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Lenten Almsgiving Update

You may remember that our 2022 Lenten Almsgiving supported Catholic Extension‘s much needed renovations at Legendary Lodge in the Diocese of Helena, MT.  Catholic Extension has proudly partnered with the diocese for several years by investing in religious education, youth ministry, college campus ministry, and seminarian education. Recently, Dr. Mickleburgh, our school principal, and Adrienne Timm, our Director of Social Service Ministry, went on an immersion trip with six others from Catholic Extension. They saw firsthand the vast improvements being made at Legendary Lodge. By shoring up the second floor of the already existing dining and meeting hall, and adding restrooms and an emergency exit, the useable space has doubled. “This renovation will make a huge difference next season. 120 more campers will be accepted and the wait list can be eliminated,” said Dan Bartleson, Director of Legendary Lodge.

Each summer, nearly 900 youth from across the diocese travel to the camp for a unique Catholic experience. The mission of Legendary Lodge has remained constant – to guide and accompany young disciples as they encounter Christ in prayer, sacrament, community, and in the beauty of God’s creation. Focused on faith formation, the camp provides a week of prayer, fellowship, adventure and joy.

“These cherished experiences persist as building blocks of faith, service, and generosity that last long into adulthood. The counselors’ and lay leaders’ goal is that the campers’ experience does not end when they leave. We work closely with the bishop, area priest, youth ministers and parents to ensure the themes and ideas discussed with the campers are built upon throughout the year. Based on the camp experience, parishes are seeing their youth continue their church involvement year-around. Many campers return and some become counselors and leaders,” Bartleson said. Vocations in the Diocese of Helena have tripled over the past few years because of the Legendary Lodge experience - thanks in part to Camp Chaplain and Diocese Vocations Director, Fr. Marc Lenneman. “We encounter Christ when we worship, serve and evangelize. Building the Church of tomorrow begins with developing young leaders today,” said Fr. Marc.

Legendary Lodge is magical, and Montana is a beautiful place to encounter Jesus. Our almsgiving helps to facilitate that while growing Catholicism among young people. "This immersion experience was a true gift. It gave me hope. I feel confident that the future of the Church is in very good hands," said Adrienne Timm. An interesting note: Fr. Stuart Long, the subject of Mark Wahlberg’s film, “Fr. Stu”, was a classmate of Fr. Marc’s. He knew him well and is still in touch with his father.

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St. Paul of the Cross

320 South Washington Street
Park Ridge, IL 60068

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HFC = Holy Family Chapel

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