He says about 1/3 of the way through that there are some great Catholic colleges and Newman centers at public schools that don’t have FOCUS but are doing a great job. He mentions St. Thomas Aquinas College, Franciscan, and Texas A&M.
Then about ¾ of the way through he talks to someone again about A&M. The callers’ son left the Church while at A&M. So, before answering how to work on having him come back to the faith he says (I am paraphrasing):
“tip of the hat to Texas A&M, Fr. Sis and Fr. Konderla are doing such a great work- they are one of the best Newman Centers in the country. FOCUS is not there. They are doing great work and we are not the only show in town. We just want to do all we can, so I want to thank them for all they are doing.”
Then the very next caller has a cousin who is coming to A&M. She asks what advice he would have for her cousin going off to school.
“The exciting thing about
A&M…is that you can plug them in. There is a great priest at Texas A&M. My advice would be, even if you have to get in the car. Make that your tithe to go and introduce him to Fr. Colangelo (correct - Fr. David Konderla) at Texas A&M. Let him know that there is a vibrant campus ministry there.” Texas
He then finishes with:
“If you go to Texas A&M – St. Mary’s is the Church. I was down there with my son who is a senior to look at the school, because of our respect for it. Even though FOCUS isn’t there.”
Curtis is a great guy. I have had the pleasure of meeting him several times and we talk once in a while. I got to take him and his son on a tour of St. Mary's and they were very impressed with all we have here.
He did say “Texas Station” instead of