Hoops and Holiness: New video reflects on basketball and priestly formation

robert barronFr. Robert Barron’s apostolate Word on Fire has teamed up with Spirit Juice Studios to produce a video that explores the demands and joys of the priestly vocation. The video features three seminarians as they prepare for the Fr. O’Malley Invitational, a basketball tournament at Mundelein Seminary that draws hundreds of seminarians from around the country.  As the tournament approaches, the three seminarians reflect on how their love of basketball has helped them in their formation for the priesthood. Seminarian Viet Nguyen says:

“With the seminary it’s a team effort, because we are one Church headed toward one goal. You see, in basketball you have to practice; a good player listens to his coach, listens to his players. In the Catholic faith you have to listen; listen to what other people are saying, as well as in prayer listen to God.”

In the video, Fr. Robert Barron quotes St. John Paul II, who said “The priest’s humanity should be a bridge to Christ.” Fr. Barron goes on to say that he wants “people to see this generation of seminarians – that these are integrated, well-rounded, good people.”

Watch the 12-minute video below or go to Word on Fire for more!

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