1st Five Year Commitments for Women Youth Apostles

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    On June 23, 2012, six of our sisters (bottom row from left to right: Lauren Traskey, Irene Viorritto, Kathy Sullivan, Kelly Power, Laura Schaefer, and Jessica Kresge) in the Women Youth Apostles renewed their full-member commitments for five years. This is an exciting step for their community because it is the first time that the full members have made five year commitments.

    Women Youth Apostles is a sister community to Youth Apostles. They are a lay community of the Christian faithful with a similar focus on relational ministry with young people in the spirit of St. John Bosco.

    May God continue to bless the Women Youth Apostles community and their ministry.

    The Man of La Mancha, This Week At All Saints

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    This Wednesday, July 18, the curtain goes up on The Man of La Mancha, Upper Room Theatre Ministries’ summer production at All Saints Catholic Church. Upper Room is the theatrical child of Rob Tessier, a YA Full Member and the coordinator of youth ministry at the Manassas, Virginia, parish. Their annual summer shows have become a tradition and this year’s musical, starring Joey Clem (pictured) as the great, delusional Spanish knight in a cast that includes his fellow Youth Apostle, Father Peter Nassetta, is their most ambitious yet in set, costumes, music and performance. Come see the incomparable Don Quixote de la Mancha pursue his peerless Dulcinea in this tale of beauty and seeing others as they really are!

    Tickets for the six shows are available by calling 703-393-2141 ext. 400. Adults $15; Seniors $12; Children under 18, $8. Showtimes: W/Th/F @ 7:30 p.m.; Saturday @ 2:00 and 7:30; Sunday @ 2:00. Visit the show’s Events page on Facebook:

    Full Member Mark Embree wins the George R. Brown Teaching Award

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    Full member Mark Embree, a professor of computational and applied mathematics, has received the highest honor for undergraduate teaching at Rice University.

    The George R. Brown Prize for Excellence in Teaching is awarded after a vote taken among recent alumni.

    Behind Embree’s success reaching students in the classroom lies a deep enthusiasm for his discipline. I really relish the challenge of sharing my love for mathematics, he told the student newspaper, The Rice Thresher. “When I give a bad lecture, I feel like I’ve done a real disservice to beauty, and that bothers me to no end.”

    Embree, who studied computer science and mathematics at Virginia Tech and pursued doctoral studies in numerical analysis at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, has developed a reputation at Rice for designing projects and problem-solving exercises as an alternative to the textbook-and-blackboard style of math coursework.

    One recent project prompted students to determine how to optimally distribute medical backpacks in Malawi. “I find it a real challenge for me,” he said, “to take students who have come to math through experiences in high school that are very rote and convince them mathematics is far more creative and beautiful than that.”

    Norfolk Community Moves to a New House

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    The Youth Apostles community in Norfolk moved to a new location in late April. We were in the original house for less than a year but it had already become too cramped: on meeting nights the members were spread out across all the rooms on the first floor during dinner, and during Mass men were lined up in the dining room and kitchen!

    Early on the morning of moving day, nearly a dozen college students active in the Old Dominion University Catholic Campus Ministry arrived at the old house a little groggy but eager to help out. After waking them up with coffee and donuts the students were ready to go and the truck was loaded up in record time.

    By noon the furniture was unloaded at the new house and Fr. Mike set up the chapel. The students joined the members of Youth Apostles for our first Mass in the new house! After that it was time to relax over lunch of pizza and soda.

    The new house is larger than the first house and provides plenty of room for the weekly Youth Apostles meeting. The best feature: the new chapel comfortably seats a dozen men for Mass! Another exciting feature: a large recreation room on the second floor that is perfect for hosting visiting CLCs and youth groups visiting Norfolk for weekend retreats!

    We are overwhelmed by the positive response we’ve received in our first year in Norfolk and from the great men the Lord has sent us! We give thanks to God for His generosity and the graces He has showered on us! We hope the new house will serve us for many years as community grows and we continue to minister to the youth people of ODU and Norfolk!

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    13th Annual Pro-Life Poster Contest – “Build a Culture of Life!”

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    The Youth Apostles Institute is holding its 13th annual pro-life poster contest! The theme for the contest is “Build a Culture of 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 your institution and at home. We also hope to provide an activity that teachers may find to be a useful supplement or complement to classroom instruction. Hundreds of students have been afforded such opportunities by participating in our pro-life poster contests.

    There will be two divisions: Junior (grades 7th and 8th) and Senior (grades 9-12). Prizes include first place ($100 U.S. Savings Bond), second place ($75 U.S. Savings Bond), and third place ($50 U.S. Savings Bond). Honorable mention certificates also will be awarded.


    • Entries may be on 8.5″x11″ or larger size paper, or on posterboard.
    • Entries also may be electronic!
    • 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:

        • name
        • grade level
        • school OR youth group/youth community OR parish if home schooled
        • school address OR parish address OR home address if home schooled

    Entries must be mailed or delivered by Monday, May 14, 2012 to:

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


    If entries are to be delivered, please call (703) 556-0914 to notify.

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

    If you have any questions, please leave a message at (703) 556-0914.

    DBC Marks Presidents’ Day with “El Presidente Cup”

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    Monday, February 20, 2012 the Don Bosco Center held a Presidents’ Day soccer tournament. The tournament was held at the Don Bosco Center on the new turf field that was just completed this past fall.

    There were six teams with six players each in the tournament. Jessica Morales, director of youth ministry at Sacred Heart Parish in Manassas, brought three players and the rest of the players were from the Don Bosco Center.

    It was a great day filled with soccer, fun, and food. Ian Nelson was the expert hot dog cook and Fr. Ramon Dominguez, YA was our professional chicken nugget chef.

    Tiffany Lambert and Jonathan Mundell helped referee and Jessica Morales was keeping track of the points for the bracket. We did a bracket in which each team played at least twice.

    When teams were off the field they watched the game on the field or went in the Center to get some hot dogs, chicken nuggets, pasta, chips and salsa, cheese and crackers, salad, etc.

    Teens play soccer at the DBC's turf field, February 2012.

    The last two games were 3rd place vs. 4th place and then 1st place vs. 2nd place. The winning team (David, Jesus, Charlie, Adrian, Santos, and Carlos) took pictures with the “El Presidente Cup” trophy. Then each of the players on the winning team got a brand new soccer ball. All in all it was a great fun-filled day at the Don Bosco Center.

    DBC teens, families celebrate Ash Wednesday

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    Father Ramon invokes the blessing at the DBC’s Ash Wednesday Mass.

    On February 22, 2012 the Don Bosco Center (DBC) held an Ash Wednesday service. We had regular DBC at the start of the day. We helped students with homework from 3 – 4pm and then they played soccer from 4 – 5pm. At about 5:15pm the Ash Wednesday service started. There were between seventy and eighty people who attended. A number of families joined us. Some of the DBC participants and one of the volunteers helped serve and read. It was a great experience to be able to pray with the DBC participants and their families. The silence that fell in the room when Fr. Ramon processed up the aisle of chairs at the DBC was amazing. God was there.

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