Quo Vadis Retreat

January 7-9, 2022
Spiritual Life Center, Wichita, KS

The Quo Vadis Retreat is an opportunity to examine where your life is going and ask the Lord if you are going in the right direction. This retreat is designed for young men to discern a vocation to the priesthood, to religious life, or to marriage. On this retreat, you will take time to ask the Lord where He desires to lead you.

(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.


Our Retreat Master

Father Matthew Rolling

Fr. Matthew Rolling, a priest of the Diocese of Lincoln, grew up near Omaha, NE as the second of four children. After graduating from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln with a degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Management, he entered the seminary for the Diocese of Lincoln and was ordained on May 29, 2010. Since ordination, he has served as a parochial vicar, high school religion and Spanish teacher, and vicar for Hispanic Ministry. After spending several years studying in Rome, Italy, Fr. Rolling returned to the Diocese as Academic Dean and philosophy teacher at St. Gregory the Great Seminary, Lincoln’s college seminary. In his free time, Fr. Rolling also enjoys running, fishing, a good cup of espresso, and being swept up by a good fiction book.

The Legend

“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.