What is FOCUS?
FOCUS stands for the Fellowship of Catholic University Students. We are a group of people passionate about changing the world and helping you live a life of purpose. Focus, as an apostolate of the Catholic Church, sends teams of missionaries to more than 100 college campuses across the country. Focus missionaries here at Saint John's work alongside SJU Campus Ministry to invite Saint John's men into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church, inspire and equip them for a lifetime of Christ-centered evangelization, discipleship, and friendship in which they lead others to do the same.
My name is Nick Brown and I am striving for greatness.
Born and raised in Indiana, I am what you call a 'Hoosier'. My freshman year of college I attended Saint Louis University and joined a fraternity (Alpha Delta Gamma). Hearing the Lord calling, I entered St. John Vianney College Seminary on the campus of the University of St. Thomas. (My bishop made me be a Tommie.) After graduating from St. Thomas, I joined Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) as a missionary and I could not be more excited to serve the men of St. John's University.
I am a die-hard Notre Dame fan, cheering for the Fighting Irish in anything from their lackluster football team to their dominate women's basketball team. I thoroughly enjoy being challenged by other men in striving for greatness and holiness through reading books and articles, inspiring conversations and living life together. My goal for this year is to continue to fall more deeply in love with Jesus Christ every day and to challenge, inspire and walk with the men of St. John's as we venture toward our Heavenly home.
Favorite Bible Verse: Revelation 3:16 - "For you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I will vomit you out of my mouth."
Favorite Book: "Dedication and Leadership" by Douglas Hyde
Favorite Saint: St. Nicholas (I was named after him, and how can you not love to man that inspired the tradition of Santa Claus!)
My name is Dan Tracy and I am a truth-seeker.
I hail from Superior, WI across the bridge from Duluth, MN and attained my undergraduate degree in journalism and psychology at Iowa State University before pursuing a Master's degree in sport management from Ball State University. This is my first year as a FOCUS missionary and I am fired up to be here at Saint John's to serve the Johnnies! I would not be a practicing Catholic, let alone a missionary, if it weren't for FOCUS missionaries reaching out to me and inspiring to understand, embrace, and live out my faith.
I am huge sports fan, especially football where I coached at the high school level for five years. I also thoroughly enjoy deep discussions about the Catholic faith and reading about the early Church and the lives of the saints. I, unlike Matt, maintain a diet that is more deep-fried than healthy (...), but I am constantly looking for ways to improve as a man, as a missionary, and as a beloved son of God.
Favorite Bible Verse: Luke 24:32 "Then they said to each other, "Were not our hearts burning within us while he spoke to us on the way and opened the scriptures to us?"
Book I am currently reading: "The Lamb's Supper" by Scott Hahn
Favorite Saint: St. Thomas Aquinas (clarification: NOT a Tommie fan, just a fan of the Angelic Doctor)