The end of our week together has finally come. We’ve weathered a few storms, but always saw the beauty in our home for the week and the people with whom we’ve shared so many wonderful memories! After many hugs and a few tears, Session 1 is complete and the campers have all returned home to their families.
The culmination of our beautiful week of Fanari 2017 “The Apostle Paul: Christ’s Great Athelete, A Champion to Imitate” was attending Divine Liturgy before we departed. Fr. Michael Arbanas, Fr. Jim Greanias, Fr. Andrew Kearns, Fr. Anastasios Theodoropoulos and Deacon Chris Avramopoulos celebrated the Divine Liturgy together and chanted a trisagion for Metropoliatan Iakovos, Fr. Bill Chiganos and all those Fanari campers, counselors and clergy who have fallen asleep in the Lord. Eternal be their memory!
Following breakfast, campers said their goodbyes, snapped a few last pictures and we all gathered together to sing the beautiful prokeimenon hymn, “Who is so great a God”. A perfect ending to our blessed week at Fanari Camp.
Our hope is that the campers gained a deeper knowledge of their faith this week and that new friendships were made and old friendships were strengthened. We thank all the dedicated clergy and staff for the time and talents they offered to our program and campers this week. None of this is possible without their dedication to the youth of our Metropolis.
Farewell, Session 1 campers. Onward to Session 2!