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    Virginia Catholic Campus Ministry Summit 2014

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    The Virginia Catholic Campus Ministry Summit, hosted by the Diocese of Richmond, is 24 hours of worship, teaching, and fellowship for Catholic college students from all over the state, hosted at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. It is coming up in less than two weeks on January 31 – February 1, 2014.

    Chris Stefanick will be the keynote speaker this year and Jackie Francois will be the doing the music, as well as speaking at the women’s session. The weekend will include workshops on tons of relevant Catholic topics, Mass, Adoration, Confession, and plenty of time for getting to know other awesome Catholic students.

    The cost for the event is only $10 per student, which covers the program, lodging, meals, and bus transportation from schools within the Richmond Diocese (though the conference is open to students from any school within the state).

    All youth ministers and CLC leaders can help out by passing along this info to their kids who have moved on to college, campus ministers and chaplains can help by spreading the word to their students at their various schools, and college men can help by joining us and bringing a couple friends!

    Check out the Facebook event for more info!

    In digest form, here is all the key information:

    Virginia Catholic Campus Ministry Summit 2014

    Date:           January 31 – February 1, 2014

    Location:     St. Thomas Aquinas Church / The John Paul Jones Arena

    University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA


    Any questions contact John Hopke.

    St. Leo’s CLC Update

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    8th Graders at the Boys Confirmation Retreat celebrate the wonders of Fall

    In the great city of Fairfax, CLC at St. Leo the Great Catholic Church has seen a promising start to the beginning of the year. For the first time within the past month, St. Leo’s has coordinated two weekend Confirmation retreats for both boys and girls. The girls retreat saw 18 eighth graders attend, and the boys saw similar numbers with 17. The retreats were a resounding success, with lots of positive feedback from parents and teens. A week after the boys retreat, the Boys and Girls CLC’s held a joint Pizza Info Night. There was a solid turnout from both retreats. Pizza and beverages were provided, and over half a dozen teens and their parents attended. The boys moderators, Mike Paquette, Erik Teter, and Jon Perez and the girls moderators, Laura Schafer Bennett and Katie van Lieshout, were there to field questions that parents and teens had. Furthermore, many other parents emailed, saying they could not attend the info meeting, but that their son or daughter was interested in CLC.


    Since the CLC meeting itself, the Boys CLC have had eight guys coming consistently in addition to their six committed members. They are on track to have a joint commitment liturgy with St Mary’s CLC in two weeks on November 13th.  The moderators are excited for their guys to take further steps in their commitments, and for the new 8th graders to start coming to meetings.


    Retreats, concerts, and more retreats in the 757

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    There have been many stirrings down in Norfolk as of late. Despite the growing size of the community, a good amount of activities have been going on the past few months.


    Andrew Waring hanging out with students on beach retreat

    The ODU CCM, headed by Fr. Mike Kuhn and Andrew Waring, saw a successful beach retreat at Sandbridge to kick-start the academic year. The theme of the retreat was “Watching & Waiting,” taken from Psalm 5. Candidates Sean Mazary and Brian Fila attended the retreat, along with roughly 30 other students from ODU.

    The weekly “Soul Food” gatherings have also resumed with the CCM house overflowing. The most recent edition featured a riveting talk from Ben Fleser on Faith & Art.

    This Halloween, CCM is collecting food for the needy with the theme “Trick or treat so kids can eat!” ODU Senior Joe Budi also moved into the Youth Apostle house and has been a fabulous cook and worker!


    YM Extraordinaire, Ben Flesser

    Blessed Sacrament’s Youth Ministry Program has been steadily growing. Thanks to the efforts of Ben Fleser, the last 12 months have seen a consistent increase in volunteers and youth. Ben has worked hard to develop the youth programs and has rounded up a strong group of dedicated volunteers, along with growing numbers of both middle and high schoolers. Next weekend, November 8th to November 10th, Ben will be leading a group of high schoolers from the parish on a retreat. Please pray for him!





    CNU also had its student retreat at Sandbridge this year. Additionally, They hosted a faith-filled concert from Audrey Assad with over 320 attendees on September 27.


    John Hopke introduces Audrey Assad at a concert at CNU

    They are enjoying the use of the new university chapel. Every month, Fr. John David (pastor at Our Lady of Mount Carmel) comes for adoration and confession with the students.

    They have also started a new strategic planning for long term growth at CNU’s CCM.

    Furthermore, OLMC is carrying over the boys group, called “Brother’s that Worship,” or “BTW.” They are starting a yearlong reflection of the “The Bible,” the shortened movie version.


    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!


    Gluttony, Addiction, and Intent

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    This article is by Josh Schubert, a Substance Abuse Counselor for Fairfax County Youth and Family Services. He is a graduate of the Franciscan University of Steubenville. He recently addressed the Youth Apostles Full Members in July on Drugs and Addiction as part of our monthly formation.


    John 10:10 “I am come that they may have life, and may have it more abundantly.”


                    The problem with drugs is not that they feel good, it is the opposite. The more you use drugs the more you feel less pleasure to the point that only intoxication feels good or normal. Feeling less pleasure, leads to craving what will give you the most pleasure, the intoxication. As the addiction progresses the individual’s value system changes and the focus of life becomes the intoxication. The individual becomes not addicted to any one type of drug, but to the intoxication. Almost all drugs of addiction look the same in the brain’s pleasure response, the part that becomes addicted.

    God intended for us to have each emotion for a reason, pleasure is no different. Pleasure is supposed to move us to do more of something, like eat yummy apples. The problem with drugs is that they are so pleasurable that the brain becomes overstimulated. The brain then adapts to overstimulation (Tolerance) and the result is a brain that is numb to pleasure. Like all sin, such as gluttony, it is a distortion of the good and natural. Thomas Aquinas said of gluttony: “Gluttony denotes not any desire of eating and drinking, but an inordinate (excessive) desire.”

    It is more likely today that a teenager will smoke marijuana, than drink alcohol or smoke a cigarette. Marijuana is the most widely abused drug by teens and a common rebuttal from teens about smoking and legalizing marijuana is that alcohol is legal, more dangerous, and just as intoxicating. As the culture begins to legalize marijuana (19 states and counting) the Church will need to come up with a definitive answer about the differences of alcohol vs. marijuana and other drugs.

    I believe it boils down to intention. Matthew 15:11 “It is not what enters one’s mouth that defiles that person; but what comes out of the mouth is what defiles one.” People can morally drink alcohol for social enjoyment and health benefits (Yes, there are health benefits). If the intention of drinking alcohol is intoxication then the action becomes immoral; in addition, while intoxicated they lose ability to reason and harm their body’s health. The only reason people use marijuana, beside legitimate medical use, is to become intoxicated. Addiction can become immoral when the values change, placing intoxication before God, health, and others.

    G.K. Chesterton from his book Orthodoxy: “We should thank God for beer and Burgundy by not drinking too much of them.”


    • YouCat: 352,  1st Commandment
    • YouCat: 389, Drugs are a sin due to the self-destructive nature…
    • CCC: 1731-1738, Freedom and Responsibility
    • CCC: 2288-2291, Respect for health


    First Youth Apostle Missionary Sent to VT

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    This past year, just before one of the small groups I was leading as an intern at Old Dominion University’s Catholic Campus Ministry, I received a call from Father Jack. If there is one thing that you learn very quickly as a member of Youth Apostles, it is that when the director calls you, he usually has something important to say. Father Jack did not disappoint, as he told me of the opportunity that the Bishop of the Richmond Diocese, Bishop DiLorenzo, had presented to us. Youth Apostles had been asked to serve at Virginia Tech’s Catholic Campus Ministry, and I was asked to discern whether or not God was calling me to join the team of members our community would send down there.

    Father David Sharland had agreed to come on as the new Chaplain and Director of Catholic Campus Ministry at Virginia Tech and Chris Hitzelberger and his family had discerned to move to Blacksburg so he could join staff as the Assistant Director. Father Jack made it clear to me that our mission at Virginia Tech would be more fruitful if we had at least one more brother join Chris and Father David–in particular, a single member who could live in community with Father David. At the time there were no ministry positions available to offer me, so the idea was that I would move to Blacksburg with my room and board taken care of by the community and I would find employment somewhere in the area. After a period of discernment, I knew in my heart that God was calling Youth Apostles to do ministry at Virginia Tech and I felt the call to move to Blacksburg for the first year of our new assignment.

    Practicing my smile as an intern at the "Back to the Books BBQ" at ODU's Catholic Campus Ministry.

    Practicing my smile as an intern at the “Back to the Books BBQ” at ODU’s Catholic Campus Ministry.

    A few months went by as I finished up my Year of Volunteer Service interning at ODU and at a nearby parish youth ministry. I did some research into job opportunities in the Blacksburg area and looked at openings at Virginia Tech. Nothing grabbed my interest, and as the spring semester came to a close my girlfriend and I decided to do a novena to St. Joseph the Worker. As a FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) missionary, St. Joseph the Worker is the patron saint of her “MPD” (Mission Partner Development) efforts, so we prayed both for my finding a job and for growth in her support team for the coming year. Little did either of us know, God was about to lead me down a path that I had not even considered yet.

    My girlfriend and me after my Full Member commitment to Youth Apostles this past January. Carmen is a FOCUS missionary at the University of Kentucky.

    My girlfriend and I after my Full Member commitment to Youth Apostles this past January. Carmen is a FOCUS missionary at the University of Kentucky.

    On day five of the Novena, Our Lord led me to recognize my desire to do full time ministry for another year. I was a little confused as to exactly what it would look like, but the peace and clarity I received in prayer showed me that it was without a doubt the best thing for me to pursue. I realized that helping found a new community of Youth Apostles, being available to pray Liturgy of the Hours and do a holy hour with Father David each day, and volunteering at the Campus Ministry at Virginia Tech in addition to a 40 + hour job (that would not necessarily accommodate any–let alone all–of those things) was simply too much for one person to handle.

    Campus ministry has had a special place in my heart ever since I got involved in George Mason’s campus ministry my freshman year of college. I realize and understand the importance of reaching out to students at this critical point in their lives because it was through campus ministry that I began building upon the catechesis I received as a child as I learned how to take ownership of my faith and have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. If I was committing a year of my life to helping Youth Apostles minister at Virginia Tech, it only made sense for me to go all in with my efforts. The questions that remained were:

    1. How could I work at a ministry that has no open positions?


    2. How would I (and Youth Apostles) afford my NOT having at least a part-time job with some sort of sustainable income?

    The answer to both these questions was to ask Father Jack to be open the possibility of doing something new in Youth Apostles. We had spoken a few times in theory about starting a new program to supplement the college ministry we already do, so it was only a matter of logistics once I asked to become the first “Youth Apostle Missionary” in the history of our community.

    You may be thinking: Why choose to call this a “missionary” endeavor? A dream that Youth Apostles has had for some time is to have members ministering at the campuses we serve at that have non-administrative roles, freeing up their time and energy to do what Youth Apostles does best: relational ministry with young people. Saint John Bosco, one of the three patrons of Youth Apostles, recognized the importance of intentionally spending time with young people in order to witness to them and bring them closer to Christ. It is through the inspiration and intercession of Bosco that I am creating this new campus ministry position.

    I realized that using the title “missionary” would remind me to concentrate my efforts on strengthening the campus ministry through building relationships with the students and leading them to encounter Christ in a real, personal way. Whether it’s grabbing lunch or coffee with a student, attending on campus events, leading and empowering students to lead prayer opportunities on campus, or lending a listening ear to whatever problems they are having within their faith, family or school lives, the opportunities I have as a missionary serving along with my Youth Apostle brothers at Virginia Tech are endless.

    With an established vision for my position in mind, the only question left to answer was the financial one. The answer came through my familiarity with FOCUS. As Catholic missionaries at college campuses throughout the United States, FOCUS missionaries raise 100% of their salaries by asking friends, family members and anyone interested in partnering with them in the mission of spreading the Gospel to become their “Mission Partner.” A mission partner is anyone who prays and/or financially supports a missionary. By inviting others to become their mission partners, a missionary provides a tangible way for the mission partner to fulfill the great commission* that Christ laid out for His Apostles — even though they may not be able to give of their own time and effort on the “battlefield” for souls on college campuses.

    *The great commission is the blueprint for evangelizing that Jesus gives His apostles with His last words in the Gospel of Matthew: “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.” –Matthew 18:19-20

    It is through a Mission Partner’s prayers and (typically monthly) financial support that we missionaries are able to spend our time investing in the lives of college students so that they can come to know the great love Our Lord has for them. Without an understanding of how God has a plan for their lives, that they are not simply a particularly intelligent “machine” measured only by how much they can produce in their lifetime, it is easy for college students to lose the sense of meaning in their lives and begin trying to fill the void in their hearts with things that can never make them truly happy. But it is our hope that through the outreach Campus Ministry can offer to students, they find a sense of belonging in the Church, and begin to realize that their time, talent and resources are needed to help build up the body of Christ.

    This is the first post of a series that I will be writing throughout the year. Please feel free to leave comments, send prayer intentions or inquire about how you can become my mission partner and join in the efforts of the New Evangelization on today’s college campuses. I humbly ask that as you follow my journey this year as a missionary at Virginia Tech, you keep both the students and the efforts of our Campus Ministry to bring students to Christ in your prayers.

    In Christ, all things are possible.


    Andrew DeCelle is a Youth Apostle missionary serving the Newman Community at Virginia Tech. He raises 100% of his salary to cover personal and ministerial expenses so he can spend his time bringing students to Christ through relational ministry.
    If you would like to support his work, please e-mail him at

    To follow Andrews DeCelle’s journey and get more information, please go to: //

    YA Retreat 2013 – The Most Urgent Challenge

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    Pope Benedict XVI has told the U.S. bishops that the faith formation of the next generation of American Catholics must be their highest priority – not just passing on knowledge but shaping hearts. Speaking during this year’s retreat about “The Call to Youth Apostles,” Father Jack Peterson, YA, recalled the Holy Father’s message to the bishops who visited him last year in Rome.

    The text below first appeared as a Director’s Corner in the May 2012 issue of Youth Apostles’ newsletter, The Apostle.

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    The bishops of the United States have been traveling to Rome for their “ad limina” visits.

    Youth Apostles General Director Father Jack Peterson, YA, addresses the brothers on retreat.

    Youth Apostles General Director Father Jack Peterson, YA, addresses the brothers on retreat.

    These visits, which take place every five years, serve a variety of purposes. The bishops make a pilgrimage to the tombs of Sts. Peter and Paul, express their respect for and solidarity with the Holy Father, render an accounting of the state of their diocese to the Bishop of Rome, visit with the heads of various Congregations and Dicasteries and receive counsel from the pope.

    During a visit on May 5, Pope Benedict XVI addressed the faith formation of the next generation of Catholics in the United States. Pope Benedict raised the matter to the highest level of priority when he stated: “It is no exaggeration to say that providing young people with a sound education in the faith represents the most urgent internal challenge facing the Catholic community in your country.”

    I read this and understood it as a loud call to Youth Apostles to step up our game as we strive to live out our mission to “evangelize, teach, advise, challenge, console and love youth with the ultimate purpose of inspiring them to live Christ-like lives centered on prayer and the sacraments in the Catholic Church.”

    Now, forming young people in the faith has always been a major priority for the Church. As the Holy Father went on to say: “The deposit of faith is a priceless treasure which each generation must pass on to the next by winning hearts to Jesus Christ and shaping minds in the knowledge, understanding and love of his Church.”

    Yet, as the Chief Shepherd of the Universal Church further explained, “the essential task of authentic education at every level is not simply that of passing on knowledge, essential as this is, but also of shaping hearts. There is a constant need to balance intellectual rigor in communicating effectively, attractively and integrally, the richness of the Church’s faith with forming the young in the love of God, the praxis of Christian moral and sacramental life and, not least, the cultivation of personal and liturgical prayer.”

    Youth Apostles was founded with the purpose of addressing this aspect of faith formation. We desire to shape the hearts of young people by building healthy, appropriate relationships with them, journeying with them through the turbulent years of adolescence and inviting them to come to know, love and serve Jesus Christ with all of their hearts.

    It is so much easier for young people to hear and respond to the Good News of Jesus Christ when their faith is shared by adults who live it authentically, take the time to get to know them, show genuine interest in their lives and patiently encourage perseverance as they grow closer to the Lord. In this setting, young people begin to desire to pray on their own, to root their lives in the Scriptures, to study the teachings of the Church, to attend the Sacraments regularly, to live the high moral standards of the Gospels and to serve their neighbor with generosity.

    How do we as Youth Apostles step up our game to better address “the most urgent internal challenge” of the American Church?

    First, we need to make sure that Jesus is truly the center of our lives. We need to become men of deep faith, truly transformed by the love of Christ. We need to live Christ-like lives of profound charity, strong conviction and extraordinary patience. We need to be men who are willing to sacrifice many aspects of our own lives in order to live generously for our brothers in community, our family members and the young people whom we serve.

    Next, we must be strongly committed to the great project of our relational ministry so that we can fight through the many challenges of our culture and assist God in opening the hearts of young people to the joy and strength that comes from following Christ.

    This commitment demands time, energy and prayer. It requires more than just showing up for a youth group meeting and preparing a talk. It entails coming early, staying late and engaging in meaningful conversations about things that matter to young people. It includes remembering your last conversation with them and following up on it at the next meeting. It demands going to an occasional game, concert or play, or at least asking about them afterwards if you can’t.

    Such genuine interest paves the way for being able to share with the students the blessing of knowing, loving and serving Jesus Christ. They are willing to listen because they know you care and you are genuine. This is often the way Jesus Himself served the people He encountered.

    Please pray for us in Youth Apostles. Pray that each member of our community will renew his commitment to grow in holiness, engage in intentional, relational ministry, and open young hearts to the pearl of great price, life lived in union with Jesus Christ in the Catholic Church. Pray that God sends more men to join us in our mission.

    Father Jack Peterson, YA

    Holy Half Hour in McLean

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    Every month for the last eight years the Holy Half Hour has brought joy to the Youth Apostles house in McLean. Father Ramon Dominguez, YA, leads the ministry, which usually takes place on the morning of the first Friday.  Moms, and sometimes dads, arrive with babies, toddlers and older children shortly after 10. The children have fun playing in our lobby and Fr. Ramon chooses one to be the altar server.

    At 10:30 the families enter the chapel and  Fr. Ramon begins with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. He talks to the children and asks them questions. This month, the Holy Half Hour moved to the second Friday to accommodate our community retreat. Since it was still the Christmas season, he talked about Christmas, the nativity and the decorations in the chapel.  One girl asked, “Why do you have grapes on there?” referring to Fr. Ramon’s vestment.  He explained that the wine we use for Church is made from grapes and that there is usually wheat on the vestment too because bread is made from wheat. 


    After they talk Fr. Ramon asks everyone to pray for others. They pray one decade of the rosary together and Fr. Ramon reposes the Blessed Sacrament. Then the group leaves the chapel to go downstairs. The kids enjoy snacks and juice and play on the Foosball table, pillows and anything else they can get their hands on. Even when you are upstairs in the office you know that  many children are having fun and making a joyful noise to the Lord.

    — Jonathan Mundell, YA

    Winning Pro-Life Posters Announced

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    Winning entries in the 14th annual Youth Apostles Pro-life Poster Contest have been selected.

    This year 433 students participated in the contest, the most ever submitted in one year. Judges noted a marked improvement in the overall quality of the entries. The theme was “I Formed You in the Womb.”

    The Youth Apostles poster contest provides young artists an opportunity to use their creative gifts to express their pro-life values and apply what they have learned at home, at school and through their parishes and youth ministry programs.

    Gracie Tecala, OLGC, 1st place, junior division

    Gracie Tecala, OLGC, 1st place, junior division

    The winners in this year’s contest are as follows:


    First Place — Gracie Tecala, 7th grade, Our Lady of Good Counsel School, Vienna, Va.
    Second Place — Kelsie Loesch, 8th grade, Our Lady of Good Counsel School
    Third Place — Katie O’Brien, 8th grade, Our Lady of Good Counsel School

    Honorable Mention:
    Kristen Jones, 7th grade, Our Lady of Good Counsel School
    John McClorey, 8th grade, Our Lady of Good Counsel School
    Isabella Miranda, Our Lady of Good Counsel School
    Helen Wingate, 7th grade, Sacred Heart Academy, Winchester, Va.


    First Place — Brooke Sullivan, 12th grade, Paul VI High School, Fairfax, Va.
    Second Place — Haley Munn, 10th grade, Paul VI High School
    Third Place — Katie Eastman, 11th grade, Paul VI High School

    Brooke Sullivan, Paul VI, 1st place, senior division

    Brooke Sullivan, Paul VI, 1st place, senior division

    Honorable Mention:
    Gaby Coan, 9th grade, Paul VI High School
    Becca Kim Hyunjoo, 9th grade, Paul VI High School
    Danielle Issing, 12th grade, Paul VI High School
    Jessica Sydow, 9th grade, John Paul the Great High School
    Christine VandeHouten, 10th grade, Paul VI High School grade
    Christine VanTorsch, 10th grade, John Paul the Great High School
    Tiffany Vo, 11th grade, Paul VI High School
    Abigail Williams, 11th grade, John Paul the Great High School

    YA Announces Pro-Life Poster Contest

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    The Youth Apostles Institute is holding its 14th annual pro-life poster contest!

    The theme for the contest is “I Formed You in the Womb.”

    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 school, in ministry,and at home. We also hope to provide an activity that teachers may find to be a useful supplement or complement to classroom instruction.

    There will be two divisions: Junior (grades 7 and 8) 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.

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


    • 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 Tuesday, November 27, 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.

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