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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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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:

 

SENIOR DIVISION:

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

 

JUNIOR DIVISION:

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

 

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!

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

Tiffany Lambert Makes One Year Consecrated Commitment in Women Youth Apostles

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On Monday, August 16 at the Sacred Heart Chapel on Marymount’s campus, Tiffany Lambert made a One Year Consecrated Commitment in Women Youth Apostles. We are thankful for her yes to community and to the youth. Please continue to keep her in your prayers!

“Into the Woods” receives rave review from DC Metro Theater Arts

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“Once Upon a time, in the city of Manassas, there was a theatre group that was in their 15th year of producing Broadway quality musicals. Every summer a group of talented performers gather to rehearse a visually stunning and musically wonderful show. And this year was no exception. Fresh off their hit from last year’s performance of Peter Pan, Upper Room Theatre Ministry has stepped Into The Woods and brought out a new side of Stephen Sondheim’s hit musical.”

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Fr. Jack and Fr. Peter released to Youth Apostles

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Effective June 29, 2016, Bishop Loverde has agreed to release Fr. Peter and Fr. Jack for full-time service with Youth Apostles.

With the release, Bishop Loverde has also decided to assign another Chaplain to George Mason Catholic Campus Ministry. GMU has been a fantastic place for ministry for our community, and it will be hard for Fr. Peter to leave after 16 years of ministry. Fr. Peter leaves Mason in good hands, with 11 full time staff members (including six FOCUS Missionaries). He has made a tremendous impact among the students, as well as on campus with many student organizations. Bishop Loverde has appointed Fr. James Searby to serve as Chaplain.

In the Richmond Diocese, Bishop Francis DiLorenzo and Mike School have extended an invitation to have Fr. Peter become the Chaplain at James Madison University. After much prayer and discussion, we have decided to assign Fr. Peter there with great hopes for the future for him and for the ministry at JMU.

Finally, Bishop Loverde has entrusted the pastoral care of the Chaplaincy and Campus Ministry at Marymount University to our community for three years. At this time, Fr. Tom Yehl will continue as Director and Chaplain of Campus Ministry and Fr. Jack Peterson will continue as Assistant Chaplain.

Winners Named in 17th Annual Youth Apostles Prolife Poster Contest

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First Place Junior Division YA Prolife Poster Contest

First Place Junior Division YA Prolife Poster Contest By Nicholas Villazon, St. Francis of Assisi School

First Place Senior Division YA Prolife Poster Contest

First Place Senior Division YA Prolife Poster Contest By Rachel Burkhardt, Paul VI High School

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The winners in the 17th annual Youth Apostles Prolife Poster Contest have been selected! The theme was “Precious in God’s Eyes.”

There were 386 entries. Participants came from the following schools: Paul VI High School, Oakcrest School, Angelus Academy, Holy Spirit School, Sacred Heart Academy, St. Agnes School, St. Francis School, St. James School, St. Michael’s School and St. Timothy School.

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

The first place winners are included so they are available for printing and use during the March for Life.

The winners are as follows:

SENIOR DIVISION: 

First Place: Rachel Burkhardt, Paul VI High School

Second Place: Eliana Uriana, Paul VI High School

Third Place: Chris Susco, Paul VI High School

Honorable Mention:

Katie Hogge, Paul VI High School

Natalie McCarthy, Paul VI High School

Lisa Nguyen, Paul VI High School

Isabella Whitfield, Paul VI High School

 

 

JUNIOR DIVISION:

First Place: Nicholas Villazon, St. Francis of Assisi School

Second Place: Mai Anh Nguyen, St. Michaels’ School

Third Place: Katherine Pham, St. Michaels’ School

Honorable Mention: 

Athena Aruizu, Holy Spirit School

Hannah Goff, St. Agnes School

Abigail Parker, Holy Spirit School

Katie Payne, Sacred Heart Academy

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