By Tim Bishop
HUTTONSVILLE—This year’s Quo Vadis Camp hosted 36 middle school-age boys interested in exploring the priesthood June 23-26 at the Bishop Hodges Pastoral Center and Camp Bosco in Huttonsville.
The camp is a chance for the boys to see what the priesthood is like and spend time with the diocese’s seminarians and priests.
Youth gather at Camp Bosco in Huttonsville for the annual Quo Vadis Camp sponsored by the Office of Vocations for the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. With them are Father Dennis Schuelkens Jr., director of Seminarians for the diocese, left; Msgr. Paul A. Hudock, director of Vocations for the diocese, second from right; and Father Eric Hall, right.
Msgr. Paul A. Hudock, director of Vocations for the diocese, said the youth enjoyed everything the camp has to offer including horseback riding, canoeing, rock wall climbing and other outdoor activities. “We celebrated Mass in the woods,” Msgr. Hudock said, “and we had the young people build a stone altar for the celebration.”
Msgr. Paul Hudock celebrates outdoor Mass during Quo Vadis Camp at Camp Bosco in Huttonsville.
Msgr. Hudock said the camp gives youth a spiritual opportunity to spend time with priests and seminarians from the diocese and consider the call to the priesthood in their lives. “It also gives them an opportunity to be re-grounded in their faith,” he said. “We talk about the Eucharist from the point of view of the priest and we talk about reconciliation in the same way, so it introduces them to spiritually significant ideas in a wonderful and fun environment.”
Msgr. Hudock led the camp along with Father Dennis Schuelkens Jr., director of Seminarians for the diocese. Also present with the kids were Father Eric Hall, Father Dean Borgmeyer, Father Francisco Cruz, Rev. Mr. David Galvin, who served as camp director, and seminarians J.R. Buckley, Joseph Ahern, Joe Emerith, Daniel Callahan, Alex Boyd and Martin Smay.
Msgr. Hudock said youth also spent a day in Webster County, where they performed service projects such as painting and cleaning for the less fortunate in the area. “The young people really enjoyed the service project,” Msgr. Hudock said. “The service project emphasizes the baptismal call to be of service to those in need.” The group also visited Pickens, the hometown of Archbishop John Joseph Swint, former bishop of the diocese. While there, they also learned about Msgr. Thomas Quirk who was one of the earliest missionary priests and founded many of the parishes in the diocese.