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    Youth Apostles Institute to lead campus ministry efforts at Virginia Tech

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    YAman_newThe Youth Apostles Institute has accepted an invitation from the Most Rev. Francis X. DiLorenzo, the bishop of the Diocese of Richmond, to lead the Catholic campus ministry at Virginia Tech. The appointment will go into effect June 1, 2013.

    Rev. David M. Sharland, YA, who has served as the chaplain and director of the campus ministry at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia, since July 2007, has been named the new director of campus ministry for Virginia Tech’s Newman Community.

    Chris Hitzelberger, a Full Member in Youth Apostles who has coordinated the parish youth ministry programs at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Alexandria, Virginia, since June 2004, joins Father Sharland as the assistant director of campus ministry.

    “It is with great joy and gratitude to God, that we announce this appointment,” said Rev. John P. Peterson, YA, the general director of the Youth Apostles Institute. “We are honored by the invitation to take on this important ministry that serves the large Catholic student population of such an outstanding university and we look forward to the opportunity to assist the Church in bringing Christ to the students, faculty and staff at Virginia Tech.

    “We are also most grateful to Father John Grace for the years of generous and dedicated service to the Catholic community at Virginia Tech.”

    The McLean, Virginia-based Youth Apostles Institute is a mixed association of the Christian faithful whose 80 Full Members and Candidates are committed to evangelize, teach, advise, challenge, console and love young people with the ultimate purpose of inspiring them to live Christ-like lives centered on prayer and the sacraments of the Catholic Church. Youth Apostles Full Members lead the diocesan youth ministry offices in Virginia’s two Catholic dioceses. Others are responsible for youth ministry programs at six parishes in Virginia and the campus ministry programs at Marymount University, George Mason University, Old Dominion University and Christopher Newport University.

    Blessed Sacrament CLC Update: Commitment Mass and Workshop

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    On March 28th, the Blessed Sacrament Boys CLC held a commitment ceremony during the parish weekly 7 pm mass.  During this ceremony three guys made Member commitments, one made a Candidate commitment, and one became the first Full Member ever in this CLC community.  The Pastor, Fr Cregan, celebrated the Mass.

    On April 20th, 11 teens from the blessed sacrament boys clc gathered for their first election workshop. The weekend included adoration, talks, and of course plenty food. The community elected three of its members to the newly formed executive board. Andy Santalla, Jake DiGeronimo, and Joey Ledonio all agreed to serve their community for the next year as leaders of the blessed sacrament clc. One of the highlights of the workshop was the “gladiator combat” which challenged each member of the community to strap on a lacrosse helmet, pick up an axe, sword, or warhammer, and face off against one of the moderators in the ring. The night ended with a bonfire and some community time.

    The next morning the community went to mass and then were treated to an awesome breakfast by Tim Eagle, including Tim’s Bacon Surprise – which basically looked like a large meatloaf made from bacon and sausage. Amazing.

    The teens had a great time and the moderators were exhausted. All in all, a successful workshop.

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