FOCUS In the News

Notable media

Legatus interviewed FOCUS Founder Curtis Martin: Winning Hearts and Minds for Life on the Quad

Aleteia shared an article by Morgan Knobloch, a missionary serving at Angelo State University: The 3 pieces of advice I’d give to freshman me

ChurchPop published an article by Lucero Manzanares, a missionary who serves at Temple University: Going Back to School? Here’s 4 Ways to Keep Your Catholic Faith Alive on Campus 

SiriusXM The Katie McGrady Show interviewed FOCUS Founder Curtis Martin

Sirius XM Busted Halo Show with Fr. Dave Dwyer interviewed FOCUS VP of Apostolic Development John Zimmer

Coming Home Network shared the inspiring conversion story of FOCUS staff member Amber Cybulski: Friends and FOCUS 

The Catholic Spirit (Archdiocese of St. Paul-Mnpls) interviewed missionary Kathryn Kueppers, who serves at Miami University of Ohio: From Miss Minnesota to campus missionary: Catching up with Kathryn Kueppers 

The Dialog (Diocese of Wilmington, DE) interviewed missionaries Maria Mummert and Katherine Burns: Mission of a college campus: Fellowship of Catholic students launches at St. Thomas More Oratory at University of Delaware

Media Coverage on Bishop David Kagan beginning the Process for the Canonization of FOCUS Alum Michelle Christine Duppong:  

Aleteia: Canonization process opens to declare FOCUS missionary saint 

Catholic News ServiceDiocese takes first step toward possible cause for former FOCUS missionary.     

Catholic News Agency: Did a saint work in Catholic campus ministry? Bismarck diocese opens inquire for Michelle Duppong 

The Pillar: ‘Very passionate, very joyful’ - FOCUS missionary’s canonization cause opens 

ChurchPop: Canonization Process Opened for FOCUS Missionary Who Died of Cancer at Age 31 

Religión en LibertaDe misiones... ¿en la universidad? No solo es posible: también podría ser cosa de santos   

SiriusXM's Katie McGrady interviewed FOCUS missionary Niru De Silva about the far-reaching impact of FOCUS on the FOCUS Day of Mission, Prayer and Giving

The Compass shared Marshall Harris' inspiring journey, and how a local SEEK21 event sparked his desire to enter the Church: A fresh start for Marshall Harris, who joins church at Easter

University of St. Thomas News describes the vocation journey of FOCUS Alumni  Deacon Mike Selenski: Seminarian Goes ‘All in’ While Preparing for Priesthood

The Criterion interviewed FOCUS missionaries Chelsea and Seth Monholand about their love story and how they evangelize as a family to college students at DePauw University: Act of kindness leads young couple to love and a mission to bring college students to God

SMU Catholic Campus Ministry asked FOCUS Regional Director Dorian Arellano about the impact of FOCUS at SMU

SEEK22 Media

AleteiaFr. Mike Schmitz’s challenge and 4 more highlights from SEEK22

National Catholic Register‘Follow Christ and Mother Mary’: Here’s Everything You Missed at Seek22

OSV, share of 1st Catholic News Service article: SEEK22 regional event draws 1,000 students to be near God and one another

The Dialog, share of 2nd Catholic News Service articleDevin Dunn tells conference being a missionary helped him as much as students he counseled

Crux, share of 3rd Catholic News Service article: Bishop urges SEEK22 attendees to always remember Jesus’ invitation

Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA: Cadets and Midshipmen Participate in SEEK22

Catholic Philly - English: Catholic collegians gather for faith-filled weekend in Doylestown

Catholic Philly - Spanish: Universitarios Católicos se reúnen para un fin de semana lleno de fe en Doylestown

AngelusSoCal FOCUS gathering draws hundreds of local students

O.C. Catholic: SEEK22 brings renewed hope and discovery to O.C.  

Arlington Catholic Herald: Higher aspirations

East Tennessee Catholic: SEEK22 regional event brings youth to diocese

The Western Kentucky Catholic: At SEEK22, college students learn through witness of their peers

West Texas Angelus: Conference sows seeds of faith among young adults

Catholic Spirit: Campus Ministry: SEEK22 emboldened college students to stand together in faith

Catholic Advance: Over 500 college students attend SEEK event

The Catholic Times: SEEK22 conference brings college students, missionaries together

The CompassRegional SEEK22 Conference helps create unbelievable experience for UW-Oshkosh students

The Catholic Post: 60 U of I students deepen love for Jesus at SEEK22 in Tennessee; ripples are spreading

Ave Maria Radio Catholic Connection with Teresa Tomeo interview with Curtis Martin (starts at 35:30').

Guadalupe Radio interview with UDallas missionary Rachel Zayas.


Aleteia interviewed missionary Anjelo Rocero, who serves at Drexel University for the article Eucharistic adoration is drawing new generations of Catholics.

Fr. Mike Schmitz shares the stories of FOCUS missionaries and students at University of Minnesota Duluth in A "Virtual Front Pew" Day of Thanks:

Rhode Island Catholic shared news about the impact of FOCUS Missions and upcoming mission trips: FOCUS Missions to host 150 trips for students and others serving communities in the U.S. and around the world.

EWTN's Beyond Damascus show shared the journey of former college football star Patrick Towles, who serves as a FOCUS missionary at The Ohio State University:

The interview is also on YouTube:

Ave Maria Radio A Place of Peace with Peggy Stanton interviewed UT-Austin students Mary Sarife and Adie Schlinker about FOCUS Greek for the episode How do college students keep the faith?

Chantworks interviewed CU Boulder FOCUS missionary Tanner Kalina about the challenges and rewards of evangelizing college students: 

Aleteia featured FOCUS alum Nathaniel Binversie in Exodus 90 deepens the faith of Catholic men through spiritual challenges.

Archbishop Joseph Naumann wrote about the impact of FOCUS in the Leaven's The long-term health of our society depends on strong marriages.

The Tablet interviewed Ohio State University FOCUS missionary Patrick Towles for Bishop Brennan Energized Faith at an Ohio College; Hopes to Do Same Here.

Real Presence Radio interviewed Colorado School of Mines missionary and N.D. native Abby Skibicki about her journey with FOCUS: Real Presence Radio, Oct. 7.

Catholic Review shared West Point FOCUS missionary Benjamin Boegner's perspective for the article In revering Eucharist, young Hickory parishioners follow example of fallen Italian.

Fridays with Frese (Loras student Quinn Frese) interviewed FOCUS missionaries at Loras College about their journeys and outreach on campus.  

ChurchPop published FOCUS missionary Katherine Hopping's article Top 5 Things College Students Must Do to Keep Their Faith.

Catholic News Agency announced new campus and parish locations in FOCUS to add locations for campus outreach in 2021-2022.

Denver Catholic discussed the FOCUS outreach at CU Boulder for Joyful witness, joyful mission: “An Evening with St. Therese” auction and dinner benefits FOCUS missionaries.

FOCUS missionary Nicholas Grevas wrote an article for Catholic News Service that was shared by Catholic Standard and several other media outlets, College is an Adventure: Three ways to keep your faith.

Inland Catholic profiled two FOCUS missionaries from the Diocese of Spokane: Thuan Le and Andrew Gogl.  

Aleteia reviewed Curtis Martin and Dr. Edward Sri's book, Foundations for Discipleship: Skills for witness and accompaniment.

The Leaven interviewed Dr. Edward Sri about "Foundations for Discipleship": Book offers ways to accompany others on their way to discipleship.

Shalom World interviewed Curtis and Michaelann Martin about the founding of FOCUS, its mission and impact for their 100 Fold program: From Prodigal Son to Zealous Missionary.

Florida Catholic shared Bishop Dewane's encouraging advice and blessings during the FOCUS New Staff Training Commissioning Mass: FOCUS missionaries commissioned by Bishop.

Inland Catholic profiled two FOCUS missionaries from the Diocese of Spokane: Emma Smith and Christopher Appel.

The  Arlington Catholic Herald shared the vocation story of a local FOCUS alum: Deacon Jonathan Smith always dreamed of being called ‘Father'.

Dr. Edward Sri talks with Gus Lloyd on SiriusXM Seize the Day about the mission and impact of FOCUS, and discusses "Foundations for Discipleship," which he wrote with FOCUS co-founder Curtis Martin.    


Catholic New York highlighted how FOCUS missionaries and students are serving the poor: NYU Students Share Conversations, Prayers With City’s Homeless

EWTN News In Depth interviewed missionaries at George Washington University about outreach on campus: Focused on Their Mission

Columbia shared the stories of FOCUS missionaries and alum who serve as Knights of Columbus members (pgs 22-27): On a Mission from God

SEEK21 Interviews and Articles

National Catholic RegisterSEEK21: Remember You Are Beloved

OSVLoving More and Better

The Jesuit Post5 Takeaways from SEEK21 

Catholic News Service, shared by The Pilot: Sr. Miriam Heidland, SOLT, and Bishop Robert Barron keynotes: SEEK21 speakers share own faith experiences, say Christ has all the answers

Florida Catholic: Takeaways of keynotes from Immaculée Ilibagiza and Dr. Sri: FOCUS inspires through virtual conference

Catholic News Service, shared by The Catholic SunBishop says missionary goal is to deliver the ‘good news of a God of love’

Angelus NewsMixing in-person and virtual, FOCUS conference finds success in hybrid model

Catholic-LinkInterview with CU Boulder missionary Tanner Kalina

Catholic-LinkSEEK21:Big Graces from Small Things

Salt & Light RadioInterview with missionary Andrew Gogl

PatheosFather Michael Schmitz addresses SEEK21

HallowInstagram interview with FOCUS missionary Maclaine Capshew

Fr. Mike Schmitz talks about his vocation story, SEEK21 and "The Bible in a Year" podcast with Gus Lloyd on the Sirius XM Seize the Day Program:  


National Catholic Register interviewed Jeff Runyan about FOCUS 153, an initiative that seeks to equip every aspect of our apostolate to effectively reach all ethnic and racial demographics on campus and beyond: Talking About Race on Campus.

Aleteia shared comments from University of Virginia missionary Mary Schneider in Pandemic restrictions are helping these college ministries thrive.

Four County Catholic highlighted the vocations journey of FOCUS alum Julian Cuervo in A Seminarian Reflection.

American Catholic Tribune discussed FOCUS' participation in the Unite Our Nation campaign with USC missionary Katt Redmond: Unite Our Nation rosary rally goes virtual for Catholic USC students.

Conversations on Discipleship spoke with the new FOCUS team at The Ohio State University in this short radio interview. Several other FOCUS team interviews are on their archive page.

The Catholic Voice shared how Fr. Zachary Tucker's involvement with FOCUS helped him discern his vocation: Two newly ordained priests ready to serve.  

Guadalupe Radio Network interviewed Jessica Martinez, team director at The University of Texas - Dallas about FOCUS efforts on campus.

Guadalupe Radio Network also interviewed FOCUS missionary Eddie Valdez in Spanish about the work and impact of FOCUS at The University of Texas - Dallas.


Catholic-Link shared Missionary Reece Tollete's article about 2 Essential Tips For Evangelizing During A Pandemic.

The Cincinnati Republic discussed the critical role of FOCUS in Fr. Christopher Komoroski's vocation journey: New Priests for UC Catholics.

Catholic Free Press spoke with the new FOCUS team at Worcester Polytechnic Institute at about working collaboratively with the campus ministry to reach out to students: On campus to share the faith.

Thomas Wurtz, director of Varsity Catholic, spoke to the National Catholic Register about college athletics and Covid resitrictions: Taking the Field Amid Pandemic.

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.