WE DO THE HEAVY LIFTING

Since forming The Crossroads Pursuit, we've sought to lead youth to Christ through our passionate witness of what he has done in our lives. We team up with schools and youth programs nationally to provide powerful retreats, talks, and worship experiences.  

We don't just give talks. We dive in head first from day one. We help plan retreats, we run games, we lead small groups, we lead worship, and we are committed to excellence in each piece. For this reason, it makes a lot more sense to have us in for full day or weekend long immersive experiences instead of just one talk. 

WHO WE ARE

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Marcellino D'Ambrosio

Marcellino D'Ambrosio is an expert water balloon filler, a veteran dodgeball player, and a slightly above average joke teller. As an event programmer, however, he runs with the best. He worked in a parish for three years as a High School Youth Director before moving to music ministry at SMU University. Now he manages Catholic Creatives, an online community of Catholic ministers, creators, artists, and entrepreneurs committed to bringing about a new renaissance of Beauty in our world through the Church. 

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Anthony D'Ambrosio

Anthony D'Ambrosio's claim to be the better looking of the two twins is probably not true. He is, however, by far the most experienced in organizing youth storage spaces and making pancakes for fundraisers. His youth group did grow by 400% during the five years he was there. This is probably just a coincidence, but some parishioners say that it's because he's a "hip young guy," and "that's important." Anthony now serves as a strategist, consultant, and ministry visionary as the founder of Sherwood Fellows, an agency that builds identities that create communities.

GENERATIONS OF MINISTRY

 
 
 

The Crossroads Pursuit is the youth Apostolate of the Crossroads Initiative, the ministry of their Father, the fantastically brilliant and hilariously charming Dr. Italy, or Marcellino the Grayer, as his sons like to call him. Click here to go to his website for weekly reflections and the largest accumulation of online resources available for the Church Fathers, the Sacraments, and church history. 

 

OUR FOUNDATIONS


      We are faithful to the Catholic Magesterium

      We are faithful to the Catholic Magesterium

                        As musicians, we place                    special emphasis on worship

                        As musicians, we place
                   special emphasis on worship


                     We speak from the Word 

                     We speak from the Word 

                   We call listeners to intimacy                       with God and each other

                   We call listeners to intimacy
                      with God and each other


WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

 

I brought the twins out for one of our middle school retreats in 2013 and have had them out to 2-3 events every year since then. They are the real deal.
— Anthony Kaiser - Director of Youth, Young Adult, and Campus Ministry, Diocese of Tulsa
“Marcellino did a great job relating to the youth at our high school lock-in! Not only did he have high energy during the game portion, he also gave a moving personal testimony from the heart. This was also our teens first experience with praise and worship and he did a great job helping them to enter in to the worship session!
— -Christina Mendez Principal at All Saints Catholic School in Fort Worth
After going on this retreat our 8th graders started requesting that confession be offered at our school regularly! The boy’s love of the Church, their sense of humor, and their passion for the people they serve is infectious!
— Jeffrey Baynham, Santa Clara Academy in Dallas
I can’t begin to tell you what an impact they had on the youth and volunteers who attended the retreat. They ALL just LOVED Marcellino and Anthony. They loved how they related to them on their level, the music, the games, especially their witnesses. The feedback from the parents was just as exciting; they all said their children were filled with the Holy Spirit after the retreat. The mass after the retreat was equally as amazing! We had planned for the families to join the kids in reserved pews, but the kids all just wanted to sit together instead, and they PARTICIPATED in the Mass! They actually sang the songs, and said the prayers.
WOW!
— -Philomena Johnson Formation Director at Incarnation Parish in Tampa, Florida
“Marcellino and Anthony are very dynamic and passionate musicians and speakers who listen to the Holy Spirit. They have a natural ability to reach the hearts of teenagers. They can lead fun and interactive music as well as deep and powerful worship.”
— -Angela Wolden Communications Director at St. Gabriel Parish in McKinney

Here are a few of the programs we have to offer:

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Let Me Live (Half Day Retreat)

This lively program includes 3 games, 3 talks, and a time of worship. It's perfect for confirmation programs and school retreats.


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Dangerous Wonder (1.5 Hour Youth Night)

This is for programs that want to inject some energy into a retreat, camp or youth night. We'll MC your event, play pump up music, give a talk, lead group discussions, and end with worship.

 

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Adore (Worship Experience) 

Whether you want them to do music for a whole retreat or just to lead one worship experience, the twins love nothing more than ushering the presence of the Holy Spirit into Adoration, Mass, or prayer gathering. This includes songsheets, worship, and guided scripture meditation.

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Whatever you want.

You know what you want for your program. If none of these fit the bill, not to worry. We are flexible and will work with you to build an awesome event. Just fill out an inquiry, and we'll talk it out.