Camp Quo Vadis, which took place July 7-12 at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington, gave its teen participants plenty of food for thought and opportunities for prayer along with time for some good, old-fashioned fun.  On Thursday, July 11, Bishop John Barres visited the camp for the annual favorite “Messy Olympics” and stayed for evening prayer and Mass with the campers.

See two slideshows below by photographer Ed Casey showing the silly and the serious sides of the day.

During the Messy Olympics competition camper teams and counselors vied for bragging rights in various events which included getting wet and messy. While it may look like fun, the exercise demonstrated how worldly layers of guilt and sin fall away in the cleansing mercy of the Lord. Fathers Chris Sullivan, Michael Duffy and Sean Magaldi took an active part in the festivities while the Sisters of Life did their best to keep everyone cool.


Later in the evening Bishop Barres celebrated Mass at Camp Quo Vadis joined by many diocesan priests including all six of the diocese’s newly ordained.