Wertin receives clergy award from Texas camp

Father Carl Wertin, associate pastor at Holy Trinity Parish in Trinidad and assistant vocations director for the diocese, has been awarded the 2017 St. Philip Neri Clergy Award at The Pines Catholic Camp in Big Sandy, Texas.

Father Wertin began working at The Pines Catholic Camp after graduation from CSU-Pueblo in December 2007 until he entered seminary in the fall of 2008. As a part of the missionary staff, his duties included planning and running confirmation retreats on the weekend and planning, teaching, and running Environmental Education Camps to 5th graders from different Catholic Schools in the Dallas, Texas area during the weekdays.

He returned the following year to be on the summer staff in 2008 where he served as a counselor for cabins of 10 to 20 boys each of the nine weeks, leading morning prayer and evening prayer, playing guitar for different prayers and activities and instructing campers on the archery range. 
He was able to return in the summer of 2011 during summer break from seminary and now returns every year for a week to offer confessions, adoration, celebrate Mass and to participate in ultimate frisbee, messy wars and all the camp’s amazing activities. 

In his nomination, it was written about Fr. Wertin, “His work ethic, intelligence, teamwork, maturity make him stand out as a leader and would do so in your community as well.” It continues, “He has an awareness of how to stand up for himself with a balance of humility and understanding what is important. Also, he is not afraid of hard work or long hours as he demonstrated at camp.”

Criteria for the award include: exemplifying the characteristics of St. Philip Neri, finding true happiness in his vocation, showing outward Christian joy in working with youth and in daily life, genuinely loving his community, being devoted to the Gospel, and helping to build the Kingdom. Further, the person has outward holiness and a commitment to the spiritual life through personal prayer and participation in the sacraments.
“I feel like receiving this award is good in as much as it opens our Church’s eyes to the relationship between prayer and enjoying life.  The Pines Catholic Camp does this so well,” Fr. Wertin said.

“The Pines also is phenomenal at helping young people discover the vocation to which God is calling them.  While all this happens at camp, the best part is that the campers and counselors bring this relationship back into their churches and families. If I have contributed to this beautiful mission of The Pines, then may it be for God’s praise, people’s good and our Catholic Church’s growth,” he said.

To find out more about The Pines Catholic Camp, visit: www.thepines.org.