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    Fr. Bill Schwartz, CAC’s “Pirates Padre”, Honored Before Bucs Final Home Game for Golden Jubilee

    October 2, 2018, 8:53 pm

    Father Bill Schwartz, longtime Pittsburgh Pirates season ticket holder and the team’s Catholic priest-chaplain, was honored for celebrating his 50th year as a priest before the team’s final home game of the 2018 season on September 23.

    Pirates President Frank Coonelly presented Fr. Bill on the field with a Pirates jersey with his name and the number 50.  On behalf of everyone associated with CAC, congratulations Fr. Bill and many blessings!

    CAC Presents at John Carroll Society Reception in Washington Metro Area

    September 25, 2018, 11:37 am

    John Carroll Society President Carol Bates along with Ray McKenna, CAC Founder and President

    Catholic Athletes for Christ (CAC) President Founder Ray McKenna addressed the John Carroll Society‘s Younger Members reception on September 19 in Arlington, Va.  His presentation was titled, “Winning with Christ: Putting Jesus at the Center of Sports and Life”.  The John Carroll Society is an organization of Catholic professionals united in their desire for an ever deepening and enriching knowledge of their Faith and in service to the Archbishop of Washington.

    McKenna spoke on the founding of CAC and the importance of maintaining Jesus at the center of all we do in sports and in life. He specifically encouraged all Catholics to: (1) stay strongly rooted in prayer; 2) attend Mass often and receive the Sacraments frequently; 3) read Holy Scripture and spiritual books; and 4) maintain a strong Marian devotion including praying the Rosary daily.

    For the last four years, CAC has hosted the John Carroll Society at a Washington Nationals baseball game.  This year, Nationals relief pitcher Ryan Madson and Nationals Vice President and Assistant General Manager for Finance Ted Towne shared stories and recounted the importance of their Catholic faith in their lives.

    Washington Nationals relief pitcher Ryan Madson addresses the John Carroll Society prior to a Washington Nationals game on June 5, 2018

    St. John Bosco Remains No. 1 in Latest CAC Catholic High School Football Top 25

    September 19, 2018, 9:00 am

    St. John Bosco of Bellflower, Calif., remains the No. 1 team in CAC’s Catholic High School Football Top 25, presented by Siena Heights University and Global Football. The Braves made quick work of their latest assignment, beating Chaminade (West Hills), 56-20.  RB George Holani rushed for two TDs in the opening half. The Braves head into their bye week before starting the Trinity League schedule and play No. 15 JSerra (San Juan Capistrano) on Sept. 28.

    This week’s Top 10 teams in the ranking are:

    1. St. John Bosco, Bellflower, Calif. (5-0)
    2. Mater Dei, Santa Ana, Calif. (3-1)
    3. St. Thomas Aquinas, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (4-0)
    4. St. John’s College, Washington, D.C. (3-0)
    5. St. Frances Academy, Baltimore (1-0)
    6. Archbishop Hoban, Akron, Ohio (4-0)
    7. De La Salle, Concord, Calif. (5-0)
    8. Gonzaga, Washington, D.C. (4-0)
    9. St. Joseph’s Prep, Philadelphia, Pa. (2-0)
    10. Saint Louis, Honolulu, Hawaii (4-0)

    For more information on this week’s CAC Catholic High School Football Top 25 and each team, click here.

     

    Kicking it for Christ – MLS DC United’s Taylor Kemp joins CAC!

    September 17, 2018, 2:21 pm

    Major League Soccer’s DC United soccer star Taylor Kemp, a new addition to CAC’s lineup, recently spoke to Bishop O’Connell High School athletes in Arlington, Va., at their annual sports retreat led by Athletic Director Joe Wootten and Chaplain Father Gregory Thompson.

    Kemp shared on-the-field stories from his collegiate, professional  and national team experiences and also the the story of his recent conversion to Catholicism.  Kemp poignantly explained to the interested athletes how he had reached every athletic goal he had set and still felt incredibly empty and unfulfilled.  It was then, in a tearful moment, he felt the call to Christ and His church.  Taylor entered the Church three year ago and jumped in with both feet.  He is completing a graduate degree in theology from the Augustine Institute and feels a strong mandate to evangelize.  CAC is excited to have Taylor join our team!

    Read more about his story in the National Catholic Register article by Trent Beattie (www.ncregister.com/daily-news/d.c.-united-defender-too-blessed-to-be-stressed) and watch Taylor’s conversion story below.

    Are You Ready for Some Football?

    September 5, 2018, 1:06 pm

    With this week’s start of the 2018 National Football League (NFL) season, Catholic Athletes for Christ (CAC) begins its tenth year of working with the NFL.  CAC works with its roster of Catholic priest-chaplains in all 32 NFL cities to ensure that Catholic players, coaches, trainers, and front office executives have access to the sacraments throughout the season. In addition, CAC each spring provides Catholic Mass, confessions, and a group dinner for coaches, scouts, and team officials at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, Ind. Please pray for CAC’s NFL Catholic priest-chaplains for their sacramental work during the upcoming season!

    Rev. Richard Rocha, KC Chiefs Catholic priest-chaplain, alongside Chiefs center Mitch Morse during 2018 training camp

    CAC NFL Catholic priest-chaplains at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, Ind.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    NFL Catholic Fun Fact:  The Green Bay Packers held their summer training camp at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wis., for 61 years, the longest such relationship between a pro football team and a college in the NFL.  Russ Bogda (then-president of the Packers) and Lisle Blackbourn (then-head coach) first approached St. Norbert College in the spring of 1957. At the time, the Packers were headquartering at UW-Stevens Point. In the summer of 1958, Coach Scooter McLean and his staff brought the Packers to the St. Norbert campus’ Frank J. Sensenbrenner Residence Hall, to various classrooms for training sessions, and to the dining facilities on the river bank. Over the 58 years, the string of successive summers at St. Norbert College has NEVER been broken. In 1959, newly appointed head Coach Vincent Lombardi confirmed the summer camp location and formed a friendship with father Dennis Burke, O. Praem. Succeeding coaches and Packer Presidents over the years have found the facilities to their liking.

    CAC, Global Football Release 2018 Preseason Catholic High School Football Top 25

    August 18, 2018, 5:12 pm

    Catholic Athletes for Christ, in conjunction with Global Football and Siena Heights University, have released its 2018 preseason Top 25 Catholic High School Football Pool.

    The CAC Top 25 rankings will return on September 5 and then on Wednesdays throughout the regular season until the conclusion of the postseason in December. In January, the CAC 25 Top 25 National Champion will be announced.  In 2017, Mater Dei High School Monarchs (Santa Ana, Calif.) won the first CAC Catholic High School National Championship.

    For more information, visit www.globalfootball.com/cac-top-25.

     

    Bishops Celebrate CAC MLB Masses in Minneapolis and Washington

    June 30, 2018, 9:40 pm

    Archbishop Bernard Hebda of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis and Bishop Michael Burbidge of Arlington, Va., both celebrated CAC MLB Masses on June 24.

    Archbishop Hebda celebrated Mass at Target Field prior to the Twins-Rangers game, while Bishop Burbidge celebrated Mass at Nationals Park prior to the Nationals-Phillies game. Bishop Burbidge has long served on CAC’s Episcopal Board.

    CAC coordinates Catholic Masses at 28 of the 30 MLB stadiums on homestand weekends.  In 2017, CAC was responsible for coordinating 330 Masses across the league for players, coaches, trainers, broadcasters, front office personnel, and stadium workers.

    Archbishop Bernard Hebda (center) of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis celebrated the Twins Mass at Target Field on June 24 prior to the Twins-Rangers game. Archbishop Hebda is pictured with Jeff Reardon (left), Twins Director of Security, and Father Michael Tix, Twins Priest-Chaplain, following the Mass.

     

    Bishop Michael Burbidge of the Diocese of Arlington, Va., celebrates Mass on June 24 at Nationals Park prior to the Nationals-Phillies game. Bishop Burbidge has long served on CAC’s Episcopal Board.

     

    CAC Philadelphia Region Event Honors 22 High School Student-Athletes

    May 31, 2018, 10:30 pm

    On May 17, Catholic Athletes for Christ (CAC) launched its new Philadelphia regional program with an event at Citizens Bank Park.  At the event, CAC honored 22 student-athletes from the Catholic high schools in the Philadelphia Archdiocese with its Courage Award for their leadership in sports and as models of faith.

    Click here for a recap of the event featured on CatholicPhilly.com.

     

     

    CAC’s Philadelphia Kick-Off Event, May 17 at Citizens Bank Park!

    April 13, 2018, 11:27 pm

    Come join us for CAC’s official Philadelphia kick-off event at Citizens Bank Park’s Diamond Club on Thursday, May 17 from 6-9 p.m.

    Event Highlights

    • CAC will recognize local high school athletes with its Courage Award, which recognizes student-athletes who are leaders not only on the playing field, but as evangelizers and models of faith
    • Former Eagles General Manager Jim Murray will emcee the festivities
    • Former Eagles Wide Receiver Jason Avant will be in attendance
    • Member of the 2016 Villanova championship team, Kevin Rafferty, will be in attendance
    • Private tour of Citizens Bank Park
    • Meet and greet with the Phillie Phanatic
    • A silent auction featuring autographed sports items
    • Special additional guests, including former professional baseball pitcher, Cy Young Award winner and World Series Champion, Dwight Gooden!

    *This is a family-friendly event. Please join us!

    Sponsorship Packages

    Platinum Sponsor – $50,000

    • VIP Area for 20 guests at the event
    • Private meet and greet for 20 guests with “special guest” sports athlete
    • Private tour of Citizens Bank Park
    • Name/logo recognition on Save the Date and Invitation
    • Name/logo recognition on all electronic event communications
    • Name/logo recognition on cover of program booklet
    • Full-page, full-color ad in program booklet
    • Name/logo recognition on website
    • Name/logo recognition on signage at the entrance of event
    • Special recognition by emcee during the event
    • Opportunity to address the crowd during opening remarks

    Gold Sponsor – $25,000

    • VIP Area for 10 guests at the event
    • Private tour of Citizens Bank Park
    • Name/logo recognition on Save the Date and Invitation
    • Name/logo recognition on all electronic event communications
    • Name/logo recognition on cover of program booklet
    • Full-page, full-color ad in program booklet
    • Name/logo recognition on website
    • Special recognition by emcee during the event

    Silver Sponsor – $10,000

    • Event tickets for 15 guests
    • Name/logo recognition on Invitation
    • Name/logo recognition on all electronic event communications
    • Full page ad in program booklet
    • Name/logo recognition on website
    • Special recognition by emcee during the event

    Bronze Sponsor – $5,000

    • Event tickets for 10 guests
    • Name/logo recognition on all electronic event communications
    • Half page ad in program booklet
    • Name/logo recognition on website
    • Special recognition by emcee during the event

    Program Booklet Advertising Opportunities:

    • Full page ad – $1,000
    • Half page ad – $500
    • Quarter Page ad – $250

    General Admission – $50.00

    Admission to the cocktail reception, a tour of Citizens Bank Park, and a meet and greet with a “special guest” sports athlete and the Phillie Phanatic!

    To purchase a sponsorship or a general admission ticket, please click here.

    To learn more about advertising opportunities for this event, please click here.

    Santa Ana’s Monarchs are the Inaugural Winners of the CAC Top 25

    January 27, 2018, 4:30 pm

    MATER DEI TOPS FINAL NATIONAL RANKING OF CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL TEAMS

    Santa Ana’s Monarchs are the Inaugural Winners of the Catholic Athletes For Christ Top 25,
    Presented by Siena Heights University and Global Football

    Occasionally teams will tap destiny on the shoulder and this time  did so in emphatic fashion.

    Congratulations to the No. 1 Mater Dei High School Monarchs (Santa Ana, Calif.) – the Catholic Athletes for Christ Top 25 High School Football 2017 National Champions presented by Siena Heights University and Global Football.  Coach Bruce Rollinson’s team rolled through one of the nation’s toughest schedules and capped the season with a CIF Open Division state championship.  The Monarchs went a perfect 15-0 and left no doubt they were the nation’s top football team in 2017.

    For more information, visit www.globalfootball.com/cac-top-25/

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