St. Mary's Catholic Center at Texas A&M and the Fellowship Of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) are excited to announce a new partnership between two of the leading organizations within Catholic Campus Ministry.
St. Mary's Catholic Center exists to minister to 15,000 Catholic students at Texas A&M University and Blinn College, and has a national reputation for a dynamic campus ministry. Although St. Mary's serves thousands of students each year, there are many more whose faith is not an important part of their lives, yet. To fill the need for further outreach and evangelization, FOCUS will send St. Mary's four full-time missionaries to serve on-campus, in order to reach even more students starting in the Fall of 2014.
FOCUS is a national outreach that invites college students into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church, inspiring and equipping them for a lifetime of Christ-centered evangelization, discipleship and friendships in which they lead others to do the same. Each year, teams of FOCUS missionaries are sent to college campuses at the invitation of the local bishop and with the support of the local Catholic campus ministry.
During the summer of 2013, the Services Marketing Class, of Texas A&M University's nationally ranked Mays Business School, used St. Mary?s as a case study. St. Mary's staff asked the students to advise them on how to improve outreach. Three teams of students audited the operations of St. Mary's. The students were told that St. Mary?s had two goals: