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    More than 80 Campers Participate in CAC’s Catholic Baseball Camp

    July 25, 2015, 7:29 am

    More than 80 campers participated in the first CAC Catholic Baseball Camp in Fairfax, Va.

    More than 80 campers participated in the first CAC Catholic Baseball Camp in Fairfax, Va.

    On July 24, more than 80 boys and girls from the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area participated in CAC’s Catholic Baseball Camp at Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax, Va.  The day included Mass, talks/Q&A, and baseball instruction from current and former professional and collegiate baseball players.  Washington Nationals pitcher Craig Stammen spoke to the campers after Mass about how his faith has influenced his life and his baseball career.  Baseball instruction was led by Stammen, Tom Carroll (Cincinnati Reds), Jim Hannan (Washington Senators, Detroit Tigers, Milwaukee Brewers), Billy Emerson and Jeff Nolan (Paul VI High School), and members of the DC Padres priest/seminarian baseball team, led by Father Andrew Fisher (Arlington Diocese Liaison to CAC).  CAC presented one camper who best exhibited love of God and love of Baseball with the Mike Sweeney, Sr. Courage Award.

    “Today’s camp exceeded our expectations,” said CAC President/Founder Ray McKenna.  “The turnout was incredible and we received nothing but positive feedback from campers and parents and requests to do this again next year.  We are especially grateful to all of our camp instructors for their hard work on the field and to the Paul VI High School community for their hospitality.”

    An example of the feedback received immediately following the camp:

    “My husband brought our son to the Catholic athletes for Christ camp today. Both my husband and son were, and still are, very excited about the whole day. My son was nervous so my husband attended Mass with him and he said it was wonderful.  The two of them were both impressed with Craig Stammen’s talk after Mass.  My son is still talking about working with Tom Carroll and Jim Hannan.  They were also very impressed with the priests from the DC Padres.  My son did not think the priests could do anything that fun and felt it was awesome that they could still play baseball.  Thank you so much for coordinating this event.  Please send a heartfelt thank you to all of those who helped with today’s event.  We look forward to attending next year!”

    Washington Nationals pitcher Craig Stammen teaches pitching skills to a group of younger campers

    Washington Nationals pitcher Craig Stammen teaches pitching skills to a group of younger campers

    CAC’s Makes Presentations at Major Catholic Sports Conferences in U.S. and Rome

    July 8, 2015, 11:29 am

    Earlier this year, Catholic Athletes for Christ (CAC) made several presentations at two major Catholic sports conferences in the United States and Italy.

    In May, CAC President and Founder Ray McKenna was invited by the Vatican Pontifical Council for the Laity to speak at its International Seminar “Coaches: Educating People”.  The title of McKenna’s presentation was “Training the Coach and Coaching the Trainer“.  Also attending the two-day event in Rome representing CAC were Linda Del Rio, CAC Board Member and NFL Outreach Coordinator, and Darrell Miller, former Major League Baseball player and currently MLB vice president of youth and facility development.

    Del Rio made a presentation on the second day of the Vatican seminar titled, “Rising to the Call Takes Character and Virtue“.  In her presentation, Del Rio spoke on the need for a framework for coaches that exhibits effective coaching techniques, spirituality, and moral development.  “As St. Therese demonstrated, it’s in the little details, a small kind jester of kindness and compassion in a fierce competition is huge in they eye of the beholder,” Del Rio said.  “Let us globally answer this call of character and virtue in sport and work together united in Christ.”

    In April, McKenna and CAC were featured at the 41st Conference on Value Inquiry: Sports and Values, hosted by Neumann University’s Institute for Sport, Spirituality, and Character Development located just outside of Philadelphia, Pa.  At that conference, McKenna spoke on Sports, Values, and Societal Change.

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    CAC President Ray McKenna shakes hands with Pope Francis in Rome in May 2015

     

     

    CAC Now Accepting Registrations for Catholic Baseball Camp on July 24 in Fairfax, Va.

    June 23, 2015, 9:17 am

    Catholic Athletes for Christ (CAC) is hosting a one-day Catholic Baseball Camp on Friday, July 24 at Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax, Va.

    Click here to register for the camp.  Please be sure to complete all sections and required fields!

    The camp is open to ages 8-16 (boys and girls) and will run from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.  The cost for the camp is $50.

    Washington Nationals pitcher Craig Stammen will appear, as well as former MLB players Tom Carroll (Cincinnati Reds), Jim Hannan (Washington Senators), and Fred Valentine (Washington Senators).  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, instruction by former MLB players, and lunch.

    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.

    CAC Hosts Catholic Baseball Camp in Northern Virginia!

    June 16, 2015, 12:51 pm

    Catholic Athletes for Christ (CAC) is hosting a one-day Catholic Baseball Camp on Friday, July 24 at Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax, Va.

    The camp is open to ages 8-16 and will run from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.  The cost for the camp is $50.

    CAC_Stammen_01Washington Nationals pitcher Craig Stammen will appear, as well as former MLB players Bill Bordley (San Francisco Giants), Tom Carroll (Cincinnati Reds), Jim Hannan (Washington Senators), and Fred Valentine (Washington Senators).  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, instruction by former MLB players, and lunch.

    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.

    New CAC Promotional Brochure Available

    June 6, 2015, 9:17 am

    Catholic Athletes for Christ (CAC) recently released a new brochure to promote the organization, share its mission, and inform readers about its many programs and activities, including its Mass ministries for MLB and NFL, retreats, speakers bureau, service activities, and Cathletes™ chapter program.

    To download a copy of the new tri-fold brochure, click here.

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    CAC/Houston Astros Re-establish Catholic Mass Ministry

    June 4, 2015, 9:09 am

    Catholic Athletes for Christ (CAC) is pleased to announce that the Houston Astros are the 24th Major League Baseball team to have a regular Catholic Mass ministry at the stadium for players, coaches, and team officials.  CAC President Ray McKenna praised the Astros organization and its Catholic players and coaches for welcoming the Mass ministry in Houston. “We are pleased to return the Catholic Mass to Houston this season and have received a positive response from the team in terms of attendance,” McKenna said. “We continue to work hard at getting Mass in place for those remaining six MLB teams (Arizona, Colorado, Minnesota, San Francisco, Seattle, and Toronto) so players and team executives across all of baseball can have the opportunity to receive Christ and grow in their faith.”

    Nationals Pitcher Craig Stammen Speaks at Blessed Sacrament Elementary School in Alexandria, Va., about Catholic Faith

    June 3, 2015, 8:48 am

    Washington Nationals Pitcher Craig Stammen spoke to over 200 cheering students and other attendees at Blessed Sacrament Catholic School in Alexandria, Va., on June 2. He spoke on the importance of his Catholic faith and encouraged everyone to always attend Mass and to receive the Sacraments as frequently as possible. Stammen, who is on the athletes advisory board of Catholic Athletes for Christ (CAC), which is an Arlington Diocese-based Catholic sports ministry, assists CAC in arranging in season Masses for players on the Washington Nationals. He is currently on the disabled list and is recovering from season-ending tendon surgery.

    Stammen recounted for the students how his mom would tell him and siblings ever day before they left for school to put on the “Armor of God” (Ephesians 6:10-18) and how he prays daily to discern God’s will for his life. He told the gathering that he remains confident in God’s plan for his life and knows even the injury is part of that plan. Craig was introduced by CAC Chaplain Fr. Andrew Fisher and Blessed Sacrament Principal Valerie Garcia — both of whom are enthusiastic baseball fans of the Nationals.

    For more information about CAC and Craig Stammen, please visit www.catholicathletesforchrist.org.

    Washington Nationals pitcher Craig Stammen speaks about his Catholic faith to students from Blessed Sacrament Elementary School in Alexandria, Va.

    Washington Nationals pitcher Craig Stammen speaks about his Catholic faith to students from Blessed Sacrament Elementary School in Alexandria, Va.

     

    CAC Adds Miami Marlins to List of MLB Teams with Catholic Mass Ministry

    April 11, 2015, 4:25 pm

    Catholic Athletes for Christ (CAC) is pleased to announced that the first-ever stadium Mass at Marlins Park took place this afternoon for the Miami Marlins and Tampa Bay Rays.  The historic Mass was celebrated by Fr. Frank Permuy in the Marlins press conference room.  The Marlins are the 23rd Major League Baseball team that CAC has helped to establish a regular stadium Mass ministry for players, coaches, and team officials.

    Fr. Frank Permuy celebrates Mass for the Miami Marlins and Tampa Bay Rays on April 11, 2014

    Fr. Frank Permuy celebrates Mass for the Miami Marlins and Tampa Bay Rays on April 11, 2014

    Catholic News Service Reports on CAC’s MLB Ministry

    March 23, 2015, 8:16 am

    CAC’s Major League Baseball ministry program was recently featured on the Catholic News Service’s print and video web sites.  Check out the coverage:

    Video — Click Here

    Print — Click Here

     

    CAC Leadership and Chaplains Visit MLB Spring Training Camps

    March 19, 2015, 1:22 pm

    CAC Leadership and many of its Catholic Priest Chaplains have been visiting MLB spring training camps in Arizona and Florida over the past few weeks to meet with players, coaches, and team officials in preparation for the 2015 regular season Mass ministry.  CAC sponsors Catholic Mass for 22 of the MLB’s 30 teams and additional teams are expected to be added during the 2015 season.  To view photos from this year’s spring training visits, click here.

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