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Meet me in St. Louis: SEEK24 to return to ‘Rome of the West’

Jan 9, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

Nearly 19,000 people attended the five-day SEEK23 conference at the America’s Center Convention Complex in downtown St. Louis last week. Read more

Attendees at the SEEK23 Catholic conference held in St. Louis

Young Catholics converge at SEEK23: ‘I love seeing people fall in love with Jesus’

Jan 6, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

More than 17,000 people descended on St. Louis this week for the SEEK23 Catholic conference, put on by the Fellowship... Read more

Ryan and Sara Huelsing, parishoners at St. Joseph parish in Cottleville, Missouri, at a preview event put on by the Fellowship of Catholic University Students in St. Louis on Oct. 1, 2022. Ryan leads a men's group at his parish and both hope to get involved with FOCUS' Making Missionary Disciples track.

Not just for students: Here’s what adults can expect at SEEK23 in St. Louis

Nov 25, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

The upcoming Fellowship of Catholic University Students national conference is expected to draw 20,000 people to St. Louis on Jan.... Read more

Father Mike Schmitz addresses the crowd at "SEEK First," a preview event put on by the Fellowship of Catholic University Students in St. Louis on Oct. 1, 2022.

St. Louis hopes FOCUS conference will spark Catholic renewal in the ‘Rome of the West’

Oct 6, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

Nearly 1,000 Catholic students and adults gathered in St. Louis Oct. 1 for a preview of the upcoming FOCUS national... Read more

Michelle Duppong, about whom the Diocese of Bismarck has opened an investigation with a view to a cause for beatification.

Did a saint work in Catholic campus ministry? Bismarck diocese opens inquiry for Michelle Duppong

Jun 20, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

Michelle Duppong was a North Dakota Catholic woman who lived such an exemplary life of faith, joy, and campus missionary... Read more

Maura Preszler, author of 'Choosing to See Beauty'. Credit: Hannah Quintana Photography.

Made in His Image founder writes book on trauma, forgiveness, and healing

Jul 29, 2021

By Autumn Jones

Maura Preszler grew up in an abusive household, despite the family’s outward Catholic appearance. They went to Mass on Sundays,... Read more

Students at the 2020 FOCUS Student Leadership summit. Courtesy photo.

How college students can spend their time during the coronavirus

Mar 31, 2020

By Perry West

The coronavirus pandemic has led colleges across the country to close their dorms, and offer classes online. As students return... Read more

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia.

Chaput to FOCUS leadership conference: We need Christian friends 

Jan 2, 2020

By Mary Farrow

Christian friendships are necessary for living a life of faith, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia told college students in a... Read more

Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Mueller.

Cardinal Mueller: Church crisis comes from abandoning God, adapting to culture

Jan 1, 2020

The crisis facing the Catholic Church today has arisen from an attempt – even by some within the Church -... Read more

Attendees at SLS20.

'Made for Mission': Student Leadership Summit kicks off in Phoenix

Dec 30, 2019

Thousands of Catholics from across the nation are gathering in Phoenix, Arizona, this week for SLS20, the biennial Student Leadership Summit... Read more

University of Tennessee.

During Tennessee 'Sex Week,' FOCUS volunteers a Catholic view on sexuality

Apr 2, 2019

By Jonah McKeown

During an annual week of controversial sex-ed events at a Tennessee college, the Fellowship of Catholic University Students has organized... Read more

Fr. Doug Grandon preaches at the closing Mass of SEEK2019. Image courtesy of FOCUS

Be missionaries, trust Providence, save souls, SEEK conference told

Jan 7, 2019

At the closing Mass of the SEEK 2019 conference, Fr. Doug Grandon offered advice to the 17,000 attendees on how... Read more

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Curtis Martin focused on 'Making Missionary Disciples'

Sep 27, 2018

By Jonah McKeown

In a new book, evangelist Curtis Martin offers a plan to help equip the next "generation" of Christian disciples for... Read more

FOCUS Greek Legacy. Courtesy of FOCUS.

Greeks for God: College ministry brings fraternities, sororities to Christ

Apr 18, 2018

By Mary Farrow

Fraternities and sororities are widely known for two things on a college campus. ??  Read more

Fr. Mike Schmitz: Don't turn friendships into projects

Jan 8, 2018

Authentic Christian friendship requires intentionality and a willingness to be vulnerable, Fr. Mike Schmitz told attendees at a Catholic leadership... Read more

Young adults at SEEK Conference 2017.

How can young adults change the world? Share the Gospel, FOCUS founder says

Jan 6, 2018

If young adults proclaim the Gospel with clarity and conviction, they can produce spiritual fruits that can reach billions of... Read more

Bishop Robert Barron. Courtesy of DeChant-Hughes Public Relations.

Bishop Barron: Don’t water down Christianity

Jan 3, 2018

Speaking to some 8,000 people at a Catholic leadership conference, Bishop Robert Barron said on Tuesday that trust in the... Read more

Catholic leadership conference in Chicago aims to ‘inspire and equip’

Dec 28, 2017

Thousands of Catholic leaders from all walks of life will ring in the new year at the Fellowship of Catholic... Read more

Classroom.

FOCUS expands to 15 new campuses this year

Aug 18, 2017

The Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) has announced that it will expand to 15 new campuses for the 2017-2018... Read more

Coffee fruits in the process of ripening. Courtesy of Levanta Coffee.

How a college mission trip inspired a coffee business

Jul 24, 2017

By Mary Farrow

When Matt Hohler was in college in 2010, he was a reluctant Catholic - and not a coffee drinker.   Read more