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Quo Vadis Days vocations camp will be June 17-20
the Inland Register
(From the February 21, 2013 edition of the Inland Register)
Last year’s Quo Vadis Days brought together young men from throughout the Northwest for a time of prayer and vocations discernment. (IR photo courtesy of Father Jeff Lewis)
The Spokane Diocese’s sixth annual Quo Vadis Days (QVD), a vocations discernment camp, is gearing up for Monday-Thursday, June 17-20.
This year’s camp director is Spokane seminarian Curtis Seidel, currently studying at Theological College and the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Father Jeff Lewis, administrator of the parishes in Chewelah, Valley, and Spring-dale, is the 2013 QVD chaplain.
“Quo vadis” is a Latin phrase meaning “Where are you going?”
QVD offers a unique summer camp opportunity for high school boys to consider a possible vocation to the priesthood. The camp schedule is structured with activities that focus on vocation and discernment, including daily Mass, Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer from the Liturgy of the Hours, and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.
Priests of the diocese give conference talks on topics like vocation, discernment, and prayer and spirituality.
In addition to discernment-related camp activities, there are plenty of opportunities for recreation: Frisbee, soccer, swimming, and other sports and games.
This year, QVD returns to last summer’s site, Ross Point Camp and Conference Center in Post Falls, Idaho.
In past years, QVD has hosted boys from the Dioceses of Spokane, Yakima, Boise, and Baker, as well as the Archdiocese of Seattle.
This year, QVD is open only to high school age boys, who are entering grades 9-12 in September. are hosting high school boys only, boys going into grades 9-12.
Experience showed that middle-school boys aren’t ready yet to enter into serious discernment.
Nor will this year’s QVD include high school graduates, who are encouraged to participate in St. Andrew Dinners, vocations opportunities hosted by Bishop Cupich.
Last October, Pope Benedict XVI declared the “Year of Faith,” which will conclude on the Solemnity of Christ the King later this year. This year’s QVD theme will relate to the Year of Faith in celebration of the gift of faith, particularly in how faith is lived out in the lives of priests.
For more information about QVD, call Father Lewis at 935-8028 or email email@example.com. For more information about vocations in the Diocese of Spokane, contact the diocese’s Vocations Director: Msgr. Kevin Codd (firstname.lastname@example.org) in Pullman: (509) 332-6311 or (509) 331-4574; or Associate Director, Father Victor Blazovich (email@example.com) in Newport: 447-4231.
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