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High school girls can ‘Be-YOU-t-full’ at new camp

June 27, 2012

Each year at the end of Discover Camp, the oldest girls know it’s the end of their summer adventure with the Sisters of St. Joseph. Some of them have been in Concordia as Discover Campers for three years — when they were entering sixth, seventh and eighth grades.

Then they “graduate” — and there has been nothing like Discover Camp for older teens.

That will change June 13 when Camp Be-YOU-t-full begins, designed specifically for Catholic girls entering ninth through 12th grades.

“Parents and teachers and the girls themselves have asked for something after Discover Camp,” explained Sister Beverly Carlin, the vocation director for the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia. “So we sat down with some college-age women to get their ideas, and they all said this is such an important time, when girls are trying to figure out who they are.”

As a result of those conversations, Sister Bev and a team of college-age “camp counselors” put together the three-day Camp Be-YOU-t-full.

It will begin Thursday afternoon, June 13, and continue through Saturday evening, June 15, with the campers staying at the Nazareth Motherhouse in Concordia. The cost is $75 and there are a limited number of $25 scholarships available. Registrations are available online; CLICK HERE for the form to print out and complete. Or, for more information, contact Sister Beverly at 785/220-7996 or srbevc@csjkansas.org

The registration deadline is May 31.

With the camp name playing on the word “beautiful,” the focus, Sister Beverly said, will be “discovering the beauty God created in us.”

Young women today struggle to “become fully who we are, and not just be like everybody else,” she added.  Issues of today’s culture, peer pressure and Catholic faith and values will all be camp topics.

But like Discover Camp, Camp Be-YOU-t-full will also feature games, crafts, swimming and a change to meet other girls from across Kansas and beyond. The camp will conclude with Mass at 6:30 p.m. Friday, followed by an ice cream social hosted by the Sisters of St. Joseph. Campers’ parents are invited to join the girls for the Mass and social.

In addition to Sister Beverly and a number of college women, camp staff will include sisters and other volunteers. The team hopes to have about 20 campers taking part.

 

 

 

 

Congregation welcomes associates from Ness City, Manhattan

March 31, 2012

Sister Rosabel Flax, second from right, introduces new CSJ Associate Rosalita Flax of Ness City, Kan., to the Sisters of St. Joseph during a commitment ceremony at the Nazareth Motherhouse Saturday afternoon. Looking on are new CSJ Associate Catherine Seitz of Manhattan, left, and Sister Mary Jo Thummel, second from left.

CSJ Associates from across Kansas and beyond took part in a ceremony this afternoon (Saturday, March 31) as two new members made their first commitments and 14 members renewed their commitments.

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The simple ceremony at the Nazareth Motherhouse concluded the annual weekend Associates Retreat, in which all 16 had taken part, at Manna House of Prayer.

The new CSJ Associates are Catherine Seitz of Manhattan, Kan., and Rosalita Flax of Ness City, Kan.

The associates renewing their annual commitment Saturday were:

  • Carol Arts of Concordia
  • Sheryl Bahr of Rossville, Kan.
  • Betty Bombardier of Concordia
  • Janet Chapman of Concordia
  • Amber Charboneau of Dewey, Okla.
  • Jane Christensen of Concordia
  • Rita Collette of Concordia
  • Stephanie Hudson of Kansas City, Mo.
  • Susan LeDuc of Ames, Kan.
  • Bill and Susan Riordan of Salina
  • Myrna Shelton of Concordia
  • Jennifer Spangler of Overland Park, Kan.
  • Nancy Welsh of Topeka

CSJ Associates are Christian men and women from all ages and all walks of life who are committed to Gospel values, who feel drawn by the charism, spirituality and mission of the Sisters of St. Joseph, who want to deepen their own spiritual life and who are willing to give themselves in service to the dear neighbor.

As associates, they meet monthly with other associates and sisters, participate in the prayer life of the congregation and attend retreats, assemblies and celebrations of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia.

There are now more than 30 CSJ Associates in Kansas, Colorado, Missouri, Oklahoma and New Mexico, as well as at least that many working with the Sisters of St. Joseph’s Brazil mission.

For more information on the CSJ Associate program, contact:

Sister Jean Befort at jeanbefort@sbcglobal.net or Sister Janet Lander at janetmarycsj@yahoo.com

or go to www.csjkansas.org/about/associates/

Fun day builds girls’ awareness, confidence

March 30, 2012

Sister Julie Christensen, far right, watches as senior girls from Sacred Heart and St. Xavier high schools try "mirroring" each other in an exercise at the Nazareth Motherhouse Friday (March 30).

Eighteen high school seniors spent today (Friday, March 30) at the Nazareth Motherhouse in activities that looked for all the world like silliness and play.

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But the point of the annual daylong retreat for senior girls was much more serious: To help them understand the challenge of being faithful to themselves as they move into adulthood and the next phases of their lives.

Girls from Sacred Heart High School in Salina and St. Xavier High School in Junction City took part in the program, let by Sisters Beverly Carlin, Julie Christensen, Anna Marie Broxterman and Polly Kukula.

To keep the group energized after lunch with the Sisters of St. Joseph in the Motherhouse dining room, Sister Julie led an exercise in “mirroring,” in which one girl led the gestures and movement as her partner attempted to exactly follow, or mirror, those actions. The idea, Sister Julie said, was to maintain eye contact and do the exercise in silence — but that proved too much of a task for a room full of teenage girls. Amidst giggles, each pair tried to be perfect mirrors.

In real life, Sister Julie asked at the end of the exercise, who do we try to mirror? Whose actions do we try to copy, and why do we do that?

As the girls go into unfamiliar situations after high school graduation — whether it be college or a job or the military — they will find themselves copying the actions of people around them as they try to get comfortable and fit in, Sister Julie said. “But the one person who is always there, who should always be a reflection of the true you, is the person looking in the mirror,” she told the group.

Also taking part today was Alice Jones, a senior at Kansas State University, who talked to the girls about her own transition from high school to college.

Other presentations during the day focused on the emotions that come from being out of our comfort zone and finding the courage to take risks.

The girls also joined the sisters for Mass at the Motherhouse.

Friday’s the deadline to sign Civility Pledge

March 24, 2012

Friday (March 30) is the deadline to sign the 2012 Civility Pledge, one of the ongoing projects of the Concordia Year of Peace Committee.

Copies of the pledge are available to sign at the Frank Carlson Library, Concordia.  Signature sheets are also available to download; just CLICK HERE.

The Year of Peace Committee launched the community Civility Pledge drive in 2010, and 244 Concordians signed on. In 2011, that number grew to 300. Each year the Concordia Blade-Empire published a page of the signatures, which the newspaper will do again sometime in April.

The Civility Pledge says: “I will be civil in my public discourse and behavior, I will be respectful of others whether or not I agree with them and I will stand against incivility when I see it.”

Sister Jean Rosemarynoski, who chairs the Year of Peace Committee, said the Civility Pledge is particularly important in this presidential election year.

“Civility means being respectful despite our differences of opinion,” she said. “We want to get the message out, and then encourage everyone to live that message: That all people must be treated with dignity and respect.”

Anyone who wants more information about the continuing Concordia Year of Peace or would like to be part of the committee may contact Sister Jean at 785/243-2149 or by email at sisterjean@csjkansas.org.

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