FOCUS online

FOCUS, the fellowship of Catholic university students in the US, recently discussed in Crux how they had moved a lot of their activities online in order to continue to support their students during this period of lockdown.

Examples included online Bible study groups, using a video platform to lead the Divine Mercy Chaplet every day at 3pm, and providing training for their campus ‘missionaries’ in how to provide online teaching, discipleship and meetings.

They also found on one campus, their approach had immediate effects on the students when the campuses where initially shut down:

As a kind of stupor descended upon Cambridge (Massachusetts), the Harvard Catholic Center responded immediately. [They] organized a powerful farewell for the seniors and set up meetings nonstop with their students and disciples.

Peter Nguyen, the FOCUS team director, and the other missionaries began to pray immediately. Within minutes, a disposition of confusion and chaos transformed into rejoicing in anticipation of what extraordinary, new and awesome thing Jesus was going to do in this time.

Father Eric Cadin, in article published 27th April 2020

Other examples include live streamed Masses, weekly videos, prayer request link, virtual gatherings for alumni, webinars, interviews, Eucharistic adoration and worship music.

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