Dear Friends of the Oblates, St. Francis, Camp DeSales and DeSales Center,

The Oblates recently committed to providing affordable youth leadership and evangelization programs for area parishes and schools at Camp DeSales. We want Camp to become a youth evangelization powerhouse for northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. Inspired by LifeTeen, Catholic Youth Camps and similar Catholic youth organizations, Camp's new programs aspire to awaken, empower, and equip teens to live their Christian faith. Camp will work directly with and be a resource to local Catholic parish and school youth groups year-round so that a camper's experience of Christ deepens. The programs emphasize encountering Christ through prayer, music and Christian community, and the intersection of faith and leadership. They encourage parish involvement, vocation discernment, social consciousness, and living Gospel values in both our private and public lives.

Fortunately Camp DeSales is mostly ready to implement these new programs. We already have a beautiful chapel, staff quarters, kitchen, dining room, waterfront and the camp property itself. But we still need to bring the facilities up to code, accommodate more campers, and offer the activities, worship and conference spaces essential to the program's success. For this purpose we have begun a $550,000 capital campaign.

Please help us build this important ministry. Partner with us by using the donation button below or mailing your donation to: Camp DeSales • 1198 DeSales Drive • Brooklyn, MI 49230. Click here if you would like to donate for a specific need or piece of equipment. Please contact me if you have any questions, suggestions or would like to help in some other way with the preparations.

Thank you for your generous support and kindness,

Fr. Ken McKenna, OSFS

Click here to download paper version of the Youth Evangelization appeal letter with pictures.