Quo Vadis

Friday, July 16- Saturday, July 17th, Claytor Lake State Park, Dublin
Friday, July 30 – Saturday, July 31st, First Landing State Park, Virginia Beach

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What is Quo Vadis?
“Quo Vadis” is a Latin phrase that refers to the tradition of St. Peter departing the City of Rome amidst persecution, according to the story, he meets Our Lord along the way (today the spot is marked by the Church Domine Quo Vadis, along the Appian Way, just outside the City of Rome. It refers to the question posed by St. Peter, as he sees Him head toward the City. “Lord, where are You going?” The Lord is of course headed to Rome. The Lord responds, “I’m headed to Rome to be crucified a second time.” St. Peter then turns and heads to his death, eventually to be crucified upside-down, following an acclamation that he was unworthy to die a martyr’s death in the same way as Our Lord.

The opportunity brings rising 10th graders – 12th graders together, along with priests, youth ministers and seminarians for fellowship and opportunities to draw close to Our Lord.

Does this mean the men must sign up for seminary?
No. This is a time for young men to embrace their faith and spend a little time with one another and the Lord. This is a helpful time for young men to spend a little casual time with seminarians and priests to reflect on how the Lord calls men to the altar.

Who should attend Quo Vadis?
Quo Vadis is open to all rising 10th graders through graduated seniors. Due to the nature of the retreat experience, we cannot accept any individual who is younger than 10th grade.

Most importantly, pastors and youth ministry leaders should identify young men who are well-rounded and active in the life of the parish to participate in this experience. They should be invited through one-on-one invitations.

Where and when is the Quo Vadis Day Gathering?
Quo Vadis will be held on Friday, July 16, 2021 through Saturday, July 17th at Claytor Lake State Park, Dublin, and a separate opportunity on Friday, July 30th – Saturday, July 31st at First Landing State Park, Virginia Beach.

This is an overnight camping experience that will involve the celebration of Mass, other prayer opportunities, fellowship, and outdoor recreation. Youth must bring their own tent, sleeping bag and necessary overnight gear. Youth are welcome to sign up for either event. Space is limited.

Who leads the Quo Vadis experience?
Quo Vadis is a joint effort by the Office for Evangelization and Office for Vocations. Activities will be led by the Vicar for Vocations, seminarians, and youth ministers of the diocese. Due to the nature of the retreat experience, parishes are not asked to send a chaperone with the youth they send to the retreat.

What is the registration fee?
The cost for youth participants is $50.

The last day to register is Monday, July 5, 2021 at 11:59pm.

Cancellations & Substitutions

Each participant cancellation on or before June 30, 2021 Full Refund
Each participant cancellation after July 10, 2021 for the first event or July 20, 2021 for the second event No Refund
Each participant substituted on or before Wednesday, June 30, 2021* Full Refund

*The last day to request a substitution is Monday, July 5, 2021 at 11:59pm. Please note, correct t-shirt sizes for substitutions cannot be guaranteed.

What does this registration fee cover?
The registration fee will cover a t-shirt, journal, books, food on Friday – Saturday in-person day and overnight accommodations, and activities for the duration of the retreat.

What else needs to be submitted with the registration form?
The parish Youth Minister or parish priest must submit a short recommendation for each high school man when they submit their registrations in the online registration system. recommendation can be submitted via the same Google Form link listed on the registration form.

How do I register?
All youth should have a parent or guardian register them directly. (Alternatively, the parish Youth Minister can print out a hard copy of the registration form and then input the information for the participant.) The registration process includes:

  1. Register via the Online Registration System: The online registration link can be found at evangelizerichmond.org.
  2. Youth Minister or Pastor Recommendations: Participants should submit their essays via the Google Form listed on the registration form. Youth Ministers can submit their recommendations at the same link. Essays must be received by the end of the registration period.
  3. Send payments to the Office for Evangelization: If the “pay by check” option was chosen, send the check directly to the Office for Evangelization, 7800 Carousel Lane, Richmond, VA 23294. Be sure to include your participant’s name and parish with payment.

Where do I go for questions or additional support?
For all questions regarding registration, contact the Office for Evangelization directly via email at [email protected] OR 804-622-5159.

For all other questions, contact the Office of Vocations at [email protected] OR (804) 358-9159