Montfort Boys Camp hosted 82 boys ages 9–13 from Sunday July 6 through Saturday July 12.  Campers from 15 states – some as far away as Virginia, Minnesota, Arkansas and Texas – spent an exciting week with the Brothers, counselors and 7 Dad-volunteers.

A fierce thunder storm with high winds knocked out the electricity from Monday evening until repair crews restored power midmorning Tuesday.  All the staff and children adapted to the emergency with remarkable ease enabling the camp to continue as usual.

There was no lack of enthusiasm for the shooting and archery competitions and the fishing was exceptionally good this year.  Father Paul Nicholson provided a solid spiritual base as this year’s chaplain.

The Montfort Youth Retreat for high school and college students was held July 27 to August 2 with 60 participants.

In daily conferences by the Brothers, the boys were encouraged to find their happiness in serving God through virtuous living. Father William Blazek offered an introduction to Ignatian spirituality in his sermons and in a conference on the importance of the examination of conscience.

The retreatants enjoyed plenty of time for sports and many did particularly well as “master” sailors on the Montfort fleet of Sunfish.

An excellent schola was formed to sing the Missa de Angelis for the closing Mass.  The Friday-night-finale for both groups was a great talent show.

It was a wonderful two weeks in the Montfort tradition and, God willing, we look forward to more of the same next year.

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