Vatra GENERATIONS is a call to the Romanian Orthodox faithful to support the restoration of the “Hearth” of the Romanian Orthodox Church. In 1938 — nearly eight decades ago — Vatra Romaneasca was established in Grass Lake, Michigan as the home of the Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America.
Generations have been touched by the experiences they have had at the camps, Congresses, and other activities hosted on the Vatra grounds. As the home of the Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America, this holy site serves as a Church center that “first of all exists to bear witness to the universality of the eternal message of the Holy Orthodox faith as it is lived in North America” (Archbishop NATHANIEL).
More than 6,500 campers have participated in Camp Vatra over the past 64 years, and countless others have visited the Vatra grounds. Today, the buildings of this holy place are in need of repair to honor the heritage of the Episcopate, support the current work of the Church, and prepare for the needs of future generations. The purpose of Vatra GENERATIONS is to complete this project within three years.
Support the cause
The cost for the first phase of restoration of the campus facilities on the Vatra grounds is $600,000.
Commencement of the project will require $80,000 by December 2015 to begin restoration of the existing campus facilities. This will include making structural repairs to the main house and pavilion to ensure the buildings can continue to be used for camp, Congress and other activities for the visiting faithful.
The next phase of the project will complete restoration of these campus facilities within the next two years. This will include an international call to raise the remaining $520,000 in addition to plans for expanded use of the facilities and a preservation plan for the long-term.
Make a commitment
- Consider making an early contribution.
- Consider joining the Vatra GENERATIONS Campaign Committee that will lead the effort to complete this worthy project.
- Spread the word of this project.