“DC Padres” Take the Field for Vocations Awareness

August 31, 2011

You may have heard of angels in the outfield, but what about priests? The “DC Padres” baseball team is preparing to take the field in their inaugural game:

Sunday, September 4, 2011
Start time: approx 4:30 p.m.
Bowie Baysox Stadium
4101 Crain Highway
Bowie, MD

The game will follow the 2:00 p.m. Bowie Baysox game.

The team is made up of eleven Catholic priests and seminarians: Father Larry Young, pastor of Our Lady’s Church in Leonardtown; Father Larry Swink, pastor of Jesus the Divine Word in Huntingtown; Father David Wells, parochial vicar at Immaculate Heart of Mary in Lexington Park; Father Jose Raul De Leon, parochial vicar at Our Lady of Sorrows in Takoma Park. Six seminarians from Mount St. Mary’s Seminary are playing: Shaun Foggo, Kevin Dansereau, Noah Morey, Adam Cesarek, Matthew Hoelscher, and Stephen Jagla. Rounding out the DC Padres’ lineup is Father Andrew Fisher, pastor of St. Ambrose in Annandale in the Diocese of Arlington.

The idea for this team originated with Fr. Larry Swink and Fr. Larry Young. Both have played for the DC Hood basketball team, which is also made up of priests and seminarians, and its purpose is to raise awareness and interest in vocations to the priesthood. The team has played several times, and has even played at the Verizon Center.

“Fr. Swink and I both have baseball backgrounds and thought about trying the same basic thing with a baseball team,” said Fr. Young. “We batted around some names to call this team and settled on the DC Padres. When we started scouting around for players, we found there was a large enough pool of guys who used to play baseball at the high school and/or college level, and who were thrilled to have a chance to take the field again.”

A parishioner at Our Lady’s Church had shirts and hats made for the team, and St. Mary’s Ryken High School is lending their baseball equipment. The DC Padres will be playing against a team made up of local high school and college-aged players.

There will be a “third inning stretch” where the team will address the crowd on the topic of vocations to the priesthood. “We hope it will be a fun, positive, upbeat event where we can spread the word about what a tremendous gift a vocation to the priesthood is, and invite young men to pray and consider whether the Lord might be calling them as well,” said Fr. Young.

Tickets to the Baysox game that will be played prior will serve as admittance to the DC Padres game. Discounted Baysox tickets may be purchased through the parish office at Our Lady’s Church. The tickets purchased through the parish will be left at Will Call at the Baysox Stadium. Please call 301-475-8403 for more information.

Brie Hall
Office of Communications
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