She turns to St. Thérèse for inspiration

By Jaye Alderson | For The Compass | March 1, 2017

DCamp says saint known as ‘The Little Flower’ offers encouraging words to all people

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]OSHKOSH — St. Thérèse of Lisieux advocated doing “little things with great love,” and that message touches the soul of Hannah DCamp, age 20. DCamp is a member of St. Paul Parish in Combined Locks and at the Newman Center at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, where she is a junior, studying piano performance.

Your Catholic Neighbor: Hannah DCamp (Jeannette Merten | For The Compass)

Her family all are members of St. Paul: her father, Rick; her mother, Michelle; and her brothers Stephen and Michael. Her brothers serve during Mass and she lectors and accompanies on the piano.

“I like being able to spread God’s word to the rest of the parish,” DCamp said. “I’m not very good at talking on my own, but reading aloud is a talent God gave me and I’m glad to be able to use it in that way. I have had a lot of people tell me I do a very good job lectoring. It tells me maybe God was able to speak to them and I was able to help him do that.”

As for accompanying and piano playing, she said, “I feel like music is the highest form of praise to God.”

At the Newman Center, DCamp serves as the representative for Titan Catholics with the Oshkosh Student Association. “One thing I like about the Newman Center especially is that I have fellow Catholics around and can spend time with people who believe in the same things I do and feel the same way that I do. It makes difficult classes or difficult people a little easier (to deal with) because I can discuss things with people who feel the same way I do.”

DCamp first became aware of St. Thérèse of Lisieux through her father. “My dad is a big fan of hers and had little statues of her in his office,” she said. He told her stories about the saint, like how she didn’t like spiders but had to clean out a cupboard with spiders and “did it anyway.”

“He had to remember that when he, himself, had to deal with things similarly, and always had a great devotion to her,” DCamp said. “I saw that and connected with that a lot, so I made her my confirmation saint after I had read a little bit of her biography.”

She said the saint’s doctrine of the “little way” — doing small things with great love for God and others — gave her a lot of confidence for her own life.

“I always felt I wasn’t doing enough praying-wise and doing works,” DCamp said. “Her little way showed me to keep doing what I was doing because God was pleased with the small things, too. It doesn’t always have to be big things.”

She enjoys saying a novena to St. Thérèse and particularly likes the wording on the novena’s seventh day: “Remember that the dear Jesus is there in the tabernacle for you and for you alone. Remember that he is consumed with a desire to come into your heart.”

“These words are so beautiful and encouraging to me,” DCamp said.

According to DCamp, she has always felt the importance of volunteering but has been actively involved for only the past few years. “I volunteer because it gives me the opportunity to give my time back to the Lord.”

She said that all people should give back to the church, and again finds inspiration in the quote from St. Thérèse. “Jesus is there for us.”

“He suffered and died for us and will never stop loving us,” said DCamp. “Volunteering is a way for us to thank God for all he has given us and all he continues to do for us.”

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Name: Hannah DCamp

Parish: St. Paul, Combined Locks; Newman Center, UW-Oshkosh

Age: 20

Favorite saint: Thérèse of Lisieux

Words to live by: “Remember that the dear Jesus is there in the tabernacle for you and for you alone.”[/vc_message][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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