FOCUS In the News

Catholic Philly shared Catholic News Service's article about FOCUS Mission trips to Peru: Students say FOCUS mission trips strengthen their faith, desire to serve.

Dr. Edward Sri talks about his new role as VP of Formation for FOCUS, and the importance of training in the apostolate.


Varsity Catholic missionaries and student-athletes at Loras College are featured in an article on pages 26-9 of the Spring 2018 issue of Loras Magazine.

The Catholic Sun from the Diocese of Phoenix provides a glimpse of the experience students who went on a FOCUS Mission trip to Calcutta: College students embark on summer mission trips to mingle with world’s poor.

Catholic-Link highlights the service work of students and missionaries: An Inside Look At A Week Of Encounter With The FOCUS Mission Trip to Mexico City.

The impact of FOCUS at Indiana University is featured in The Criterion (Archdiocese of Indianapolis): FOCUS missionaries help spur growth of campus ministry at IU.

FOCUS Missionary Priscilla Garza talks about evangelizing on college campuses with Dave Palmer of GRN Alive on Guadalupe Radio.


The Catholic Courier (Diocese of Rochester NY) shares the impact of FOCUS at the University of Rochester: Evangelization program helps spread Gospel on college campuses.

The Diocese of Springfield MA highlighted the UMass-Amherst FOCUS Team in the Real to Reel special on FOCUS Missionaries.

Fr. Dwight Longenecker interviewed Dominic Paolucci, director of FOCUS Mission trips, for the National Catholic Register: Are Mission Trips Toxic? Not Necessarily, and Here’s Why…

Several media outlets covered SLS18. Here are just a few of the articles:

Catholic News Agency: FOCUS trains record-breaking crowd to evangelize at leadership summit.

Catholic News Service: Young adults gather for fellowship, learn ways to share faith.

LifeSite: Passion of the Christ actor: We must be ‘warriors’ ready to risk our lives for the Gospel.

Aleteia: Watch Bishop Robert Barron set 8,000 young Catholics ablaze at FOCUS gathering!

The Tablet: Evangelization FOCUS: SLS Energizes and Equips Leaders to Share Gospel.

National Catholic Reporter: FOCUS conference for students boosts 'spiritual multiplication'.

America: With an eye toward tradition, young adult Catholics gather with Focus to talk evangelization.

Redeemedonline: Two Can’t Miss Videos (from SLS18).

FOCUS missionary Emma Schopp discusses her perspective of the #me too campaign in FOCUS: Who am I? #IamHis, on MyDuhawk, the student newspaper for Loras College.

UC-Berkeley FOCUS missionary Jule Coppa shares how students are involved with parish outreach activities and see themselves as part of a "larger fabric of the Church" in The Catholic Voice article: Berkeley parish celebrates 50 years in Holy Spirit's glow.

FOCUS missionary Molly Fitzpatrick shares information and inspiration on SLS18 in The Troubadour Online, the student newspaper for Franciscan University of Steubenville in the article: FOCUS sponsors conference for future leaders.  

The University of Nebraska at Kearney school paper, The Antelope, highlights the new FOCUS team in Making a ‘FOCUS’ on faith.

Pittsburgh Catholic highlights the evangelization efforts of FOCUS missionaries at Slippery Rock University in Missionaries reach 'hungry' students.

Missionary Daniel Porting provides his perspective on the challenges with, and importance of, male fraternity in Catholic News Agency's article, Men are craving authentic friendships -- and it's okay to admit it.

The Setonian article, ‘Varsity Catholic’ helps SHU athletes connect with their faith,  highlights FOCUS missionaries at Seton Hall, and reports on the recent visit by a Vatican Official to learn more about the work of Varsity Catholic on campus.

On Ave Maria Radio's show, Fire on the Earth, Josh Fons talks about his faith journey and sharing faith with athletes as a FOCUS Varsity Catholic missionary at North Dakota State University. (two parts)


Legatus Magazine highlights the work of FOCUS, featuring interviews with missionaries Kevin and Lisa Cotter, FOCUS alumni Fr. Brian Lager and Board member Margot Kyd in Maintaining Lasting Faith -- FOCUS.

On Spirit Catholic Radio, Thomas Wurtz talks about why Varsity Catholic is important for student-athletes, and how it is changing the culture of sport on campus -- and beyond.


The Angelus shares a Varsity Catholic missionary's inspiring journey of faith and how she evangelizes with student-athletes in Yazmin Montoya: From soccer star to campus missionary.

On Mater Dei Radio, Josh Paiement talks about his encounter with FOCUS missionaries at the University of Oregon, and his decision to become a missionary to share the Catholic faith with his peers.


Catholic News Agency list the new campuses and notes that FOCUS has more than doubled its campus presence since 2011 in FOCUS expands to 15 new campuses this year.

Denver Catholic's article, From Boondock Saints to FOCUS missionary, details how FOCUS missionary Josh Ivie and his wife started making rosaries after watching a mob movie and soon after converted to Catholicism. 

New missionary Charles Zeringue at UL-Lafayette shares his experience with FOCUS there and invites students to get involved: FOCUS missionary challenges UL students to examine faith.

The Evangelist interviewed FOCUS Varsity Catholic Missionary Garrett Bernardo for the article, Albany native chooses faith over pro baseball career.

Catholic News Service delves into what FOCUS does during the summer to prepare new staff and keep college students close to their faith in the article, ‘Mission is all the time’: FOCUS ministry doesn’t stop with school year.

James Madison university student athlete Sara Kraeutler talks about her FOCUS Mission trip to Rome with hosts on TGI Friday LIVE on Domestic Church Media.


On EWTN Radio Catolica Mundial, FOCUS Missionary Carlos Garcia discusses how FOCUS reaches out to Spanish-speaking students on campus through Bible studies, one-on-one mentoring and other avenues of evangelization.


The Diocese of Venice (FL) attended the Act of Consecration and shared this article, FOCUS missionaries make act of consecration to Jesus through Mary.  

Catholic News Service wrote an article about the Act of Consecration on June 13, which was shared by several media outlets, including Catholic Philly, Consecrating FOCUS to Mary is ‘all grace,’ says apostolate’s CEO.

The growth and impact of FOCUS is highlighted in Aleteia's article, What’s popular in Catholic circles? 7 Trends shaping the Church.

In their article, Fellowship of Catholic University Students turns to Mary during Fatima centenary, the World Apostolate of Fatima interviewed Curtis Martin, who shares the importance of consecrating the apostolate to Jesus through Mary.

National Catholic Register interviewed Curtis Martin, CEO and Founder of FOCUS, for the article, Unprecedented Gathering of US Church Will Discuss Evangelization, about what he'll share when he speaks at the upcoming USCCB conference, “Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America.”

The Denver Catholic covered the FOCUS Go Forth event, which prepares alumni to transition from campus life to evangelize in careers and parishes, FOCUS missionaries 'go forth' beyond college campuses.

Fr. Collin Poston shares how a FOCUS Mission trip enriched his life and other pilgrims in an "amazing, profound way" in The Catholic Review article, FOCUS'ed on Christ in Panama.  

Rhode Island Catholic interviewed FOCUS missionaries from Brown University and the University of Rhode Island for its inspirational article on how FOCUS offers college students a personal relationship with Christ.

Antoine Kazzi, Special Assistant to CEO and Founder Curtis Martin, discusses FOCUS consecrating the apostolate to Jesus through Mary on EWTN's Morning Glory radio show:

Catholic News Agency shares the background of FOCUS' decision to consecrate its mission to the Virgin Mary in perpetuity in Why these college missionaries will dedicate themselves to Mary.

Andres Sosa spoke with the National Catholic Register about how SEEK2017 and Varsity Catholic missionaries have changed his life in Texas Baseball Player Throws Out Sin and Finds Happiness With Christ.

The Knott Foundation shares how Towson University missionaries bring college students closer to their faith, Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) uses Catholic activities grant to help Towson University students find fulfillment through faith and friendship.

Sara Kraeutler shares how her FOCUS Mission trip to Rome changed her life in The Monitor's article, Young woman's faith strengthened through Rome trip.

FOCUS Regional Director Sam Mazzarelli visited The Paul George Show and talked about the challenges and blessings of evangelizing young adults. 


Washington State University student Brendan McCauley talks with host Dina Maria about his FOCUS Mission trip to Costa Rico on this Mater Dei Radio piece.

The Boston Pilot highlights the work of FOCUS and the hope it gives to the future of the Church among young adults: Missionaries to the new paganism.  

Avery Hembrook shares her life-changing experience on a FOCUS Mission trip in Catholic Herald: College student called to deeper faith during mission to Peru.

Catholic TV Boston asked several SEEK2017 attendees, "How do you stay Catholic on campus?" Their encouraging answers are included in these videos: Part 1 and Part 2.

NET TV with the Diocese of Brooklyn shares how missionaries and students on a FOCUS Mission trip served the NYC community in this TV piece, Spring Breakers Give Back.

Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, LA, is a new FOCUS campus. Their successful outreach efforts are featured in this article by the Diocese of Alexandria (LA), FOCUS missionaries bring new approach to campus ministry.

Catholic NY highlights the work of FOCUS missionaries at Columbia and NYU, as well as a missionary originally from NYC in FOCUS Builds Catholic Lives in College—and Beyond.

Melissa and Jimmy Chang are part of the FOCUS Parish Outreach program, serving at St. John Neumann Church in Charlotte, NC. The article, FOCUS missionaries part of pilot program at SJN, details their outreach, which includes running six Bible studies! 

Our Sunday Visitor shares stories of students and missionaries involved with Varsity Catholic in Identify with something real: Varsity Catholic missionaries help student-athletes ground themselves in a relationship with Jesus

Denver Catholic's review, Dating Detox: Not your typical chastity book, shares a 40-day plan by FOCUS missionaries Kevin and Lisa Cotter for revealing the true purpose of love, dating and sex. 

FOCUS President Craig Miller talks about the goals and mission of FOCUS in the Spanish publication Nuestra Voz, of the Diocese of Brooklyn, Craig Miller: Cómo ser católico en la universidad.

The National Catholic Register shared the story of Eric Zimmerman, a student involved with FOCUS at UN-Lincoln, who hosts Bible studies at a retirement home, Faith and Fellowship Across the Ages.

Catholic TV Boston came to SEEK2017 and interviewed John Zimmer, the FOCUS VP for Apostolic Development, about what the event means for attendees, in  SEEK2017 | This is the Day.

Madalena DeAndrea, a student at CU-Boulder, spoke from SEEK2017 with Fr. Dave Dwyer on the Busted Halo Radio Show.  


FOCUS VP of Finance Brenda Cannella was interviewed about SEEK2017 on the Morning Air Show with John Harper.


Some of the wonderful articles from SEEK2017:

Catholic News Service, SEEK 2017 inspires college students to evangelize at home campuses

Aleteia, Hearts afire: 13,000 young Catholics encounter Christ at #Seek2017

Catholic News Agency, 'They are the Church': Nearly 13,000 college students attend SEEK 2017

National Catholic Register, Called to Transform the World

San Antonio Express-News, Conference brings 12,500 young Catholics to San Antonio

O.C. Catholic, SEEK what moves you

The Troubadour, SEEK 2017 students return to campus with a missionary spirit

North Texas Catholic, SEEK Conference serves as spiritual spark plug for local college students

FOCUS Missionary Zach Gonzales shares his experiences with FOCUS on campus at Northwest Missouri State, as well as the impact of SEEK2017 in College graduate learns to share faith with others in the Wilson County News

LifeZette News interviewed several SEEK2017 attendees for their article, When 13,000 Milliennials Gather in Faith, including Cierra Houchins, who  said, “I was so inspired, I got a tattoo of a compass, which was the symbol that was used for the conference. This tattoo will forever serve as a reminder to let God direct my actions.” 

The Catholic Virginian highlights the experiences of three missionaries originally from the Diocese of Richmond in FOCUS missionaries share Christ's love on college campuses

Two Hillsdale College seniors share why they decided to become missionaries in The Collegian's article, Fostering collegiate conviction: Students FOCUS on faith.

FOCUS Regional Director Mark Bartek talks about the expansion of FOCUS for the 2015-2016 academic year on Relevant Radio's Morning Air program.


Missionaries Arne Nyeck and Dan Tracy share inspiring stories of their spiritual journeys in the Catholic Herald's article, Missionaries heading to college campus.

In Catholic News Agency's article, The Catholic Church desperately needs artists by Mary Rezac, FOCUS missionary Emily Martinez discusses how she evangelized at NYU by hosting a Bible study about John Paul II’s Letter to Artists.

The Register shares the stories of Sarah Stratman and Rebecca Kohl, and the challenges and rewards of evangelizing on campus in the article, Two from Salina Diocese become FOCUS missionaries.

In an interview with Teresa Tomeo on The Catholic Connection, FOCUS Missions Director Jeff Runyan talks about transformational experiences during World Youth Day and the FOCUS In Via International Conference in Austria.

In his article written for Word Among Us, A God Who Calls--and Cares, Niru De Silva writes about his journey of faith, and how being a FOCUS Missionary provides him with the opportunity to share, "the greatest good of all with others."

Denver Catholic's article, Catholic Millennials: Here to stay, highlights several FOCUS alumni who are starting Bible studies and evangelizing in local parishes.

Missionaries Amber Fessler and  Steven Cybulski share how they plan to incorporate evangelization into their wedding day in National Catholic Register's article, Preparing for a Christ-Centered Marriage.

Radio host Jennifer Fulwiler interviewed Brenda Canella, FOCUS Vice President of Finance, about how to keep your kids in the faith during the summer.  


Audio courtesy of TheCatholicChannel.org. Used with permission.


The Catholic News Service article, FOCUS missionaries sent forth to new careers, religious life, shares details on Go Forth, a FOCUS event that helps departing missionaries celebrate their service and prayerfully contemplate post-campus life.

Kathleen Neurheardt, FOCUS Senior Director of Finance and mother of seven children between nine and 21 years of age, shares 8 Ways to Keep Teens in the Faith on CatholicMom.com.

Alumni Paul DeBuff talks about how he started several activities for young adults to grow in their faith in the Dallas area on Relevant Radio's Morning Air program. (Paul's interview starts at the 17:45 mark and runs for seven minutes)

FOCUS missionary Morgan Rolfes is featured in Living for Christ: Le Mars Native puts 'Focus' on evangelizing college campuses, by Sioux City Journal writer Jackie Foster. 

Fr. Mark Mary of EWTN's Life on the Rock interviewed several missionaries at the 2016 Student Leadership Summit. He also spoke with FOCUS National Chaplain Fr. John Lager, and Dr. Jonathan Reyes, one of the speakers. The interviews are on the Power and Witness blog

On EWTN Live on April 27, 2016, Bishop James Conley and Father Robert Matya discuss how FOCUS helped to inspire a renewal of Catholicism on the UN-Lincoln campus.

Emily and Martin Hanley talk about FOCUS at DePauw University in Greencastle, IN on the Faith in Action show with Indy Catholic Radio, April 11, 2016.

 John Zimmer shares the mission and impact of FOCUS on April 7, 2016, on Sacred Heart Radio.

The Busted Halo Show with Father Dave Dwyer invited Columbia FOCUS Missionary Niru De Silva and student Kimmy Meza on March 11, 2016, to talk about FOCUS efforts in NYC.


Calling all Men:  Curtis Martin recently spoke to 900 men on March 12, 2016, in Philadelphia at the annual Man Up Philly Conference

Campus Issues: Missionary Sarra Stanley shares on-campus experience in ‘Real Sex Week’ Gives Students the Information Their Universities Won’t from Peter Jesserer Smith, National Catholic Register.

Campus Issues: Shannon Zurcher in "The Campus Sexual Assault Crisis: Why Did It Happen?" from Judy Roberts, National Catholic Register

On Beauty: Leah Sedlacek speaks to the evangelizing power of beauty on Kresta in the Afternoon


On Lentsanity: Jonathan Teixeira and Lentsanity's "Meat Police" on Relevant Radio's Morning Air

On Student Leadership Summit (SLS16): "New Leaders for a New Generation" by Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Catholic Register