Countdown to Quo Vadis Days
When: July 18-21
Where: Christ Our Shepherd Center, Greensburg
Quo Vadis Days is a four-day vocations discernment camp for young men of high school age. The camp includes talks by local priests, seminarians, and others on how one can grow in their relationship with Christ and discern the vocation to which God is calling them.
This camp brings like-minded young men together to focus ultimately on the question, “quo vadis” or “where are you going?” The participants are challenged to ask themselves this difficult question in an environment where they can receive the support and guidance necessary to respond to God’s call. Surrounded by men their age, they are reminded that they are not alone in this journey of following God’s call. The men are equipped with spiritual tools to guide them in answer their vocation.
History of Quo Vadis
The Quo Vadis tradition is the story of St. Peter’s flight from the Emperor Nero’s persecution of Roman Christians in the first century.
As legend has it, Peter decided to flee Rome at the outbreak of the persecution, perhaps in fear, perhaps because he thought “the rock” should be somewhere safe so others could eventually find and cling to it, and to him.
Heading out the Via Appia, Peter meets Jesus, who is heading into the city of Rome to face the persecution. “Quo vadis, Domine,” Peter asks – “Lord, where are you going?” “I am going to Rome to be crucified,” Jesus answers – and disappears.
At which point Peter turns back into the city to embrace martyrdom.
In Rome, you can visit the place on the Via Appia Antica where this meeting is said to have occurred. Christians have built a church on the spot to commemorate it.
What We Do
This camp provides participants with a balance between the activity of a summer camp and the quiet of a retreat. The mornings of each day are dedicated to prayer, with the afternoon being a time of recreation and brotherhood. Each day includes Holy Mass, the Liturgy of the Hours, Eucharistic Adoration, time for personal reflection and interaction with priests and seminarians from the Diocese of Greensburg.
Quo Vadis events are designed to help participants encounter Jesus. Like St. Peter, we will meet Jesus through Quo Vadis events. We, too, will have a choice to make – Do we follow Jesus where He leads us or go our own way?
Ask Jesus as did St. Peter, “Quo vadis, Domine?” Listen to Jesus, follow Him, and find your vocation and joy—purpose of your life.