Fun, Faith, and Sister Buddies
SPRINGFIELD, ILL.—It is not clear who enjoys the Dominican Sisters’ Faith Camp more—the junior high girls who participate or their grateful parents—but it is time for families to register their daughters for this year’s camp, scheduled July 9-11.
Early registration is advised; participation is limited to 25 campers.
“It was such a wonderful experience for her to see how the sisters live,” said Jennifer Cunningham, Quincy, Ill., whose daughter Gwendolyn participated in camp last year. “Even now she is overjoyed when she speaks of her time at camp. Our schedules didn’t work out for her to participate till last year. Now she regrets that she is too old and can’t participate, but our younger daughter is thinking about coming this year.”
Girls starting grades 6-9 in the fall are welcome. They’ll enjoy crafts, games, a trip to Jubilee Farm, and interaction with the sisters in a safe, welcoming, Catholic environment. The girls will learn about the importance of prayer, study, and Christian service for a well-rounded faith life. The schedule includes making something, baking something, spending quiet time with Jesus in the chapel, swimming—and Sister Buddies.
Campers are matched up with sisters who live at Sacred Heart Convent, where the camp is held. The sisters pray for the campers and their families, sit with their buddy during morning prayer and Mass in the chapel, and have a special one-on-one conversation about the sister’s vocation story, her relationship with Jesus, and her service to the Church.
Campers’ families also get a taste of the experience on the last day when they are invited to a special program that gives them a peek into how camp has helped them grow, learn, and experience the love of God.
Camp is held at Sacred Heart Convent, 1237 W. Monroe St., Springfield, IL 62704.
Registration is $50 per child and includes a copy of The Catholic Youth Prayer Book for each child to take home. Registration forms are available here or from Sister Teresa Marron, OP, at 217-787-0481 or SrTeresa@spdom.org.
“Families who live at a distance might consider wrapping a family vacation around the camp,” suggests Sister Teresa Marron, the director of the vocation office who hosts the camp. “Come a day early or stay on a few days longer so your whole family can enjoy all Springfield has to offer.” Families planning a vacation around Faith Camp are advised to book accommodations early because hotels fill up fast in Mr. Lincoln’s Hometown. Visit www.visitspringfieldillinois.com for more information.