Tomorrow the D.C. Padres will play their first game of the season. Who are the D.C. Padres, you ask? They are a baseball team made up of Catholic priests and seminarians of the Archdiocese of Washington. They play against local high school teams at venues – including minor league ballparks – in the DC metropolitan area. The purpose of the team is to encourage vocations to the priesthood and religious life.
The team has been around since 2011 – it was formed by Father Larry Young, current pastor of Ascension Catholic Church in Bowie, MD. The team is modeled after the D.C. Hood (as in priesthood), a basketball team in the archdiocese comprised of priests and seminarians. Both teams use their games as an opportunity to talk about vocations – for example, the Padres use the third inning stretch to say a prayer and talk about religious vocations. Check out their video from the Archdiocese of Washington:
Even if you aren’t religious, its still good baseball. I first heard of the Padres a few years ago from my parish priest. They were playing after the Baysox game that afternoon, so we decided to attend. I think I’ll go back this year, too. The Padres have three games scheduled this season:
- Sunday April 24th, vs. Paul VI High School at 4 p.m.
- Sunday May 8th, vs. St. Mary’s Ryken High School at Regency Furniture Stadium, home the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (the Padres play after the Blue Crabs’ game, which is at 2 p.m.)
- Sunday August 28th, vs. Bishop McNamara High School at Prince George’s Stadium (after the Bowie Baysox game, which is at 2 p.m.)