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    Fr. Jack and Fr. Peter released to Youth Apostles

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    Effective June 29, 2016, Bishop Loverde has agreed to release Fr. Peter and Fr. Jack for full-time service with Youth Apostles.

    With the release, Bishop Loverde has also decided to assign another Chaplain to George Mason Catholic Campus Ministry. GMU has been a fantastic place for ministry for our community, and it will be hard for Fr. Peter to leave after 16 years of ministry. Fr. Peter leaves Mason in good hands, with 11 full time staff members (including six FOCUS Missionaries). He has made a tremendous impact among the students, as well as on campus with many student organizations. Bishop Loverde has appointed Fr. James Searby to serve as Chaplain.

    In the Richmond Diocese, Bishop Francis DiLorenzo and Mike School have extended an invitation to have Fr. Peter become the Chaplain at James Madison University. After much prayer and discussion, we have decided to assign Fr. Peter there with great hopes for the future for him and for the ministry at JMU.

    Finally, Bishop Loverde has entrusted the pastoral care of the Chaplaincy and Campus Ministry at Marymount University to our community for three years. At this time, Fr. Tom Yehl will continue as Director and Chaplain of Campus Ministry and Fr. Jack Peterson will continue as Assistant Chaplain.

    Students climb to the CCM Summit

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    Definition of a summit: the highest point of a hill or mountain. 

    10947171_10101936617918976_7978510841396975441_nThe fourth annual Catholic Campus Ministry Summit kicked off this past weekend at St. Thomas Aquinas University Parish in Charlottesville, VA. Over 700 college students from around Virginia came to this 24-hour conference.

    Shout-outs went to Virginia Tech, who brought the largest group of students (150), as well as UVA-Wise for driving the farthest (8 hours).

    Ennie Hickman, a Missionary from Texas, was the main speaker at the event. He kicked off the event with an engaging talk on Friday night. He challenged the students to really develop an authentic relationship with Jesus. He told them that it wasn’t about the words they spoke, the shirts they wore, or the awesome people the met: it was about meeting Jesus face to face.DSC_2847


    Saturday featured breakout session for separate guys and girls time. Later in the day, students were able to attended various workshops that focused on culture, missionary life, dating, religious life, the Mass, and many more. There was plenty of opportunity to go to confession as well. Many of priests of the Diocese came for several hours to hear students confessions.

    Overall, there were 15 Youth Apostles in attendance from Virginia Tech, ODU, CNU,  NOVA, and from the Diocese. It was inspiring to see so many brothers participating in this awesome event.

    Many of our brothers put in long hours to make this event successful and impact the lives of hundreds of college students. We look forward to next year’s Summit!

    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.

    Norfolk Youth Apostles welcome first two Candidates

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    The Norfolk community of Youth Apostles held its first Candidate Commitment Liturgy on Tuesday night, March 28th.  Two men made Candidate commitments to the community:  Jon Perez from Chesapeake, and Sean Mazary from Newport News.  Both are students at Old Dominion and are active in the Catholic Campus Ministry program there.  Jon is completing his third year of studies and Sean his first.

    Many people made a special trip to be present for the special liturgy.  Fr. Jack Peterson, director of Youth Apostles, came down from Northern Virginia to officiate at the event.  He was joined by five other members who made the three-hour drive to lend support to our new candidates.  In addition, the entire staff of the ODU Catholic Campus Ministry and eight students from ODU also attended.  In addition, family members and other friends of our community were in attendance.

    The Mass was held at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Norfolk.  Fr. Mike Kuhn, YA, the CCM chaplain at Old Dominion, concelebrated with Youth Apostles’ director, Father Jack Peterson, YA.  Music was provided by John Hopke, the Director of Campus Ministry at Christopher Newport University in Newport News. 

    Leadership in the Lord’s Army

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    Jacob Znachko, a Youth Apostles candidate and cadet at Virginia Military Institute, took a break from his customary woolen attire in February to help lead a weekend retreat for college students sponsored by the Diocese of Richmond. The Encounter with Christ, a long tradition for Catholic students studying at the many eminent colleges and universities in the diocese, takes place each semester at Camp Grace in Goshen. Znachko (first row, far right), graduates in May.

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