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Launching College Students into Lifelong Catholic Mission

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Since 2004, nearly 3,500 college students and FOCUS staff have traveled the world on close to 200 FOCUS mission trips. During the 2016-2017 academic year, &amp;lt;a …

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FOCUS Missionary Reflects on First Year at West Point

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The US Military Academy at West Point was one of 16 new campuses that FOCUS added to its missionary program in the academic year 2015-2016. Justin Telthorst, the first FOCUS missionary to serve at West Point, shared this account of

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What NYC Student Leaders Are Saying About the Student Leadership Summit

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Student leaders and missionaries from Columbia, NYU and other area schools started 2016 with a trip to Dallas for FOCUS’ Student Leadership Summit. These pictures and student reflections illustrate what they learned and how the conference sent them back to …

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NYC Student Leaders Discuss Their Experience at FOCUS’ Student Leadership Summit (Video)

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From January 1st-5th, more than 3,400 students gathered in Dallas to pray together and learn about evangelization at FOCUS’ Student Leadership Summit. Niru De Silva, Columbia Team Director, created this video about event and the transformative effect it had on …

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NYC Student Leaders Join 3,400 at Student Leadership Summit in Dallas

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FOCUS’ Student Leadership Summit (SLS) is designed to providing student leaders with the skills, confidence and leadership they need to become disciple-makers on campus. The five-day program, which took place January 1-5 in Dallas, trained participants in discipleship, prayer …

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Cardinal Dolan, Matt Maher and Audrey Assad & FOCUS’ Emily Martinez live on Radio Maria

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On December 9, more than 2,300 people filled the St. Patrick’s Cathedral for the Young Adult Mass celebrated by Cardinal Dolan, with music by Matt Maher and Audrey Assad. In the segment below, Emily Martinez, The FOCUS Team Director …

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FOCUS Missionaries Share How They Bring Christ to Students on Campus

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On February 25, FOCUS Missionaries shared their personal evangelization experiences on college campuses at a wine & cheese social at St. Aloysius Parish in New Canaan, Connecticut. A big thank you to Jim McGlaughlin for organizing this exciting event!

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The event provided …

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A Sweet Story: How Food Impacted a Student’s Life

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Besides being food, what do flan, shepherd’s pie, and veggie burgers all have in common? Sweet potato. Wait, what? How?

They were featured recipes presented by twelve NYU and Columbia FOCUS Bible Studies at the 4th-annual Top Study …

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Catholic New York:  Bishop Barron, at Thomas Merton Lecture, Suggests Path to Peace

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“Right praise leads to peace.”

That was the assessment of Auxiliary Bishop Robert Barron of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, in the question-and-answer session that …

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Christmas Greetings from the NYU FOCUS Team

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If Adam & Eve never sinned, would Christ have come? St. Thomas Aquinas wrote, "While the Incarnation offers more than is required to remedy sin, e.g., an increase in human dignity (since God joined our family), God’s visitation, the opening of a heavenly (not merely earthly) paradise, Scripture presents remedy for sin as God’s primary motive." ST III, 1.1 ... See MoreSee Less

If Adam & Eve never sinned, would Christ have come?  St. Thomas Aquinas wrote, While the Incarnation offers more than is required to remedy sin, e.g., an increase in human dignity (since God joined our family), God’s visitation, the opening of a heavenly (not merely earthly) paradise, Scripture presents remedy for sin as God’s primary motive. ST III, 1.1

“In regard to this great book, I have but to say, it is the best gift God has given to man. All the good the Saviour gave to the world was communicated through this book. But for it we could not know right from wrong. All things most desirable for man's welfare, here and hereafter, are to be found portrayed in it.”
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“In regard to this great book, I have but to say, it is the best gift God has given to man. All the good the Saviour gave to the world was communicated through this book. But for it we could not know right from wrong. All things most desirable for mans welfare, here and hereafter, are to be found portrayed in it.”
-Abraham Lincoln

FOCUS-The Fellowship of Catholic University Students created a poll.

Are you interested in booking your own lodging for future FOCUS conferences?

By booking your own lodging, you get to...

-pick the hotel you want to stay in
-pick your roommates
-have more control over your lodging
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“I must die to myself continually and accept trials without complaining...Anyone who is not prepared to suffer all for the Beloved and to do his will in all things is not worthy of the sweet name of Friend, for here below, Love without suffering does not exist.” St. Bernadette ... See MoreSee Less

“I must die to myself continually and accept trials without complaining...Anyone who is not prepared to suffer all for the Beloved and to do his will in all things is not worthy of the sweet name of Friend, for here below, Love without suffering does not exist.” St. Bernadette

"The example of a saint of our time can to some degree help us understand what it means to have a real encounter with this God for the first time. I am thinking of the African Josephine Bakhita..She was known and loved and she was awaited...'I am definitively loved & whatever happens to me—I am awaited by this Love. And so my life is good.'” BXVI, Spe Salvi ... See MoreSee Less

The example of a saint of our time can to some degree help us understand what it means to have a real encounter with this God for the first time. I am thinking of the African Josephine Bakhita..She was known and loved and she was awaited...I am definitively loved & whatever happens to me—I am awaited by this Love. And so my life is good.” BXVI, Spe Salvi

Pius IX, the longest reigning elected Pope in history, died on this date in 1878 after 31 years as Holy Father. Vatican I was cut short during his reign & the Papal States were eliminated. But he never feared worldly power. He famously said, “Give me an army saying the Rosary and I will conquer the world." ... See MoreSee Less

Pius IX, the longest reigning elected Pope in history, died on this date in 1878 after 31 years as Holy Father. Vatican I was cut short during his reign & the Papal States were eliminated. But he never feared worldly power.  He famously said, “Give me an army saying the Rosary and I will conquer the world.

A theme in Mark's Gospel is the Incarnation itself. It is the key to understanding the double miracle story. The woman suffered for twelve years and the child was twelve years old, but the number twelve is not the point. St. Mark writes, "Who has touched my clothes?" and "He took the child by the hand and said to her 'Talitha koum.'" The point is that the Word became flesh, and we too are healed spiritually whenever we touch/receive His Body in the Eucharist. ... See MoreSee Less

A theme in Marks Gospel is the Incarnation itself.  It is the key to understanding the double miracle story.  The woman suffered for twelve years and the child was twelve years old, but the number twelve is not the point.  St. Mark writes, Who has touched my clothes? and  He took the child by the hand and said to her Talitha koum. The point is that the Word became flesh, and we too are healed spiritually whenever we touch/receive His Body in the Eucharist.

Jesus asks the rich young man to follow Him but he refuses and goes away sad. After being healed, the man from the tombs actually wants to follow Jesus, but the Lord says, "Go home to your family and announce to them all that the Lord in his pity has done for you." Every vocation is unique. ... See MoreSee Less

Jesus asks the rich young man to follow Him but he refuses and goes away sad. After being healed, the man from the tombs actually wants to follow Jesus, but the Lord says, Go home to your family and announce to them all that the Lord in his pity has done for you. Every vocation is unique.

"It is up to us to sow this mustard seed in our minds and let it grow within us into a great tree of understanding..then it will spread our branches of knowledge, the pungent savor of its fruit will make our mouths burn, its fiery kernel will kindle a blaze within us inflaming our hearts, and the taste of it will dispel our unenlightened repugnance." - St. Peter Chrysologus ... See MoreSee Less

It is up to us to sow this mustard seed in our minds and let it grow within us into a great tree of understanding..then it will spread our branches of knowledge, the pungent savor of its fruit will make our mouths burn, its fiery kernel will kindle a blaze within us inflaming our hearts, and the taste of it will dispel our unenlightened repugnance. - St. Peter Chrysologus

From 1852-1866, St. John Bosco was accompanied on many occasions by a mysterious gray dog whom he named Grigio. He saved the saint's life from assailants on multiple occasions but then vanished, sometimes for years at a time. Bosco only said he was a gift from Providence. ... See MoreSee Less

From 1852-1866, St. John Bosco was accompanied on many occasions by a mysterious gray dog whom he named Grigio. He saved the saints life from assailants on multiple occasions but then vanished, sometimes for years at a time. Bosco only said he was a gift from Providence.

"Since we could not enter in, for sins had shut the door to us, he came out to us...He came to till and to take care of the earth to sow the seed of compassion. For here he calls his teaching seed, the souls of men a ploughed field and himself the sower." - St. John Chrysostom ... See MoreSee Less

Maybe you don't know anyone at Newman Center. Maybe you're afraid. Maybe you don't want to go to Mass alone. Go. Go discover your church family. The same Jesus at your home parish is waiting for you at your campus. Today, tomorrow and always. ... See MoreSee Less

Maybe you dont know anyone at Newman Center. Maybe youre afraid. Maybe you dont want to go to Mass alone. Go. Go discover your church family. The same Jesus at your home parish is waiting for you at your campus. Today, tomorrow and always.

FOCUS-The Fellowship of Catholic University Students shared Bishop Robert Barron's post.

Thank you Bishop Robert Barron for joining us at #WYDfiat!
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Thank you Bishop Robert Barron for joining us at #WYDfiat!

FOCUS Photography Club at NYU updated their cover photo.

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Taken on Canon T3i

Combining our two biggest passions this weekend: FOOD and PHOTOGRAPHY at Smorgasburg!! :) Come join us! ... See MoreSee Less

Combining our two biggest passions this weekend: FOOD and PHOTOGRAPHY at Smorgasburg!! :) Come join us!

FOCUS Photography is about more than just photography - it's about finding a community on campus and thriving in it. We call this leadership.

Join the NYU Leadership Initiative for #NYULeadershipWeek (September 25-28, 2017) and take advantage of free events and workshops where you can explore how to find, build, and contribute to the communities we call home. Workshop topics include: design thinking, mindful leadership, community organizing, networking and much more. Plus, get to meet one of our co-founders on a panel this Tuesday.

See the full schedule and reserve your spot at bit.ly/NYULeadWeek
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FOCUS Photography is about more than just photography - its about finding a community on campus and thriving in it. We call this leadership. 

Join the NYU Leadership Initiative for #NYULeadershipWeek (September 25-28, 2017) and take advantage of free events and workshops where you can explore how to find, build, and contribute to the communities we call home. Workshop topics include: design thinking, mindful leadership, community organizing, networking and much more. Plus, get to meet one of our co-founders on a panel this Tuesday. 

See the full schedule and reserve your spot at bit.ly/NYULeadWeek

FOCUS Photography Club at NYU shared Diply's post.

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Can you believe this editing??

Hello NYU Photographers!

We are extremely excited to announce that we will be going on our first excursion of the Fall 2016 semester! Come join us as we walk the Highline, located in Chelsea. The theme for this event is "Lines" (pun intended), and we will focus on taking cool shots that involve lines and geometry. We sincerely hope you can make it out!

As always, you do not need a DSLR (those "big fancy cameras") or any photography experience to participate on this excursion. Just come along with any camera you have, phones included, and have fun snapping photos!

LINES on the HIGHLINE
Saturday, December 3rd, 2016
12:00pm
Meet on the Kimmel Steps!
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Hello NYU Photographers!

We are extremely excited to announce that we will be going on our first excursion of the Fall 2016 semester! Come join us as we walk the Highline, located in Chelsea. The theme for this event is Lines (pun intended), and we will focus on taking cool shots that involve lines and geometry. We sincerely hope you can make it out!

As always, you do not need a DSLR (those big fancy cameras) or any photography experience to participate on this excursion. Just come along with any camera you have, phones included, and have fun snapping photos!

LINES on the HIGHLINE
Saturday, December 3rd, 2016
12:00pm
Meet on the Kimmel Steps!

FOCUS Photography Club at NYU updated their cover photo.

Taken by: Sahaana @ ONE WORLD OBSERVATORY
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Taken by: Sahaana  @ ONE WORLD OBSERVATORY

FOCUS Photography Club at NYU updated their cover photo. ... See MoreSee Less

FOCUS Photography Club at NYU updated their profile picture. ... See MoreSee Less

Happy World Photography Day, everyone!! Keep snapping! ... See MoreSee Less


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