Camp Gray thanks the Knights for their years of support – Madison Catholic Herald



Members of the Knights of Columbus Baraboo tip # 746 presents a check to Camp Gray. Pictured left to right: Grand Knight Steve Hause, Camp Gray Executive Director Jeff Hoeben and District MP Paul Quigley. (Photo provided)

BARABOU – They are known for hosting pancake breakfasts and handing out Tootsie Rolls.

Their sword-like behavior dates from a time that is not ours.

Yes indeed, the Knights of Columbus are a bit of a counter-cultural group of men, and you wouldn’t know that, that’s exactly what they strive to be.

Years of support

The Knights of Columbus was founded by Fr. Michael J. McGivney in 1882 with a mission of charity.

Created to meet the needs of immigrants, refugees, and families suffering the death of a breadwinner, the Knights began as a small service organization and grew into a global financial and charitable organization.

Thousands of parishes across the country and around the world have local knight councils.

These local councils, made up of the men of the parish, strive to promote charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism.

All the while, they passionately defend the teachings of the Catholic Church.

Baraboo’s advice, # 746, is as exemplary as it gets.

In fact, to put it simply, without the local group, there would be no Camp Gray.

It was Monsignor Gray who dreamed of a youth camp in the early 1950s.

It was the local Knights of Columbus who made his dream come true.

After Monsignor Gray bought the land for Camp Gray, he fell ill and decided to return to his home country of Ireland to regain his health.

Returning to his family farm in County Longford, Bishop Gray prayed for his new camp while celebrating mass each day in the farmhouse lounge.

Before his death, he suffered a lot, but he will offer his sufferings for his new youth camp.

Across the pond, receiving the graces of these prayers, were the good people of Baraboo, many of whom were on Council # 746.

At this time, the Knights built many Camp cabins. Some of these first huts remain.

Never lacking in ingenuity, the Knights built these early huts with wood extracted from old ammunition crates used during World War II.

After the death of Monsignor Gray, they felt it was quite appropriate that they name his camp, Camp Gray.

Since that time, their service and support has been unwavering and constant.

Listing all the ways they have supported Camp Gray over the years would pour ink on this computer.

For many, many years, Council # 746 owned a house near downtown Baraboo that had been turned into a KC Hall.

The ground floor held their monthly meetings and the basement was where the men gathered in fellowship.

For several reasons, including the increasing cost of maintenance and taxes, the Knights recently decided to sell the hall.

From now on, they will hold their monthly meetings at Camp Gray in Karsten Hall.

With the proceeds from the sale of the house, they donated $ 60,000 to Camp Gray with an additional $ 15,000 set aside for improvements, and they donated an additional $ 75,000 to the local parish, St. Joseph in Baraboo.

A need for strong men

We are living in difficult times, folks. What the world needs now, as it always has, are strong men.

We need men of faith who are virtuous husbands and fathers.

We need men of faith who are virtuous priests.

In this perilous journey, men need each other to support each other.

We thank the Knights of Columbus for their many years of support at Camp Gray and for their example of brotherhood, charity and dedication.

These men strive to build a bridge to faith. They may seem counter-cultural, but our culture today is in ruins.

Maybe we should all be a little more counter-cultural. Not just for the elderly; young men too: join your local knights today.


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