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Seventh annual Quo Vadis Days draws 43 for vocation discernment
the Inland Register
(From the Aug. 21, 2014 edition of the Inland Register)
Young men from throughout Washington and Idaho participated in the Spokane Diocese’s seventh annual Quo Vadis Days vocations camp. (IR photo courtesy of Deacon David Kruse)
The Spokane Diocese’s seventh annual Quo Vadis Days vocations camp was another great success.
This year’s camp took place Monday-Thursday, June 16-19, at Ross Point Camp and Conference Center in Post Falls, Idaho. Forty-three young men from the Dioceses of Spokane and Boise attended camp as a first step toward discerning a possible vocation to the priesthood.
Directing this year’s Quo Vadis Days (QVD) was Father Jeff Lewis, pastor of the parishes in Chewelah, Valley, and Springdale. Joining him as lead chaplains were Father Miguel Mejia, pastor of Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Spokane, and Father Caleb Vogel, vocations director for the Diocese of Boise, Idaho.
Also helping were the vocations directors for the Spokane Diocese: Msgr. Kevin Codd, who also serves as pastor of St. Thomas More Catholic Student Center at Washington State University, Pullman, and Father Victor Blazovich, pastor of the parishes in Newport, Ione, Metaline Falls, and Usk.
Bishop Cupich was again part of the camp, celebrating QVD’s concluding Mass and a presentation.
The theme of this year’s QVD was “Know, Love, Serve,” reflecting the theme of the Spokane Diocese’s pastoral planning initiative. Presentations centered on knowing, loving, and serving the Lord and his Church as priests and as young men discerning priesthood.
As a “vocations discernment camp,” QVD is structured with activities each day that focus on vocation and discernment: Mass; Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer from the Liturgy of the Hours; Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament; conferences, talks, and presentations by priests of the dioceses of Spokane and Boise; and plenty of small-group discussions. The presentations cover a wide range of subjects: discernment; prayer and spirituality; and other related topics.
Recreation is also important in any camp setting, so QVD also includes opportunity for sports, games, and other outdoor activities.
The primary goal for the boys who come to camp is to assist them in discerning their vocation, while at the same time helping them grow in fraternity with their brothers in Christ. And no matter what their vocation ends up being, the boys who attend Quo Vadis Days experience growth as more faithful and mature Catholic men.
Over the years, so far the Spokane Diocese has seen six alumni of Quo Vadis Days join Bishop White Seminary, including the diocese’s newest seminarian, Peter Fazzari from Walla Walla. In addition, four of the five priests ordained last June have been very involved with aspects of the QVD program, giving them experiences that will have an impact on their priesthood.
Quo Vadis Days 2015 is now scheduled for Monday-Friday, June 15-19. High school boys entering grades 9-12 in September 2015 are invited to attend.
Updates on QVD 2015 can be found on the diocese’s Catholic Youth web site: spokanecatholicyouth.org
(For more information on Quo Vadis Days, call Father Jeff Lewis at 509-935-8028, or email him at: firstname.lastname@example.org.)
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