In the run-up to the Synod of Bishops on young people in October, there has been plenty of talk about young Catholics and their connections — or lack of connections — to the Catholic faith.
One national ministry has had massive success reaching out to college-age Catholics: the Fellowship of Catholic University Students, or FOCUS.
On the show today:
- Heidi Schlumpf, NCR national correspondent based in Chicago
- Kevin Ahern, assistant professor of religious studies at Manhattan College and editor of the forthcoming God's Quad: Small Faith Communities on Campus and Beyond
- Part One: The Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) is "in a war for the hearts, minds and souls of a generation."
- Part Two: FOCUS' financial model of ministry sponsorship has helped the organization achieve extraordinary financial success and facilitated massive growth in its 20-year history.
- Part Three: Through a model called "spiritual multiplication," FOCUS sees itself as a vital tool of the "new evangelization" as it prepares to take its campus ministry to parishes.
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