The Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS), a college campus outreach program, recently added eight more universities to the number of campuses it serves. The organization now has affiliates at 50 campuses in 27 states and the District of Columbia.
Teams of four or more men and women are sent to be FOCUS missionaries at university campuses at the invitation of the local bishop and with the support of the local Newman Center or Catholic campus ministry. According to a press release from FOCUS, more than 250 missionaries will work on the 50 campuses this year.
Missionaries are typically recent college graduates and devote two or more years to reach out to their peers on a full-time basis. FOCUS says it seeks to communicate the Gospel to young adults in “a dynamic and culturally relevant way,” inviting them to a relationship with Jesus Christ and to the fullness of the Catholic Church.
The eight new campuses that will receive FOCUS teams are: Colorado School of Mines, George Washington University, Georgia Southern University, Northern Arizona University, Texas State University, the University of Kansas, Florida Gulf Coast University, and the College of Saint Mary in Omaha, Nebraska.
FOCUS founder Curtis Martin said the organization is excited to see “the increasing demand and desire for FOCUS missionaries throughout the country.”
“College students have a deep hunger for love and for the truth. Our missionaries continue to answer the call of Jesus Christ and the Church by generously offering college students the gospel and their very lives,” he continued. “God continues to open new doors of opportunity for us and provide the kind of staff we need to walk through them.”
A full list of FOCUS campuses is available at the organization’s website, located at http://www.focusonline.org