The Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) held its biennial Student Leadership Summit (SLS20) in Phoenix last week, and drew more than 8,000 young Catholics from around the country to learn how to bring Christ to their campus or parish.
Every other year, FOCUS hosts a Student Leadership Summit, 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.
Explaining how SLS20 equips student and parish leaders to share the faith, Kaylyn said, “The whole theme of this conference is discipleship. FOCUS’ goal is to train these students to be role models and to go out and evangelize. And so all the talks have been very encouraging. And some of them have even been specifically geared towards healing, because before you can help anybody else need to help yourself. So I’ve noticed some of the topics have been more towards personal healing, which is wonderful. And then prayer, diving deeper into prayer, and diving deeper into friendships with our Lord and with others.”
Sharing one of the most powerful parts of the event, Kaylyn said, “Wednesday we had adoration night, and that was amazing. There’s about 8,000 – 10,000 students here they’re estimating. And for two hours, we had the Blessed Sacrament to adore.”
“And it’s just very powerful because the way they do it is just so reverent and and they set the mood with the lights and everything, with the music, and it’s really powerful. They offer Confession. And there were 300 priests hearing Confession at the same time the other night for the students. And that just really was powerful for me, and I think for everybody here, because our Lord was with us.”
Kaylyn and other Relevant Radio associates were also able to meet students at the Relevant Radio booth set up during the conference. As students and parish leaders were encouraged to tune-in to Relevant Radio and download the Relevant Radio app, Kaylyn and her fellow associates were encouraged by the testimonies they heard from students who are already Relevant Radio listeners!
“One student came up to us and shared just how much Relevant Radio has helped him in his personal journey, and how he felt alone at a time when he was in college,” Kaylyn recounted. “He remembers every day in his kitchen, he would turn on Relevant Radio and feel a little less alone.”
“That was just very kind of him to share with us. And he said since then he plans to enter the seminary after hearing Father Matthew Spencer’s show, talking about the Oblates of St. Joseph. So just a beautiful testimony, and we got lots of other students sharing the same thing – that they listen, that it really helps them grow in their faith, and that they’re inspired to then get more of their friends involved and listening and just sharing the faith in their own corners. And that’s inspired me, honestly.”
Listen to the full conversation below: