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    2017 CAC Catholic Baseball Camp Cancelled

    July 14, 2017, 9:30 am

    Due to unforeseen circumstances, CAC is sorry to announce that the 2017 CAC Catholic Baseball Camp scheduled for July 25 at Bishop O’Connell High School has been cancelled. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this cancellation may cause. CAC will issue full refunds for all pre-paid registrations, which will be processed through PayPal.

    CAC Honors Aurora Griffin and Arlington Diocese Student-Athletes at Courage Awards Ceremony

    May 4, 2017, 2:29 pm

    Catholic Athletes for Christ (CAC) honored Ms. Aurora Griffin, former U-18 national champion in equestrian show jumping, with its annual Courage Award at an awards ceremony held at Marymount University in Arlington, Va., on April 23.  Ms. Griffin was honored for her courageous efforts in leading the protest of the Satanic “Black Mass” on the campus at Harvard University during his senior year at the school. The event was initially taken off campus but ultimately canceled.  She also recently published a book titled, “How I Stayed Catholic at Harvard: Forty Tips for Faithful College Students“.

    In addition to honoring Ms. Griffin, CAC also recognized a senior male and female student-athlete from each of the five Catholic high schools and two Catholic colleges located within the Arlington Diocese for their academic, athletic, and Catholic service activities.

    Highlighting the event was the participation of the newly installed bishop of the Arlington Diocese, the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, who has been a long-time supporter of CAC and is a member of the organization’s Episcopal Board.

    CAC Launches New Cathletes Chapter Web Site

    December 1, 2016, 8:33 am

    Check out CAC’s new Cathletes chapter program web site!

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    Check Out CAC Apparel for Christmas Gifts!

    December 1, 2016, 8:22 am

    Please visit the CAC apparel shop for CAC and Cathletes chapter gifts.  Visit www.cathletestore.org or click on the red button on the right side of the CAC site!

    CAC Featured in National Media for New Rosary CD

    October 13, 2016, 8:58 am

    Since the launch of its new Vin Scully Rosary audio CD on September 26, Catholic Athletes for Christ (CAC) has been highlighted in several major national U.S. and Catholic news media sites.  Click links below to read!

    Vin Scully is back on the air, this time calling the Rosary

    Why Vin Scully wants to be known as ‘a man who lived up to his own beliefs’

    Dodger Stadium’s big tent bursting on Vin Scully’s final day

    CAC Honors Vin Scully at Final Dodgers Mass of the Season

    September 25, 2016, 7:40 pm

    Earlier today, the final Los Angeles Dodgers Mass of the season included a presentation to legendary Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully, who was a regular attendee of the Mass.  CAC organizes MLB Masses across the country for 26 of the 30 teams on homestand weekends.

    CAC MLB Ministry Coordinator Kevin O’Malley presented Scully with a framed print of Pope Francis and thanked him for his support for CAC over the years and for his recent work on a new audio recording of the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary to help raise funds for CAC operations (click here to order).

    The Mass, concelebrated by Rev. Tim Klosterman and Rev. Steve Davoren, was attended by more than 40 players, coaches, stadium workers, broadcasters, and media officials.  This weekend also marks the first time in history that all 15 MLB home stadiums were hosting a Catholic Mass.

    Vin Scully (right) with Rev. Steve Davoren (left) and Rev. Tim Klosterman (center) following the Dodgers Mass on September 25, 2016.  Scully holds a framed image of Pope Francis presented to him by Catholic Athletes for Christ.

    New York Mets Neil Walker, Former MLBers, Headline CAC’s 2016 Catholic Baseball Camp

    June 28, 2016, 3:42 pm

    New York Mets second baseman Neil Walker, along with several former MLB players (Tom Carroll, Cincinnati Reds and Jim Hannan, Washington Senators), provided baseball instruction to nearly 50 boys and girls at Catholic Athletes for Christ’s 2016 Catholic Baseball Camp at Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington, Va., on June 28.

    IMG_0695Following a morning Mass and brief testimonial provided by Walker, the baseball campers were led to the field for instructional stations on hitting, bunting, fielding, pitching, and catching.  At the end of the morning camp, a brief Catholic talk was provided by CAC Cathletes Chapter Coordinator Dan Duddy and the camp was closed with final words from Walker.  The camp was CAC’s second in the past two years, providing an opportunity to grow in the Catholic faith and improve baseball skills.

    CAC sponsors these camps in conjunction with Mike Sweeney’s Catholic Baseball Camps to provide top notch baseball instruction as a means to evangelize through sports.  As Mike Sweeney explains it is “using the greatest game ever created to tell the greatest story ever told.”  CAC Founder and President Ray McKenna said, “We see the camps as a practical way to follow the exhortation of St. John Paul to use sports to share the good news of the Gospel.  As John Paul told us ‘Jesus was God’s perfect athlete! So then we must be athlete for Christ.'”

    A gallery of photos from the camp can be found here.

    CAC 2016 Catholic Baseball Camp Registration Now Open!

    June 10, 2016, 2:02 pm

    Catholic Athletes for Christ (CAC) is hosting its second annual Catholic Baseball Camp on Tuesday, June 28 at Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington, Va.

    The camp is open to ages 8-16 and will run from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.  The cost for the camp is $65 for the first child and $50 for each additional sibling.  The camp is limited to the first 80 campers so please sign up quickly!  All campers will receive a CAC t-shirt.

    walkerNew York Mets second baseman Neil Walker will appear, as well as former MLB players Tom Carroll (Cincinnati Reds) and Jim Hannan (Washington Senators). Other former MLB players are also expected (schedules permitting).  In addition, priests, deacons, and seminarians on the DC Padres baseball team will assist in the instruction.

    The camp will include Mass held at the start of camp with confessions available, talks highlighting the Catholic Faith and vocations, and instruction by current and former MLB players.

    For more information on the camp or to register, please call (703) 239-3070 or email Ray McKenna at ray@catholicathletesforchrist.org.

    Click here to view/download the camp flyer.

    Click here to complete camp registration form.

    To pre-pay for the camp (encouraged to streamline check-in), select option below and pay via PayPal.


    2016 CAC Catholic Baseball Camp



    Pregnancy Center Fundraiser Dinner Features Joe Lombardi

    April 6, 2016, 10:53 pm

    Attention Green Bay Cathletes! Join Joe Lombardi — CAC speaker, New Orleans Saints coach, and grandson of legendary Packers coach Vince Lombardi — at the 2016 Spring Gala of the A&A Alexandrina Center in Green Bay, Wis., on Friday, April 22 at the Tundra Lodge Resort in Green Bay.

    Doors open at 5 p.m. for Silent Auction and Raffles and Dinner will be served 6:30 p.m.

    Tickets are $30/person. The event is a fundraiser to support the pregnancy crisis center.

    For more information, visit www.greenbaypregnancyhelp.com/2016-spring-gala/.

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    CAC Hosts Spring Training Easter Masses in Arizona and Florida

    March 28, 2016, 4:58 pm

    In order to ensure that major and minor league baseball players, coaches, and team personnel at Spring Training sites in Arizona and Florida were able to attend Easter Mass, Catholic Athletes for Christ (CAC) hosted three sunrise Easter Masses for six teams — Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers in Surprise, Ariz., Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds in Goodyear, Ariz., and Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals in Jupiter, Fla.  All three Easter Sunday Masses were well attended.  “One of the goals of CAC is to provide this service to the teams to ensure that they are able to receive the gift of the Catholic Mass and the Eucharist,” said CAC President and Founder Ray McKenna.  “We worked with team officials over the past week to find times for the Masses that did not interfere with their weekend schedules.  We look forward to continuing this important service throughout the 2016 regular season and postseason.”

    Royals Easter Mass 2016

    Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers attendees at the CAC Easter Sunday Mass in Surprise, Ariz.

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