St. Teresa’s Academy’s 2017 CSJ Leadership Camp

St. Teresa's campers visiting the CSJ motherhouse in St. Louis
with Sister Rita Flaherty, who is a graduate of the STA Class of 1936.

By Kelly Drummond, STA administrative assistant

St. Teresa’s Academy in Kansas City had another successful CSJ Leadership Camp on May 30 through June 1. Every year teachers nominate sophomores for participation in the camp based on their leadership abilities. Twenty two campers then come together for their first days of summer vacation to explore these qualities. This is the third year that STA has taken the leaders to St. Louis to visit the motherhouse.

Throughout their time at the motherhouse, the students discussed and discovered the qualities of leadership they wanted to develop; they worked on their problem solving skills; they discovered their styles of leadership; and they concluded with reflection and prayer.  During this time, these young women took a tour of the motherhouse and visited Nazareth Living Center, truly immersing themselves in the experience. St. Teresa’s is so proud to have another class of CSJ campers prepared to follow in the tradition of the Sisters of St. Joseph. 

Read below a recounting by one of the campers:

As we drove many long hours together to the beautiful motherhouse, we bonded through music and stories. We started as a group of young women who knew little about each other but are leaving this camp a closer group of sisters.

Sister Kate showed us around the motherhouse and told us what years each building was built, why and how. But in these walls lies a bigger meaning, our mission of unfinished lace: how we need to connect our past and present to help build our future.

As our short trip progressed, we formed bonds with each other as well as bonds with the elderly. Whether it was playing bingo with them or just listening to their stories, we all learned insights from them. We learned how time may affect the outer appearance, but the person’s inner light and spirit always finds a way to shine through.

We learned to work through conflicts while staying true to our own values. We learned that to be a good leader, we must acknowledge others’ values as well as our own. We are all leaders with different strengths and qualities given to us by the Holy Spirit. As a group, some people’s strengths build up others’ weaknesses; we build each other up in spirit.

We learned our leadership strengths and weaknesses and how to fill our leadership positions to their full potential. We grew as leaders while working in groups and applying our teamwork skills. I’m grateful for the interesting people that we have met.

In the motherhouse, we have felt closer to each other and closer in faith. From wandering about this beautiful chapel to growing in our self-awareness, we discovered the benefits of furthering our spirituality. We are beyond grateful for the opportunities we have been given these past few days. Not only have we grown as a group but also as individuals.

June 21, 2017

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