Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Catholic campus organization continues to combat lack of “morals, ethics, and leadership”

Denver, Aug. 30, 2006 (CNA) - As classes begin this month, a national student outreach organization says American colleges and universities are not allocating enough resources to help students make the adjustment to college life and to become moral and ethical leaders in society upon graduation.

As a result, Catholics must be proactive in providing young people with the right resources, support and formation on campuses, says the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS). The group, founded in 1998, currently offers Bible studies, leadership training, and mentoring on 29 secular and Catholic campuses in 15 states.

In a press release issued yesterday, FOCUS says college students today face a number of challenges, such as dealing with relationships, promiscuous sex, binge drinking, drug use, credit card debt, depression, and gambling. New students, especially, who are away from their parents for the first time in many cases are particularly vulnerable.Studies seem to back up their claims. 56.5% of students told a recent Zogby International poll that they consider themselves, “sexually active.”

And, according to the Alan Guttmacher institute, one in every five of the approximately 1,370,000 abortions occurring in the U.S. each year is performed on a college student. [Entire Story]

Thank God for FOCUS! May God continue to bless their apostolate!


Kim said...

My University has FOCUS and I'm glad that it's here. This will the first time that I'll be involved with FOCUS activities and such. It's quite sizeable (I went to a "Stump the Priest" night last semester) and a LOT of people showed up for it. :) They're a force to be reckoned with.

Catholic Fire said...

A good friend of ours was involved with FOCUS before he became a Brother. It certainly prepared him well for his future vocation. I wish FOCUS had been around when I was in college.

God bless,