Fr. Sharland to direct campus ministry at Virginia Tech

The Youth Apostles Institute has accepted an invitation from Richmond Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo to lead the Catholic campus ministry at Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, effective June 1.

Youth Apostle Father David M. Sharland, who has served as chaplain and director of campus ministry at Marymount University in Arlington 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 parish youth ministry programs at Blessed Sacrament Church in Alexandria since June 2004, will join Father Sharland as assistant director of campus ministry. "It is with great joy and gratitude to God that we announce this appointment," said Youth Apostle Father John P. Peterson, 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," Father Peterson said.

The McLean-based Youth Apostles Institute is a mixed association of the Christian faithful whose 80 full members and candidates, according to its mission statement, 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 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, George Mason University in Fairfax, Old Dominion University in Norfolk and Christopher Newport University in Newport News.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2013