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FOCUS plans retreat for students, adults

WAVERLY (SNR) - The Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) will host a retreat March 20-22 at Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House in Waverly.

The “Missionary Discipleship Retreat,” held from Monday evening until Wednesday afternoon, is open to students and adults, men and women.

Jim Jansen, FOCUS team director at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln said “The theme of ‘missionary discipleship’ will emphasize the call both to ‘follow’ and ‘fish’ with the Lord.”

FOCUS is a national outreach that invites college students into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and the Catholic faith. Started in 1998, the evangelization of college campuses has exploded accross the country, with more than 550 missionaries now serving on 125 college campuses. FOCUS missionaries are typically recent college graduates who devote two or more years of their post-collegiate lives to reach out to peers on campus.

The spiritual director for the March 20-22 retreat will be Father Jay Buhman, a priest of the Diocese of Lincoln who is currently assigned as a chaplain with FOCUS

A priest for more than 12 years, Father Buhman served as an assistant in Lincoln at St. Teresa Parish, St. Thomas Aquinas Newman Center, and the Cathedral of the Risen Christ, and taught at Pius X High School. He was also pastor of St. Peter and St. Joseph parishes in Bellwood and a teacher at Aquinas High School in David City.

Father Gary Coulter, director of Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House, pointed out that the retreat is open to men and women of all ages, not just those who participate in FOCUS or are FOCUS alumni.  He added that there is $40 discount for college students – who are on spring break at the time of the retreat – off the regular retreat cost of $170, but as always, it is only a suggested donation. 

To register for the retreat, or any of the weekend retreats at Good Counsel Retreat House in Waverly, go to www.goodcounselretreat.com, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 402-786-2705.

Good Counsel Retreat House will offer several other Lenten retreats for men or women: March 24-26 with Father Mark Czya, “Healing in the Heart of Christ”; March 31-April 2 with Sister Ann Shields; and April 7-9, Palm Sunday weekend with Msgr. Daniel Seiker.

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