Field Notes

An Expedition Into the Counter Intuitive

Oct 23
An Expedition Into the Counter Intuitive
Posted October 23, 2013

I am not a huge outdoorsman, and although I was a boy scout when I was younger, I still felt some trepidation about participating in the Wilderness Outreach program. But whatever doubts I had about the trip were erased on the first day. Sure, the hike into camp was difficult and long, but it felt very satisfying to complete the long trip with my brother seminarians. Each of us provided support and encouragement for the others during the long trip, which helped to build fraternity. After arriving at the camp, we built an Altar for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, which was offered every day. We ate, prayed, worked and socialized together every day, with no distractions that would normally mark our interactions together. In addition, the rugged trail work, combined with our evening conferences, helped me to get a much firmer grasp of the kind of masculine spirituality we as seminarians are called to embrace. I would wholeheartedly endorse Wilderness Outreach for any seminarian. Tim Sahd, seminarian Diocese of Harrisburg.