Who We Are


Youth Apostles is a Roman Catholic community of men who inspire young people to live a Christ-like life.

We work — side by side with at least one other Youth Apostle brother whenever we can — to build up the young as they grow spiritually and morally. As a community, we come together as often as possible to celebrate the Mass and share openly with one another about our response to live this call to serve the youth.

We are blessed with community houses where some of our members share a common life of prayer centered on the Eucharist, sacred scripture and our devotion to Mary, the Mother of God. Our main Community House and Retreat Center, located in McLean, Va., is home to consecrated priests, consecrated laymen, and single laymen, all of whom participate directly in some form of youth ministry, campus ministry, or young adult ministry.

Dozens more of our members live in Northern Virginia, including most of our married members. We gather in McLean weekly on Tuesday nights for Mass and community meetings. Several members live farther away, but continue to participate in our annual retreats and workshops.

Our spiritual bonds are the most fundamental in our lives and in our convictions as Youth Apostles. These include: our efforts to live the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity and obedience as appropriate to each man’s state in life; our charism of responding to the Lord’s call in truth, freedom and care; our devotion to the lives, work and spiritual example of our patron saints, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Ignatius of Loyola and St. John Bosco.

Our Founder

Dr. Eduardo Azcarate founded the Youth Apostles Institute on a retreat in Maryland in 1979 with several men who shared the community’s vision of relational ministry in small communities of faith for teens in the Catholic Church. A prominent lay leader and child and family psychologist with a full-time practice in Falls Church, Virginia, Azcarate went on to serve as director for the next 25 years.

Born in Havana, Cuba, in 1942, Azcarate attended the prestigious Belen Jesuit Preparatory School and was active [/two_third_last] in the Sodality of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a Jesuit approach to teen faith formation that would become the basis for his own model, the parish-based Catholic Life Community (CLC). He continued to be involved in similar groups and in the Cuban men’s faith community, Agrupacion Catolica Universitaria (ACU), as his family fled Cuba after the 1959 revolution.

Azcarate married the former Ana Armengol and settled with his family in Virginia. He completed his doctorate in clinical psychology at the Catholic University of America in 1970. He established his practice and became a member of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Falls Church, where he taught 8th grade for 15 years and founded the first CLC. Several CLC alumni would help him found Youth Apostles.

Today Azcarate maintains his practice and continues to be an active Full Member in Youth Apostles. Eduardo and Ana have four children and 17 grandchildren, including a son-in-law, Joseph Clem, and grandsons, Joey and Peter Clem, who are members of the community.

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