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Monday, 17 August 2015 00:00

Montfort Camp & Retreat 2015

In the spirit of St. John Bosco and St. Louis de Montfort, the Brothers, Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, hosted two weeks of activities for 160 boys and young men this summer. The great crew of cooks, fathers, and counselors helped make both weeks run smoothly, which facilitated the spiritual growth and physical exercise Montfort Boys Camp and Youth Retreat offers to young men from all over the US.

boys15collageEighty enthusiastic middle-schoolers came during the second week of July to enjoy the many activities of Montfort Boys' Camp. Thanks to Fr. Neil Roy, we were privileged to have the Latin Mass and Benediction every day, and the boys assisted by serving at the altar and by singing for the Sunday morning Missa Cantata. Religious instruction on examination of conscience, the Mass, the four Last Things, and other pertinent topics added to the boys’ spiritual growth.

Campers also loved this unique opportunity here, with 80 boys of the same age, to have field and water-front activities at almost any time of the day. Though they participated in everything they could, their favorite seemed to be the sailing. Add to all this the huge capture-the-flag game, the mountain climb, and a five-mile canoe trip, these young Catholics went home both exhausted and spiritually fortified!

This year’s Montfort Youth Retreat gave us the privileged opportunity to meet and in a small way, form, 80 Catholic young men who, in varying degrees, are searching for the Truth. They received Truth Himself at daily Mass, thanks to the dedicated service of Fr. William Blazek, SJ, whose former experience as a doctor and soldier in the army proved very helpful throughout the week. In addition to religious instruction, the young men were given readings on charity and humility at each meal, as well as a conference each day by Father and the Brothers on such topics as Ignatian spirituality, devotion to Mary, the Mass, Vocations, music, and more.

Their mornings and afternoons were packed with challenging canoe trips and hikes, extremely-competitive soccer, basketball, and football games, refreshing water-front activities, intense boxing matches, as well as fun “pit-stops” to our Chiwatenhwa Trading Post. And to cap-off the week, the young men were treated to an excellent talent-show of music and juggling, followed by an amazing display of fireworks. There was never a dull moment for these young Catholics, and thanks to the grace of God and our generous benefactors, they went home with newly-formed friendships, plenty of food for spiritual growth, and lasting memories that will help them persevere in our pervading secular culture.

May God be praised for this grace-filled opportunity! Through Jesus and Mary, these young men will make a positive difference in their social circles.

See all the great photos from this week, by checking out these two new galleries from the Camp and Retreat weeks:
Montfort Boys Camp Gallery and Monfort Youth Retreat Gallery! (Be sure to click to enlarge the photos!)