Goal of rosary rallies to ‘bring souls closer to Christ,’ says leader

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August 15, 2015

Players from Covington (Ky.) Catholic, Cincinnati Purcell Marian and Hamilton (Ohio) Badin watch Father Benedict O'Cinneslaigh of Mount St. Mary's Seminary of the West at the Athenaeum of Ohio, as he censes the Blessed Sacrament during a SportsLeader Rosary Rally July 30. (Photo by John Stegeman) See ROSARY-RALLIES Aug. 14, 2015.

Players from Covington (Ky.) Catholic, Cincinnati Purcell Marian and Hamilton (Ohio) Badin watch Father Benedict O’Cinneslaigh of Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West at the Athenaeum of Ohio, as he censes the Blessed Sacrament during a SportsLeader Rosary Rally July 30. (Photo by John Stegeman)

CINCINNATI (CNS) — Together, 350-plus boys clad in different-colored football jerseys resembled a mosaic as they sat or knelt on the grass at Cincinnati’s Mount St. Mary’s Seminary with rosaries in hand.

Eight teams, and an archbishop, gathered the night of July 30 for a SportsLeader Rosary Rally, a unique and growing event that brings high school football players from different teams together to pray the rosary before the Blessed Sacrament.

Louisville, Ky.-based SportsLeader, an independent Catholic nonprofit dedicated to helping coaches instill virtue in players, hosted its first rosary rally in Cincinnati last year with nearly 500 players attending.

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