Thursday, January 19, 2006

A growing movement in Catholic campus ministry

The Denver Catholic Register (whose masthead, by the way, looks strikingly similar to that of the National Catholic Register) recently ran an interesting article on the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS), a growing movement in Catholic campus ministry.

Here's the lead:

The statistics are sobering. By the end of their freshman year in college, half of Catholic undergraduates stop practicing their faith. Of the 1.37 million abortions occurring annually, 1 in 5 is performed on a college woman. Each year, some 15 percent of the nation’s 15 million college students suffer from a debilitating depression. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college-age students. Forty-four percent of U.S. college students engage in binge drinking.

Countering those dark statistics is the Fellowship of Catholic University Students, one of the fastest growing movements in the Catholic Church. The campus ministry program (which provided the statistics) helps college students to live holy, joy-filled lives centered on Christ. Since being founded in 1998 at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan., FOCUS has grown to serve 27 college campuses in 15 states.

Read the story.

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