About the Cathedral of Saint Thomas More.
The Cathedral of Saint Thomas More is the mother parish for the Catholic Diocese of Arlington (VA) and serves approximately 3,800 parishioners in central Arlington and serves the Madison, Gates of Ballston and the Arlington Boulevard Corridor. St. Thomas More Cathedral School is one of the largest Metro Schools in the Diocese of Arlington, serving over 350 students in grades Kindergarten – 8th Grade.
The parish is led by the Most Reverend Paul S. Loverde, Bishop of the Diocese of Arlington, and the Reverend Robert J. Rippy, Rector of the Cathedral. The Cathedral’s youth ministry was established with the help of volunteers and Father Rippy in 2005 to minister to the youth of the parish and school communities, as well as alumni of the Cathedral School.
Mission & Vision Statements
To foster a relationship with God, with persons in the community of believers, and with all persons whom Christ calls us to love and serve.
- We are committed to a deep, personal relationship with God. To know, love, and serve him is the meaning of our life.
- The foundation of our relationship with God is communicating and communing with him through prayer, Scripture and the Sacraments, especially union with Jesus in the Eucharist – the center of our lives – and Reconciliation – the continual receptivity of divine mercy.
- Integral to our relationship with God is striving toward a moral life and towards perfection “as [our] Heavenly Father is perfect” (Mt 5:48b). We are called to live in the light and truth of Christ and to free ourselves from sinful habits in order to model for others how to love as an authentic Christian.
- We are committed to a relationship with persons who make up our community of believers. We are brothers and sisters in Christ and we strive towards deep care and concern for one another.
- Intimate sharing between individuals and among small, same-sex groups is crucial for the spiritual growth of a Christian. “As iron sharpens iron, so man sharpens his fellow man” (Prv 27:17). We must share not only the Gospel, but also our very lives (see 1 Thes 2:8).
- Commitment to one’s family, one’s parish, and to the persons who better us is essential for building up the Church and the interconnectedness of the human family through faithful love and devotion. The virtues of loyalty and fidelity must be nurtured, especially in persons who have not yet committed their lives entirely within the lifelong promises of marriage, priesthood, or consecration.
- We are committed to a personal companionship with persons whom Christ calls us to love and serve. We do this through the power of the Holy Spirit who strengthens us to share the Gospel and the love of God.
- Those whom Christ calls us to love and to serve encompass the materially and spiritually impoverished. Those who have less in these manners are the least of our brothers and sisters in whom Christ is present, and he charges us as his body to be his hands and feet in the world.
- Fostering a relationship with a Christian must be founded on love and establishing trust in order for persons to be curious, open, seeking, and ultimately following Jesus Christ. This relationship with a Christian is initiated and nurtured by being actively present to a person where he/she is in the world. Then a person is invited into the life of the Christian, introduced to Jesus Christ, encouraged to accept the mercy of God, and asked to be a fellow disciple-maker in the Great Commission.
The Current Program:
The focus of youth ministry is not necessarily placed solely on events or meetings. Rather, events and meetings are meant to enrich the true goal of youth ministry: building up the faith and the personal relationship with Christ and sharing the fullness of the Church with others. All people are welcomed to attend any programming:
- High School Youth Ministry Meetings on Sunday Nights, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
- Eucharistic Adoration & Praise and Worship Opportunities
- Regular Field Trips for Senior and Junior High Youth
- Junior High Youth Ministry Meetings on Friday Nights, at 6:00 p.m
- Diocesan Events (Senior High RALLY, Junior High BASH, WorkCamp)
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Cathedral’s Office of Youth Ministry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Directors of Youth Ministry
Mr. Mark Stinard, 2014-Present
Mr. Dan Waldo, 2012-2014
Mr. Ronnel A. Cristobal, 2008-2012
Mr. Tom Svercl (acting coordinator), 2005-2008
Ms. Lauren Proshek, 2007-2008
Ms. Emily Diaz, 2006-2007