2018 Philosophy Camp
A wise man ... built his house upon a rock, and the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and they beat upon that house, and it fell not, for it was founded on a rock. — St Matthew 7: 24-25

These July school holidays, all high school and upper-primary school students, with an enquiring mind, are invited to join seminarians from the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter (FSSP) for the "2018 Philosophy Camp".

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When: Tuesday 10th July — Friday 13th July (School Holidays)

Ages: School Grades 5 — 12 (to be taught in 3 groups)

Time: 8:00 am — 5:00 pm

Venue: The John Berne School (at the end of Charles O'Neill Way, Lewisham, NSW 2049)

Cost: $50/child; $125/family of 3+ (No one will be turned away for financial reasons)

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In a fun and relaxed atmosphere, the seminarians will open up the awesome wisdom of St Thomas Aquinas to young minds–leading them from a knowledge of the material universe, to a knowledge, love and praise of the God who fashioned it and holds it in existence.

The aim of this Camp is to equip participants with a right understanding of fundamental philosophical terms and distinctions, providing them with the bedrock upon which a strong and firmly-grounded Faith in the Gospel may be built.

A solid foundation in the moderate realist philosophy of St Thomas will also prove to be a defence against the confusing currents of strange ideas very much present in our modern, and increasingly secular, world. For good reason then, is St Thomas' philosophical methodology so highly prized and consistently praised by the Church.

As all knowledge and wisdom is vain unless it leads us to grow in love of God and neighbour, prayer and attendance at Holy Mass will also be a focal point of the Camp. The seminarians will strive to enlighten campers to the reasons behind liturgical actions and they will also discuss the role of religious vocations in the life of the Church and one's pursuit for true happiness.

A feature of the Camp will also be frequent team-building activities as well as daily group sport and recreation. These will culminate in a group challenge on the final day of Camp, where teams (aided with their knowledge learned at Camp) will tackle an obstacle course, and compete for the coveted "Philosophers' Cup"!

The chaplain for this Camp is Fr Duncan Wong FSSP.

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Please do not hesitate to contact the camp director, Mr Thomas Sofatzis FSSP, should you have any queries:

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Phone (from June 1st) — 0434 146 311.

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