IVE Girls’ Summer Camp 2009
From June 11-14, a dozen sisters and several lay volunteers led the Annual Girls’ Summer Camp at St. Patrick’s Retreat Center in Upstate New York. This year, 87 inner-city girls ages 7-17 participated with great enthusiasm in the daily activities which included: Holy Mass, Rosary, team competitions of various sports and games. They also had a Corpus Christi Procession and a trip to the Howe Caverns.

May God continue to guide and protect all the children and youth who have been a part of our many summer apostolates.

Totus Tuus South Dakota
The Office of Vocations for the Diocese of Rapid City, South Dakota invited sisters from six different religious communities to help run a Vocations Camp from June 21-26. More than 70 middle school and high school girls participated. Each day’s full schedule included Holy Mass, Adoration, Liturgy of the Hours, talks led by the sisters, hiking, camp fires, and many other games and activities. Please pray for the girls who attended the camp, that many of them will be generous in following God’s will.

California Summer Oratory 2009
From July 6-24, Our Lady of Peace in Santa Clara, CA, hosted the 7th Annual Summer Oratory for more than 400 children and youth. Novices, postulants, and professed sisters came from Maryland to California to help with the oratory.

The children, divided into six teams and separated by age, competed for points by playing sports, answering catechetical questions, and working together. The daily schedule included: talks, games, Holy Mass, silent Bible reading (based on the talk in the morning), Rosary procession around the Shrine, songs. The purpose of these activities is to teach the children to practice the virtues of patience, fortitude, and joy while drawing ever closer to Our Lord and His Blessed Mother.

We thank God for the success of the Summer Oratory, and ask Our Lady to continue to lead her little ones to the Heart of her Son.