More than 8,000 young Catholics from around the country gathered in Chicago this week to be inspired and equipped to bring Christ to their campus or parish.
Every other year, FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) hosts a Student Leadership Summit (SLS) where student leaders are trained in evangelization, discipleship, small-group Bible studies, and prayer. FOCUS is a Catholic collegiate outreach whose mission is to share the hope and joy of the gospel with college and university students.
This year’s summit was held in Chicago, and as a sponsor of the event, Relevant Radio® featured a booth where attendees could pin their hometown or campus. Our map showed that people from all 50 states and at least six countries were represented.
The SLS featured daily Mass, workshops where parish and student leaders received training on evangelization, and evening keynote speakers.
Bishop Robert Barron of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles was the keynote speaker Tuesday evening, and he encouraged those in attendance to be bold in proclaiming the truth of the Gospel.
“The saying about preaching only by actions attributed to St. Francis has often been an excuse for anti-intellectualism. This is not the time for anti-intellectualism, the Church has always engaged in BOLD SPEECH and must do so now!” Bp Barron at #SLS18 pic.twitter.com/tlh7Y4Ic3p
— Fr Raymund Snyder OP (@opRaymund) January 3, 2018
Wednesday night, actor Jim Caviezel was a surprise guest speaker, and gave an inspiring testimony.
“God is calling each one of us to do great things. How often we fail to respond … dismissing it. It is time for our generation to accept the call from God to give ourselves entirely to Him.” —Jim Caviezel #SLS18
— FOCUS (@FOCUScatholic) January 4, 2018
Thursday evening, 8,000 young people were on their knees in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
At #SLS18, 8,000+ are on our knees in worship of Jesus, who is truly present in the Blessed Sacrament. We adore, we celebrate, we believe.
— FOCUS (@FOCUScatholic) January 5, 2018
And thousands lines up to receive the sacrament of Confession. Fortunately, there were hundreds of priests on hand to offer this sacrament of mercy.
Curtis Martin, founder of FOCUS, delivered the final keynote speech on Friday evening, encouraging those in attendance to equip others to share the Gospel as well.
“Give a man a fish and you can feed him for a day; Teach a man to fish and you can feed him for a lifetime; Teach him to teach others to fish and you can solve world hunger” -Curtis Martin @FOCUScatholic #SLS18
— Katie Rauenzahn (@kayytiironzon) January 6, 2018
The SLS concluded today with Mass, celebrated by Cardinal Blase J. Cupich. Cardinal Cupich urged attendees to go out into the world and serve the “uns” – the unborn, the unemployed, the undocumented immigrant – but to begin first within their own families.
— FOCUS (@FOCUScatholic) January 6, 2018
Thank you FOCUS for a wonderful event – and thank you to all the attendees who stopped by the Relevant Radio booth!