More than 250 young athletes – the largest turnout so far – gathered at Farmingdale State College this week for the third annual Camp Christ, a three-day event featuring sports clinics in baseball, softball and girls and boys lacrosse, along with prayer, worship and faith testimonials from sports stars and mentors.

Each day opened with Mass – concelebrated on Wednesday, the final day of the camp, by diocesan vocations director Father Joe Fitzgerald (proclaiming the Gospel) and Msgr. David Cassato of Brooklyn.  In his homily, Msgr. Cassato told the young athletes about his own interaction with many professional sports stars, including Yankee great Derek Jeter and former Dodgers manager Tommy LaSorda, whom he called “a true believer,” as comfortable talking about Jesus as about baseball.

Click below for a slideshow of photos from the camp.  All photos by Rick Hinshaw.