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placeholder July 11, 2016   •   VOL. 54, NO. 13   •   Oakland, CA

Quo Vadis will help men recognize God

About 40 young men between the ages 13-18 are attending the second Quo Vadis Camp, July 10-13, dedicated to discerning their vocation and fostering their relationship with God.

That's double the number of attendees from last year, and about all that can be accommodated at one time, reported Rev. Neal Clemens, diocesan vocations director.

Quo Vadis Camp
For: Men, ages 13 to 18
When: July 10-13
Where: Youth Retreat Center, Lafayette
The Diocese of Oakland's first Quo Vadis — Latin for "Where are you going?" — was deemed successful enough to provide for twice as many attendees this year.

Many attendees are invited to consider coming to the camp by priests in their parishes.

The three days include Mass and opportunity for reflection, with talks by priests and seminarians who share their vocation stories.

It's also an opportunity for the teens to talk about the priesthood to men closer to their own age. Among those last summer was seminarian Garrett McGowan. "There are a lot of young people who want to be priests," he said. "It's rare that they get a chance to meet a young person.

"It's easier to talk to a guy who likes Harleys, has tattoos and cracks jokes," said McGowan, who does all three.

While there is a spiritual aspect to the camp, there is also time for fun. There's a pool at the center, which sees its share of use.

The teens are kept well fed by teams of cooks from the Knights of Columbus. While each camper is asked to pay $50 for the camp, the major portion of the camp is paid for by the annual vocations dinner sponsored by the Knights of Columbus.

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