The ninth annual Priests Sports Days were held at Muenster on July 15th and 16th. Over 40 priests from across the province as well as a dozen Knights who assisted in organizing and several monks from the Abbacy participated in prayer, socializing, relaxation and games.
The 2 days began on Monday, July 15th with registration at 4:30, prayers at 5:30 followed by supper at 6:00.
Monday was a social evening which included table tennis, darts, card games, refreshments, snacks and socializing.
The second day of the Priests Sports Days on Tuesday begins with Vespers at 6:20 am, Mass at 7-8 O’clock am and breakfast at 8 am. Games including soccer, volleyball, basketball, ladder golf, washers, bocci ball, and horseshoes take place on Tuesday morning in which the priests can participate in the activities of their choice.
The Priests Sports Days began 9 years ago when Father Ed Gibney was State Deputy. He attended a Bishop’s meeting where he asked, “What can the knights do to support the bishops of Sask.” The idea of “Sports Day for Priests” was born.
The plan for the first annual Clergy Sports Days was organized by a committee of Denis Carignan who was State Treasurer at the time assisted by State Warden and State General Program Director Chris Bencharski, and SD Ed Gibney.
This is a great event for promoting camaraderie between the knights and the clergy.
This year we had 4 bishops—Archbishop Don Bolen from Regina, Bishop Mark Hagemoen from Saskatoon, Our State Chaplain Bishop Bryan Bayda, Eparch of Saskatchewan from Saskatoon and Bishop Augustine Ukwuome, a visiting bishop from Nigeria. We also had Abbot Peter, Abbot of Muenster attend.
The day ended with noon prayers followed by a delicious lunch. Closing comments by all the Bishops, Abbot Peter, Father Demetrius (Abbey Guest Master), and State Deputy Chris were given to complete a great event.
Chris Bencharski, State Deputy of Sask. said, “We are very fortunate and blessed in Sask. to have such great support for the Knights from our bishops and the Abbacy in many of our programs we conduct.
Archbishop Don expressed his gratitude to the Abbacy fort hosting us each year and also to the knights for treating the bishops and priests so well.
State Chaplain Bishop Bryan said, Fraternity is truly a principle of the Knights, the Trinity manifest among many. Venerable Father McGivney knew well the principle of Fraternity was meant for Knights and Clergy.
Special thanks to the Abbacy for hosting us, to Father Demetrius for looking after many of the details for the weekend, to all those knights who assisted, and to all the priests for participating.
Next year, the 10th Annual Priests Sports Days will be held in Muenster on July 21 and 22nd.
Photos by Ken Dumont.
State Deputy, Saskatchewan State Council