FOCUS and the New Evangelization

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Recognizing the dire need for Catholic campus outreach, and inspired by Pope John Paul II’s call to a “new evangelization”, Curtis Martin and his wife, Michaelann founded FOCUS – the Fellowship of Catholic University Students – in 1998 at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas.
Later that year, Curtis had the rare opportunity to meet Pope John Paul II and express to him the hope and vision he had for FOCUS.  The Pope listened carefully and simply told Curtis, “Be soldiers.”  Since then, FOCUS has forged ahead in the battlefield of the United States, impacting the faith lives of tens of thousands of college students through on-campus outreach and large-scale national conferences.
Just fourteen years since its launch, FOCUS has grown from four missionaries serving one campus to over 350 missionaries serving 74 campuses in 30 states across the nation. Today, FOCUS continues to encourage young men and women to develop and invest in their relationships with Jesus and to go out and share the Good News, transforming the culture for Christ.
FOCUS is at the the forefront of the New Evangelization at this crucial time in the Church and in our culture.
Timothy Cardinal Dolan stating of FOCUS: FOCUS missionaries focus first on their spiritual health and then upon bringing that faith to others. In that manner, the missionaries are, Cardinal Dolan says, "an icon of what the new evangelization is all about."

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