Encounter Something More

This January, thousands of people began the new year with faith, fun and fellowship at SEEK2019. Nearly 17,000 people attended and filled the Indiana Convention Center. All who came were encouraged to encounter something more (the event theme) and to hear, feel and share the joy of Christ and the Gospel.

Each day of the event began with Mass, which more than 400 priests concelebrated. Throughout SEEK, many speakers addressed topics relevant to all ages and represented various corners of the culture — including clergy and religious, civil servants, university scholars, YouTubers/podcasters and Catholic influencers from across the country.

College students from more than 600 campuses participated in the Collegiate Track, while hundreds more joined the Campus Ministry Track and Lifelong Mission Track. More than 6,500 confessions were heard on site throughout the event, not counting “on-the-go confessions” (priests hearing confessions in hallways, on escalators, etc.).

Here are a few other highlights from SEEK2019:

  • The highlight of the event was Adoration and Confession Night on Saturday evening. All who were present came to adore the Lord in the Eucharist and receive spiritual healing through the sacrament of reconciliation. Of the more than 6,500 confessions heard throughout the event, more than 4,700 were heard during Adoration and Confession Night alone, offering many who had not experienced the grace of the sacrament for many years to encounter Christ’s mercy.

  • A Beauty Initiative within FOCUS presented Awaken, an opportunity for artists to explore the place of Beauty and art in evangelization. Awaken featured a poetry, visual art and music competition: Winning poets and visual artists had their artwork on display on site, while finalist musicians had the opportunity to perform for Grammy-nominee Matt Maher, who judged the final round.
  • In partnership with Catholic Charities Indianapolis and St. John’s Garden Door Ministry, FOCUS Greek hosted the SEEK2019 Donation Drive, which gathered main charitable goods to distribute to those in need.

If you didn’t have the opportunity to participate in SEEK this year, never fear! The livestreamed videos from SEEK2019 are still available on FOCUS’ Facebook page and YouTube channel:

Jennifer Fulwiler: “How I Found Truth as an Atheist”
Fr. Mike Schmitz: “Pray the Mass Like Never Before”
Sr. Miriam James Heidland, SOLT & Fr. John Burns: “Seeking Healing Through Forgiveness”
Dr. Jonathan Reyes: “Impact the World as a Disciple”
Sr. Bethany Madonna, S.V.: “Encounter”