NEW YORK: The first ever gathering of the newest spiritual organization of the American Diocese named FOCUS (Fellowship of Orthodox Christians in the United States) was held on Saturday, January 21, 2006 at St. Gregorios Orthodox Church, Queens (Cherry Lane) under the leadership of FOCUS Director, Dn. Aju Philip Mathews.
After opening prayer and an ice-breaker to get everyone acquainted, Dn. Aju spoke of the responsibilities of a Christian young adult living in the modern American society. He stressed the call of Christ to all people to live and spread the Good News to all. The floor was opened to a interesting discussion of the goals of FOCUS and how those goals could be actualized in various areas. The group decided to meet as a larger NY-NJ area in February onwards until the need to make it smaller was necessary.
FOCUS also is unique to the American Diocese because it works specifically to involve American-born Indian Orthodox young adults with the other members of the Church community, especially students as well as colleagues of the same age, but born and brought up abroad. It also looks to help the church’s mission to go after young adults who feel left out of the Church, or who have legitimate issues with the Church.
FOCUS – Philadelphia will convene for the first time on Sunday afternoon, February 12th, 2006 at St. Thomas Orthodox Church (Unruh Ave.) at 3 pm. FOCUS – Houston and FOCUS – Maryland are also looking to organize themselves soon.