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by Tom Burke

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  • ‘Prayer not something only done in church,’ SI coach, teacher says

    by Karessa McCartney | Jul 11, 2017

    04 PAGE CouncilMEN RELIGIOUS: The friars of the Capuchin Western America Province of Our Lady of Angels gathered at their 13th Ordinary Chapter at St. Francis of Assisi Retreat Center in San Juan Bautista on June 12-15. Pictured from left are the friars’ newly elected provincial council: Father Joseph Seraphin Dederick, OFM Cap., vicar; Father Tony Marti, OFM Cap., councilor; Father Harold Snider, OFM Cap., provincial minister; Brother Tran Vu, OFM Cap., councilor; Father Hung Nguyen, OFM Cap., councilor. “The theme of the Provincial Chapter was ‘Serving the Lord as Pilgrims in this World,’ the Capuchins said. “It was a fraternal experience with an opportunity to reflect upon our life as Capuchins.” Our Lady of Angels Parish, Burlingame has been entrusted to the Capuchins since its founding in 1926. There are 38 perpetually professed friars serving in the province.

    July 13, 2017
    Tom Burke

    04 MUG StricherzAmong lessons learned for St. Ignatius College Prep former girls’ cross country coach Anne Stricherz is “that every coach should make space for silence and prayer during practice.” Anne’s muse for the guidance was former SI football coach Joe Vollert on a day years ago when their teams shared some practice space. “Joe invited his athletes to stretch in silence and to use that time to pray,” Anne said. “He wanted that time to be intentional.” Joe, an SI alumnus, is vice president for advancement for SI today. Anne is now girls’ junior varsity golf coach and also teaches religious studies at the school.

    Anne took the time to expand on the “silence and prayer” exhortation in her book “Pray and Practice with Purpose: A Playbook for the Spiritual Development of Athletes.”

    The book offers more than two dozen ways coaches can integrate prayer into coaching: “Some prayers you can do as a team, some are social, and others are service-oriented,” Anne said.

    Anne relies on thanks when she and her teams raise their voices to God. “I ask my girls to stand in a circle and share something they are grateful for,” Anne said. “Then we pray for anyone in need of God’s grace, and then we share a ‘wow’ moment – something that happened at a match that inspired us.”

    Anne spent three years gathering material for the book from fellow coaches at schools including SI, Bellarmine, De La Salle, Sacred Heart Cathedral, Carondelet, Archbishop Mitty, and her alma mater the University of Notre Dame.

    Anne says many coaches are “hungry to develop our athletes not just physically but also spiritually. In the midst of our seasons, we lack the time. I hope this book ends up in the hands of every coach, as it has the potential to change the culture of a team.”

    The effort toward enhancing the spirituality dimension in sports at SI once included giving team members cards with a team motto and a prayer they could say anytime. Anne said she has seen the cards “taped inside lockers” and that she has heard many students have taken the cards with them to college. AMDG, the Jesuit motto “for the greater glory of God” crowned each card, Anne said.

    In addition to prepared prayers, Anne’s book offers the story behind the prayer, a prayer activity and suggestions for taking the prayer deeper.

    Praying with students “strengthens our sense of community and helps us become the body of Christ in a different way,” Anne said.

    Prayer isn’t something only done inside a church, Anne said. “The places you compete and practice are also sacred spaces, as are the places where everyday life occurs.”

    A second book which Anne now has in the works discusses ways sports can offer lessons about living a spiritual life.

    “Pray and Practice with Purpose: A Playbook for the Spiritual Development of Athletes” is available on Amazon for $28 or by emailing astricherz@siprep.org.

    Special thanks to SI’s Paul Totah whose take on Anne’s book lent much to this chapter of “Street.”

    04 HALF NDRoray.jpegCONGRATS: Notre Dame High School, Belmont graduates Kiana Afshar, Michelle Pineda, and Isabelle Way were awarded Rotary Scholarships in a process that included an interview with five members of the esteemed organization. “The scholarship emphasizes the importance of service and putting others above oneself,” the school said. Kiana begins classes in the fall at Cal, Michelle at Canada Community College and Isabelle at the University of Alabama.

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