This summer I had the opportunity to be a part of Camp Tekakwitha in the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas. Each year Archbishop Naumann chooses a theme for the camp, which thousands of school-aged kids attend for 3-9 days at a time. The theme for this year is “Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive.”
As I sat and gazed upon the crucifix in the St. Kateri Tekakwitha Chapel at Prairie Star Ranch in Williamsburg, I couldn’t help but notice how perfect the theme is for this year. Love is our mission…this is not just a call for some, but for all. This is our mission as Franciscan Sisters of the Martyr St. George, as well. Through our charism, we are called to receive the merciful love of Christ through our prayer and participation in the Sacraments, and then give that love to all we encounter. This is something we strive for daily. I strive to do this in my local convent, in my classroom, with my coworkers, and with anyone else I might meet throughout the day.
It has been a wonderful experience for me these past two summers to spend some time at Camp Tekakwitha, getting to know the staffers and campers. In the time I have spent there, I have witnessed young men and women giving totally of themselves over the course of the summer. Some of these young men and women were once students of mine, and it makes me incredibly proud to see them striving for sainthood, striving to make this camp family come fully alive through living out the mission of love. They inspire and edify me, as I, too, strive to live the mission of love…of merciful love.
-Sister M. Bridget, FSGM