Knights’ support of vocation discernment programs assists youth in hearing God’s call

By Jennifer Reed

Knights’ support of vocation discernment programs assists youth in hearing God’s call

Father Raymond LaVoie, director of the Diocese of Harrisburg’s Office of Vocations, prepares campers for afternoon recreation, which includes football, Frisbee and a water balloon launch. (Photo by Chris Heisey)

By late June, school was not in session at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md. However, the seminary’s Memorial Gym was abuzz as 90 young men chatted over lunch, and a dozen Knights went table to table making sure they had plenty to eat.

Here, early summer brings with it hot and humid days. But it also ushers in another climate: one of vocation discernment.

For the past decade, the Diocese of Harrisburg, Pa., has annually held the Quo Vadis Days discernment camp at the seminary. The five-day experience offers young men ages 15-25 a chance to listen to God’s call while immersed in a schedule of prayer, sports and recreation, and presentations from priests and seminarians.

“This time gives me a chance to listen to where God wants me to go with my life,” said first-time participant Joseph Tokar, 19, a member of Monsignor George V. Lentocha Council 3501 in Middletown, Pa.

“I want to keep myself open to the possibility of the priesthood and look for where God wants me to be,” added Tokar, who will head to St. Joseph University in Philadelphia in the fall.

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 many cases, local K of C councils have supported the program and similar discernment initiatives, helping to provide young men and women opportunities to explore and potentially embrace a vocation to the priesthood or religious life.


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