There’s A Fire Blazing At The Chapel!

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    Over the past few weeks at George Mason Catholic Campus Ministry, there has been a certain buzz around 4515 Roberts Rd.


    Fr. Peter Nassetta & Oscar the Pig

    The year kicked off with the annual Luau at the chapel. Students began arriving promptly at 5:30pm, and never stopped coming. The smell of Oscar the pig spread across campus, luring students out of their dorms. CCM Student Leaders also aided in promoting the Luau on campus. A few brave souls elected to wear a pig costume around campus to spread the word about this giantly awesome party. Others took to chalking the sidewalks across campus, which helped direct students to the chapel. And yet others handed out fliers and manned kiosk desks to inform students about upcoming events.

    Aided by the Holy Spirit, the chapel was blessed to receive over 1500 students on Friday, August 23rd. Along with plenty of food provided by Oscar himself, students met new friends, played cornhole, listened to a live band play, and roasted marshmallows toward the end of the night.

    A few weeks later, freshman escaped the drudgery of Fairfax, VA and ventured out to the breezy dunes of Virginia Beach. This was the Freshman Beach Retreat that CCM puts on every year. The retreat consisted of talks by both students and staff members. Saturday night adoration and confessions were heard.


    CCM 2013 Freshman Beach Retreat


    The theme of the retreat was “Abundant Life in Christ.” As the students spent time in small groups, listening to talks, and in prayer they came to experience the rich, awesome life Christ had in store for them on campus. As the weekend progressed, these 60 new freshman began to foster growing relationships with each other, with the older student leaders, and with Christ Himself.

    They returned to campus that Sunday, September 22, energized and refreshed. Christ had put a burning flame of love on their hearts, and many of these new students began attending daily Mass and weekly bible studies afterwards as a result.

    Two weeks later, the not so fresh upperclassmen went on retreat as well. They journeyed to the mountains of Priestfield, West Virginia for a weekend away from the world.


    The them of the retreat was “Unlocking the Spiritual Riches of the Church.” Like the freshman beach retreat, talks were given by both the staff and by students. One of the talks focused on St. Therese of the Child Jesus and her Little Way. Other talks dove into the gifts of the Holy Spirit and the charismatic movement in the Church.

    Saturday night confessions were heard by six priests from around the Diocese of Arlington. A majority of the over 70 students on the retreat went to confession. Adoration, which consisted of silent prayer time, a penance service, and songs of praise went on during this time as well. Students also had ample time for silent reflection, small group discussion, and the ability to bond with each other during free time.

    Furthermore, daily Mass attendance has spiked as well because of these retreats. Monday, Tuesday, and Friday Mass is held on campus in the HUB. Roughly 50 chairs are set out, but frequently over the past month there have been 5-10 students sitting on the floor!

    God continues to work powerfully in the hearts and minds of the students at George Mason. Fr. Peter commented last week that the fire in the hearts of the students is like fire: it catches the more it is spread. It’s attractive to others and Christ’s love is able to spread the more the fire catches. Let’s pray this keeps up!


    Youth Apostles goes to Vocations Fair at Franciscan University of Steubenville

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    Our community of Youth Apostles was blessed to participate in the annual Religious Vocations Awareness Day at Franciscan University of Steubenville which took place on October 18, 2013. Around 75 religious communities and dioceses from around the United States were represented. It was a great blessing to seeDSCN7083 crop so many religious priests, brothers, and sisters, diocesan priests and seminarians, and students full of love for Christ. We learned about many communities and they were able to learn about our community of Youth Apostles. It was a special blessing to see and talk to Fr. Jaffe, the director of vocations for the Diocese of Arlington.

    We also had the opportunity to talk to many students who stopped by our display. It was wonderful to have the opportunity to talk about our community, who we are, and what we do. Overall the day was full of faith, fun, and fellowship. When there are that many communities and dioceses represented in one place you get a better picture of how big the Church is. What a blessing it is to see this  representation of the universal Church!

    15th Annual Pro-Life Poster Contest

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            The Youth Apostles Institute Announces its…

    15th Annual Pro-life Poster Contest


    Theme: Life – The Best Choice


    Two divisions:

    1. Junior (grades 7 & 8)
    2. Senior (grades 9-12)


    1. First Place ($100)
    2. Second Place ($75)
    3. Third Place ($50)
    4. Honorable Mention certificates


    AND! First Place posters will be made available for use in the  March for Life!


    • Use 8.5”x11” or larger size paper, or posterboard
    • Electronic submissions also fine!
    • Entries must be participants’ original work
    • Info to include if participating through a school: include name, grade level, school, and school address
    • If participating through a parish or youth group: include name, grade, parish/group, home address
    • Address the theme! Entries must address the theme and express respect for unborn human life
    • Where they go: Entries must be mailed or delivered by Monday, November 18, 2013 to:
      • John Iekel, Youth Apostles Institute, 1600 Carlin Lane, McLean, VA 22101
      • Entries sent via e-mail go to:


    Entries become property of the Youth Apostles Institute and will not be returned.

    Questions? Leave a message at (703) 556-0914 

    Candidate Commitment

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    In attendance were also his parents and brother, Joe. After he made his commitment, Billy could not wipe the smile off his face, especially when it came to cutting his own cake!

    Billy now returns to Temple University for the semester. He’s studying mechanical engineering and is an avid participant in the Newman Center activities at Campus Ministry.

    As he embarks on this new journey, Billy looks to further discern his commitment to Youth Apostles. His Candidate commitment is transitional, and will help him figure out whether he wants to become a Full Member in the future. He will go through our formation program as a part of this process, as well as continue to dive deeper into his faith at Temple.

    Billy’s commitment marks the 20th Candidate in our community. Praise God!

    Spiritual Directors

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    YES!!! We have a long-awaited list of potential Spiritual Directors, suggested by many of our brothers.  Like the list says, it is not exhaustive, but it is a great place to start with 30 priests listed.  If anyone has any other stellar priests to suggest, we hope this list will be a working list, with new names added at the suggestions of our brothers.  If you do not have a spiritual director, get rollin’!

    Below is the link!




    Youth Apostles in Rome!

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    Dear Community Members and friends,


    I was extremely surprised to receive Fr. Jack’s invitation to join him and Meg Dalmut, the Directress of the Women’s Youth Apostles, on a Pilgrimage to Rome over Pentecost weekend.  He explained that Pope Francis had extended a worldwide invitation to members of Movements and Lay Associations within the Church to gather in Rome to celebrate the Year of Faith with him, and Fr. Jack thought it important to have a layman on the trip.  OK, I stoically said.  If I must represent the lay membership of Youth Apostles on a pilgrimage to the Eternal City, I will.  Anything for the needs of my community!

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    The trip, however, wasn’t exclusively focused on the weekend events with the Holy Father.  The Youth Apostles Council has been considering the possibility of changing our Canonical status in the Church.  What we have as a Mixed Public Association (Priests, Consecrated and Lay members all in one community) works well and fits perfectly with our charism as Youth Apostles, but others have been suggesting we explore other possible structures within the Church to aid future expansion.  So, after debating the issue, our Directors decided it was time to visit Rome and get some expert advice.  And, at the same time, Youth Apostles would have the opportunity to connect with other communities like our own, to both learn from and share with others what we are and how we live our vocations.

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    Thursday, May 16

    After a long but largely uneventful flight from the States we arrived in Rome tired, but excited about the days ahead.  After quickly settling into our hotel in the Trastevere section of Rome (about 15 minutes by foot south of St. Peter’s Basilica), run by a group of Sacred Heart Sisters, we set off to make our appointments at the Pontifical Council of the Laity.  Canon Lawyer Dr. Philip Milligan  graciously welcomed us to his office, and he gave us some sound advice about how to help Youth Apostles grow.  In short, he encouraged us to keep living our charism as Youth Apostles and not to worry too much about our canonical status.  The good work we do, he noted, will go on and will thrive regardless of how we organize ourselves within the Church, since the Holy Spirit is in charge – an appropriate comment, I thought, for Pentecost weekend.

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    We then met with Fr. Eric Jacquinet, Head of the Youth Section of the Council.  Fr. Eric was very interested in learning about Youth Apostles and he was very pleased to hear about our apostolate to youth.  He was especially happy to hear that we both educate and support our membership.  He lamented that today so many young youth ministers are not properly trained for their positions, and may leave all too quickly.  I was very proud at that moment to think about the many Youth Apostles I know who have been so active in ministry for so long.  Before we left, Fr. Jack and Fr. Eric discussed possible future collaborations.

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    Later that evening, Fr. Jack celebrated a Mass in the chapel at our hotel.  It may sound strange to say, but Rome is simply littered with beautiful churches.  In our journeys around the city, we were often surprised by beautiful churches just popping up in front of us.  Such an experience was just one of the reasons why I love Rome.  But unfortunately many tourists, even those who look most diligently, will miss many of the city’s beautiful churches, like the one at the hotel, because they are private chapels.  Regardless of where we found ourselves we prayed for Youth Apostles at every holy spot. After Mass we went out to enjoy some of the great food Rome had to offer. When in Rome…

    Friday, May 17

    After a wonderful breakfast of bread and cheese we walked to Sacred Heart Church, built by St. Don Bosco.  The church is near the Termini, the main rail station of Rome.  Along the way we saw the city’s residents commuting to work, which, given the traffic and driving habits of the Romans, I think is a very dangerous thing to do.  I was glad to be on foot!

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    Sacred Heart is beautiful, and I absolutely enjoyed being at a church so associated with Don Bosco, the wonderful Silesian priest who is our model for effective youth ministry.  After Fr. Jack celebrated Mass at the main altar (in English, although about a dozen Italian tourists joined the Mass), a wonderful priest from the Church gave us a private tour of Don Bosco’s room and the museum.  Surrounded by Don Bosco’s things, it was easy to feel his spirit.  Also, hearing familiar stories of Don Bosco’s life in our host’s broken English reminded me once again how the life of one person can transform many throughout the world. The remarkable witness of the same crazy priest from Turin clearly inspired both us and our host – regardless of where we live or minister.  Saint Don Bosco, pray for us and the youth we serve!

    ya story pic #8After a bus ride back to the Vatican, we picked up our tickets for the Year of Faith events.  We were told that they expected over 120,000 participants at each event.  I couldn’t believe my ears.  Nor could I believe my eyes, when we entered St. Peter’s Square or the Basilica for the first time.  I last visited Rome in 1987 and I toured St. Peter’s extensively.  I was not mentally prepared, however, to see the Square or the Basilica again.  Over the years my memory of the Basilica and its surrounding areas had faded and I simply didn’t remember the massive scale of it all.  Like most of the tourists, I found myself walking around with my jaw open while snapping pictures that could not capture the Basilica’s beauty or significance.  But, as a Catholic kid from Maryland, I couldn’t be happier.

    ya story pic #11Following a quick stop at a sidewalk café across the river, we set off to find St. Augustino and to pray at the tomb of St. Monica, St. Augustine’s mother.  I love St. Augustine and I enjoy teaching his Confessions, a remarkable story of conversion and the role of God’s grace.  As all who know Augustine’s story, St. Monica played a significant role in her son’s conversion and commitment to the faith.  The two great saints actually shared a momentary vision of heaven, just days before Monica died.  I have long marveled at St. Monica’s dedication to the Faith and to her son, but I was completely overwhelmed when praying at her tomb.  As a husband and parent I prayed for her intercession, so I, like St. Monica, may help my spouse and children grow in their faith and ultimately reach heaven.

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    After leaving St. Augustino’s we stumbled into the Piazza Navona, which, in addition to its three beautiful fountains, was filled with artists, entertainers and tourists.  We couldn’t stay long, but we did stop in to pray at another stunning church, St. Agnes.  After a long wandering walk across the river we made it back to our hotel and enjoyed dinner at an outside table, followed by gelato.  A perfect end to a wonderful day.

    Saturday May 19

    We were up early and at St. Peter’s when they opened their doors at 7:00 A.M..  As part of the Year of Faith event we were scheduled to visit the tomb of St. Peter.  After several conversations with a very friendly usher at St. Peter’s we learned that the tour was actually just a self-directed tour of the Basilica.  So, rather than wait in a line to re-enter the Basilica as part of a tour, we took our new friend’s invitation to visit the tomb ourselves.  With a quick word to another usher we were brought immediately down to the crypt, where we had 10 minutes by ourselves praying at St. Peter’s tomb.  Fr. Jack recommended a few scenes from the Gospel for our reflection, and we enjoyed some time with the First Vicar of Christ.  We then looked around the crypt, looking at the tombs of other Popes and dignitaries.  Our Church is old, and it has deep roots back to Christ.

    ya story pic #14We then found our usher friend, who brought us all back to the sacristy where Fr. Jack vested for Mass.  A nine-year-old altar boy soon brought us to the Altar of Saints Processo and Martiniano, St. Peter’s guards in Rome who converted to the faith.  The first reading at Mass was from Acts 28, which discusses St. Paul’s imprisonment and how he found his way to Rome for his trial, and ultimately death. Saints Peter and Paul in one day, and we haven’t even had breakfast yet!

    After a brief siesta at the hotel, we explored nearby St. John the Baptist Church before walking back to St. Peter’s.  Fr. Jack had made plans to meet a dear friend and priest who works at the Vatican for lunch, and Meg and I waited in line to enter the Square for the evening prayer service.  The crowd swelled dramatically as the afternoon went on, and it rained for a few minutes.  Meg and I had general admission tickets, whereas Fr. Jack had a reserved seat near the platform where Pope Francis would address the crowd.  We found great seats in the back of the closest section, near where we expected the Pope to drive by in the pope mobile.  The sun came out as the Square and the neighboring streets started to fill (to a reported 250,000 people!), and musicians and singers entertained us all.  I enjoyed watching the Swiss Guard in their festive costumes, and the Vatican ushers in tuxedos.

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    All of the participants in this event were members of various communities and movements.  It was certainly exciting to be a part of a pilgrimage with the universal Church.  Even though I don’t speak any Italian and I didn’t know a soul in the huge crowd, I actually felt at home.  This is Church and I understood the people around me.  That is, we have all been touched by the Spirit, and we’re living our Catholic faith in the Church though the calls of our communities.  And although we were only three members of a relatively small community (at least from the perspective of St. Peter’s in the Vatican), the Spirit within us all made us one.

    ya story pic #16The crowd welcomed Pope Francis enthusiastically.  Soon after entering he drove quickly by our spot, and then he spent maybe 15 minutes driving through the rest of the Square and the Via della Conciliazione.  When the Holy Father finally drove past our section on the way to the platform the most remarkable thing happened –  the Pope’s face light up when he saw Meg, as if he had seen an old friend.  That is, while smiling and blessing the large crowd he suddenly changed his expression and granted Meg a special smile, which I believe counts as a special blessing.  Perhaps it was her holiness, or maybe just her wonderful smile, but the Holy Father was clearly glad that Meg came to Rome for a visit!ya story pic #17

    The prayer service was very inspiring.  Pope Francis talked for about 40 minutes.  I didn’t understand a word of what he said, but it was very clear to me that he loves his faith and that he takes his role as the Pastor of Rome very seriously.  The largely Italian crowd was very respectful, and the Pope got everyone to chuckle and smile almost as many times as he got them to applaud.  He charmed everyone, even those of us who couldn’t understand what he said.  Love and holiness simply do not need words to be expressed.

    After a late dinner, so late we opted to forgo our usual gelato, we made it back just before the hotel closed its gates for the night.  What a day with the Universal Church!

    Pentecost Sunday, May 20

    Mass at St. Peter’s with Pope Francis was fantastic.  Fr. Jack concelebrated with the Holy Father, along with 250+ other priests and bishops.  Meg and I had fantastic seats very near the altar, about 30 yards from the Pope.  I didn’t have the right ticket to get such a great seat, but Fr. Jack convinced the guards to let me in.  Thanks, Fr. Jack!

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    The Mass was largely in Italian, although many prayers were in Latin.  I was shocked how reverent 200,000 plus people can be.  Everyone was prayerfully participating, and I was once again overwhelmed with the experience of belonging to the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.  I knew my family would be celebrating the same Mass a few hours later, and we would be united in our common prayer.  I knew too that we three members of Youth Apostles were the only ones from our community present, but I understood everyone in Youth Apostles was there in spirit with us.ya story pic #21

    There were many highlights I will long remember about the Mass.  Everyone enjoyed seeing a seagull fly around the altar during the opening readings and land on a speaker.  A sign of the Holy Spirit, perhaps?  I especially enjoyed seeing the Holy Father’s joy in receiving the gifts from a lovely Italian family with three young kids, and the pleasure he had in greeting select dignitaries after the Mass.  Fr. Jack was asked to distribute Holy Communion in the Square.  And when the Pope left on the pope mobile after the final blessing and the closing of the Mass, Fr. Jack, Meg and I had the chance to snap some pictures near the Chair of St. Peter.  Meg and I later saw Pope Francis in the pope mobile, where the Roman wind tried to blow his hat off.

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    Following Mass we grabbed a quick lunch, did some souvenir shopping, and took a bus back to the train station so we could visit St. Mary Major, one of the four major churches in Rome.  I imagine if you spend enough time in Rome you might take some of the beautiful churches for granted, but I still think it would be hard not to appreciate St. Mary Major.  One Mass was finishing when we arrived, and another started immediately following.  The Faith is certainly alive in Rome.  A kind Dominican stationed at the Church recommended a nearby restaurant (how surprising?), and I celebrated my last night in Rome with more delicious pasta.ya story pic #23

    Monday, May 21

    We started the day with a brisk walk to St. Peter’s and a Mass at the tomb of Blessed John Paul II, located immediately next to Michelangelo’s Pieta in the Basilica.  What a treat that was, praying near the earthly remains of the Pope who inspired so many young people, including Meg, Fr. Jack and myself, to love Jesus and our faith more and more.  Although I had to leave immediately after Mass to catch a bus to the airport to return home to my family, Meg and Fr. Jack spent another day in Rome.  The next day they left for Poland, where they joined Fr. David Sharland and students from Marymount University for another pilgrimage.

    ya story pic #25I remain especially honored to be representing Youth Apostles to the broader Church.  I hope Jesus will grant my prayers, made with great faith at some of the holiest spots in Rome.  May God bless our community, and may we all live with great conviction the charism we have been given!



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    Five, Six, Seven…

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    May 14, 2013

    My head is spinning, and I’m not sure if it’s due to the dizzying pace with which our Norfolk community is expanding or if I stood up too fast after the consecration (could go either way).  God has blessed our community so abundantly over the past two years that we should probably all be blushing.

     Several weeks ago three men made candidate commitments to our community, meaning that they are formally committing to discern full membership in the Youth Apostles community.  That brings to seven the total number of men who have become candidates in Norfolk since we moved here in June 2011.

    Our joy in welcoming so many great men into our nascent community in Norfolk is surpassed only by our humility – because it is clear to all of us how God is working through us to reach the young people in this area.  His hand is evident in the great men he has sent us, the support we have received from so many people in the Hampton Roads area (Pastors, youth ministers, friends), and the opportunities he has provided us to do ministry.

    If it be God’s will our community will continue to grow in Norfolk.  However, the growth is secondary; our purpose is to lead young people to Christ – that is why we are here and that continues to be the force that will drive us.  We give thanks to God for the opportunity to serve him in Norfolk, and for the great men he continues to send to assist us in these efforts.  We look forward to continuing to share God’s good news in Norfolk for years to come!

    –Chip Snyder

    Three Men Make Candidate Commitments in Norfolk

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    The Norfolk community welcomed three new candidates on Tuesday night, April 23 in a liturgy held at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in the Ocean View neighborhood of Norfolk.

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    Brian Fila is a student at Old Dominion University studying accounting and business administration.  He is from West Chester, Pennsylvania.  Dan Madison is also a student at ODU from the Norfolk area, and is studying communications. Rick Matheny is a sailor in the Navy and is based in Norfolk.  Rick currently lives in Hampton and is originally from Farmington, New Mexico.

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    Brian and Dan participate in the Catholic Campus Ministry at ODU, where they initially met members of the Youth Apostles community.  Rick participated in ODU’s RCIA program this past year and entered the Church at Easter.


    Fr. Jack Peterson, YA officiated at the Mass and commitments.  He was joined by several other men from Northern Virginia who drove down for the evening.  The liturgy was attended by family and friends of the three men, including the staff of the ODU Catholic Campus Ministry and nearly a dozen students from the school.  Fr. Mike Kuhn, YA, chaplain at ODU concelebrated the Mass with Fr. Jack.  Frs. Jack and Mike were also joined by Fr. Dan Beeman, pastor at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, who also concelebrated at the liturgy.


    This is the third commitment liturgy for the Norfolk community since the Youth Apostles arrived in June 2011.  Seven men have now made candidate commitments to Youth Apostles in Norfolk, and the total number of men involved in the community in Norfolk has grown to 13.

    The Gift of a Child

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    Alternative Spring Break with Catholic Campus Ministry at George Mason couldn’t have been a more grace-filled and wicked awesome week. From March 10 to March 17 I had the exciting and wonderful opportunity to serve the children of the Hogar San Francisco de Asis (St. Francis of Assisi Home) in Chaclacayo, Peru. The Hogar serve kids of all ages, from week-old babies to adults.


    Chaclacayo is about an hour and a half east of Lima

    They give assistance to the kids by giving them three square meals a day, sending them to school, and most importantly giving them treatment for their various illnesses. Kids are sent to the Hogar by their parents who cannot afford to give them medical treatment or buy them medicine. All of these services are free for the parents and their kids, and once the kids are back to full health they return to their families. The most common types of illnesses are cerebral palsy, chronic diarrhea, malnutrition, tuberculosis and chronic respiratory diseases.


    Peru Group!
    Top row: Olivia, Teresa, Isabelle, Kathryn, Mrika
    Middle row: Danielle, Christina, Regina, Jessica
    Bottom: Andy, Aldo, Matt, Craig, John, Martin

     Along with 12 other students from Mason, I had the privilege of helping the many children at the Hogar with their daily activities. A few of the tasks we helped them with included playing soccer, taking them to the park, helping them with their homework, or assisting them with their meals. One kid in particular, Bryan, stands out vividly in my memory.

     Bryan is nine-years-old and suffers from cerebral palsy, which limits him from having full muscular control of his legs. The week before we arrived at the Hogar  he had undergone surgery to fix the problem. Anchored into this legs were metal braces to help his muscles and bones grow properly. This meant that he was confined to a couch for the next several weeks.


    Towards the end of the week one of the students on the trip, Aldo, was visited by his grandmother and aunt. His family is originally from Peru, so they were estatic when they heard he would be just outside of Lima. When they came to the Hogar they brought goodie bags filled with candy and other sweets for the kids. They were also kind enough to bring us some as well! As Aldo passed out the goodie bags, I grabbed one to give it to Bryan. I gave Bryan his goodie bag and proceeded to sit down and take a break from the work we had been doing that morning. As he opened his bag he said to me, “Amigo, aquí!” (Here, friend!) and offered me some of his candy. “¿Para mí?” I said (For me?). He nodded his head.


    Matt and Bryan

    I was floored by his generosity. He rarely, if ever, received treats and he had every right to keep them for himself. He didn’t have to share them with me. But he still shared what little he had. His generous gift of his possessions reminded me of the poor widow in the Gospel of Mark. She only gave a few cents in the temple offering, but Jesus found her sacrifice more pleasing than the rich people who gave from their excess (Mark 12: 41-44). She gave all that she had to God. In the same way, Bryan gave what little he had to me. It must have been agonizing for him to sit and watch his amigos play all day and not be able to join them. Despite being restricted to the couch all day, he never complained once. Even in his suffering he was focused externally. He was more concerned with the well-being of others than with himself. It was in this humble, simple moment in Peru that I saw Christ’s teaching of gift of self in action. Bryan allowed me to see what it means to be rich in the love of Christ. He exemplified what it means to be truly generous.

    Inspiring College Men to Lives of Virtue

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    On a beautiful Spring evening, a group of twenty students from OldDominionUniversity gathered at the Catholic Campus Ministry (CCM) House for the second annual Men’s Retreat. The theme of the night was based on what FOCUS (The Fellowship of Catholic University Students) has named the “Big 3” issues that college students deal with on a regular basis: sobriety, chastity and excellence.

                 After playing a rousing game of capture the flag and eating seven boxes of pizza, the students listened to talks on each of the three issues and broke into small groups to share with one another their trials and triumphs regarding each one.

    • Andrew DeCelle gave the talk on sobriety, reminding students that it’s not only a matter of following the law and only drinking in moderation, but is virtue requiring one to keep their whole state of mind and body healthy so that we may love ourselves and one another as Christ has called us to.
    • Andrew Waring spoke on chastity, using the imagery of C.S. Lewis’ “The Great Divorce” to illustrate that our sexuality is a beautiful gift when we use it for God’s purposes rather than our own.
    • Kevin Loker, a recent graduate of GMU where he served on the CCM Student Ministry Team, traveled down from Northern Virginia to speak on excellence. His talk concentrated on our need to do everything “For the greater glory of God” (Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam) rather than for ourselves.

                 Following the final talk, Father Mike Kuhn exposed the Blessed Sacrament for an hour of Adoration and was available to hear Confessions. The night was an overall success, as it facilitated fellowship, deep sharing among the students and challenged everyone in attendance to strive to be men of virtue, seeking forgiveness whenever necessary.

    –Andrew DeCelle

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