History of Quo Vadis and this Year's Theme

"Quo Vadis, Domine"

Legend has it that as St. Peter fled Rome to escape persecution, he encountered Jesus along the way, bearing the cross. Peter asked Jesus "quo vadis, domine?" or "Where are you going?" When Jesus answered, "To be crucified again", Peter understood that he must return to Rome to follow the footsteps of his Savior. 



What is Quo Vadis Days? 

Quo Vadis Days, hosted by the Vocation Office for the Diocesan Priesthood and Philadelphia seminarians, is a 4-day, 3-night summer camp for high school-aged men (incoming freshmen to graduated seniors) that seeks to ask the question: Where are you going?  

Whether their vocation is to the priesthood, religious life, or marriage, young men are challenged through engaging talks, small group discussion, fun activities, and 4 days of fellowship, first to become a disciple and then to discern their unique call.  Quo Vadis is designed to encourage the participants to ask themselves "Where am I going?" and listen to God's call to the particular vocation He has planned for them.   


This year, Quo Vadis will be held at Black Rock Retreat Center in Quarryville, PA from Monday, June 26 – Thursday, June 29, 2023   


"Dearest God, Give Me Holiness" 

St. John Neumann spoke these words during the homily of his first Mass asking God to give him the holiness he needed to be the man and priest he was called to be.  Everyone is called to holiness in this life so we can live eternally with God in the next.  This year, inspired by the words of this Philadelphia Saint, we will focus on what holiness means and how it can be lived out in our everyday lives. 

St. John Neumann, Pray for us!



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