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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302

Third annual vocations camp a ‘tremendous success’

by Deacon Jeff Lewis, for the Inland Register

(From the July 29, 2010 edition of the Inland Register)

Young men came from throughout the Northwest to attend the Spokane Diocese’s third annual Quo Vadis Vocations Camp.

Immaculate Heart Retreat Center was the site of the Spokane Diocese’s third annual Quo Vadis Days vocations retreat camp. This year, we had 68 boys come to camp from the dioceses of Spokane, Yakima, Boise, and Baker.

Each day of camp included Mass, Rosary, Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer from the Liturgy of the Hours, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and other opportunities for private and communal prayer. In addition, there were talks by eight guest speakers, addressing topics like the importance of Scripture study in the life of a priest, priestly spirituality, the importance of family and friendships in fostering vocations, and a proper understanding of the Eucharist. And of course, there was plenty of time for games and recreation, including soccer, Frisbee, volleyball, Capture-the-Flag, and other games.

All in all, Quo Vadis Days 2010 was a tremendous success, but it would not have been possible without the very generous support of many groups, including the many various Knights of Columbus Councils in our area, the Serra Clubs of Spokane and the Tri-Cities, Altar Societies throughout Spokane, and the Catholic Daughters of the Americas. Several parishes were very generous in donations and other contributions to Quo Vadis’s efforts to promote vocations.

Our most profound gratitude goes to Bishop William Skylstad. This year’s camp was his last as our bishop, and he honored us by giving the concluding guest-speaker talk on the final day of camp. He spoke of fearlessness in answering God’s call to whatever vocation God has in store for us in our lives. His message centered on the theme of absolute trust in the mystery of God’s most holy will when it comes to discernment, a mystery manifested in our lives through the workings and movement of the Holy Spirit.

Bishop Skylstad was instrumental in assisting our efforts to bring Quo Vadis Days to Spokane three years ago, and he was an inspiring supporter every step of the way ever since, and all of us are extremely grateful.

Priests of the diocese gave talks on a variety of subjects. Pictured, from left, are Msgr. Pedro Ramirez, and Fathers Joachim Hiên, Kevin Oiland, and Matt Nicks. (IR photos courtesy of Deacon Jeff Lewis)

And of course, nothing is possible without the support of families. It is the family that is the seedbed of vocations, after all, and it is the family that prays together where vocations are fashioned, given life, and begin to form. We encourage all families to pray for vocations and for an increase in sons and daughters discerning their vocations and embracing God’s call, whatever their vocations might be.

For me personally, it has been my absolute joy and blessing to coordinate and direct the Quo Vadis Days camp this summer. Next year’s director will be Spokane seminarian David Gaines, and I am confident that he will find just as much joy and blessing in his encounter with this wonderful experience.

The dates and location of next year’s Quo Vadis Days are as yet to be determined, so stay tuned. We hope and pray that you will make us a part of your summer plans, and we’ll see you next year at Quo Vadis Days 2011.

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