Here is feedback we have received from Quo Vadis Days campers:
“I have been to Quo Vadis Days for three years, and as I reflect more and more on each year’s experience, I feel deeply grateful to Father Cihak and my God, calling me to ‘some definite service’.
“Quo Vadis Days has been an awakening experience to the constant reality that living as a Christian and a true man is inseparable from heeding the Lord’s call to a specific vocation He has prepared for me. The true Christian ‘hero’ or the ‘true man’ is what we all, especially boys, aspire to. QVD reminds me that such a goal is possible only with Christ and through our Blessed Mother; that is, with prayer and an entrusting communication with Him Who is the Author of my life accompanied with a complete consecration to The Blessed Virgin Mary. Furthermore, QVD constantly reminds me that such communication with Our Lord and His Mother is inseparable from, and is really identical to, the constant awareness of what God wants of me, whatever it is, at this moment and in my entire life. And through this, QVD sparks in me the prayerful awareness of the concrete reality of my ‘definite service’ in the army of Christ.
“As other QVD campers have commented, we pray the Divine Office at morning and evening and have daily Mass. Another peak during the camp is Confession and Benediction. These last two events are what remain with me most intensely. I can still vividly recall the intimate wonder and reverence that tingled in the air at Benediction; it was an unforgettable moment of intense listening to Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. Then each Confession at QVD was an unforgettable experience in itself. Of course, it is never required that everyone go to Confession, but I can testify that (to borrow a phrase) if anything is worth doing in life, Confession is one of them. There was much preparation at QVD for Confession, but again, the amount of preparation itself was up to the individual’s leisure and comfort. I find Confession so crucial at any time, but especially during a retreat as through Confession Christ purifies your vision and sets things square for you through His mercy… and after Confession, there you are, ready to begin anew honestly and to listen to God’s call to Life in your life.
“I cannot help mentioning that Quo Vadis Days is also so much fun! As others have mentioned, there are sports of every kind, hikes, and jovial but exciting events – all in the context of the overwhelming realization that Christ is calling us daily to listen to His Divine plan for us now and forever.”
QVD camper, age 15
“I have been going to Quo Vadis Days for two years. I go to the camp because it is fun, and I get to spend time with my fellow bothers and learn about how God works in people’s lives. While at the camp, you live a life similar to the seminary saying the Divine Office and going to Mass. I encourage anyone who wants to learn more about his faith to come and take part in this camp. It is both fun and educational and one of the coolest camps I have been able to go on.”
QVD camper, age 16
“Quo Vadis Days is one of the greatest experiences I have ever had. It has given me the opportunity to learn about the priesthood from people who have followed God’s call and lived as priests. The powerful vocations stories I heard has changed my approach to prayer. While I have learned many new ways to pray using the Scriptures and prayer books, the biggest change has been the content of my prayer. Because of my experiences at Quo Vadis Days, I spend more time meditating and praying to understand God’s will, and less time praying for what I, or the other people around me, think they want. Quo Vadis Days has helped me to realize that God has a plan for my life, even when I don’ in thet realize it. My experiences at Quo Vadis have been invaluable and I would definitely recommend it to anyone able to attend.”
QVD camper, age 19, who has attended QVD for 5 years