In time, this "camp" transformed into an orientation for new seminarians and a week of prayer, reflection on Holy Cross history and spirituality, and brotherly recreation for all the men in formation. In 2005 Holy Cross moved this seminarian camp from Maryland to Indiana, though it has retained the spirit – and many of the traditions – of those earlier camps.
During our week at LaPorte, we heard from various Holy Cross religious about their lives in ministry and how they sustain "a spirit of fervor". A panel of younger religious – Fr. Michael Wurtz, C.S.C., Fr. Dan Parrish, C.S.C., and Fr. Neil Wack, C.S.C. – presented a theological explanation of zeal from Scripture and Tradition and used examples from their ministry in parishes and universities to show how Christ continues to set their hearts on fire with zeal.
Br. Tom Dziekan, C.S.C., the Vicar General of Holy Cross, traveled from the Generalate in Rome to address our men on the zeal he has seen in Holy Cross around the world. From Africa and Bangladesh to South America and the United States, priests and brothers serve in schools, parishes, and missions with zeal for souls. Br. Tom also spoke on the vocation of Holy Cross brothers and how from the beginning of Holy Cross to today these men live with fervor and spiritual closeness to Jesus.
The week is not all presentations. In fact, what distinguishes "camp" from the various other retreats during the year is the extended time we have to have fun with each other and get to know everyone more informally – which is far easier to do in the swimming pool and playing bocce! Various tournaments spring up for bean bag tossing, bocce, fishing, and euchre, while others play volleyball and basketball or enjoy some downtime reading and chatting with their brothers. Each evening concludes with Night Prayer in the chapel and a social in "Ludger Lodge."
Mr. David Halm, C.S.C., is entering his second year of temporary vows as a seminarian at Moreau Seminary. This year, along with Mr. Tony Oleck from Old College, he served as one of the "Mayors" of the seminarian orientation at LaPorte. Learn more about seminary life and formation in the Congregation of Holy Cross.