Yesterday, we went to my favorite place in the world – Camp Koinonia in Italy Valley, NY. We have been attending Family Camp there for 16 years. Family Camp is week-long summer camp for the entire family. The first few years, we attended as a family and it helped us to form a bond with our children that is extraordinary. For the last few years, John and I have attended as Spiritual Directors and our children have taken on various staff roles. We spent this weekend working with the Teen Staff (Counselors) and Program Directors. Today the families arrived and a week of Family Camp opened with a joyful Mass featuring a phenomenal homily by our friend Fr. Joe.
After dinner, I said goodbye to John and headed home. He will stay all week as Spiritual Director and I will be there when I can. My office has a big event tomorrow that I cannot miss. So, this week I will be going back and forth. Next week, however, I will be staying for the entire week. A week at Family Camp is like a little taste of heaven. It is beautiful there and it has a beautiful spirit. It is a holy place. The families who attend Family Camp are amazing families and I love spending time with them.
Camp Koinonia is one of the few places that gets no cell phone service. The Camp has no internet service, no cable, no tv. Just nature and beauty and friends and family. Because so many electronic distractions are not available, families have so much time to play together and talk and laugh and celebrate. It is very special to me. I wanted to take some photos to share, but when I took out my camera, there was some sort of problem with my battery. I will post pictures after my next visit.