Catholic Disneyworld? Better - FOCUS New Staff Training

Every June, FOCUS staff gather for what is often referred to as “one part boot camp, one part grad school, and one part retreat.” This year, hundreds of missionaries will gather at Ave Maria University in Florida for five weeks of training in everything from salvation history to mission partner development.

For the previous four years, FOCUS New Staff Training (NST) was held at the University of Illinois - Champaign. “With the rapid growth we’re experiencing, we’re excited to find a scalable solution for our training,” said Christine Westerlin, Manager of Events for FOCUS. “With a large chapel and more Catholic facilities, a Catholic campus will provide a greater opportunity for our missionaries to experience life-giving relationships with each other and develop true fellowship.”

Hundreds of students from colleges across the country will join missionaries at Ave Maria University for FOCUS Equip Student Training (FEST) from June 13-17. FEST offers five days of workshops, talks and collaboration among students and missionaries, designed as a condensed version of missionary training for students who want to make a difference for Jesus Christ and His Church on their campuses and in the world.


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