Seventy local Boy Scouts and Venturers participated in the annual Diocesan Catholic Boy Scout Retreat on the weekend of October 25, held at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington where the program followed the theme of “Belong More Deeply.”

“It was an awesome weekend,” said Kim Fontaine, one of the volunteer adult scouting leaders. “Congratulations to the Committee who put in a lot of hard work to make this retreat a success. Thank you to the priests and seminarians who joined us, it wouldn’t have been the same without you!”

The retreat program was run by scouts and seminarians from both the Diocese of Rockville Centre and the Archdiocese of New York.  Adults were welcome to participate in most activities as well. Several of the seminarians who gave up their weekend off to be with the scouts are themselves Eagle Scouts. They are seminarians Alessandro da Luz and John Crozier who are studying for the Diocese of Rockville Centre and Seminarian Tom Colucci who is studying for the Archdiocese of New York.  Deacon Jim Shelton, and Seminarians Jeff Yildirmaz (from Rockville Centre) and Matt Reiman (Archdiocese of NY) also participated.

The weekend included numerous prayer opportunities, talks from the seminarians, a rope relay activity, hiking to the waterways of Lloyds Neck and a campfire complete with songs and skits — a traditional Boy Scout activity.  Bishop John Dunne was gracious and spent time with the scouts in a question-and-answer period. Eammon Lennon(Crew 333) brought his DJ equipment and provided music for the retreatants during the afternoon free time.

The Celebration of the Mass was held on Saturday evening. The Principal Celebrant was Bishop John Dunne. Concelebrants were Father Gerard Gentleman, retiring Diocesan Scouting Chaplain and Father Frank Zero, incoming Scouting Chaplain, both of whom are Eagle Scouts.