is over and you're just starting to get into the swing of being back on campus. You're incredibly impressed with yourself for approaching all of those strangers and actually talking to them at the BBQ! What's even better is that you got some of their contact information. On top of that, some of them want to join your Bible study! Can it get any better than this!? You are crushing fall outreach.
September 10, 2014
So you graduated college.
Or you finished your time as a FOCUS missionary.
Or you just have a heart for evangelizing beyond the college campus.
Whatever reason you’re here, the question is now what?
As FOCUS missionaries, we evangelize to college students by inspiring and equipping them to evangelize the world. But what happens after college?
September 8, 2014
What if I told you that, after reading a book about trust—Consoling the Heart of Jesus—I was inspired to drop a $100K job, buy a one-way ticket to Ethiopia and go work with the Missionaries of Charity? What if I told you I heard about FOCUS by stumbling across a video on YouTube? And what if I told you I decided to apply to become a FOCUS Missionary when I saw the recruitment slogan, “Live the Adventure. Trust the Way”?
September 5, 2014
Why is it sometimes so hard to do the small things? Think: picking up that one piece of trash, replacing the toilet paper roll, taking out the garbage… And isn’t it even harder to do them with love? Yet one woman who spent her life doing the small things with great love ended up changing the world in a huge way. How did she have the mentality to serve in small, loving ways?
September 4, 2014
I enthusiastically agreed to document Fall Outreach at UC Berkeley and then I realized that I had no idea how Fall Outreach worked here. It’s a second year campus, two returning missionaries, three new missionaries and a new chaplain and pastor!
September 4, 2014
Nestled in between the city of Danbury or glorified suburb (as some of us like to call it) of The City, New York City that is, is Western Connecticut State University. From the outside it may look like your typical New England University with gorgeous buildings built from 1903 to the present, lush trees filling up space in the quad, students curled up in every corner, and long lines at the bookstore. This is no ordinary campus though.
September 3, 2014
Down south on the bayou lies the campus I serve, the University of Louisiana in Lafayette. If Louisiana makes you think of swamps, Duck Dynasty and gator hunting, you are not to far off. There is a swamp on campus, complete with alligators! I unfortunately have yet to meet any of the Robertson family.
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Since the pontificates of Pope Paul VI and John Paul II, the Roman Catholic Church has been commissioned to engage and embrace the world with God's message of love once more with ‘new methods, new ardor and new expression.’ It has come to be phrased, 'the new evangelization.'
For FOCUS, this means meeting college students across the nation where they are and challenging them to examine the meaning and purpose of their lives. Through personal relationships and friendship, we offer college students the true peace and fulfillment they seek in the good news of Jesus Christ and the teachings of the Catholic faith, inviting them to answer His calling in their lives.
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