Catholic Athletes for Christ

No class tonight because of Columbus Day. I was thinking yesterday that it will be unusual to have a Monday night off. Then, I was looking at the Chicago Blackhawks’ schedule and saw that they are playing a home game tonight and I thought to myself that it’s unusual for the Hawks to play a home game on a Monday night…but at least I’d be home to watch the game on TV.  Then, at 10 pm last night, I got a phone call from my brother Tom, asking me if I would like to join him at the Blackhawks game Monday night!


Anyway, as it turns out, my brother Tom was out for dinner with NHL referee Kerry Fraser who is on the Advisory Board for an organization called Catholic Athletes (“Cathletes”) for Christ (CAC). Kerry has been officiating NHL games for almost 30 years and is the NHL’s most senior referee. Tom thought I would enjoy meeting him so apparently we have a pass to the Referee’s room following the game! (Hey, if you’re not gonna get a chance to meet some players, at least meet a ref for Christ!)

Go Hawks! (guess I’ll have to refrain from booing the ref tonight!)

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Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at

3 Comments on Catholic Athletes for Christ

  1. Yes, especially when it turns out to be one of the most incredible come-from-behind victories in Blackhawks history!!!! Down 5-0, the Hawks came back to win in overtime, 6-5! My heart is still pounding!!!

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