Quo Vadis Retreat
December 27 – 29, 2019
Spiritual Life Center, Wichita, KS
Our Retreat Master
Father Gale Hammerschmidt
Fr. Gale was born and raised in Hays, Kansas, and attended Thomas More Prep-Marian High School. He then attended Kansas State University earning a degree in secondary education in 1995. He worked as a history teacher and coach at Manhattan Catholic Schools from 1996-2005. He then attended St. John Vianney Seminary in Denver, Colorado from 2005-2012. During his years as a seminarian, Fr. Gale founded the Prayer and Action Mission program. After ordination, he became the parochial vicar at Sacred Heart Cathedral and chaplain of Sacred Heart High School in Salina. In 2015, Fr. Gale was made pastor of St. Francis Xavier parish in Junction City, and in 2017 began serving as the Pastor/Chaplain at St. Isidore’s Catholic Student Center on the campus of Kansas State University in Manhattan. Fr. Gale is also the co-director of Vocations for the Diocese of Salina.
“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.