From June 10-12, the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls hosted a Franciscan Girls Camp entitled, “Dance the Circle of Sacredness,” focusing on Native American Spirituality, for 19 girls in Assisi Park at St. Francis Convent, Little Falls. A variety of camp activities included stenciling tee-shirts, one-on-one with a Sister, pilgrimage to sacred sites on campus, presentation on self-esteem, stories of Saint Francis, a Bible session, camp fire songs and story-telling, celebrating the Mass and interactive games. Building on the theme of Native American Spirituality, presenter Ramona Hendren introduced campers to “smudging” (incensing) while sharing about her Ojibwe heritage: the way of life, language, ceremonies, family, nature, dance, songs and food. Specifically, Hendren spoke of the Circle of Life: the four directions, four peoples, four ages, and four ways of healing oneself.
When asked, “What was special about your presence at this Camp experience, two campers responded with, “The food was awesome.” “It was fun getting to meet new friends and hanging out with the sisters.” “I enjoyed learning about Francis, he lived by the Bible and he included everyone.”
Campers, ages 12-14, came from Bowlus, Deer Creek, Fort Ripley, Little Falls, Long Prairie, Milaca, Morris, Pierz, Royalton, St. Cloud, Swanville and Wadena; Knoxville, Iowa and Superior, Wis.
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