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WATCH: When FOCUS Was John the Baptist

Father Meinrad Miller speaks about the founding of FOCUS (the Fellowship of Catholic University Students) at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, in his remarks about the Second Sunday of Ordinary Time (Year A).

We repeat John the Baptist’s words, “Behold the Lamb of God,” at every Mass, says Father Meinrad, “Yet so many do not recognize him.”

He added: “Twenty-two years ago this month we had the first FOCUS conference here at Benedictine College with Curtis Martin and Ted Sri. from the very beginnings of that, people started to hear the good news of Jesus Christ.”

Father Meinrad speaks about the origins of FOCUS at greater length in the Gregorian article “25 Years Ago, He Sensed God’s Plans for Benedictine.”

Father Meinrad is a monk of St. Benedict’s Abbey and teaches theology instructor at Benedictine College. St. Benedict Abbey’s 60 Seconds for Sunday series looks at each upcoming Sunday’s readings.

The monks at the Abbey, along with the Benedictine Sisters at Mount St. Scholastica, are what make Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan., Benedictine.

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Benedictine College


Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas. The school is proud to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report as well as one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide. It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging. It has a mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.