February 5-7, 2021 | Hilton Garden Inn, Downtown Sioux Falls

The Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) hosts an annual discipleship conference, and in recent years they have created a track for parish mission. This year they are partnering with the Diocese of Sioux Falls to bring the conference to you.

Join us for a weekend that just might change everything. There will be Mass and Adoration, livestreamed keynotes from world renowned Catholic speakers, and a closing keynote from our very own Bishop Donald DeGrood.

Enter a space alongside others who are seeking a new encounter with the Lord, a new chance to pursue holiness, a new moment for our Church. Come away knowing Jesus Christ and have the confidence and tools to share and live the Gospel in your day-to-day life.


5:30 pm   Doors Open
6:00          Daily Mass 
7:00          Welcome
7:15          Dr. Edward Sri & Immaculee Ilibagiza
8:30          Small Groups
9:15          Dance

8:00 am    Doors Open
8:30           Daily Mass 
9:15           Welcome 
9:30           Dr. Jonathan Reyes & Sr. Bethany Madonna, S.V.
10:15         Small Groups
11:00         Emily Leedom
11:45         Small Group
12:30 pm  Catered Lunch

1:30         John Zimmer
2:00         Small Group
2:45         Msgr. James Shae
4:00         Mass at the Cathedral of St. Joseph
5:00         Dinner on your own
6:30         Doors Open
7:00         Fr. Scott Traynor
8:15         Hilary Draftz & Fr. Mike Schmitz
9:15         Adoration & Confession

8:00 am   Doors Open
8:15         Welcome
8:30         Francis Chan & Curtis Martin
9:15         Small Group
10:00       Bishop Donald DeGrood
10:45       Small Group
11:15       Closing


Ticket sales to the in-person event have ended.  If you would like to join virtually you can still get access through the FOCUS website

Hotel Accommodations

The Hilton Garden Inn has offered a special rate for those attending the conference. In order to take advantage of the discounted rate, please call the hotel at 605-444-4704 to make your reservation. Be sure to mention SEEK 21. 

Frequently Asked Questions

We will be following all national and local guidelines for your safety. Because policies are ever changing, we will send you an email a few days before the conference with the current policies. 

While we encourage you to participate in the entire event, we understand that is not always possible. You have the freedom to come and go for any session that works for you. 

This conference is designed for adults, but mature high school students are welcome if accompanied by a parent. Unfortunately we are not able to accommodate younger children for this event. 

Absolutely! Nursing infants are welcome. 

Unfortunately, due to the current health conditions we are not able to offer childcare for this event. 

Absolutely! You will be seated at round tables. Seats are available first-come, first-served the day of the conference.

Absolutely! Certain elements of the day will be distinctly Catholic, such as Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, and Confession, but all are welcome. If your friend wants to come, this is a great opportunity to share the beauty of our Catholic faith. Our Sacraments can be intimidating for some who have never experienced them before so we encourage you to guide your friend and be open to any questions he or she may have.

It’s ok! There are no printed tickets for this event. All you have to do is provide your name when you check in at the conference.

A delicious lunch will be provided on Saturday. All other meals are on your own.

Yes! When you register, the form will ask if you have dietary restrictions. Please let us know what you need, and we will do our best to accommodate you. 

The hotel has a strict policy against bringing food not purchased at the hotel into the conference room. Please help us respect their policy by refraining from bringing food or snacks. There is a coffee shop in the lobby if you want a little something. If you need to bring specific foods or snacks for medical reasons, please indicate that when the registration form asks if you have dietary restrictions. We will work with the hotel to accommodate your needs.

The dress code is casual, but please keep in mind that the temperature in the room may fluctuate. We recommend wearing layers.

Unfortunately, there are no discounts. Your registration costs pay for the speakers, the meals, the venue, and other production costs.

Unfortunately, we are not able to offer scholarships at this time. 

Unfortunately under normal circumstances we are unable to refund your registration costs. They pay for the speakers, the meals, the venue, and other production costs.

Yes! If you are unable to attend and would like to gift your spot to someone else, please let us know who will be taking your place. We will need his or her full name, email, and phone number. You can reach us at