We all know that to be a Regnum Christi consecrated women, you have to be able to sing, and to be a Legionary priest, you have to be an athlete.
Not really, but you would think so after some happenings of late.
For the third year in a row, the Mater Ecclesiae Choir sang during the EWTN-televised Divine Mercy Mass at the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. I watched the telecast and, in my own unbiased opinion, they did a wonderful job. If you would like to enjoy their music yourself, click here for more info.
And, even though I’m sure there are some of our priests who don’t know a basketball from a soccer ball, most of the Legionaries I know do quite well on the court. (You should see Fr. Daniel Pajerski LC play in the staff game against the students at Everest Collegiate High School.) So, I’m not surprised some of our LCs was involved in a recent basketball event to promote vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life.
A group of priests, calling themselves the DC Hood, from the Archdiocese of Washington, including our own Fr. Charles Sikorsky LC, took on the seminarians in the DC area in a friendly game. (Br. Terrence Allen LC played for the seminarians.) The really interesting part – they played for 500 fans at the Verizon Center, just prior to the Washington Wizards game against the Philadelphia 76ers! (Both the priests and the Wizards won.)
Bishop Martin Holley was the proud coach of the winning team. He apparently is a former college basketball player himself, according to Fr. Charles.
Those who attended the game had purchased tickets to the Wizards’ game, and a portion of the price went toward local CYO programs. The priests’/seminarians’ game took place about four hours before the start of the pro game.
“The purpose of the event was threefold,” said Fr. Charles. “To promote vocations (there were priestly testimonies given at halftime), to raise money for the archdiocesan CYO programs, and to laugh at a bunch of out-of-shape, middle-aged priests,” he said.
Since the event raised about $3,000, I’m sure even the seminarians weren’t too upset with the score of 46-30. Congratulations DC Hood!
(And don’t forget to keep Fr. Daniel in your prayers this coming Monday. Not only does he play basketball, but he runs marathons, and he is running the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013, hoping to raise money for the seminarians at the Cheshire, Connecticut, novitiate. Click here for info on how to make a donation.)