17 Nov

Welcome to the 2017 Campamento Blog

The purpose of this blog is to inform and organize volunteers for the 2017 Camp at the Hogar Teresa Toda which is lead by Church of Saint Edwards parishioners, staff, and friends. It takes many to “make camp happen”.  This is one place to learn more.

Girls in their Campamento 2011 shirts


The Church of Saint Edward in Bloomington, MN, has had a relationship with Hogar Teresa Toda, a girls’ home run by Carmelite nuns, since 1997. The home is in Azua, about 2 hours west of Santo Domingo.

The relationship began when Bloomington Rotarians dug a well for the home. The Rotarians had only planned to dig another well in the region, but the Sisters convinced them to dig a well for the new home also. After digging and digging, the crew was not hitting water. The prospects were looking grim until the Sisters gathered the girls in a circle around the hole. In the limited Rotarian Spanish and Carmelite English, the Rotarians asked “What’s going on?” The head Sister said “You dig, we pray.” Within minutes, the crew hit water, fresh water, enough water for years and years to come. After that success, the Sisters expressed interest in maintaining a relationship with an American organization. This was not in the scope of the Bloomington Rotary, but someone there knew a Saint Edward’s parishioner.

More in the next post!



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