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Quo Vadis Days vocations camp offers discernment in an outdoor setting
the Inland Register
(From the April 17, 2014 edition of the Inland Register)
More than 40 young men from dioceses throughout the Northwest attended the Quo Vadis Days vocations camp last year. This year’s camp is scheduled for June 16-19. (IR photo courtesy of Father Jeff Lewis)
The Spokane Diocese’s seventh annual Quo Vadis Days (QVD) is gearing up, scheduled for Monday, June 16-Thursday, June 19. QVD returns this year to Ross Point Camp and Conference Center in Post Falls, Idaho.
Young men in the diocese are invited to attend and discern their possible vocation to the priesthood.
This year’s camp director is Father Jeff Lewis, pastor of the parishes in Chewelah, Springdale, and Valley. Joining him is Father Miguel Mejia, pastor of St. Rose of Lima in Cheney, and Father Caleb Vogel, Vocations Director for the Diocese of Boise.
Quo Vadis Days (QVD) offers a unique summer camp opportunity for high school boys to consider the priesthood. The camp schedule is structured with activities that focus on vocation and discernment, including daily Mass, Morning and Evening Prayer from the Liturgy of the Hours, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, conference talks and presentations by priests of the Spokane Diocese, and small-group discussion sessions. The talks and presentations cover subjects pertaining to vocation, discernment, prayer and spirituality, and other related topics.
In addition to discernment-related camp activities, there are plenty of opportunities for recreation: Frisbee, soccer, swimming, and other sports and games.
In the six years since QVD began in the Spokane Diocese, it has emerged as a crucial component of vocations promotion. Last year’s camp welcomed 44 young men. Expectation is that this year’s event will equal or better that number.
The primary goal of QVD is to assist young men in discerning their vocation, as well as grow in fraternity with their brothers in Christ throughout the diocese. No matter what their vocation ends up being, the young men who attend QVD will experience a great way of growing into more faithful and mature Catholic men.
In past years, QVD has hosted boys from the Dioceses of Spokane, Yakima, Boise, and Baker, as well as the Archdiocese of Seattle. This summer promises to continue that trend.
For this summer’s QVD, high school boys – those entering Grades 9-12 – are invited to register online at http://spokanecatholicyouth.org. Many campers return for another year; still more each year enter the camp experience for the first time, or come with older brothers, cousins, or friends.
Six QVD alumni have gone on to enter Bishop White Seminary, including the diocese’s newest seminarian, Peter Fazzari of Walla Walla. Four of the five seminarian-deacons being ordained to the priesthood this June have been involved with QVD in the past, and their QVD experiences have helped form them into the men they are and the priests they will soon become.
This year, the diocese has inaugurated a diocesan pastoral planning process, “Know, Love, Serve,” which provides the theme for this year’s QVD camp. Campers will be encouraged to consider their possible vocation to the priesthood through the lens of knowing, loving, and serving the Lord and his Church.
(For more information, call Father Jeff Lewis at (509) 935-8028, or email him at email@example.com)
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