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our mission

Virtus et Veritas (V2) Ministries cultivates authentic encounters with God & fellow man through adventure experiences and formation in virtue & truth to develop Christ-like leaders.

The Name

Virtus et Veritas is Latin for Virtue and Truth. We believe our world is in a crisis of virtuous male leadership. Our culture not only understates the importance of virtue but even questions the concept of truth altogether. V2 Ministries seeks to address that problem by building “Virtue Through Adventure.”

HISTORY

In 2015, Toby Korensky founded Camp Virtus et Veritas, a week-long summer leadership camp for boys, as a ministry of the Archdiocese of Omaha. It was modeled after a similar camp in the Diocese of Lincoln that his boys had been attending for years. When he finally found time to join them as an adult volunteer, the Holy Spirit began to radically open his heart to the great need for young men and fathers to encounter Jesus Christ personally and be formed in faith and leadership. With the blessing and support of the Archdiocese of Omaha, Camp Virtus et Veritas launched in 2015.

The response to the launch of camp was overwhelming—from 2015 to 2018 the spots began filling up in as little as three days which led to a waitlist to attend camp. The Holy Spirit continued to bless V2 leading to expanding the ministry in multiple ways: in 2018 to begin offering fall and winter weekend adventures in addition to the week-long summer camp, in 2019 to expand from one to two full weeks of summer camp, and again in 2021 to add a new annual event, the High Adventure, serving young adult men.

It was clear that V2 had grown to be more than just a summer camp, but a growing apostolate dedicated to lifelong men’s leadership formation through adventure experiences. In 2021, Virtus et Veritas Ministries was officially formed as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, becoming an independent entity from the Archdiocese, with their full support.

CATHOLIC Identity

V2 is a Catholic apostolate that fully adheres to the beliefs and teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. Attendees of all faiths and walks of life are warmly welcomed.

pillars

 

Altar Server Training Candle

Leadership

Discover the greatness we are all called to.

Encounter real-life leadership opportunities.

Develop the habits of self-discipline and service of others—the habits necessary to become a Christ-like leader.

Daily Saint and Bible Studies

formation

Discover virtue and truth through teaching from the Bible, the Church, and the saints.

Encounter the example of good priests, fathers, and seminarians to aid in healthy vocational discernment.

Develop the mind and heart of a true disciple of Christ.

Daily Teachings

Spiritual

Discover the true meaning and purpose of life.

Encounter our Lord daily in the Sacraments and in Eucharistic Adoration.

Develop a life of prayer that leads to a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church.

Daily Mass & Adoration, Reconciliation

Brotherhood

Discover that we cannot do it on our own—we need our brothers.

Encounter a band of brothers that overcomes challenges, pursues virtue together, and holds each other accountable.

Develop deep, lasting friendships which lead one another to Christ.

Competitive Team Building

Adventure

Discover that the Catholic faith is anything but boring.

Encounter the great adventure of life.

Develop a desire to be fully alive in Christ—to live life to the full (John 10:10).

a word from archbishop lucas

“The leadership and spiritual formation that goes on at V2 Ministries is a great gift to the young people of our Archdiocese.”

Most Rev. George J. Lucas

Archbishop of Omaha

Our staff

Toby Korensky

Toby Korensky is the co-founder and co-director of Virtus et Veritas Ministries (V2) and V2 Camp for Boys in 2015 as an apostolate of the Archdiocese of Omaha. Having been involved in faith formation and youth leadership for over 30 years. Created and facilitated retreats such as TEC, Godparents, and LifeTeen for youth, participated in the March for Life pilgrimage to Washington, DC, and other leadership roles with youth and men since joining the U.S. Marine Corps in 1989.  Toby has significant experience with Boy Scouts of America programs and has held various leadership roles over the past 18 years. Toby is founding Core Team Member of our That Man is You! men’s formation program and am an acting Core Team member at St. Stephen the Martyr parish. He is actively engaged in the Archdiocese of Omaha Mentorship program focused on our mission of evangelization. 

Jeb Vavak

Jeb Vavak is the Director of Development and Operations for V2 Ministries. He holds a business degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. After serving with FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students), he was eager to continue serving the Church and began a career in Catholic nonprofit development. He joined V2 to lead the fundraising efforts for the growing apostolate. Jeb and his wife Monica got married in June 2021 and reside in Omaha, NE.

Our bOARD OF DIRECTORS

Toby Korensky

Toby Korensky is the co-founder and co-director of Virtus et Veritas Ministries (V2) and V2 Camp for Boys in 2015 as an apostolate of the Archdiocese of Omaha. Having been involved in faith formation and youth leadership for over 30 years. Created and facilitated retreats such as TEC, Godparents, and LifeTeen for youth, participated in the March for Life pilgrimage to Washington, DC, and other leadership roles with youth and men since joining the U.S. Marine Corps in 1989.  Toby has significant experience with Boy Scouts of America programs and has held various leadership roles over the past 18 years. Toby is founding Core Team Member of our That Man is You! men’s formation program and am an acting Core Team member at St. Stephen the Martyr parish. He is actively engaged in the Archdiocese of Omaha Mentorship program focused on our mission of evangelization. 

FR. PADRAIC STACK

Fr. Padraic Stack is the Associate Pastor of St. Patrick’s in Elkhorn, NE. He started his career with an architecture firm in Omaha where God provided him with an opportunity to work on the structural design of a Catholic Church. This assignment led to deeper questions about the faith, and he was received into the Catholic Church in 2010. Through much discernment and spiritual direction, he found himself being drawn toward the vocation of the priesthood and entered seminary in 2012. On June 2, 2018, Fr. Stack was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Omaha.

Taylor Korensky

Taylor Korensky’s  experience with faith and leadership formation has been as a camper, youth leader, and adult director for Leadership Camp, Lincoln NE from 2005 to 2014 and co-founder and co-director of Virtus et Veritas Ministries (V2) and V2 Camp for Boys in 2015 for the past 6 years.  Professionally, Taylor is the Founder and CEO of Appsky of 4 years. Team coach & sales extraordinaire. He started Appsky with a passion & drive to improve our local community through affordable design & software services. With a degree in IT Innovation from UNO, Taylor is the core propellant of Appsky’s vision & knack for innovation.

Roger Meyer

Roger Meyer has been active in parish life at St. Leo’s in Grand Island where he lived for 19 years and at St. Stephen the Martyr since moving to Omaha in 2007. He has served as a member of the Finance Council at both parishes. Roger has been a member of the Knights of Columbus since 1991 and was an officer for 16 years at St. Leo’s. He has been a member of the St. Stephen’s men’s group (That Man is You / Iron Sharpens Iron) since its formation in 2011. He has been an active volunteer for V2 since it began in 2015.  Professionally Roger was a National Bank Examiner for the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency for 14 years and has since been working for a large agriculture lending institution where he leads the credit review, compliance review, and standards of conduct functions.