Quo Vadis Columbus

Quo Vadis is the latin phrase meaning “Where are you marching?” It also refers to a Christian tradition involving Saint Peter as he was fleeing from crucifixion in Rome at the hands of the government. Along the road outside the city, he meets the risen Jesus and asks “Quo Vadis?” Jesus replied,” I am going to Rome to be crucified again.”

First launched in the Archdiocese of Portland in the Jubilee Year 2000, Quo Vadis Days discernment camps have expanded to dioceses throughout the United States. In the Catholic Diocese of Columbus, the seminarians from the Pontifical College Josephinum started Quo Vadis Columbus in 2018, as an opportunity for young men to spend some time reflecting on their universal call to holiness and on the possibility of discerning a specific call to the diocesan priesthood.

The ability to spend time with seminarians who have gone through the discernment process is beneficial to these young men, as they seek to answer the question “What is God’s plan for my life?” Among the many questions that seminarians can help to address are: What was your discernment process like? What is the seminary like? Do you like it? What are the challenges of seminary life?

This summer, the seminarians will be hosting the Quo Vadis Days Retreat, beginning on the afternoon of Sunday, July 28, 2019, and running through the morning of Wednesday, July 31, 2019. A vocations discernment camp for high school boys, the Quo Vadis Days Retreat will include talks by local priests and seminarians on the priesthood, virtue, and fatherhood. In addition, Quo Vadis Columbus offers the structure of Holy Mass, the Liturgy of the Hours, Eucharistic Adoration, and time for personal reflection.

With plenty of time for fun activities, sports and fellowship, the event strikes an effective balance between the activity of a summer camp and the quiet of a retreat. This year, Bishop Brennan will provide a closing Mass with the attendees and their families.

For information on Quo Vadis, don’t hesitate to contact the seminarian leaders of Quo Vadis below:

Michael Haemmerle: mhaemmerle17@pcj.edu

Seth Keller: skeller@pcj.edu

Michael Fulton: mfulton689@gmail.com


Father Paul Noble

Director of Vocations

Diocese of Columbus