Knights of Columbus Father Baumgartner Council
For one week each summer, Catholic youth from our local parishes come together for a time of spiritual enrichment and to give of their talents and hard work to assist others in the community who are in need. It's a program called "Project People", and it involves high school- and college-age kids living at the Subiaco Retreat House, part of the St. Benedict Monastery in Oxford. Each year between 50 and 80 young people participate in the program. During the week, they sleep, eat their morning and evening meals, pray, take part in planned activities, socialize and learn together at the monastery. And during the day, they head out in teams of two to four, each team with an adult counselor, to work on community projects in the area. These projects can be wide-ranging: from completely tearing down and reconstructing a kitchen for one local resident to painting another's house, from building a ramp for a handicapped resident to doing landscape and gardening work for another. Some are completed in a few hours, others take a team the whole week. And at the end of each day, they return to the monastery - hot, sweaty and totally drained - to rest and unwind.
For the past few years, our Council has been lending a hand to support these kids as they support others. For one day during the week, our members arrive at Subiaco at 6:30 am to prepare and serve a hearty breakfast for these "campers" before they head out. Then in mid-afternoon, other Council volunteers begin preparing a dinner meal to serve the gang after they return from their projects. The kitchen at the Retreat House is small and gets pretty hot during the day, so we'll be doing the food preparation in the St. Irenaeus Activities Building kitchen. We then transport it back out to the monastery, where we set up serving stations and dish out salad, fruit, mac & cheese, chicken strips and rice crispy treats to a never-ending line of hungry mouths.
This year we have volunteered again to provide two meals. We will be preparing and serving both breakfast and the evening meal for the kids Wednesday, June 19. I know several of you are veterans of this event, but we'd sure like to see some new faces as well. This is work ALL of us know how to do, so come out and join us if you can.
And while you're there, make sure to spend some time just walking around the monastery campus, soaking up the peacefulness and admiring the natural beauty that surrounds you. A group of us usually stop in to the chapel as well, perched high on a ridge from which on a clear day you can see the Renaissance Center in Detroit. It'll be a day you'll remember.
Please sign up below for the early shift (making & serving breakfast), the food prep shift (mid-afternoon) or the evening shift (serving the dinner). A map of how to get to the monastery is attached below under "Related Files."
For more information, please contact Bill Grogan at 248-375-1408 or by clicking on the envelope icon next to Bill's name below.