Reach Philly, the new evangelization prayer breakfast sponsored by FOCUS, has a busy slate scheduled for Feb. 19, when Archbishop Charles Chaput will celebrate Mass at 7 a.m., preceded by recitation of the rosary at 6:30.

The breakfast and program that follows Mass from 8 to 9:30 a.m. will include keynote speaker Jeff Cavins, director of new evangelization for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. The event will be emceed by Sarah Christmeyer, co-author and editor of “The Great Adventure” Catholic Study Bible Program.

The prayer breakfast will be held at the Drexelbrook, 4700 Drexelbrook Drive in Drexel Hill, Delaware County. Registration is open to the public at FOCUS Reach | Philly.


FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) is a national outreach founded in 1998 that invites college students into a relationship with Jesus Christ and his church, equipping them for a lifetime of Christ-centered evangelization, discipleship and friendships in which they lead others to do the same.

During the 2014-2015 academic year, 434 missionaries will serve full time on 100 college campuses in 34 states. More than 14,000 FOCUS alumni are involved with parishes throughout the U.S. Within this number, 495 have made decisions to pursue Catholic religious vocations.

By 2022, FOCUS expects to launch 75,000 alumni into America’s 17,400 Catholic parishes. FOCUS missionaries are typically recent college graduates who devote two or more years of their post-collegiate lives to reach out to their peers on campus. Through genuine friendship and personal investment, FOCUS missionaries invite students into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and the fullness of life found in the Catholic Church.