Co-Founder of Quo Vadis Days
Father John Cihak is the the second of eight children and spent most of his growing up years in Corvallis, Oregon attending St. Mary parish. Thinking he was supposed to be a doctor, he was accepted at the University of Notre Dame and entered their pre-med program. The Lord, however, had different plans. Through prayer and a good spiritual director, Father Cihak began to hear the call to the priesthood. He dropped the pre-med program and graduated with a degree in Philosophy in 1992. Upon graduation, he was accepted as a seminarian by the Archdiocese of Portland and entered Mount Angel Seminary. The following year, the Archbishop sent him to Rome to complete his studies. Father Cihak was ordained a priest by Archbishop John Vlazny at St. Mary Cathedral, Portland in June of 1998 and took his first parish assignment at St. Anne Church in Grants Pass.
In the Jubilee Year 2000, Father Cihak began to discern that the Lord wanted him to do something to promote the priestly vocation to high school boys. Together with Father William Dillard, currently pastor of St. John parish in San Diego, they founded Quo Vadis Days in the summer of 2000. Twenty-two young men attended that first camp. The camp has spread to several other dioceses in the United States and reaches hundreds of young men each year.
He has served as a pastor, professor and currently works in the Vatican and serves as the confessor of Postulants for the Missionaries of Charity in Rome. He is a musician and enjoys writing theology and playing all kinds of sports, especially basketball.