NYC Council Members & Missionaries

NYC Council Members are:

  • Ashley Crouch
  • Bob Flanigan
  • Jim McLaughlin
  • Fr. Gerald Murray
  • Fr. Dan O’Reilly (Columbia Chaplain)
  • Daniel Schreck (Chairman)
  • Dave Smith

Columbia FOCUS Missionaries

From left to right: Jessica Yap, Sarah Judge, Dan Taylor and Niru De Silva (team leader)

Columbia 2015 FOCUS Missionaries, from left to right:Jessica Yap, Sarah Judge,
Dan Taylor and Niru De Silva (team leader)

Daniel Taylor is the 5th child from a family of seven. He was raised in Michigan where he attended Kettering University for his Bachelors and Masters in Electrical Engineering. This is his 3rd year as a FOCUS missionary. His first 2 years were spent serving at Georgia Tech in Atlanta.

Jessica Yap hails from San Francisco, and is the eldest of four. She graduated from Harvard University in 2015 with a bachelors in Earth and Planetary Science and this is her first year with FOCUS. She enjoys photography and has been documenting the team’s adventures as missionaries in New York. Feel free to follow her on instagram @jc.yap

Sarah Judge is from Philadelphia, where she attended Temple University and graduated with a degree and certification in Secondary English Education. At Temple University Sarah worked with FOCUS as a student-missionary, and is now excited to begin her first year as a full-time FOCUS missionary at Columbia University!

Niru De Silva is a fourth year missionary at Columbia and has served there his entire time with FOCUS. He graduated from the University of Virginia with Chemistry and Religious Studies degrees. Having converted to Catholicism from Atheism, he is particularly passionate about the relationship between faith and science. He is also an avid Batman fan.

Niru De Silva

Niru De Silva

Dan Taylor

Dan Taylor

Jessica Yap

Jessica Yap

Sarah Judge

Sarah Judge

NYU FOCUS Missionaries

From left to right: Sarah Mutchler, William Clerx, Emily Martinez (team leader), and Ryan Noll

NYU 2015 FOCUS Missionaries, from left to right: Sarah Mutchler, William Clerx,
Emily Martinez (team leader), and Ryan Noll

Ryan Noll is a recent graduate of Ball State University with a degree in Visual Communications. This is his second year serving with FOCUS, and he is so excited to be at NYU because of the diversity in NYC and all the fantastic food! Ryan is the oldest of 6 children and loves all things art: from theatre, to music, to graphics.

Will Clerx hails from the capital of Red Sox Nation (Boston), Massachusetts, but don’t let that fool you—he is nonetheless excited to explore Yankee Territory and thrilled to serve at NYU for his first year in FOCUS. An alumnus of Harvard University, Will graduated in 2014 with a degree in molecular and cellular biology, a minor in global health and health policy, and a pre-medical focus. Will enjoys running, hiking, the outdoors, music, theater, travel, and spontaneous adventures.

Sarah Mutchler graduated from Temple University in Philly with a Spanish major. This is her second year with FOCUS and she is overjoyed to be serving at NYU! Sarah loves Apple Cider Vinegar, Saint Francis of Assisi, and reaching out to the homeless.

Emily Martinez graduated from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln with a double major in Theatre Performance and Theatre Management. This is her third year serving with FOCUS and her first year as a Team Director. Emily’s heart is set on sharing the beauty, truth, and goodness of our Lord!

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Although St. Paul writes this to the Ephesians, it is also true of us today, “Brothers and sisters:!Hearing of your faith in the Lord Jesus and of your love for all the holy ones, I do not cease giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory may give you a spirit of wisdom.” ... See MoreSee Less

Do you want to intern with FOCUS?!? Summer 2019 #internship applications are open!

Join our mission "to know Christ Jesus and fulfill His Great Commission" and receive personal and spiritual formation while experiencing what it's like to serve in a #Catholic workplace!

Opportunities in marketing, accounting, mission development and more! Tag a friend who should apply! bit.ly/2yObEW5
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Do you want to intern with FOCUS?!? Summer 2019 #internship applications are open! 

Join our mission to know Christ Jesus and fulfill His Great Commission and receive personal and spiritual formation while experiencing what its like to serve in a #Catholic workplace! 

Opportunities in marketing, accounting, mission development and more! Tag a friend who should apply! https://bit.ly/2yObEW5

We’re excited to announce that a handful of your favorite podcasters and Youtubers will be recording at #SEEK2019! 🎉 Give a warm hello to Catholic Stuff You Should Know, The Catholic Feminist Podcast, Catching Foxes, Among The Lilies, Leah Darrow, Jennifer Fulwiler, Pints With Aquinas, Lisa Cotter, Love Good, Liturgy Guy, That Catholic Couple and Edward Sri! 👋 Have something you'd like to hear them talk about? Leave suggestions in the comments below! ... See MoreSee Less

We’re excited to announce that a handful of your favorite podcasters and Youtubers will be recording at #SEEK2019! 🎉  Give a warm hello to Catholic Stuff You Should Know, The Catholic Feminist Podcast, Catching Foxes, Among The Lilies, Leah Darrow, Jennifer Fulwiler, Pints With Aquinas, Lisa Cotter, Love Good, Liturgy Guy, That Catholic Couple and Edward Sri! 👋  Have something youd like to hear them talk about? Leave suggestions in the comments below!

Isaac Jogues & his companions were led from village to village where they were beaten, tortured, and forced to watch as their Huron converts were mangled and killed.
He escaped to France after a year, bearing the marks of his sufferings. Several fingers had been cut, chewed, or burnt off. Pope Urban VIII gave him permission to offer Mass with his mutilated hands: “It would be shameful that a martyr of Christ not be allowed to drink the Blood of Christ.” Not content to stay home, Jogues returned to minister to the Hurons and eventually died a martyr.
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Isaac Jogues & his companions were led from village to village where they were beaten, tortured, and forced to watch as their Huron converts were mangled and killed.
He escaped to France after a year, bearing the marks of his sufferings. Several fingers had been cut, chewed, or burnt off. Pope Urban VIII gave him permission to offer Mass with his mutilated hands: “It would be shameful that a martyr of Christ not be allowed to drink the Blood of Christ.” Not content to stay home, Jogues returned to minister to the Hurons and eventually died a martyr.

St. Luke, a physician, is said to have been chosen to paint portraits of Our Lady as she was nearing the end of her earthly life. During this time, she is said to have told him about the Annunciation, Visitation, etc. Legend says that one of these is Our Lady of Czestochowa. ... See MoreSee Less

St. Luke, a physician, is said to have been chosen to paint portraits of Our Lady as she was nearing the end of her earthly life. During this time, she is said to have told him about the Annunciation, Visitation, etc. Legend says that one of these is Our Lady of Czestochowa.

Last call to join us in St. Paul for recruitment weekend! Join our growing army of missionaries. Apply now: bit.ly/2zcNfNl ... See MoreSee Less

Last call to join us in St. Paul for recruitment weekend! Join our growing army of missionaries. Apply now: http://bit.ly/2zcNfNl

Thanks to all who helped out at family dinner last night. All are invited to join us every Tuesday at 6:30pm for food, fun, and fellowship! ... See MoreSee Less

Thanks to all who helped out at family dinner last night.  All are invited to join us every Tuesday at 6:30pm for food, fun, and fellowship!

Order Curtis Martin's new book, Making Missionary Disciples: bit.ly/2OuLLVm ... See MoreSee Less

Order Curtis Martins new book, Making Missionary Disciples: https://bit.ly/2OuLLVm

According to legend, Ignatius of Antioch was the child placed in the midst of the 12. He is said to have heard the beloved disciple preach. His 7 letters to 7 churches were the first to use the terms Catholic and Blessed Sacrament. His desire for martyrdom truly made him a beast! ... See MoreSee Less

According to legend, Ignatius of Antioch was the child placed in the midst of the 12. He is said to have heard the beloved disciple preach. His 7 letters to 7 churches were the first to use the terms Catholic and Blessed Sacrament. His desire for martyrdom truly made him a beast!

Are you going to #SEEK2019 but #stressed about how you're going to pay for it? Check out our fundraising packet for practical steps on how to give others the opportunity to support your walk with the Lord!
seek2019.com/fundraising-packet/

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Are you going to #SEEK2019 but #stressed about how youre going to pay for it? Check out our fundraising packet for practical steps on how to give others the opportunity to support your walk with the Lord! 
https://seek2019.com/fundraising-packet/

📷: Leah Stiefermann

Join our growing army of missionaries. Join us in Denver for recruitment weekend! #whatifyousaidyes

Apply today: bit.ly/2zcNfNl
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Join our growing army of missionaries. Join us in Denver for recruitment weekend! #whatifyousaidyes

Apply today: http://bit.ly/2zcNfNl

“If there's anyone who can appear before Aslan without their knees knocking, they're either braver than most, or else just silly.” - "The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe" was published on this date in 1950. ... See MoreSee Less

"It happened that, entering the oratory one day, I saw an image which had been procured for a certain festival that was observed in the house and had been taken there to be kept for that purpose. It represented Christ sorely wounded...So great was my distress when I thought how ill I had repaid Him for those wounds that I felt as if my heart were breaking, and I threw myself down beside Him, shedding floods of tears and begging Him to give me strength once for all so that I might not offend Him." Teresa of Avila ... See MoreSee Less

It happened that, entering the oratory one day, I saw an image which had been procured for a certain festival that was observed in the house and had been taken there to be kept for that purpose. It represented Christ sorely wounded...So great was my distress when I thought how ill I had repaid Him for those wounds that I felt as if my heart were breaking, and I threw myself down beside Him, shedding floods of tears and begging Him to give me strength once for all so that I might not offend Him. Teresa of Avila

Would you like to see your parish, apostolate or family flourishing in a culture of missionary discipleship? In Making Missionary Disciples, Curtis Martin shares the model of evangelization—the Method Modeled by the Master—that FOCUS began using in 1998 with just four missionaries on one college campus.

Purchase via Amazon: amzn.to/2ylufZl
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Would you like to see your parish, apostolate or family flourishing in a culture of missionary discipleship? In Making Missionary Disciples, Curtis Martin shares the model of evangelization—the Method Modeled by the Master—that FOCUS began using in 1998 with just four missionaries on one college campus. 

Purchase via Amazon: https://amzn.to/2ylufZl

Stuck on whether you should come to #SEEK2019 or not? Prices increase Oct. 30th, so don’t delay much longer! Register now: seek2019.com ... See MoreSee Less

Stuck on whether you should come to #SEEK2019 or not? Prices increase Oct. 30th, so don’t delay much longer! Register now: seek2019.com

"She was created by Christ before Christ was created in her. Yes, of course, holy Mary did the will of the Father. And therefore it means more for Mary to have been a disciple of Christ than to have been the mother of Christ...That is why Mary was blessed, because even before she gave him birth, she bore her teacher in her womb." St. Augustine ... See MoreSee Less

Order Curtis Martin's new book, Making Missionary Disciples: bit.ly/2OuLLVm ... See MoreSee Less

Order Curtis Martins new book, Making Missionary Disciples: https://bit.ly/2OuLLVm

Celebrate SEEK and you will find...homemade pizzas! Thanks to all who came last night. ... See MoreSee Less

Celebrate SEEK and you will find...homemade pizzas!  Thanks to all who came last night.

SEEK is a 5-day event where people gather to ask the big questions about life, love and how to discover true happiness. Register now: seek2019.com ... See MoreSee Less

"Christ ransomed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written, Cursed be everyone who hangs on a tree, that the blessing of Abraham might be extended to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith." Galatians 3:13-14 ... See MoreSee Less

To a child, a serpent could look like a fish and a scorpion could look like an egg. Fortunately, no good father would grant a request for one of those. When God does not grant requests, it's often because we are seeking something that is not right for us. ... See MoreSee Less

"Martha, who was arranging and preparing to feed the Lord, was occupied about much serving. Mary her sister chose rather to be fed by the Lord...Martha was troubled, Mary was feasting; the one was arranging many things, the other had her eyes upon the One." - St. Augustine ... See MoreSee Less

"Strong Son of God, immortal Love,
Whom we, that have not seen thy face,
By faith, and faith alone, embrace,
Believing where we cannot prove." - Tennyson, d. 10/6/1892
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Strong Son of God, immortal Love,
Whom we, that have not seen thy face,
By faith, and faith alone, embrace,
Believing where we cannot prove. - Tennyson, d. 10/6/1892

The conclusion of Dr. Michael Sugrue's commentary on the Book of Job. He spoke to CCM about St. Augustine in 2012. www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjwA9CRKMS4&list=PLfHWFPpm5iwQsHaoYDvnCICWdToXRSVYi ... See MoreSee Less

The conclusion of Dr. Michael Sugrues commentary on the Book of Job.  He spoke to CCM about St. Augustine in 2012.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjwA9CRKMS4&list=PLfHWFPpm5iwQsHaoYDvnCICWdToXRSVYi

FOCUS Photography Club at NYU updated their cover photo.

Taken on Canon T3i
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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.

Can you believe this editing??
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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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