Seek What Moves You
Mount students invigorated by FOCUS national conference.
Six thousand college students from across the country recently gathered at the Walt Disney Swan and Dolphin Resort in Florida — not to visit the Disney parks or even a Florida pool — but to reflect on some of life’s biggest questions.
FOCUS the Fellowship of Catholic University Students, presented a five-day conference that allowed students to encounter Jesus Christ more intimately through profound talks on vocational discernment, moral relativism, sharing faith with peers on campus, Christian leadership and prayer, as well as participating in daily Mass and Eucharistic adoration.
The Mount hosts four FOCUS missionaries on campus and a Varsity Catholic missionary who works specifically with student-athletes. The missionaries brought 78 Mount students on a 17-hour bus ride to attend the national conference.
The conference theme was titled: “Seek … What Moves You.” It was an opportunity for students to grow in holiness, understand who God has called them to be, and to go out as Christian leaders to impact society.
“The conference blew me away. Seeing 6,000 college students kneeling in adoration was an overwhelmingly beautiful experience,” said Mount junior Maria Marinelli. “The keynote speakers were incredible and empowered us to not be afraid of radiating Christ in our broken world.”
The conference hosted some of the best internationally-known Catholic speakers, including Curtis Martin, the founder of FOCUS; Catholic apologist and former model Leah Darrow, and Msgr. Stuart Swetland, the Mount’s vice president for Catholic identity. There was also time for fellowship at the conference with a swing dance party and a concert with Matt Maher.
“I have been in private, Catholic schools for 15 years I thought I had a strong grasp on my Catholic faith,” said Matt Blake, a senior at the Mount. “This conference showed me that my Catholic faith goes deeper than I ever thought before.”
For more information about what FOCUS has to offer, visit their office in lower McGowan or email Luke Reetz.