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Young men explore vocation discernment at Quo Vadis Days 2015
the Inland Register
(From the September 17, 2015 edition of the Inland Register)
Quo Vadis Days 2015 brought together young men discerning vocations, as well as priests and seminarians of the Spokane Diocese.
Bishop Thomas Daly celebrated Mass and gave one of the presentations during this yearís Quo Vadis Days vocations camp. (IR photos by Father David Kruse)
The Diocese of Spokaneís eighth annual Quo Vadis Days, which took place Monday-Thursday, June 15-18, was another great success. Ross Point Camp and Conference Center in Post Falls, Idaho, hosted Quo Vadis Days once again, where 43 young men from the Dioceses of Spokane and Boise and the Archdiocese of Seattle attended camp to discern their possible vocation to the priesthood.
The camp director was Father Jeff Lewis, pastor of St. Mary of the Rosary in Chewelah, Holy Ghost in Valley, and Sacred Heart in Springdale. joining him as lead chaplains were Fathers David Kruse (parochial vicar of St. Thomas More and St. Patrick in Spokane) and Kyle Ratuiste (parochial vicar in Walla Walla), both of whom were ordained as priests last June.
The Spokane Dioceseís former vocations directors, Msgr. Kevin Codd and Father Victor Blazovich, were also present at camp all week, as was Father Dan Barnett, current vocations director and rector of Bishop White Seminary. Bishop Thomas Daly celebrated Mass and gave the opening presentation.
For those unfamiliar with Quo Vadis Days, it is 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. These activities include Mass each day, Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer from the Liturgy of the Hours, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, and conference talks and presentations given by various priests of the Diocese of Spokane, along with small-group discussion sessions. The talks and presentations cover a variety of 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 eight years since Quo Vadis Days was initiated in the Spokane Diocese, it has emerged as a crucial component in efforts to promote vocations, even becoming one of the most important and most effective vocation events.
The primary goal for the boys who come to camp is to assist them in discerning their vocation as well as grow in fraternity with their brothers in Christ. No matter what their vocation ends up being, the boys who attend Quo Vadis Days experience a great way of growing into more faithful and mature Catholic men.
The diocese has seen six Quo Vadis Days alumni join Bishop White Seminary, including one of our current seminarians, Peter Fazzari from Walla Walla. In addition, both Fathers Kruse and Ratuiste have been very involved with Quo Vadis Days in the past, and their experiences have helped form them into the men they are and the priests they have become.
In past years, Quo Vadis Days has hosted boys from the Dioceses of Spokane, Boise, Yakima, and Baker, as well as the Archdiocese of Seattle. Each year provides an opportunity to host boys from throughout the Pacific Northwest.
The dates for Quo Vadis Days 2016 next summer are already set: Monday-Thursday, June 20-23. Once again, high school boys going into Grades 9-12 are invited to attend.
Next summerís camp will return to the site where Quo Vadis was held its first two years: Pinelow Park and Conference Center on Deer Lake in Stevens County (www.pinelow.com).
(For more information on Quo Vadis Days, contact Father Dan Barnett: by phone at 509-313-7100, or email through the vocations web site: http://www.vocationsspokane.org/contact/)
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