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Bishop Burbidge Visits Youth Apostles

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For pictures from the evening, click here.

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. 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.

Junior High BASH 2012 – Your Place in God’s Plan

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Sunday, April 29th saw hundreds of junior high school teens descend on PVI high school for BASH, an annual event sponsored by the Catholic Diocese of Arlington, Office of Youth Ministry. The teens had tons of fun with the rides and inflatables, as well as watching the performance by APEX ministry; which included jokes, juggling, and more. Teens also had an opportunity for confession, participated in Mass with Bishop Loverde and ate a ton of pizza and snow cones.Junior High Bash 5

Many Youth Apostle brothers were in attendance. Fr. Ramon, Y.A. and Jonathan Mundell brought a group from the Don Bosco Center. Erik Teter and Chris Maimone were there with teens from St. Leo’s. Chris Hitzelberger also brought teens from Blessed Sacrament. Deacon Tom Yehl, Y.A.  proclaimed the Gospel at Mass, with Mike Power (among others) providing music. Sean McCartney was even on hand to help dish out pizza as well as other behind the scene duties. We also saw Joey Clem give some great advice to the teens at a panel discussion on vocations. And of course, Kevin Bohli MC’d the event (and even enjoyed a snow cone).

BASH is our largest gathering of Catholic junior high students (6th-8th graders) every year! This event is a celebration of our Catholic faith and love of the Lord.

Special thanks to Chris Hitzelberger and Chris Maimone for contributing photographs and a summary for this article.

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