Focus 11 will be held on, Tuesday and Wednesday, February 11-12, 2020.  It is held in Higgins Hall on the grounds of St. Lawrence Catholic Church (5225 N. Himes Avenue, Tampa, FL).  Religious orders who would like to register to attend Focus 11 can do so by clicking here

Focus 11 is a vocations rally that is held annually.  It is attended by all 6th graders (11 year olds) from the Catholic Schools in the Diocese of St. Petersburg.  Homeschool groups and public school children are also invited to attend.

The day begins with music and an opening rally with a role call of all the schools present.  Following the opening, we invite our Bishop to address the entire assembly, followed by the keynote speaker (religious sister) to give a presentation.   The schools are then divided into 3 groups for a rotation that includes lunch, a panel of religious for Q&A and a vocation job fair at which the students are given a “scavenger hunt” list to help encourage them to ask questions of the religious orders present.  The day will conclude with prayer and exposition in the church before dismissal.

Our Keynote Speaker for this year is Sr. Andrew Marie Tyler, FSP, of the Daughters of St. Paul.  

Sr. Andrew Marie Tyler was born in Houston, Texas. She attended Catholic school beginning in 1st grade but her family did not practice the faith. In Junior High and High School she was very involved in Band and running Cross Country as well as attaining a very high rank in Karate. Towards the end of high school she had a radical conversion when she started going to Mass and recognized Jesus true presence in the Eucharist. Getting to know Jesus changed everything and she even skipped karate class to attend Mass and Adoration on Holy Thursday during her Senior year of High School! 

Having a great desire to share this love of Jesus with everyone she recognized Jesus calling her to live for Him completely in the religious life. She went to college and studied English and Photography and after graduation entered the Daughters of St. Paul (#MediaNuns) 

As a Sister she has had the opportunity to live and share the love and peace of Jesus in many different cities all over the United States, and even some time in Italy. Currently she lives in Miami, FL helping in Paulinas Books & Media Center and the Paulinas Distribution Center. 

Sr. Andrew has a Master’s degree from Franciscan University of Steubenville in Theology with an emphasis on Catechetics and Evangelization. 

Below are the schedules for Focus 11 and the information for the Serra Club Poster Contest.