The Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) offers an annual conference the students at SMSU have attended many times over the years. This year, because they are still following COVID protocols, the conference was virtual, which allowed us to offer this as a retreat based from the Campus Religious Center.
Over three days, we had the opportunity to participate in Mass together, attend Eucharistic Adoration together, pray together, laugh together, eat together, and share great conversations about some of the tough topics facing college aged people today. The Catholic 'Stangs were blessed by a Holy Redeemer parishioner who paid for the conference fees for them to attend. This allowed the conference to be offered without restriction or financial hardship. We are so grateful for the thoughtfulness!
Next year, the conference will be back in person. January 2-6th, we plan to gather with thousands of other college students, embracing our Catholic faith and all the mess and beauty that comes with it, in St. Louis. Please pray for all those who will be attending, for their benefactors and the benefactors of the conference.