DENVER, Nov. 15, 2018 — The Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) will host SEEK2019: Encounter Something More Jan. 3 – 7, 2019, in Indianapolis. SEEK is a five-day event where people gather to ask the big questions about life, love and true happiness.
Registration is open at www.seek2019.com. Registration ends Dec. 4 at midnight PST for those needing accommodations, but commuter and day passes will be available throughout the event. Several sessions will be streamed live at https://www.facebook.com/focuscatholic/.
Fr. Rafael Capó will lead a session exploring the experiences of Hispanic young adults and their calling to missionary discipleship. Fr. Capó is a member of the USCCB’s Leadership Team for the National Encuentro of Hispanic Ministry and is also a member of the World Youth Day National Advisory Team.
Fr. Agustino Torres, C.F.R., will lead a bilingual session, “Mi cultura, mi fe | My Culture, My Faith.” He is a priest with the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal based in the Bronx, New York, and is the founder of Corazon Puro and Latinos por la Vida, both organizations dedicated to forming youth.
Christian rock band NEEDTOBREATHE will perform at the event. In addition, eight time-Grammy nominee Matt Maher has been added to the line-up. Additional entertainment includes comedian Michael Jr., Sarah Kroger and FOCUS Collective. FOCUS is likewise hosting "Awaken," an exclusive poetry, art and music competition. Participants will share their talents at SEEK2019 through artistic displays and performances.
Several leaders in college and professional sports will speak at Varsity Catholic events during SEEK2019: Matt Birk (former Super Bowl Champion), Alyson Habetz (associate head softball coach, University of Alabama), Kevin Lennon (vice president of Division I for NCAA) and Joe Reitz (former Indianapolis Colts offensive lineman).
College students from across the country will be challenged and inspired through the Collegiate Track by nationally recognized speakers who will discuss topics relevant to young adults on campus. Chaplains and campus ministers will participate in the Campus Ministry Track to receive insight and encouragement in creating dynamic and fruitful college campus ministries.
The Lifelong Mission Track is designed for FOCUS alumni, parishioners and benefactors who desire vision, training and resources to be missionary disciples in families, parishes and careers. SEEK2019 will include daily opportunities for Mass, adoration, confession, reflection and discernment.
Keynote speakers for SEEK2019 include Sr. Bethany Madonna, S.V., Sr. Miriam James Heidland, SOLT, Fr. Mike Schmitz, Leah Darrow, Jason Evert, Jennifer Fulwiler, Dr. Scott Hahn, Curtis Martin, Dr. Edward Sri and Chris Stefanick.
Many other world-renowned Catholic speakers will share perspectives on current faith issues, including experts such as Fr. Philip Bochanski, Dcn. Harold Burke-Sivers, Fr. John Burns, Lisa Brenninkmeyer, Crystalina Evert, Matt Fradd, Stephanie Gray, Trent Horn, Paul J. Kim, Dr. Jonathan Reyes, Lila Rose, Sarah Swafford, Brandon Vogt, George Weigel and Emily Wilson. Bios of the speakers are available at seek2019.com/speakers.
FOCUS events have welcomed more than 61,000 attendees since the inaugural National Conference held in 1999, where 25 students came together to pray, deepen their Catholic faith and learn how to share Christ with others. Nearly 13,000 attendees came to SEEK2017, including students and chaplains from more than 500 campuses. Close to 300 priests concelebrated daily Mass, and priests heard more than 5,000 confessions over the course of the five-day event.
Sponsors include the Augustine Institute, Benedictine College, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Knights of Columbus, Our Sunday Visitor, Servants of Christ Jesus, The Catholic University of America Office of Graduate Studies and Word on Fire.
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 2018 – 2019 academic year, nearly 700 missionaries are serving full-time on 153 college campuses, located across 42 U.S. states and at five international locations. Tens of thousands of 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, 732 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.