First Ever Rosary Rally for Catholic HS Football Teams


SportsLeader and Mount St. Mary's of the West Seminary in Cincinnati, OH co-sponsored we believe the first ever Rosary Rally July 31st for all of the area Catholic football teams.

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Here below is a press release and some photos.

Special thanks to Father Anthony Brausch, Gerry Faust, Father David Endres, Sarah Passafiume, Barbara Baron, Sasha Parker-Cochran and all of you who prayed for this event.

May God bless you!

Virtue = Strength

By John Stegeman 
The Catholic Telegraph

A day before Ohio high school football teams were set to begin two-a-day practices, Catholic high schools from around the region gathered to pray the rosary in front of the Blessed Sacrament.

Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West at the Athenaeum of Ohio hosted nearly 500 student athletes, parents and coaches July 31 for a Rosary Rally, organized bySportsLeader.

(See Photo gallery below)

The 11 schools represented were treated to a talk by former Moeller and Notre Dame University head coach Gerry Faust, and a bit of catechesis from Father Anthony Brausch, the seminary’s director of formation who is himself a former high school football player.

The rally took place behind the seminary’s main building in the outdoor Marian amphitheater. Attendees were provided with a heavy-duty rosary and a prayer card to the patron saint of sports, St. Sebastian. The event was the first of its kind in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, and possibly the first nationwide.

“This is the first time we’ve done it,” said Dwight Stephenson, president of SportsLeader. “Our understanding is that it is the first time this has happened nationally and we’re just excited to be a part of it.

“We couldn’t think of a better place, if you’re a Catholic high school getting ready for the football season,” he added. “What better way than to bring all the boys to the seminary to pray the rosary?”

SportsLeader, a Catholic, Louisville, Ky.-based non-profit, exists to assist coaches at the grade school, high school and college level to instill virtue in their players.

The schools represented with players at the rally were Moeller, Catholic Central, Bishop Fenwick, Elder, Badin, McNicholas, Roger Bacon, Cincinnati St. Xavier, Louisville St. Xavier and Summit Country Day. La Salle High School was represented by members of the coaching staff.

Fifteen of the 24 Catholic high schools in the archdiocese sponsor football.

Editor’s Note: A full length feature on this event will appear in the September 2014 print edition of The Catholic Telegraph.

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Coaches and Players from 11 Catholic High Schools from Ohio and Kentucky.

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Every participant was given a rosary. Special thanks to Barbara Baron for helping us find the right rosary.


Every participant was also given this St Sebastian prayer card. St Sebastian is the patron Saint of athletes. Special thanks to Sarah Passafiume for designing the card.

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Gerry Faust, former Head Football Coach at Archbishop Moeller High School and the University of Notre Dame, welcomed everyone.

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Father Anthony Brausch, Director of Formation at the Athenaeum, gave a short talk on the rosary and the importance of prayer and how it relates with football.

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A perfect way to start our sports seasons. Praying with Our Lord and His Blessed Mother.

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Father David Endres led us in the rosary and Benediction.

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May Our Lord protect all our athletes this year and help them to grow closer to Him in the midst of all their athletic endeavors.

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Archbishop Moeller

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St Xavier

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Archbishop McNicholas

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Springfield Catholic Central

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Bishop Fenwick

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Summit Country Day

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Louisville, Kentucky, St Xavier

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Roger Bacon

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Coach Faust gives all the players one last word of encouragement.

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Getting a break with Coach Faust, "Our Lady of Victory - Pray for Us"

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Special thanks to photographer Sasha Cochran-Parker.