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Quo Vadis Days vocations camp begins June 15
the Inland Register
(From the April 16, 2015 edition of the Inland Register)
Quo Vadis Days, a summer vocation discernment camp, has become an exciting annual tradition in the Diocese of Spokane. (IR photo courtesy of Deacon David Kruse)
The Spokane Diocese’s 8th Annual Quo Vadis Days, a camp for young men discerning a possible vocation to the priesthood, is gearing up for this June.
This year’s Quo Vadis Days (QVD) begin the afternoon of Monday, June 14, and conclude the afternoon of Thursday, June 18.
The vocations camp will be held at Ross Point Camp and Conference Center in Post Falls, Idaho.
This year, Pope Francis has announced a year dedicated to consecrated life: “Wake Up the World!” 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 waking up the world to the Way, the Truth, and the Life of the risen Lord.
Co-chaplains this year are Father Jeff Lewis, pastor of the parishes in Chewelah, Valley, Springdale, and Jump Off, and Deacons David Kruse and Kyle Ratuiste. The two deacons will be ordained to the priesthood for the Spokane Diocese on Friday, June 19, at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes.
Also staffing the camp will be Vocations Directors for the Spokane Diocese, Msgr. Kevin Codd and Father Victor Blazovich, and for the Boise Diocese, Father Caleb Vogel.
Other priests from the Spokane Diocese will be present throughout QVD to give talks, hear confessions, offer spiritual direction, and spend time with campers.
QVD is a 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 Prayer and Evening Prayer from the Liturgy of the Hours, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, and conferences and presentations given by various priests of the Diocese of Spokane, along with small-group discussion sessions.
Talks and presentations cover topics pertaining to vocation, such as discernment, prayer, and spirituality.
In addition to discernment-related camp activities, there are of course plenty of opportunities for recreation, including Frisbee, soccer, swimming, and other sports and games.
In the seven years since the program was initiated, QVD has emerged as an important component in promoting vocations to the priesthood. Seven alumni of past QVD camps have gone on to enter Bishop White Seminary.
Last year saw 43 young men welcomed to the camp.
While the primary goal is to assist these young men in discerning their vocation, QVD also helps them grow in fraternity with their brothers in Christ throughout the diocese. The young men who attend Quo Vadis Days 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.
QVD is open to boys entering grades 9-12. Registration is available online at: http://qvdays.org/register/diocese-of-spokane/
(For more information, call Father Jeff Lewis at (509) 935-8028, or email him at email@example.com)
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