The Year for Consecrated Life - Eastern Canadian Chinese Catholic Living Camp
Wednesday, November 25, 2015 by Kathy McMerty

By Fr David Purcell, C.Ss.R.

“… my heart’s one desire is to be holy, set apart for you Lord. I choose to be Holy….ready to do your will.” These words come from a song, “Refiner’s Fire” by Brian Doerksen. I am meeting so many Catholic youth across the country who radiate these words through their actions.

For example, in an unbroken string of almost 40 years, another 加東 (Ga Tung) camp was hosted by a group of young adults at Camp Opemikon, about one hour north of Kingston, Ontario. Consecrated Life and the Laity was the topic.

Thank-you to Fr. Francis Ching and our group leaders who helped us learn about the vows of Chastity, Poverty, and Obedience. These vows, professed out loud by religious brothers and sisters, reflect various faces of the life of Christ. We learned that the values they reflect, are lived out by people in vocations such as marriage, the single life, and other vocations different from religious communities.

Interesting to myself, and maybe to you…in recent years, from this group, have come, Fr. Francis Ching who is a member of the Companions of the Cross; Fr. Bui was here with his parish youth group and he is a diocesan priest in the Archdiocese of Toronto, Sister Cora Bebosa is a Salesian Sister of St. John Bosco, Brother Edmund Lo is a Jesuit, and Sister Jessica is a Servant of the Plan of God!

Here in the picture above you see myself, Sister Jessica, and Fr. Armand Galay of the Missionaries of Africa. We are so grateful that we were given an opportunity to promote our various communities and to hear an original song written for the weekend called “We are made for Glory”. Music is by Michael Wu and lyrics by Fr. Francis Ching and the ECCCLC 2015 Committee: “We are set apart. We are made for glory. We are consecrated, baptized, in Christ. We are set apart. We will live for You. We are made for glory. Let Your poverty, chastity, obedience be our path. Amen.”