(Open to men who are High School Juniors through 30 years of age.)
|A Parental Permission Form is required for all participants who are in High School. A Medical Release Form is required for all participants. Review each form for submission deadlines.|
This year's retreat master is Father Ben Sawyer
Fr. Sawyer is a native of the Wichita diocese. He attended the University of Dallas for College before attending Mt. St. Mary Seminary. He was ordained in May of 2009 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Following ordination he served as the Parochical Vicar at St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita. In 2011 he was assigned to Bishop Carroll Catholic High School in Wichita as Chaplain. In 2015 Fr. Sawyer began advanced studies in Theology in Rome, Italy.
Fr. Sawyer is a dynamic priest that joyfully shares his love of the priesthood with others.
The name Quo Vadis refers to a story about St. Peter that occurred a few days before his crucifixion. Legend tells us that as Peter was walking away from Rome he encountered Jesus carrying His cross on the Appian Way. Peter was leaving Rome in discouragement due to the persecutions, thinking that Christ’s Church would never be founded. When he encountered Jesus, Peter asked Him, “Quo Vadis Domine?” or “Where are you going Lord?” Jesus replied, “I am going to Rome to be crucified once again.” At that moment, St. Peter’s discouragement turned to courage. He turned around and walked back to Rome, knowing what he had to do. A few days later he bore witness to Christ and was crucified upside down in the area of the Vatican Hill, planting the seed where the Church would grow.