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It was raining and chilly when golfers teed off May 9 in the 20th annual Youth Apostles Golf Tournament at Raspberry Falls Golf and Hunt Club in Leesburg. After 12 years as general director of the Youth Apostles Institute in McLean, this was Youth Apostle Father Jack Peterson's first tournament since his tenure ended April 9.

Father Peterson will now serve as director of mission and development.

This year, the ministry hopes to net $110,000 to push them over the $1 million mark raised over the life of the tournament.

In his remarks at the post-golf dinner, Father Peterson thanked all the participants and volunteers, and gave a brief description of the Youth Apostle ministry.

"We bring young people to Christ," he said.

Father Peterson said there are 86 men in the ministry serving thousands of youths in Virginia, Washington, D.C., North Carolina and Vermont.

He gave a special thanks to Youth Apostle Father Ramon Dominguez, program director of the Don Bosco Center in Manassas, which serves Hispanic middle-schoolers.

Father Peterson introduced the new YA General Director Mike Paquette.

Finally, Father Peterson asked everyone at the dinner to pray that Youth Apostles will continue to grow and continue to serve youth.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2016