Five third-level students from the Diocese of Meath took part in the Student Leadership Summit in Chicago, USA on 2 – 5 January 2018.

The conference, organised by the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS), was attended by over 8,000 international participants.

The Meath participants included Neil Shevlin (Ratoath), Mark Caffrey (Ratoath), Sarah Kate Moynihan (Ashbourne), Alanna Bradley (Dunshaughlin) and Ivan Mather (Ratoath).

FOCUS is an outreach that helps college and university students to deepen their relationship with Jesus and the Catholic faith. It aims to inspire and equip students for a lifetime of Christ-centered evangelization, discipleship and friendships in which they lead others to do the same.

“It was a really positive experience” Mark Caffrey said. “The summit encourage us and helps us to bring the Gospel to our generation which so desperately needs to hear it. Almost 80% of those who leave the Catholic faith do so by the age of 23. There are many of us who are college students and faith means a lot to us. We are eager to deepen our faith and to share with it in a positive and fresh way with our contemporaries.”

Photo: from left Neil Shevlin (Ratoath), Mark Caffrey (Ratoath), Sarah Kate Moynihan (Ashbourne), Alanna Bradley  (Dunshaughlin) and, centre, Ivan Mather (Ratoath).