October 15, 2022


Dear Friends of Chestnut Hill,

As we approach the family-centered holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas, we wish all the best to our friends.  We keep you in our prayers and thank you for your prayers and financial support.

This year, the Sebago Leadership Camp had another successful program at Camp Moses in western Massachusetts.  Eighty grade school boys and forty high school young men, working as counselors, attended the Camp under the direction of John Paul Lechner and Matt Ronayne.  The boys enjoyed classes in fishing and building Medieval castles, as well as playing sports and night games.  Fr. John Grieco said Mass each day.

The Edge Seminar program began its twelfth year in September.  Forty-five young men come each month to Chestnut Hill to hear about facing the challenges of college, professional life and marriage with a mature, Christian spirit.  Many adult men come to share their professional work experiences in the Edge. Other men are mentors.  Mentoring makes The Edge come alive.  The boys meet with their mentors once a month to review the ideas presented on an Edge day and to make practical resolutions.  We especially thank the mentors who have served over the years!

We also offer activities for young men who have recently started to work and, in many cases, are married and starting families.  Alex Ortiz and Joe Casey are taking the lead here. Thanks.

Eric Diaz and Chris Bollig are heading up the Frontiers father and son club, for boys in grades three to six.  They started the year with a hike through Noanet Woods in Dover.   Now, the Club will come to the Center each month to work on projects, play sports and hear talks on character building.

A few months ago, Pope Francis asked Opus Dei to make some changes in its statutes to safeguard its charism, that of living and communicating the message of seeking holiness in everyday life.  Considering this request, the Prelate of Opus Dei, Msgr. Fernando Ocariz, recently asked that for the next year, all the members, Cooperators and friends of Opus Dei “strive to promote, through concrete details, unity in our spiritual family and among all Christians, in order to serve the Church as the Church wants to be served.  In this way, we will contribute to the evangelization of the world from the beauty of the charism received by St. Josemaria.” Please support the Prelate’s request with your example and prayers.



Joe Billmeier