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.
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.
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.