Last year, the experience of FOCUS’ first ever International Conference at the ancient monastery of Samos was so successful, transformed so many lives, and created such an unbelievable international community of young, Catholic college students that we decided that we couldn’t let 2012 go by without doing it again!

This year for the 2012 FOCUS International Conference we will converge at the Benedictine monastery castle of Glenstal Abbey in the Irish countryside – this place has all of the charm of Samos and more! Located in County Limerick, this castle has extensive forested grounds, walled gardens, lakes, rugby and soccer (football) fields, and a beautiful church right in the middle of it all.

The conference itself will include dynamic speakers, time for prayer and Mass, time for small groups and plenty of free time to soak in the glory of Glenstal Abbey. Of course no International Conference would be complete without international sports tournaments so be sure to bring your game and plan on having a blast with multitudes of new friends from around the world.

Add to the conference, a hiking pilgrimage up Croagh Patrick – the mountain that St. Patrick himself frequently climbed to go on retreat- a visit to the Marian apparition site of Knock, and a visit to the towering cliffs of Moher that look over the Atlantic Ocean… and you have yourself an epic event that could change your life forever.

Check out the monastery here:

The castle can only hold so many so apply early!



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