Friday’s weather doesn’t dampen Discover Camp

June 1, 2012 by

With the day’s outdoor activities pushed inside by cool temperatures and scattered showers, the 40 Discover Campers at the Nazareth Motherhouse could have been in for a disappointing day.

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But not under the guidance of camp director Jessica Thompson and camp coordinator Sister Beverly Carlin, who with their crew of volunteers and camp staff revamped the day to ensure the girls continued their three-day adventure. The annual discover camp for girls entering sixth, seventh and eighth grades, began Thursday and continues through Saturday evening.

One highlight of today’s activities was a talk by Sister Donna Otter, who has been a Sister of St. Joseph for 53 years and has served much of that time at the congregation’s missions in Brazil. Sister Donna talked about two older sisters who entered the Sisters of St. Joseph before her and thinking that even though she felt called to religious life, it was not meant for her. After graduating from high school and entering college, though, she said she still felt called, and eventually made the decision to enter the same congregation as her sisters.

In 1965, she was asked to go to the Sisters of St. Joseph’s newly established mission in Teresina, Brazil. She told the girls attending Discover Camp about the rustic conditions at the time, and modernizations that have taken place over the years. At the time, the sisters’ Regional House was in an outlying area of Teresina, but the city has grown so much in the past decades that now the House is near the center of town, she said.

Sister Donna is in the United States visiting family and friends and will return to Brazil soon.

Other events Friday included performing”team cheers” for the sisters who live at the Motherhouse and then playing bingo with them, as well as a variety of crafts, a chance to swim in the Motherhouse pool and an indoor picnic that took the place of the planned outdoor barbecue.


The slideshow included above features mostly photos from Friday’s activities, with a few from Thursday evening thrown in. To see more photos from Thursday, CLICK HERE.



2 Responses to “Friday’s weather doesn’t dampen Discover Camp”

  1. Jodi Creten on June 2nd, 2012 7:34 am

    “The more we get together…” What a wonderful playful way to be with our neighbors great and small. Thanks to all who planned and participated!

  2. Loretta A. Jasper, csj on June 2nd, 2012 6:37 am

    Such a wonderful way for young women to interact by way of play, activities, prayer; sharing space and hearts in the midst of CSJ’s in the Motherhouse setting. Thanks to parents, counselors and csj’s for making this happen.

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