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Millennial Missionaries: How a Group of Young Catholics is Trying to Make Catholicism Cool

Katherine Dugan


This book is an ethnography of millennial-generation Catholic missionaries. The Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) began hiring young adults to evangelize students on college campuses in 1998. Since then, FOCUS missionaries have developed a style of Catholic evangelization that navigates between strict and savvy interpretations of Catholic teaching in contemporary US youth culture. The Catholicism that FOCUS missionaries embrace and promote grew up with them and amid their middle-class American norms—missionaries own iPhones, drink craft beer, and create March Madness brackets. ... More

Keywords: FOCUS, millennials, US Catholicism, prayer, young adult Catholics, Catholic evangelization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190875961
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190875961.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Katherine Dugan, author
Assistant Professor of Religion, Humanities Department, Springfield College