Motherhouse welcomes Discover Camp ‘Saints’

May 31, 2013 by


More than 30 junior high-age girls came to the Nazareth Motherhouse from across Kansas last week for the slumber party/spiritual retreat known as the annual Discover Camp.

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With the help of 11 high school- and college-age counselors, two “camp directors,” eight “camp staff members” and countless other volunteers, the 32 girls spent Thursday afternoon through Saturday evening with the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia.

The campers spread their sleeping bags throughout the open space on the fifth floor of the historic Motherhouse, but shared meals and other activities with the sisters who live there.

One special shared activity Friday evening was a cookout on the Motherhouse grounds. The meal is made possible by the local Knights of Columbus, who donated the hamburgers and hot dogs and then handled the grilling duties.

Most of the counselors had previously been campers, and both of this year’s camp directors — Ciara Malone of Lawrence, Kan., and Maggie Zody of Ellis — had been to Discover Camp before as counselors.

The theme of this year’s camp was “Saints in the Making,” with play, prayer and discussions throughout the camp focused on that idea.

Campers’ families were invited to a special Mass Saturday afternoon in the Sacred Heart Chapel at the Motherhouse, followed by an ice cream social hosted by the Sisters of St. Joseph.

The sisters have hosted Discover Camp for girls entering the sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grades for more than a dozen years, and this month will introduce a new camp for high school girls.

Camp Be-YOU-t-full is set for June 13-15 at the Motherhouse in Concordia. More information and registration forms are available at



One Response to “Motherhouse welcomes Discover Camp ‘Saints’”

  1. Judy Stephens on June 3rd, 2013 4:11 pm

    These are great photos of Campers & Councillors!

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