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Participation in 2009 Quo Vadis Vocations Camp jumps two-thirds from last year
the Inland Register
(From the July 30, 2009 edition of the Inland Register)
For the second year, the diocese’s Vocations Office has sponsored Quo Vadis Days, an opportunity for young men to come together to discern a vocation to priesthood.
Roughly translated from Latin, “Quo Vadis” means, “Where are you going?”
Last year, 32 attended the camp, staffed by diocesan seminarians and priests. This year’s camp, held at Pinelow Camp on Deer Lake June 21-24, saw 55 participate.
Preparations for the summer’s effort are year-’round, with seminarians promoting Quo Vadis Days through appearances at parishes and Catholic schools. The four-day overnight experience is geared to young men age 13-19 and includes daily Mass, praying the Liturgy of the Hours and the rosary, and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament each evening. Recreational sport activities are planned as well.
At least one priest is on hand through the four days; several other priests visit the camp.
This year’s campers came from all points of the diocese, including Walla Walla and Brewster, as well as from the neighboring dioceses of Yakima and Boise.
Participating in Quo Vadis Days does not automatically enroll a young man in the seminary. Rather, the camp experience fosters discernment, helping the young men ask the questions and perhaps discover some answers, pro or con, regarding a possible vocation to priesthood.
Bishop Skylstad was among the visitors during the camp experience.
“During my brief visit to the Quo Vadis Days, I was impressed with the work of the seminarians who had organized the opportunity for young people to discern and reflect upon their vocations,” he said.
“The number of young people who came indicates the seriousness of the possibility of looking to ministry in the Church as God’s call for them. No matter what their final decision may be, I suspect the experience itself will be a positive memory.”
“I believe the success of Quo Vadis Days comes from providing a comfortable environment for young men to be around other guys who are thinking about the priesthood,” said Father Darrin Connall, rector of Bishop White Seminary, Director of Seminarians, and Vocations Director for the diocese. “Encouraging them to interact with one another, seminarians, priests and our bishop makes the idea of priesthood seem normal and possible.”
The diocese’s seminarians will begin work publicizing next year’s Quo Vadis Days next December. For information about next year’s camp, contact Bishop White Seminary: 429 E. Sharp Ave., Spokane, WA 99202; or call (509) 313-7100.