About Us

Fr. Dave Mura

Born on November 25, 1944, to Herbert and Helen Mura, David W. Mura was destined to touch many lives in his 50 years on this earth.

 

Ordained on May 29, 1971, at Holy Trinity Church, Webster, Father Dave Mura celebrated his first Mass as a Roman Catholic Priest at Saint Lawrence Church, his home parish in Greece, NY. He was the first priest to be ordained out of Saint Lawrence. A year later, he celebrated his first ordination anniversary Mass in the Catacombs under Saint Peter Basilica in Rome, Italy. Great days for a great man who inspired so many.

 

In the late 1970's, Father Dave was leading a Family Camp program at Camp Stella Maris which was moved in the 1980's to Camp Koinonia. Under his stewardship, the camp began its current mission of providing a camp environment for family and personal renewal. Camp Koinonia was a labor of love for Father Dave, and he had many dreams and visions for this holy ground. He worked hard to foster the growth of these dreams to glorify God's name.

 

On May 2, 1995, God called his faithful servant David home. Father Dave's friends and family, including his beloved brother Stephen and sister Kathleen, miss him to this day. Although he was unable to see all of his dreams for Camp Koinonia come true while he was on this earth, we believe he is smiling down from heaven as Camp Koinonia continues this mission.

 

Father Dave's dreams were carried on thanks in large part to the leadership efforts of Rich and Sue Versluys, Deacon Andy and Helen Cohen, and Father Joe Marcoux. "And the dance goes on" today with the help of Gary and Carol Stevens, Deacon John and Belinda Brasley, Father Joe Marcoux, Father Tim Niven, Father John Loncle, our blessed angels from Grand Island and all those who hold a special place in their hearts and prayers for Camp Koinonia.

"The Dance Goes On"

Thank you Father Dave, we hope you are proud of all the lives that Camp Koinonia continues to touch.

 

Koinonia History

Family, Faith & Fun for Generations to Come

In 1957, Camp Koinonia was developed as a summer youth camp. By 1964, Camp Koinonia included four sleeping cabins, each accommodating 12 people; a picnic pavilion; a main lodge, including dining room, kitchen, recreation hall, and office; four additional cabins, each accommodating 8 people; a chapel; a swimming pool with shower houses; an infirmary; a camping area for tents and campers; a shower house for the camping area; a craft lodge and a camp store.

 

Through 1974, Camp Koinonia was operated as a summer youth camp by the Evangelical United Brethren Church, Western New York Conference. Beginning in 1978, it was leased by various other organizations for summer family camp retreats, youth leadership institutes and summer recreation camps.

In the early 1980's, Camp Koinonia was offered for sale to a group of families who were committed to the philosophy that a strong family structure is essential to the moral and spiritual future of our society. These families have made significant financial and personal sacrifices to purchase and maintain this property. On March 6, 1984, the property was purchased by this group.

 

The group formed, organized and incorporated into Camp Koinonia, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation under the laws of the State of New York. Led by Father Dave Mura, this idea of a week-long retreat for families began to grow and continues to be a source of spiritual renewal.

 

The current board of directors is made up of a group of individuals dedicated to maintaining the vision and mission of the founding camp families.

 

Our Board of Directors

President

Kerri Nowak

I am very excited to be taking over for Sheri Kreher.  She has done an amazing job for years as our president, and I hope to lead our organization with the same spirit, strength, wisdom and vision that she had.  My husband, three boys and I have been going to camp since my sister introduced us to this place in 2008.  My background is in education, having worked for ten years as a school principal and four years as an elementary teacher.  I look forward to working with you to strengthen your family for years to come!

Vice President

 

Cathy Houston-Wilson

Secretary

 

Kim Winden

Family Camp Program Writing Committee Chair
RIT Newman Catholic Community Associate Director
 "I have always loved Camp Koinonia since my oldest brother began teen staffing when I was just a few weeks old.  After teen staffing, program directing, and spiritual directing, I eagerly began coming with my own family in 2015.  My husband Dave and I, along with our three children Riley, Jackson, and Gianna, love family camp and also love what camp provides our family and faith journeys all year.  I serve on the board because I want to make sure that family camp and other programs at Koinonia can keep thriving."

Treasurer

Sheila Goodman

Family Camp Committee Chair

Professor, SUNY Brockport

Department Chair of Kinesiology, Sport Studies, and Physical Education, SUNY Brockport

"My husband Kevin and I have attended Family Camp with our children, Meaghan, Shannon and Kiera, since 2002. I didn't know what I was looking for before I arrived at Camp Koinonia, but I found it at Family Camp. I began serving on the Board in 2006."

John Bidell

Owner, Grand Island Remodeling

"I first attended Camp Koinonia in 1966 when I was about 4 months old. At that time, the Camp was operated by the United Methodist Church. With the exception of maybe a year or two, my family and I have enjoyed the beauty of Camp Koinonia every year of my life. I have been a board member since 2007 and hope I will have the ability to serve Camp Koinonia for many years to come."

Anna Cappello

Communications Chair

Student - Pursing Bachelors in English Education

"Fr. Tim first brought my family to camp in 2003 . I've had the privilege to grow in this faith-filled community as a camper, teen staff, and more recently as Program Director the past two years."

Fr. Joe Marcoux

Pastor, St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Ithaca NY 

"I have had the privilege to serve Camp Koinonia in many capacities of the last thirty years: as a teen staff, permanent kitchen staff, cook and priest. I have been on the board since my ordination in 2001."

Fr. Tim Niven
Pastor, St. Aphonsus Church, Auburn, NY

Dominic Buttino

​John Culhane

Past President of the Board, Program Staff Committee, Strategic Planning Committee

Risk Analyst, Wegmans Food Markets Inc.

"My wife Sarah and I have attended Family Camp with our children since 2002. I began serving on the Board in 2006 as a member, and served as President of Camp from 2011 through 2014.  I am currently serving on the Program Staff Committee, and have recently stepped in as Interim President until August 2017."

Anne Hossenlopp

Family Camp Registration

YMCA of Greater Rochester, Aquatics Director

"My husband Joe and I have been a part of the Camp Koinonia family since 2010, when we began attending as a family with our children, Katrina, Andy & Jess. I have been serving on the board since 2014."

Mark Mayton

Facilities Committee Co-Chair

President, Flint Creek Resources"My wife Linda and I have been involved with Camp Koinonia since the early 90’s and our family has been enjoying Family Camp since 1994. I have been on the Board of Directors since 2007." 

Katrina Hossenlopp

Young Adult Committee Chair

Youth Minister of the Southeast Rochester Catholic Community

"I first teen staffed in 2008, I convinced my family to come the following year and we have been coming ever since. I have had many roles at camp, I have done everything from teen staffing to program directing to running the store. I have been serving on the board since 2015."

New Board Member Applications:

  1. Interested individuals may review the Board of Directors Job Description

  2. Submit an application

  3. Applications are reviewed by the Nominating Committee

  4. Nominating Committee will interview applicants & make recommendations to the Board of Directors. New members will be voted in and begin their term at the Annual Meeting in September

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Camp Location: 1455 Italy Valley Road, Middlesex, NY 14507-9717

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 92382, Rochester, NY 14692

Email: contact@campkoinoniany.org

Phone (seasonal): 585-554-3092 

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