July 19, 2021
Our second day of Quo Vadis began with Mass celebrated by Bishop Kulick. He thanked the participants and seminarians for their willingness to discern God’s will for their lives by attending Quo Vadis Days. He also took time to meet and thank each participant for their presence after Mass.
After Mass, we ate breakfast together, where we were joined by Father Dan Mahoney, a retired priest of the Diocese of Greensburg. After breakfast, Seminarians Dave, Dale, Kevin, Zachary, and Craig shared some valuable and common forms of prayer that would help us make the most of our first Holy Hour together.
Deacon Christopher exposed the Blessed Sacrament and led us in Morning Prayer while Father Mahoney and Father Bandura offered opportunities for Spiritual Direction and the Sacrament of Reconciliation during the Holy Hour.
Lunch followed, and our afternoon began with recreational time. We spent much time in the field behind the gymnasium playing Giant Jenga, ladder golf, ultimate frisbee, cornhole, and bocce. We then returned inside to welcome our next guest speaker Ryan Coyne, the youth minister at Holy Family in Latrobe. Ryan shared his testimony and vocation story with us, highlighting how he discerned both marriage and priesthood throughout his life by dating and being in a formation program for a religious community.
At dinner, we were joined by Father Ken Zaccagnini, Father Ron Simboli, and Father Dan Ulishney, who would later share with us their own vocation stories. From these three Diocesan priests, we learned how God could call us at different stages in life, in different places, and in different and unique ways, like He did with each of these men. Father Dan stayed with us and participated in our evening recreation, which included a bonfire with S’mores, ultimate frisbee, volleyball, and bocce.
Toward the end of the night Seminarians Zachary and Kevin shared some background information, history, and personal testimonies about the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. We then prayed the Divine Mercy Chaplet together while processing from our campfire to the Saint Joseph Chapel, where we concluded our first full day of Quo Vadis with Night Prayer.