Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota has partnered with the Fellowship of Catholic Universities (FOCUS) for the 2020-21 academic year. FOCUS is a Catholic collegiate outreach program we believe will build stronger relationships between Campus Ministry and our Winona undergraduate students by expanding the personal interactions we are able to offer.
Saint Mary’s will welcome two FOCUS missionaries, Emma Smith and Becca Kuehn, to campus this year. Their role is to build relationships with the students, organize and invite students to Bible studies, support Campus Ministry in planning and providing outreach events, arrange mission trips, and by their witness and instruction, promote the evangelization of our students, faculty, and staff.
The missionaries will live with the missionaries from Winona State University, which is hosting six FOCUS missionaries. In response to a generous offer from Winona State, Saint Mary’s will, at times, welcome two of these missionaries, Chris Tibbets and Sammy Pedersen, to our campus, as well.
This initiative is tied directly to the first goal of our strategic plan, Building a Future Full of Hope 2025: Live our Lasallian Catholic Heritage.