FOCUS, the Fellowship of Catholic University Students, is reaching 11 new colleges and universities this fall. And for the first time the organization is reaching three colleges in California, including the University of California-Berkeley, the University of California-Santa Barbara, and the University of Southern California.
In a press release, Joe Hensler, vice president of collegiate outreach for FOCUS, called California “a center of Catholic life and cultural influence for our entire nation.”
FOCUS was founded 15 years ago by Curtis Martin as a response to the Church’s call for a new evangelization.
"We live in a time of spiritual crisis, and that's fantastic news for those of us who have been called to greatness," FOCUS president Curtis Martin told The Sacramento Bee. "When things break down, greatness is needed to rebuild. It's a dark culture, but light shines farther in the darkness. FOCUS is about helping young people 'glow in the dark,' to shine with the light of Christ and transform poverty in whatever form."
FOCUS is now present on 83 campuses in 34 states and the District of Columbia. The other new colleges FOCUS will serve this year are Eastern Michigan University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Murray State University, Oklahoma State University, Stephen F. Austin State University, Temple University, University of Rhode Island, and Wayne State College.
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