Houston, We’ve Got A Problem

College campuses… concerned Catholics… we’ve got a problem… But we also have a solution.

Problem:

  • 85% of college students don’t attend Sunday Mass
  • Binge drinking, sexual promiscuity, moral relativism is rampant on campuses
  • Students don’t know their Catholic faith well
  • If the trend continues we will lack a sufficiently large number of faith-filled, virtuous, truly Catholic young people to lead the Church and transform society for the better in the future.

One very good solution:

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 members 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. Each missionary receives over 400 hours of formation and training in catechesis, evangelization, stewardship and leadership development. They…

  • Draw students into a relationship with Christ and His Church
  • Give students knowledge of the Faith and teach them to practice virtue
  • Call leaders to win others to a relationship with Christ and His Church

Results:

  • The presence of FOCUS on college campuses since 1998
  • More than 4000 students involved in FOCUS nationwide
  • Thousands of students in Bible studies
  • Thousands of practicing Catholics active in parish life
  • More students going to Mass, confession, parish/campus ministry events
  • 171 men and 65 women have entered seminary or religious life over the past 11 years; countless faithful marriages
  • Students are dealing with real life issues and making real life changes

Learn more about the work of FOCUS missionaries on college campuses this week on Prepare The Way, my weekly TV show on Catholic Television of San Antonio (CTSA-Channel 15, Time Warner Cable. View on TV or online a week or so after the TV broadcast. Air times and dates available on the flyer below.

Find information on FOCUS on their website, and ask about their handy booklets:

  • “Made For More”
  • “Bringing Loved Ones Home”
  • “Passing it On: Handing on the Faith to Our Children”

Read about what 2,000 college students in Chile are doing to spread the Gospel  and what the Catholic Student Center at Texas State University in San Marcos hopes to do with the help of the St. Paul’s School of the New Evangelization in St. Paul, Minnesota.

 

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