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Camp Gray: Faith and fun will be back next year
Written by Kevin Wondrash, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017 -- 12:00 AM
camp gray slide
A camper during a recent session at Camp Gray in Reedsburg tries out the slide attached to the new dining hall building that opened this year.  The Catholic summer camp and retreat center of the Diocese of Madison recently completed its summer session. To view or purchase photos. go to http://www.madisoncatholicherald.smugmug.com (Catholic Herald photo/Kevin Wondrash)

REEDSBURG -- The 2017 summer season at Camp Gray may be over, but the faith, friends, and fun will be back next year.

Camp Gray is the Catholic summer camp and year-round retreat center of the Diocese of Madison, located on 225 acres near Reedsburg.

Every year, hundreds of campers come out to grow closer to God and each other.

For those who have never been to camp before and for those that can’t wait to go back, the adventure starts from minute one on day one.

Hello and welcome

During the last full week of camp for the summer -- week nine -- day one looked like any other day one, with camp staff welcoming the families as they arrived.

Their first stop was the new dining hall building where check-ins took place.

Following some double-checking of information, going over any health concerns, and a cookie, campers of all ages dropped their stuff off at their cabins, met their counselors for the week, and played some games on the “BBC” (basketball court).

Some family members stuck around before saying goodbye for the week and played with their kids on the BBC.

Some families also did a little shopping at the camp’s new canteen store, also located in the new dining hall building.

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Growing in knowledge of faith in the diocese
Written by Michelle Nilsson, For the Catholic Herald   
Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017 -- 12:00 AM

MADISON -- “Being Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but the encounter with an event, a person, which gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction.”

We begin by reflecting on these words by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, which define our mission as Christians as being a disciple to Christ and thus our relationship with him gives “direction” to our lives.

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St. Coletta renews its Lourdes grotto
Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017 -- 12:00 AM

JEFFERSON -- On the peak of the hill overlooking the original St. Coletta of Wisconsin campus, just below the St. Coletta cemetery in Jefferson, lays a replica rock grotto depicting the Virgin Mary appearing before a girl, St. Bernadette of Lourdes.

The appearance of the Virgin Mary to St. Bernadette at Lourdes, France, is of course known throughout the world, an inspiration to the faithful. The original shrine is a place of both healing and enlightenment and follows a story that puts a small farm village on the map of spiritual travel.

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