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April 28, 2021

By Thomas Semeraro
Director of Youth Ministry

As the Director for the Office of Youth Ministry, I feel it is important that I speak to you directly regarding the decision not to operate Summer Camp Guggenheim in 2021. Much time and energy was spent in discernment, discussions, and most importantly, prayer. Many factors contributed to reaching this decision. Many of them centered on COVID Pandemic mitigation requirements set forth by the New York State Department of Health. We also applied thoughtful consideration of campers and their families, counselors, staff, Pastors, and their health and safety amidst this Pandemic. I know that we so desperately want to be done with this Pandemic but, we must remain vigilant. COVID is still here, and it is still a public health challenge.

As discouraging as this may seem, there is great hope as we forge ahead. This Pandemic has brought much pain and discomfort to all of us, but I feel that it also has opened our eyes and our hearts to Grace. We have learned new ways to live and a new understanding about the human condition. With Hope and Grace in our hearts and minds, we will take this 2021 pause and dedicate energy and time to growing the Summer Camp program along with the camp facility itself.

The new look of the Summer Camp Guggenheim program will be well crafted and balanced. It will provide young people with a fulfilling experience of church, an opportunity to encounter Jesus Christ in the Eucharist, and an immersive experience in nature. We will strive to continue the Summer Camp Guggenheim tradition and fulfill its mission as set forth by the original creators of the Summer Camp program.

I see a future filled with Hope and Joy for our young people in the Diocese of Ogdensburg.

If you would like to be part of the journey with our youth, please feel free to reach out to me personally at any time.

Thank you for your continued support and prayers.

God Bless.


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