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Quo Vadis Camp-out Combines Fun, Fellowship and Prayer

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On a snowy Friday in February, a group of adults and high school boys from the vocation group, Quo Vadis, gathered for a “Night in the Wilderness” at William B. Umstead State Park. The camp-out was an opportunity for prayer, fellowship and fun.

Led by Fr. Ned Shlesinger, Diocesan Director of Vocations, the group settled the camp site and celebrated Mass in the lodge.

Grilling food and playing kick the can were followed by a snowy hike through the woods that culminated in a powerful praying of the Rosary. “Personally this was a great end to the evening, thirteen men hiking through a perfectly silent winter forest, while it continued to snow, praying the Rosary together,” said Brad Watkins, Assistant to the Vocations Director.

Quo Vadis, a Latin phrase meaning, Where are you going? assists high school aged boys who are interested in exploring a possible call to the Diocesan priesthood.

The Diocesan Office of Vocations provides opportunities to become aware of God's call, to discern the meaning of this call, to become educated about the life and ministry of a Diocesan priest, and to provide for their formation should they be accepted as candidates for the Diocese. All inquiries are confidential.

Upcoming Discernments Events Around the Diocese:

  • Feb 26-28 Priest Discernment Retreat: Annual pilgrimage to Washington D.C. and Philadelphia to experience seminary life and visit shrines and churches.
  • March 5: Vocations Holy Hour, 7pm St Anne Parish, Edenton
  • March 13: Priest Discernment Group, 9am-1pm at Office of Vocations
  • March 18: Women’s Prayer Group for Vocations, 7pm-9pm at Office of Vocations

If you would like additional information on Vocations or to learn more about Discernment opportunities, you are invited to visit the Diocesan Vocations web site or contact the Vocations Office at 919-832-6280.

Below: Photos from the Quo Vadis camp-out