Pope Francis Appoints FOCUS Founder Curtis Martin as Adviser on New Evangelization
Martin named a Consultor to the Section for the Fundamental Questions of Evangelization in the World of the Dicastery for Evangelization
DENVER, April 25, 2023 — Pope Francis has appointed Curtis Martin, Founder and CEO of FOCUS, as a Consultor to the Section for the Fundamental Questions of Evangelization in the World of the Dicastery for Evangelization.
“I’m extremely grateful to the Holy Father for this incredible opportunity to serve the global Church in this new appointment,” said Martin. “I am honored and look forward to learning from others in the Dicastery for Evangelization, while sharing from the experience FOCUS has gained through 25 years of evangelization outreach.”
Members of the Dicastery for Evangelization include Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan from the Archdiocese of New York. Along with 14 other Consultors from around the world, Martin will advise the dicastery on specific issues on the New Evangelization, especially related to political, social and cultural challenges to consider in the Church’s efforts to make disciples of all nations.
Martin holds a master’s degree in theology and is the author of the best-selling books, Made for More, Making Missionary Disciples and Foundations for Discipleship. In 2011, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Martin as a Consultor to the Pontifical Council of the New Evangelization, a role in which he served for over a decade.
FOCUS is an international Catholic outreach organization, serving nearly 200 college campuses and more than 20 parish communities. Through Bible Studies, mentorship, mission trips, conferences and partnerships with priests, bishops and parishes, FOCUS missionaries walk alongside students and parishioners in their journey of faith, inspiring and equipping them for a lifetime of Christ-centered evangelization and discipleship. Since FOCUS was founded in 1998, more than 1,000 people have entered the seminary or religious orders after connecting with a missionary on college campuses. More than 50,000 FOCUS alumni serve in parishes and communities across the world to continue their lifelong mission of evangelization and leading others to pursue lives of virtue and excellence. focus.org