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Athletes Celebrate Faith at Calumet College


Athletes from over 20 teams at Calumet College of St. Joseph, Hammond, Ind., gathered at nearby St. Adalbert Catholic Church to celebrate faith and friendship at a team commissioning service in early January.

Calumet College of St. Joseph

Athletes from over 20 teams at Calumet College of St. Joseph, Hammond, Ind., gathered at nearby St. Adalbert Catholic Church to celebrate faith and friendship at a team commissioning service in early January.

The college’s office of mission and ministry coordinated this program which focused on the values of the college’s patron, St. Joseph.

In his homily at the service, Fr. Kevin Scalf, C.PP.S., held up St. Joseph as a model for the college’s athletes.

“According to the Gospel of Matthew, St. Joseph constantly had Joseph and Mary before his eyes with unflinching devotion to each,” said Fr. Scalf, who is the special assistant to the president for mission and ministry. “He demonstrated courageous leadership when the holy family was banished into Egypt. He spoke little. He had the remarkable gift of listening to others and God. And his faithful obedience was remarkable. He never made excuses. These values are transferrable to the sports you love so much. Let St. Joseph form you in faith—form you in your sport.”

Director of Athletics Peter Haring maintained, “The team commissioning service is one more step in creating a positive and genuine bond between our student-athletes and the Missionaries of the Precious Blood. The service was an amazing experience for not only our student-athletes but also the Crimson Wave athletic staff at CCSJ.”

A hallmark of the service was the blessing of the hands of each athlete with holy water and the conferral of St. Joseph medals to each athlete, coach and support staff.

“These blessed medals will hang close to your heart and remind you to embody the values of our patron, St. Joseph. May God who has begun the good work in you bring it to fulfillment,” said Fr. Scalf.

Haring added, “Prior to the conclusion of the service,

I encouraged our student-    athletes to approach life with a positive attitude, with a consistent level of effort to become a better overall person while never forgetting the strength of love in everything that we do.”

This service will be an annual event at the four-year liberal arts college to reinforce the relationship between athletics and spirituality. Each year will be dedicated to a new saint, male or female, whose core values will become part of the athletics program for that year.



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