FOCUS Conferences

Lives changed for eternity.

Since FOCUS’ inception, our national conferences and events have given students from all over the country — and all over the world — the chance to come together by the thousands to learn about the Catholic faith, to experience genuine fellowship and to unite as members of the Body of Christ. Joined by chaplains and religious, Catholic speakers, inspiring artists and benefactors, these students become a visible, living witness to the Catholic faith for the next generation in whatever city they gather. When students experience the love of Christ through a FOCUS conference, their minds are opened, their hearts are lifted — and their lives are forever changed.

SEEK

“What do you seek?” (John 1:38)

SEEK is an invitation to college students everywhere to explore life’s bigger questions: who we are, where we’re going and what we seek along the journey. As FOCUS’ national conference, SEEK encourages all students to come explore what they truly seek: to learn about the faith, to share in friendship, to be encouraged in their unique vocation — and to experience the love, hope and very real presence of Jesus Christ through His Church.

Hosted for five days every other year, SEEK gathers thousands of college students together from all across the country for a time of prayer, fellowship, engaging talks, inspiring entertainment — and, most importantly, a chance to encounter Christ in a life-changing way.

Student Leadership Summit (SLS)

The good news of Jesus Christ isn’t simply a message to receive. It’s a truth to be loved, lived and shared.

Our Student Leadership Summit (SLS) is designed to train student leaders in discipleship, prayer and small-group facilitation. Hosted every other year in between the SEEK conference, SLS is an invite-only event where student leaders not only learn the essentials of evangelization, but they also put it into practice by teaching their peers the essentials as they go. In this way, SLS gives students the training and resources to become disciple-makers immediately upon their return to campus — and through it, students receive the confidence and valuable life skills to become the leaders their campus, and their world, desperately needs.

IN VIA (FOCUS International Conference)

“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations…” (Mt. 28:19)

Presented by FOCUS in conjunction with CCO (Catholic Christian Outreach) of Canada, IN VIA gathers university students from countries around the globe for a week-long international event. Through prayer, dynamic talks, discussion and fellowship, students who attend learn from each other about discipleship and sharing the gospel in their home countries. Following the conference, students make the pilgrimage together to World Youth Day, joining the Holy Father and millions of other youth from around the world as a living witness to Jesus Christ and His Church.

In via is Latin for “on the way.” Like pilgrims on a journey, these students come together on the way to Christ’s Kingdom — sharing in faith, witnessing in hope and bearing the gospel message in love to every corner of the world.

Learn more about IN VIA and World Youth Day 2016:

IN VIA + WYD 2016: Austria and Poland