Placed at the start of the holiday season, #GivingTuesday is a global day of radical generosity created to transform communities and the world. It provides the chance to remember the joy of giving and this November 29th we hope you will join the movement by making a donation to support the mission of Women Youth Apostles to bring young people to Christ!
Women Youth Apostles has continued growing in membership and ministry endeavors. Since last year, we have grown our overall membership by almost 10%! We have 32 sisters in 3 local communities in the state of Virginia, serving in 8 parish youth ministries for both middle school and high school age groups, 4 high school and college campus ministries, and in 7 additional youth ministries.
An example of the creativity and zeal that you’ll find in our ministries comes from Peggy Rogala who teaches at Peninsula Catholic High School in Newport News, VA. The high school has always drawn students from a variety of faith backgrounds, and this recently increased as a result of COVID. Peggy saw the challenges students who were not Catholic and had not been in Catholic schools before faced in the transition. As a result, she created a Catholic culture class to provide familiarity with the school’s faith practices and an initial introduction to what the students will continue learning in their theology classes. It has had a very positive impact on new student’s experience, engagement in liturgy and campus ministry activities, and even resulted in a student asking his parents if they could become Catholic.
Our biggest blessing as a community over the past year has been starting the community house in Oakton, VA. Hosting workshop for all Full Members to gather annually, monthly meetings for our Northern Virginia local community, and the day-to-day prayer and life of the Consecrated Full Members and single sisters who choose to live in it, the house is truly the center of our community life and supports everything that we do. It is a blessing we experience because of the generosity and openness of benefactors like yourself, who approached us because they are excited about the work we are called to and wanted to support it.
The generosity of supporters is also bringing one of our consecrated sisters, Krysti Patient, close to the completing of her M.A. in Catechetics and Evangelization from Franciscan University of Steubenville. She is finishing her last two classes this semester and preparing for comprehensive finals this spring.
The sisters of Women Youth Apostles are grateful for the Lord’s many blessings over the past year. We count on your prayers and generous support and truly see those who partner with us in these ways as fellow workers alongside us. God has been so generous, and we are committed to responding in truth, freedom, and care towards the young people we are privileged to serve.
We are incredibly grateful for each of you and are praying for you and your families in a particular way this holiday season.
Sincerely in Christ,