Bishop Burbidge encourages high schoolers at Quo Vadis to be holy

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Bishop Michael F. Burbidge opened the five-day Quo Vadis Summer Discernment Camp by celebrating Mass in the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md., July 29.

Quo Vadis — Latin for “Where are you going?” — is an initiative to help high school men discern God’s call in their lives.

Bishop Burbidge addressed more than 100 high schoolers and their families gathered in the chapel. He encouraged them to be mindful of their call to be a follower of Jesus.

“To the young men of Quo Vadis, you are here in one way to have a better understanding of the Lord’s plan for you and where he might be leading you in the future, but also to be mindful of your call right now,” he said.

Bishop Burbidge went on to list living chastely, honoring parents and seeking out those in need as tangible ways to respond immediately to God’s call. 

After Mass, this theme of the universal call to holiness was reiterated by Father Michael C. Isenberg, diocesan director of vocations. The vocations office sponsored the five-day event.

“Regardless of your individual calling, Jesus wants to enter into your life,” Father Isenberg said. “We are all here to grow in holiness. We are all here to grow closer to Our Lord, and in that process he sometimes whispers and points the way.”

The motivations of the participants for attending were varied, but still united in a desire to grow in fellowship and to experience an encounter with Jesus. 

Vance Sewell hoped he would have the opportunity to deepen friendships and make new ones, while Joseph D’Antonio was looking forward to being close to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.

“What I am looking forward to the most is getting to go to adoration and the holy sacrifice of the Mass every day,” said D’Antonio.

Sports and traditional camp fun are part of the mix at the 12th annual camp.

“Imagine 115 high school guys, some seminarians, religious and priests gathered for prayer, friendship and fraternity, sports tournaments, holy hours, a pilgrimage, s’mores and more,” said Anne-Marie Minnis, coordinator of events and communication for the vocations office. “That’s what Quo Vadis Camp is all about.”

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2018