Loyal Camper


I read with tremendous sorrow of the death of Msgr. Ruvo (CNY, May 7). I was quite a bit surprised that the obituary did not mention the fact Msgr. Ruvo served as director of Our Lady of Lourdes Camp and Camp Acadia (collectively, “Camp”), both located in Livingston Manor, from 1957 until 1984, with a two-year interruption (1971 and 1972 summers) when he was appointed and served as assistant chancellor of the archdiocese in charge of its insurance department. 

In his capacity as director of OLL Camp and Camp Acadia, Father Ruvo had a tremendous positive impact on the lives of thousands of young adults and truly was loved by all campers. I can say this because I attended Camp as did my siblings, parents, aunts, uncles, cousins, second cousins, etc.  As my dad, Thomas A. Brennan Jr., wrote in his history of OLL Camp and Camp Acadia, the reason the camps survived and were able to celebrate their 75th anniversary in 1982 was because of Father Ruvo’s dedication to a camp apostolate, a mission from which all who came in contact with benefited. 

Eileen D. Brennan


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