Companion Camp, 2011
Local youth learn that seminary life
includes a good dose of fun
It’s a life of strict devotion -- to God, to prayer, to educating oneself about ones relationship with the Risen Lord, and when the time is right, to a hearty game of dodge ball.
Five boys from the Diocese of Dodge City recently learned that seminary life is about that and more when they spent two days at Conception Seminary in Conception, Mo.
Eighth graders Ivan Chavez, Omar Ruiz, Emmanuel Jimenez, all of Dodge City, and seventh graders Tony Guzman of Hugoton, and Trace Flax of Ness City, took part June 17-19 in Companion Camp 2011.
The event offered the boys a chance to chat with the monks of Conception Abby, to visit with seminarians, and to take part in vespers, Mass, Eucharistic Adoration and catechesis sessions.
They also had a good dose of fun in team-building activities, basketball and even an obstacle course, in which Ivan Chavez took first among more than 40 youth attending from surrounding states (Way to go, Ivan!).
When asked if he had fun at the camp, Omar, 12, responded, “Oh, yeah. Definitely. We had a lot of activities; we had an obstacle course. We got to see how the monks and priests work, that they’re not boring, that they can have fun, too. It’s a great experience, even if you aren’t looking to be a priest or anything.”
Tony, 13, stressed that he had a “very good time. I liked dodge ball. I liked Mass. I liked Mass very much. I liked prayer, and I liked vespers, too. I really wanted to go because I wanted to see what a seminary school is like. In the future I want to be a priest so I want to go to seminary.”
When asked for any closing statements, he said, “I’d really like to meet the bishop.”
Trace, 12, shared the general opinion that it was a “great time,” adding that he really enjoyed the water balloon fight.
As far as meeting the seminarians and monks? “That was awesome,” he said. He explained that he’s not thinking about the priesthood right now, choosing instead to wait until he’s a little older to discern.
The chaperones were Becky Hessman, coordinator of vocations, and Norma Alvarez, DRE at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe.