Thursday, January 7, 2010

Focus on God

Consecrated men and women held several vocation panels at the National FOCUS Conference

The main celebrant Bishop Thomas Wenski of Orlando Florida and Bishop Victor Galeone from St. Augustine begin the procession to the altar
Thousands kneel at the beginning of the evening of Adoration.

Last week two of our Brothers travelled to the National FOCUS Convention to evangelize and discuss Marianist religious consecration. Over 4,000 college students attended the Convention which featured Matt Maher, Tim Hawkins, Matthew West, Matthew Kelly, Jeff Cavins, Fr. Benedict Groeschel, and Curtis Martin.
The FOCUS website describes itself as:

FOCUS, the Fellowship of Catholic University Students, is a national campus outreach that meets college students where they are and invites them to examine the meaning and purpose of their lives. Through large group outreach, Bible studies and one on one mentoring, FOCUS staff are equipped to introduce college students to the Person of Jesus Christ and the Catholic faith, empowering them to share His love with the world.

Since our founding in 1998, FOCUS currently has 45 missionary teams on over 45 college and university campuses in 25 states – from large state universities like the University of Colorado at Boulder and the University of Vermont, to elite private institutions like Vanderbilt, and Catholic Colleges like Seton Hall and the University of St. Thomas in Houston, TX.

FOCUS brings the fullness of truth found in Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church to college students and prepares them to share the good news with the world around them. FOCUS missionary teams inspire students by living out their faith on campus and by presenting a dynamic, culturally-relevant message of the good news; they also challenge and teach students that growth in virtue is necessary to facilitate continuing personal and spiritual growth.

By so doing, FOCUS has also helped
to nurture and develop vocations for the Church. Over the past ten years, 215 participants in FOCUS activities have gone on to enter seminaries or religious orders. Just beginning our second decade, FOCUS now has over 200 full-time staff members serving on 45 campus teams across the country.