The work of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) has bore much fruit in its campus ministry and evangelization efforts, and later this year, renowned Catholic theologian and author Dr. Edward Sri will play a key role in forming those missionaries who go forth.
On July 1, Sri will begin a new role with FOCUS as the Vice President of Formation for the apostolate. He will oversee the integrated development of all formation aspects of various initiatives, including staff training, curriculum, mission trips and retreats.
As a longtime professor of theology and scripture at the Augustine Institute and its Vice President of Mission, Sri brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise with him to impart on FOCUS missionaries.
“FOCUS is recognized as one of the most impactful organizations at the front lines of evangelization and raising up missionary disciples in the Church today,” Sri said in a FOCUS press release announcing his new role. “It is an honor to serve these young people and the thousands of graduates and friends of the apostolate who are now leaders on campuses and in parishes, dioceses and other ministries.
“I pray that as we continue to expand and deepen our formation, the Lord will bless their generous efforts and help them bear more fruit for evangelization.”
Founded in 1998 by Curtis and Michaelann Martin, FOCUS is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and currently has more than 660 missionaries serving on 137 U.S. and international campuses and five parishes. Sri actually helped found the apostolate alongside the Martins 20 years ago, and his continued involvement over the years has assisted with its growth.
“Dr. Sri has had profound influence upon the growth and development of FOCUS,” Curtis Martin said. “We are excited about the anticipated impact Dr. Sri’s presence will have upon FOCUS’ efforts to serve campuses, parishes and the wider Church in evangelization and forming missionary disciples.”