June 21, 2024

Bishop Donald DeGrood and Father Scott Traynor met with FOCUS team directors from campuses in the South Dakota, North Dakota and Nebraska region recently. The gathering was hosted by Tony Menke, regional director of the West for FOCUS, who serves and oversees eight universities in the West Region.

The group discussed how FOCUS can implement and further the bishop’s vision of Lifelong Catholic Missionary Discipleship Through God’s Love in their work with university students around the diocese. They also shared their experiences of working with students as they bring Christ to their lives and their challenges in their work.

Pictured with the bishop and Father Traynor are (back row) Seyha Saumweber (UND), Dylan Reinhardt (SDSU), Tony Menke, Father Scott Traynor, Bishop DeGrood, Jacob Tschann (Northern St.), Rob Cargill (USD), (front row) Lexie Weber (NDSU), Courtney Jerome and baby Jude Jerome (UMary), and Marina Martin (TD at Wayne St.).