A couple of years ago Archbishop Stewart Payne told his own story in the book “Cut From the Cloth of Fogo.”
Now he’s looking to share the stories of others from their time spent at the summer camps at Killdevil Camp and Conference Centre.
The camp, located in Lomond in Gros Morne National Park, has been operated by the Anglican Diocese of Western Newfoundland since 1958.
Payne said he’s been toying with the idea of writing another book for some time.
At first resettlement seemed like a likely topic. But the more he thought about it, he realized that there has already been a lot written on that topic.
As he looked for another idea, his thoughts turned to Killdevil, which will mark its 60th anniversary in 2019.
Long before he retired as archbishop of the diocese, people would say that someone should write something about Killdevil and that he should be the one to do it because of his experience with the camp.
From about 1974-1978 Payne, then rector of the Parish of St. Anthony, would pack up his family and make the journey over the gravel road from St. Anthony to Killdevil where he served as chaplain for the junior girls’ camps and his wife, Selma, as a camp mom.
“It was a great experience,” he said.
“It’s such a marvelous place. Environmentally, the Killdevil area is such a beautiful spot. And you just had a good feeling about God’s creation and all the benefits that accrue to us from being out in camp life.”
His time there left him renewed and invigorated.
“But more importantly, I was always concerned with what the children would get out of it. What they would take away from camp as part of their ongoing physical, spiritual growth and development.”
So, Payne is “casting the net wide” and reaching out in hopes of hearing from former campers and leaders to get their stories about the affect the camp had on them in their lives.
Anyone with a story to share can contact Payne through email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling him at 709-634-3453. Stories can also be mailed to him at 101A East Valley Road, Corner Brook, NL, A2H 2L4.
Payne has set a deadline of the end of June to gather the stories. That he said will give him plenty of time to put them together and to find a publisher for the book, which has the working title of “Feed my Sheep; Feed my Lambs, the Killdevil Legacy.”