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Marist Retreat House in Esopus

20/08/2012: United States

As the school year is ended, our responsibility of making Jesus known and loved becomes evermore essential. But with empty classrooms, how do we maintain our connections?

Since its revitalization in the mid-1970s, the Marist Retreat House in Esopus, N.Y., has welcomed nearly 4,000 young people annually to its 120-acre property in the Mid-Hudson River Valley. From late June until early September, this wondrous facility is home to campers of all ages -- those from the inner city and those with special needs and debilitating illnesses. Since the beginning, these camps have been staffed entirely by volunteers who possess a legacy of compassion, Christian service and joy. We are blessed to have these volunteers, as their work embodies the vision of St. Marcellin Champagnat to love and serve the underprivileged and marginalized.  

So what are some ways we stay "connected?" The Marist Brothers maintain communication and contact over multiple media platforms. Whether it's updates to our Facebook page and website or an e-newsletter likeAmerican Marist, we are only a prayer and click away.

Through camp experiences, student retreats, adult evangelization programs, social media and events like the Marist Youth Gathering at Marist College, where more than 270 students from the United States, Canada and Mexico came together to share their Marist spirit, our contact and connections are enduring and growing.

So when that final school bell rings, please remember that the Marist spirit and mission is always in abundance, even during the dog days of summer. May God bless you and those you love during the months ahead.

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Brother Ben Consigli, F.M.S. - U.S. Provincial

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