DENVER, Oct. 10, 2017 — This fall, the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) released the FY17 Annual Report, which encapsulates the work of the apostolate for the 2015 – 2016 academic year. In June, FOCUS was formally consecrated to Jesus through Mary, petitioning especially the graces offered at Fatima and Guadalupe. This devotion to Mary inspires the theme of the FY17 Annual Report: “Do whatever he tells you.”
In his opening letter, Founder and CEO Curtis Martin shares, “Good mothers always offer their children the best counsel. As the mother of the Church, Mary is no different. When we come seeking her help, the Blessed Mother gives us clear advice: ‘Do whatever he tells you’ (John 2:5). In every circumstance, Mary never fails to point us to her Son.”
The report includes stories from campus of young adults who, through God’s grace, encountered FOCUS missionaries and came to know the life-changing reality of Jesus Christ.
Fallon Scanlan considered leaving the Church in search of a “livelier” faith when she met a FOCUS missionary during her freshman year in college. This fall, Fallon is serving her third year with FOCUS and is now the team director at Texas A&M University.
“[Being a missionary] changes every conversation I have, every moment of my day,” Scanlan states in the report. “It will cause me to live lifelong mission in whatever context. It’s deeper than a job description; it’s an identity.”
Three FOCUS Fundamental Principles are highlighted in the report: Divine Intimacy, Authentic Friendship and Clarity and Conviction about Spiritual Multiplication. Martin recently wrote about these three habits that open up the opportunity to transform lives and foster a culture of encounter in “Making Missionary Disciples,” a white paper that can be downloaded at focus.org/missionarydisciples.
The FY17 Annual Report and reports for previous fiscal years can be found at focus.org/about/annual-reports.
The Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) was founded in 1998 and invites college students into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church, inspiring and equipping them for a lifetime of Christ-centered evangelization, discipleship and friendships in which they lead others to do the same. During the 2017 – 2018 academic year, more than 660 missionaries are serving full-time on 137 college campuses, located across 38 U.S. states and at four international locations (two campuses in Austria, one in England and one in Ireland). More than 20,000 students have been involved with FOCUS, who after graduation have the opportunity to move into parish life to continue their missionary work. Within this number, 674 have made decisions to pursue Catholic religious vocations. By 2022, FOCUS expects — God willing — to have 75,000 students transitioned into many of America’s 17,000+ Catholic parishes. FOCUS missionaries are typically recent college graduates who devote two or more years of their post-collegiate lives to reach out to peers on campus. To learn more, visit us at www.focus.org.