Quo Vadis Retreat
with Father Brett Brannen
December 30, 2022 - January 1, 2023
Spiritual Life Center, Wichita, KS
Our Retreat Master
Father Brett Brannen
Fr. Brett Brannen was ordained a priest in 1991 for the Diocese of Savannah, where he served as vocation director (10 years) and as a pastor of five different parishes. From 2005- 2011, he was the vice-rector of Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, MD. Fr. Brannen has preached numerous retreats for diocesan priests, seminaries and religious communities, as well as discernment retreats for vocation candidates. He taught many years at the Institute for Priestly Formation (IPF) in Omaha and with The Theology of the Body Institute (TOB and the Identity of the Diocesan Priest). He is the author of “To Save a Thousand Souls: A Guide for Discerning a Vocation to Diocesan Priesthood” (2010) and “A Priest in the Family: A Guide for Parents Whose Sons are Considering Priesthood” (2014). Fr. Brannen is currently the Spiritual Director at The Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio.
“Where are you going?”
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.