WHAT IS CAMP CHRIST?
Our mission is simple. We seek to provide an annual FREE unique baseball, softball, and basketball camp experience at Farmingdale State College where kids will be able to work with the best trainers on Long Island – all under a backdrop of conveying a deeper understanding of the Catholic faith – and how the athletes might draw upon that faith during life’s trials and tribulations. Each day will commence with a daily Mass from some of the most dynamic priests on Long Island. This will then be followed by a morning camp of drills and games, followed up by lunch with a Speaker – and then back to training and games for the afternoon. The camp will be 100% privately funded, so there is NO FEE to attend. Although you do not need to be Catholic to attend, parents and children should be advised that this will be an authentic Catholic experience for each of the athletes. Please check back here often as we work on putting together the details for camp. Camp Christ’s ultimate mission is expansion into camps with other Sports as well, so be sure to stay tuned for more details to come on that front! Please don’t hesitate to contact us to learn more!
WHO IS INVOLVED?
Father Brian Barr: Fr. Brian Barr is a priest of the Diocese of Rockville Centre. A native of Long Island, he attended Our Lady of Victory School in Floral Park and Holy Cross High School in Bayside, Queens. Prior to his ordination, he attended Cornell University graduating with a degree in Industrial and Labor Relations. Six years later, in May of 1993, he was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop John McGann. In his first assignment he served as associate pastor to the Parish of St. Thomas the Apostle, West Hempstead. In 1998, he was appointed chaplain to St. Anthony’s High School where he served the school community for six years. In 2004, Fr. Brian was assigned Diocesan Director of Campus Ministry. In that role he was responsible for providing a Catholic presence on the various secular colleges and universities within the diocese. During those years he also served as chaplain to Hofstra and Adelphi Universities. In June 2007, Father Barr was appointed Director of Vocations by Bishop William Murphy. As Vocation Director, he is responsible for encouraging, educating, recruiting and directing men in the process of discerning a vocation to the priesthood. In addition to his work in Vocations, Father Brian serves as pastor of St. Mary of the Isle Church, Long Beach, NY.
Father Joseph Fitzgerald: Father Fitzgerald is a priest for the Diocese of Rockville Centre, and a native of Bay Ridge Brooklyn (St. Patrick’s Parish) however, he and his family later moved to North Babylon (Parish of St. Joseph). Father Fitzgerald went to Ithaca College where he studied History and continued to play Football (Quarterback) and Baseball (3rd Base). Upon graduating from Ithaca College in the Spring of 1993, Father Fitzgerald returned to teach and coach for North Babylon High School before competing for the US National Team Handball Squad (not off the wall) – Team Handball is a Summer Olympic Sport. Father Fitzgerald eventually was selected to the 1996 Olympic Team and represented the United States in Atlanta, Georgia where the Team Placed 9th overall. He later taught, coached and did youth ministry in Marietta, Georgia before returning to Long Island in 2001, beginning studies for the Pre-theology program and eventually the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington, NY. He was ordained on June 9th, 2007 and his first parish was St. Kilian in Farmingdale, NY. Since becoming Vocation Director in June of 2009 he has been assigned to Holy Trinity Diocesan High School in Hicksville, Hofstra University in Hempstead, and assists in Vocations for Rockville Centre.
Team Long Island: Team LI is a private softball organization that is run by Angel Mangual. With teams for virtually all-adolescent ages, the Team LI organization is an elite travel team that prepares players for High School and College level softball. Each year, players from Team LI sign to major colleges including Cornell University, University of Pittsburgh, Hofstra, Adelphi, UNC, Georgetown, and Syracuse. More information about this organization can be found at www.teamli.com.
Prospect Sports: Prospect Sports is a training facility on LI that improves the performance of baseball and softball players. Run by former and current professional baseball players, and lead by Bryan and Jimmy Goelz as well as many others, Prospect Sports provides the training to not only become a better baseball player, but and overall better athlete. More information about this facility can be found at www.prospectsportsli.com.
Throughout the time at camp, there will also be other speakers, clergy and professional athletes to work with and inspire our campers.