Camp Gray's Leaders in Training are never too old for camp
Written by Kevin Wondrash, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Jul. 17, 2014 -- 12:00 AM
Camp Gray’s Leaders in Training (LIT) go bushwhacking in the camp’s woods with LIT coordinator Clara Rose (front) and assistant director Chris “Topher” Aderhold (far back). To view or purchase photos, visit (Catholic Herald photo/Kevin Wondrash)

REEDSBURG -- Earlier this year, Camp Gray posted a video on its Facebook page showing last year’s staffers singing the “Camp Gray Song,” also known as “Where I Wanna Be” (also found on Bless Us for The Journey, a CD of Camp Gray music available at

It contains the lyrics “Camp Gray is the place where I wanna be . . . Oh Camp Gray, how I love ya!”

Every year, kids and kids-at-heart decide Camp Gray is where they want to be, and they keep coming back. A part of them grows up each time they’re at camp.

Some of them stay on the journey for several years -- starting as the smallest campers to growing up and becoming leaders of new campers and starting the cycle all over again.

A look at camp this summer

Camp Gray is the Catholic summer camp and year-round retreat center of the Diocese of Madison.

According to its website, ( for more than 60 years, in everything it does, Camp Gray incorporates the Catholic faith, encourages love of neighbor, and provides tons of fun.

With nine one-week sessions of summer camp for campers in second to 12th grade, countless retreats throughout the school year for middle school and high school students, and a festive Family Camp weekend each Labor Day weekend, there are many opportunities to enjoy its 225 acres of God’s beauty.

During this summer’s second session, June 15 to 20, another guest joined the fun -- rain, and lots of it.


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Pope shows how Church must protect children
Written by By Mary C. Uhler, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Jul. 17, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

Many years ago, I received a phone call from someone who complained that a priest had been removed from her parish because of an allegation of sexual abuse of a child. (We have had very few such cases in our diocese, thanks be to God and the vigilance of our bishops and diocesan leaders.)

The caller said to me, “He was such a wonderful priest. I can’t imagine that he would harm a child.”

Black Madonna icon visits Madison
Written by Cathy Lins, For the Catholic Herald   
Thursday, Jul. 17, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

MADISON -- The pilgrim icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa (also known as the Black Madonna), a replica of the original icon found in the Jasna Gora monastery in Poland, was in Madison recently as part of an historic pilgrimage in the movement to build a culture of life.

On June 19, the Black Madonna was on display on the sidewalk outside of the Planned Parenthood Clinic on Orin Rd. for an afternoon prayer vigil and at an evening Mass at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Monona.


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