Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Pope Benedict Picks Dynamic American College Ministry Founder To Consult Council on The New Evangelization - Curtis Martin of FOCUS

Well this is welcome news. In the Vatican news today was the list of consultants for the consultors for the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization.

On that list were some Americans. They were :

Dr. Curtis A. Martin, founder and president of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS), professor at the Augustine Institute in Denver;

- Dr. Ralph Martin, director of the Graduate Theological Programs in Evangelization of the Sacred Heart School of Theology in Detroit.

To say I am excited is an understatement as to the Holy Father appointing these two men. In particular Curtis Martin that has founded a program that in a relative short time is having ENORMOUS success and is in my view one of American's Catholicism best kept secrets.

They went from one College Campus in 1998 at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas to a presence at 58 campuses nationwide. They currently have 300 missionaries . Further there is a booming stat that more than more than 300 people have pursued religious vocations stemming from their involvement with FOCUS. If that is occuring imagine the impact it has having on people that have vocations to the married and single life and the role their Catholic Faith plays in it. Not bad for being on just 58 campuses. The road for growth is huge.

So I think he is an excellent pick and shows the Holy Father wants this to Council to be more than something that producese a Paper hardly no one reads.

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