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.

 

& Committees

 

Our All Volunteer

Board of Directors

& Committee Chairs

President

Kerri Nowak

G Sutie Administrator & Executive Committee Chair

If you'd like to help manage our G Suite, email contact@CampKoinoniaNY.org 

Vice President

 

Cathy Houston-Wilson

Family Camp

Committee Chair

Planning Family Camp is a big job with lots of sub committees including writing the program, staffing, registration, etc.  If you'd like to help with any part of the Family Camp Committee, email FamilyCamp@CampKoinoniaNY.org.

Secretary

Julia Sosnowski

Social Media

Sub Committee

If you'd like to help communicate about Camp through Social Media, email the chair the communications committee at Communications@CampKoinoniaNY.org.

Treasurer

Chuck Swiderski

Finance

Committee Chair

If you'd like to help manage the financial records of Camp Koinonia, email me at Finance@CampKoinoniaNY.org

More Board Members & Committee Chairs

John Culhane, Board Member

Strategic Planning and Resource Development Committee Chair

Everything we do stems from our Strategic Planning and Resource Development efforts.  If you'd like to help, email StrategicPlanning@CampKoinoniaNY.org.

 

John Bidell, Board Member

Facilities Committee Chair

Managing the buildings and grounds projects and repairs of Camp is no easy task!  If you'd like to help, email Facilities@CampKoinoniaNY.org.

Katrina Hossenlopp, Board Member

Communications Committee Chair

If you'd like to help get the word out about how great Camp is, email Communications@CampKoinoniaNY.org.

Julie Swiderski, Board Member

Nominating Committee Chair

The nominating committee helps make sure that no one person works too hard to keep Camp running smoothly by finding people to help out in a variety of ways.  If you'd like to help, email Nominating@CampKoinoniaNY.org.

Colleen Trevisani

Fundraising Committee Chair

Raising funds for Camp is lots of fun!  Our annual operating budget of about $80,000 comes from two sources: Family Camp and Fundraising including our Annual Friends of Koinonia Dinner and our Annual Appeal mailing.  If you'd like to help, email Fundraising@CampKoinoniaNY.org.

Matt Barrett

Operations Committee Chair

Te Operations Committee runs the day-to-day operations including Staffing, Payroll, Insurance, General Maintenance, and Opening and Closing tasks.  If you'd like to help manage this big job, email Operations@CampKoinoniaNY.org.

Fr. Tim Niven, Board Member

Mark Mayton, Board Member

Anne Hossenlopp, Board Member

Aziza Benson, Board Member

Jerry Hansen, Board Member, Ex Officio, Head of Maintenance

Fr. Joe Marcoux, Board Member, Honorary

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.

 

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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