DBC Helps Teens Avoid Gangs

DBC Helps Teens Avoid Gangs

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Bishop Burbidge Visits Youth Apostles

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Bishop Michael Burbidge, the newly installed Bishop of the Diocese of Arlington, visited Youth Apostles on Tuesday, March 21. He celebrated Mass and had dinner with our community.

After dinner, he joined us for a brief presentation by Mike Paquette, Fr. Tom, and Rob Tessier on the history, mission, and vision of Youth Apostles. Mike talked about our extensive candidate formation program and the thrust of our community to do youth ministry. As a priest in the Diocese, Fr. Tom told the Bishop how important it is to have consecrated clerics in community with single and married men. Rob spoke on his long career in youth ministry.

To conclude the evening, Bishop Burbidge asked the men present what the greatest needs of the youth are today and how we can meet those needs. The overall consensus was the plethora of distractions and options, and how it’s hard to compete for attention in the Northern Virginia area. Bishop commended us on our missionary zeal and apostolic thrust to serve the young people in the Diocese.

We were blessed to have the Bishop join us and be an active member of our special meeting with him that night. We continue to keep him in prayer as he begins his new ministry in our Diocese!

Fr. Ramon Interviewed by WUSA9

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Fr. Ramon was interviewed by WUSA9 on his work at the Don Bosco Center.

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Rob Tessier and Kevin Bohli Interviewed Ahead of March for Life

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Rob Tessier, Director of Youth Ministry at All Saints Catholic Church in Manassas, VA, and Kevin Bohli, Director of Youth Ministry for the Diocese of Arlington, were interviewed by NBC Washington ahead of the March for Life. Watch their incredible witness to this great event, and how important it is to build a culture of life among our young people!

Youth Apostles Pro-life Poster Contest Biggest Ever, Winners Announced

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The winners in the 18th annual Youth Apostles Prolife Poster Contest have been selected! The theme was “Time to Respect Life.”

Thanks to all the participants, schools and youth ministries that took part.

There were 626 entries, the highest number of entries in any Youth Apostles Pro-life Poster Contest ever.

Participants came from the following schools: Paul VI High School, Bishop D.J. O’Connell High School, Angelus Academy, Holy Cross Academy, Holy Spirit School, Our Lady of Good Counsel School, St. Agnes School, St. Francis of Assisi School, St. James School, St. John Academy, St. Joseph School, and St. Theresa School. Members of Our Lady of Hope Youth Group participated, as well.

The entries evinced not only creativity and artistic talent, but also understanding and appreciation of prolife values.

The first place winning entries are attached so they can be printed and used during the March for Life.

The winners are as follows:



First Place: Margaret Mitchell, Paul VI High School

Second Place: Shuyler Workmaster, Bishop D.J. O’Connell High School

Third Place: Jennifer Marty, Paul VI High School


Honorable Mention:

Nicole Franchi, Paul VI High School

Katarina George’s, Paul VI High School

Emma Hitchcock, Paul VI High School

Eunah Lee, Paul VI High School

Christina Navarro, Paul VI High School

Victoria Rodriguez, Paul VI High School

Michelle Email, Paul VI High School

Gloria Whitfield, Paul VI High School



First Place: Julia Kupczak, Our Lady of Good Counsel School

Second Place: Jasmine Moalem, Our Lady of Good Counsel School

Third Place: Darby Galbraith, Our Lady of Good Counsel School

Honorable Mention:

Caroline Cristofaro, Our Lady of Hope Youth Group

Katie Evans, St. Joesph School

Cara Grimm, Our Lady of Good Counsel School

Ella Kravitz, Our Lady of Good Counsel School

Charlie Lamb, Holy Spirit School

Lynn Loftus, St. Agnes Catholic School

Nick Villazon, St. Francis of Assisi School



Stay focused on Christmas!

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Reflection provided by Fr. Jack Peterson

Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Christmas Day is celebrated for eight days in the Church. We call it the Octave of Christmas.  It ends on January 1 with the feast of the Mary, the Mother of God.

It is very easy to be distracted during Christmas by a flurry of activities such as enjoyable gatherings with family and friends, returning gifts to the Mall and some extra time for rest. While these are good things, time for prayer easily gets bumped out of our day. I want to encourage you to take time out to pray and reflect upon the great mystery of Christmas this week. Stop by a church or chapel and enjoy some quiet time of prayer in imitation of the Blessed Mother, “And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart” (Lk 2: 19).

Here are a few Scripture passages and questions that might be helpful to you.

“She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger…” (Lk 2: 7).

  • Can you imagine Mary’s first hug of the Christ-child?

“Now there were shepherds in that region living in the fields and keeping the night watch over the flock. The angel of the Lord appeared to them…” (Lk 2: 8-9).

  • Why did the Angel appear to shepherds?
  • Jacob, Moses and David were shepherds…
  • Jesus would proclaim, “I am the Good Shepherd.”
  • The lowly are often open to God’s presence and action in this world.
  • They teach us how to worship the Christ child with deep, humble faith.

“…laid him in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn” (Lk 2: 7)

  • Did the animals in the stable sense something unusual?
  • You know how pets can sense when we are sick or in morning?
  • Did they grasp that something unusual was going on in their stable?

“I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord” (Lk 2: 10-11).

  • How do I allow the beauty of this mystery to bring “great joy” into my life?

Vocations Awareness Day

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Jonathan Mundell and two Women’s Youth Apostles, Tiffany Lambert and Krysti Patient, represented the Youth Apostles community and the Women Youth Apostles community at Vocations Awareness Day this past Friday. The Religious Vocations Awareness Day Fair held in Finnegan Fieldhouse at Franciscan University of Steubenville welcomed and brought together representatives from nearly 100 different religious orders and dioceses from around the country (and world!)! Students of Franciscan University, and anyone else who was wondering if God could be calling him or her to religious life or the priesthood, were invited to come and learn more.

Fr. Jack in Rome!

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Fr. Jack recently had the opportunity to celebrate Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. After Mass, he ran into Fr. Steve Shafran, SDB. He is the new provincial minister of the Salesians of Don Bosco. He invited Fr. Jack to be the main celebrant of the Mass for their school, Christo Rey, in celebration of the 200th anniversary of St. John Bosco’s death.
In addition, Fr. Jack shares his thoughts on St. John the Baptist while in France in his latest video!

18th Annual Pro-life Poster Contest

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baby-feet-1527456_1280The Youth Apostles Institute is holding its 18th annual pro-life poster contest. The theme for the contest is “Time to Respect Life!”

Through the contest, we hope to provide a means by which young people may express their pro-life beliefs and the values they have been taught at school, in ministry and at home. We also hope to provide an activity that teachers may find to be a useful supplement or complement to classroom instruction, and to provide youth ministers with something that could complement their efforts and offer a means of expression and food for discussion.

There will be two divisions: Junior (grades 7 and 8) and Senior (grades 9-12). Prizes include first place ($100), second place ($75), third place ($50) and honorable mention certificates.


  • Entries may be on 8.5″x11″ or larger size paper, or on posterboard.
  • Electronic entries also accepted!
  • Entries must address the topic and express a view supporting the sanctity of unborn human life
  • Entries must be a participant’s original work.

Entries must include:

  1. Name
  2. School or parish
  3. Grade level
  4. School address or home address

Entries must be mailed or delivered by Monday, November 14, 2016 to:

John Iekel
Youth Apostles Institute
1600 Carlin Lane
McLean, VA 22101

Entries sent via email go to jfiekel@gmail.com. If entries are to be delivered, call (703) 556-0914 to notify.

Entries become the property of the Youth Apostles Institute and will not be returned. Questions? Call (703) 556-0914.

Support James Armstrong’s Year of Missionary Service!

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File_000 (1)James Armstrong has chosen to surrender a year of his life to the Lord in the service of young people. Having recently graduated from the University of South Carolina, he discerned a call from God to dedicate a whole year to helping young people encounter the merciful love of Christ.

James will be assisting Rob Tessier, the Coordinator of Youth Ministry at All Saints, at the largest parish in the state of Virginia. Most fundamentally, he will be building relationships with teens and helping them come to know Christ. This process will include training in the art of reaching out and actively bringing the love of Christ to young people, assisting in the planning and execution of middle school youth group events and conducting weekend retreats for high school and junior high students. He has already participated in a week-long summer work camp and served as a co-moderator of the boys Catholic Life Community.

Youth Apostles sponsors the Year of Missionary Service to Youth. He will live in their center in McLean with 15 other men where he will build a strong prayer life, celebrate the sacraments regularly, cook and share meals, and receive a strong formation in the Christian life.

Please consider donating to help cover the costs of this Year of Missionary Service. Any amount you can give, large or small, makes a difference! Thank you for your generosity.

Click here to support James

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