In Friday’s post, I told you about how God worked in my prayer while at SEEK 2019. Today, I thought I’d tell you about my experience at the conference as a whole.
Let’s start with some background.
SEEK 2019 was a conference presented by the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS). I was involved with FOCUS throughout my college career and SEEK 2019 was the fifth FOCUS conference I’ve attended. This year, I decided to register for the Lifelong Mission Track instead of the collegiate track. This means that I was in a small group and received some training. I also was able to go to some other talks, Mass every day, keynote speakers, entertainment, and some other things.
Now that that’s out of the way, let’s move on to my experience at this particular conference.
- Let’s start with the training. The training sessions taught us how to pray Lectio Divina, how to pray with others, and how to share the Gospel story. Having been to previous FOCUS conferences and having been involved with FOCUS, I already had this knowledge. But, I can at least say that I’ve experienced what the Lifelong Mission Track is like.
- The Impact Sessions. These were talks that we could go to during the afternoons. And the ones that I attended were really good for where I am right now in my life. They were what I needed to hear and I could take away at least one thing from each of the talks.
- Adoration. This has to be one of my favorite parts of FOCUS conferences. They have Jesus in the monstrance up on the altar for a while before processing Him around the hall. And I love the use of incense as well. And their choice in music was great. If you’d like to check out my prayer during Adoration, check out Friday’s post.
- The concert. On the last night of the concert, there was a NEEDTOBREATHE concert. And Matt Maher opened the concert. I think I needed this experience for a few reasons. I was able to talk with one of my best friends before we went into the concert. Then I went up to the front with another of my best friends and some others from my Alma Mater’s group. I was able to have fun and bond with them. And it was probably one of the happiest nights I’ve had in a while.
- The downtime. I was able to fit in some downtime in our hectic schedule. Which was great since I’m an introvert and need alone time to recharge.
- Mass. Every day of the conference, we had a conference wide Mass. it’s incredibly cool being able to go to Mass with thousands of others from across the country and around the world
- The after-conference friend time. Even though the conference had ended when a couple of friends and I hung out in Downtown Indy. But I wanted to include it here because I think God was still working. We went to one of the churches in Downtown Indy first so that we could pray. And during this time, God continued with some of the stuff that came up during the conference. Then most of the night was spent with us just hanging out and going deep in conversation. And this deep conversation continued with one of my friends and I until around 1 a.m.
One last thing about this conference:
- SEEK 2019 was my last FOCUS conference. As I said before, I’d been involved with FOCUS throughout my college career and SEEK 2019 was my fifth FOCUS conference. After four years and five conferences, I think my time with FOCUS needs to come to a close. Yes, the Impact Sessions were what I needed to hear. But, I don’t think I can get much out of these conferences. So unless FOCUS asks me to speak at a future conference (which is unlikely), SEEK 2019 was my goodbye to FOCUS.
Until next time.