Texas Expansion Update - 2nd Quarter 2016 (Part 2)
Our capital campaign to expand the Houston Study Centers has now raised $12.8 million out of a goal of $15 million!
Our expansion plans are already being implemented, as both new study centers (Sheridan and Westcott) are well into their construction phases.
Westcott Construction Update
Construction of the new Westcott Study Center for men continues to make progress, as the building is now in the framing stage. The center remains on track for completion in November 2016; it will provide space to serve additional men and boys with leadership development and training programs.
Sheridan Construction Update
The new Sheridan Study Center at 2222 Bellefontaine Street is nearing completion for a Fall 2016 grand opening. The new center will provide plenty of space for girls’ programs such as the Art of Living, Creative Cuisine, and University Boulevard. Sheridan plans to add new hospitality and leadership training programs, including seminars on issues such as family, education, and marriage. It will also more comfortably house the ten residents of the current Sheridan Center.
sheridan STUDY CENTER PROGRAM SPOTLIGHT
This past June and July, the women of the Sheridan Study Center staffed a a number of summer programs, including Avanti, the Summer Training Program and the ever-popular Camp Bluebonnet for girls entering the 6th-8th grade. The camp took place in Hunstville and housed more than 120 campers and 40 staff. Campers participated in sports, arts and crafts, leadership training, character building, and spiritual formation. The typical day incorporated several different kinds of formative activities, including service through cabin clean-up, facilitated discussion of leadership and virtues, time for quiet reflection, and celebration of Mass. In between, the girls had time for recreation – water sports, ropes course, theater, dance, art, and music. Campers, counselors and staff came away with a variety of spiritual, mental, and practical hands-on skills that will serve them well throughout their lives, as well as fantastic friendships and summertime memories.
Camp Bluebonnet also strives to help mothers connect with their daughters through the difficult middle-school years. As in past years, mothers of campers were invited to attend the last evening and morning of camp, where they learned about the camp mission and their own unique role in their daughter’s formation through presentations, discussions, and educational materials. Mothers had opportunity to learn from one another and support one another in a warm, welcoming environment.
For more information, visit www.campbluebonnet.org.
Sheridan Success Story
High school junior Mary Pinedo has been involved in the programs at the Sheridan Study Center for the past five years. She says, “I have learned beautiful new things about my faith that can be applied to my everyday life. I think of the time spent at Sheridan on Saturdays as fuel for the week. …At Sheridan I have learned new virtues that help me be a more patient sister, kind friend, and loving daughter.”
Mary’s involvement with Sheridan began with the Creative Cuisine program when she was twelve years old. She has gone on to participate in the Art of Living, the summer training program at Featherock Conference Center, and monthly class meetings for her own development and formation. She draws on this training to improve her relationships and response to the challenges of daily living. “When I am having trouble with my friends, school, or my family I draw back on what I have learned at Sheridan to help me move through the trials the way God would want me to.”
Besides personal formation, Mary has engaged in Sheridan activities to invest in the lives of others. She is a counselor for younger girls at Camp Bluebonnet, an assistant leader in programs for younger girls (Creative Cuisine and Ablaze), an assistant teacher for second grade catechism classes at St. Vincent De Paul, and a participant in a pro-life group. She is also part of Sheridan’s social outreach meetings, where participants engage in acts of kindness such as visiting the elderly in nursing homes or preparing packages of food for the homeless.
Mary not only spends her time generously in service to others, but also makes considerable investment in preparing for her future. She is dually enrolled in high school and college classes, and is considering a career in engineering. She believes that the foundational spiritual principles and virtues that she has learned from Sheridan will help guide her future decisions.