Quo Vadis


Prayer + Brotherhood + Adventure!

A camp for young Catholic men to deepen their faith and seek God’s call in their lives

June 26 – 28, 2017

For incoming 9th – just graduated 12th grade boys
St. Patrick’s Seminary, Menlo Park

See photos from the retreat on our social media feeds: facebook.com/DSJVocations and instagram.com/DSJVocations

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What is Quo Vadis?

“Quo Vadis” is the Latin phrase for “Where are you going?”  Legend tells us that St. Peter asked Jesus this question on the outskirts of Rome.

The Quo Vadis Retreats offer guidance and time in prayer, as well as classic camp activities like sports, hiking and great food.  You will have the chance to meet and hang out with diocesan seminarians, who serve as group leaders and help run the retreat.

Retreats include:

  • Mass & Prayer
  • Sports & Games
  • Talks & Small group discussions
  • Food & Friendship
  • Q&A with seminarians and priests

Is this retreat for me?

  • Are you a Catholic young man in 8th – 12th grade?
  • Are you open to following Jesus Christ and interested in what that might mean in your own life?
  • Are you willing to spend a few days with other young men, seminarians, and priests, playing games, eating great food, and growing deeper in your faith?

If you answered yes to all 3, then we invite you to sign up!

Note: Although this is hosted by the Vocations Office, this retreat is NOT meant to force you to become a priest (or into any other vocation)!  It’s about hanging out with other guys who want to grow deeper in their Catholic faith.

“Everyone needs this.” – Samuel, Arlington Quo Vadis Camper

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NOTE: Registration will close at 10 am on Friday, June 23.

Who is invited?

Catholic High School young men in the Bay Area – this Quo Vadis Retreat is organized by the Diocese of San Jose Vocations Office, partnering with the Archdiocese of San Francisco.

How much does it cost?

$50.    Assistance is available – contact the Vocations Office for more info – vocations@dsj.org






Got More Questions?

Contact Cecilia Kohlrust, Coordinator of Vocations and Fr. Joe Kim, Vocations Director by emailing vocations@dsj.org

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Quo Vadis Retreats in the US

Quo Vadis Retreats are led in many dioceses across the US, giving young men the opportunity to discern God’s plan for their lives and grow in their relationship with Christ. Learn more at http://qvdays.org/

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Learn more about our staff and see photos from the retreat on our social media feeds: facebook.com/DSJVocations and instagram.com/DSJVocations

The Quo Vadis Team:

Fr. Joe Kim, Vocations Director (DSJ) | QV Director
Fr. Andrew Ginter, Parochial Vicar of St. Hilary Church & Assistant Vocations Director (SF) | QV Assistant Director
Fr. Michael Hendrickson, Pastor of St. Frances Cabrini Parish (DSJ) | QV Chaplain
Andrew Brown, Pastoral Associate, St. Lucy Parish (DSJ) | QV MC
Cecilia Kohlrust,
Coordinator of Vocations (DSJ) | QV Logistics, Staff Support, & Spiritual Mom
Joseph Nguyen, Volunteer (DSJ) | QV Crew, Rec, & Music
Matt Oliverio, Volunteer (DSJ) | QV Crew & Small Group

The Seminarians:

Manuel Barrios (DSJ) | QV Games & Small Group
Michael Di Martino
(DSJ) | QV MC, Small Group, Sacristy
Dcn. Francis Kalaw (DSJ) | QV Liturgy & Photography
Robain Lamba (DSJ) | QV Games & Small Group
Dcn. Eric Piczon (DSJ) | QV Liturgy & Small Group
Victor Trinidad (DSJ) | QV Music, Rec, & Small Group
Jerald Geronimo (SF) | QV Small Group
Michael Sullivan (SF) | QV Small Group
Jim Precobb (SF) | QV Small Group & Games
Gerardo Vasquez (SF) | QV Small Group

On Camera:

QV Staff mini-bios on our social media feeds: facebook.com/DSJVocations | instagram.com/DSJVocations

Humorous video by Manuel Barrios and Michael Di Martino

Interviews of Victor Trinidad and Francis Kalaw


I have teen boys in my ministry that I think would love attending Quo Vadis.  What should I do?

Please invite them!  Hand him a Quo Vadis 2017 Flyer & Info Sheet, letting him know why you want to encourage him to attend.  See this page for some tips on extending an invitation.

I work with a great Catholic young man who is excited to follow Jesus, but I don’t want to push him to become a priest.  Is this a retreat for young Catholic men called to other vocations, too?

Yes!  This retreat is NOT a discernment retreat.  It is for young Catholic men interested in deepening their faith.  Following the universal call to holiness is the primary message of the retreat, and in that context, we will be discussing each particular Vocation to priesthood, marriage, and consecrated life.  If there is a young teenage man at your parish who is ready to go deeper in his faith with other young men in the diocese, invite him!

What are some other easy ways I can help?

Check that the Quo Vadis retreats are being advertised in your bulletin and Mass announcements.  If not, see below for promotional material.

Don’t know any boys that should attend?  Ask your youth minister, altar server trainer, confirmation coordinator, or pastor if they have invited any young men to attend (Print this flyer in case they haven’t)  If they have, learn the first name of the young man, and start praying for him and for others to come out of the woodwork!  As Pope Francis said, “Behind and before every vocation to the priesthood or to the consecrated life there is always the strong and intense prayer of someone: a grandmother, a grandfather, a mother, a father, a community.”


Want more resources on vocations? 

Check out our Vocations Resource Page.  Don’t forget to invite parishioners, teens, and families to our other events, like the REVS vs. SEMS Basketball Challenge and 40 Hours Adoration for Vocations!

If you have any questions or ideas on how we can serve you better, please feel free to email us at vocations[at]dsj.org.



Bulletin Announcement:


Attention all Catholic young men ages 14-18! Do you know where your life is going? The Lord Jesus has a great plan for you! You are invited to attend the 2017 Quo Vadis Retreat to hang out with other young men your age looking at the Lord’s call in your life while having fun. The retreat is led by priests and seminarians, and will include prayer, sports, discussions, hiking, and talks.

The Quo Vadis Retreat is for incoming 8th grade to outgoing high school senior men June 26 – 28 at St. Patrick’s Seminary. Total cost is $50 (scholarships available). If you are interested, please contact our pastor or Fr. Joe Kim, Vocations Director. More info at www.dsj.org/QuoVadis

If you know a young man who might enjoy the camp, invite him to take a look!

Pulpit Announcement:

Catholic young men ages 14-18 are invited to explore the Lord’s call in your life at the 2017 Quo Vadis Retreat. This camp includes prayer, sports, talks, and more, helping you to know Jesus more deeply and have fun with other young men, priests, and seminarians. The Quo Vadis camp in June is for young men that are incoming 9th graders to graduated high school seniors.  To learn more, contact our pastor, go to dsj.org/QuoVadis, or see our bulletin.



2-sided Flyer w/ Info Sheet (8 1/2 x 11″): PDF

8 1/2 x 11″ Flyers: PDF | PNG

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1/4 page – Color: PNG | PDF

1/4 page 2-sided Handout Flyer: PDF | PNG side 1 | PNG side 2

1/4 page 17-18 Calendar only: PNG | PDF


1/4 page Ad – Color: PNG PDF

1/4 Page Ad – BW Dark: PNG | JPG | PDF

1/4 Page Ad – BW Light: Light PNG | Light JPG | Light PDF


1920 x 1080 Kiosk Ad:  PDF |  PNG

1200 x 675 Simple Banner:  PNG

Archived 2017 Quo Vadis Flyers:

OLD Bulletin 1/4 Page Ad:  Dark PNG | Dark JPGLight PNG | Light JPG

OLD 1/4 page Save the Date Flyers: Front Ad PNG

OLD 1/4 page 2017 Calendar: Back Calendar PDF | Back Calendar PNG

OLD 1200 x 675 Banner Ad:  PNG

OLD 784 x 295 Banner Ad:  PNG | JPGPDF


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