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A gift from Youth Apostles
For the past 33 years, the Youth Apostles (YA) Institute has done impressive job of sponsoring programs that have made a positive impact on the spiritual lives of young people in the Arlington Diocese. YA is composed of clergy and consecrated men who live in a communal house in McLean. There are also single and married members who gather weekly for Mass and a community meeting. It’s a wonderful organization that sponsors parish youth ministry programs, college campus ministries, school chaplaincies and much more. The group’s reputation has gained it an invitation from the Richmond Diocese to open a campus ministry at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg.
Youth Apostles sponsors an annual fundraising golf tournament. The Catholic Herald sponsors a hole at the tournament and gets to enter a foursome in the event. I’ve been privileged to participate for the past four years, even though my golf skills are better suited to golf of the miniature variety. It’s an opportunity to show support for the work done by YA. The tournament is blessed by many sponsors and participants — a testament to the quality of the organization. This year the 17th annual tournament was blessed by sunny, but cool, weather. Our team played better than years past. We didn’t win of course, but we did finish in the middle.
Every year, the usual suspects finish in the top three spots. This year, the organizers changed the awards around a bit. There were prizes for people in the middle and for the team that finished last.
Each of the Catholic Herald team members won a round of golf at a course in Maryland. It was a nice gift from the organization that keeps on giving.
For more information on Youth Apostles go to youthapostles.org.