The Gregorian Institute Shield, composed of the crossed gold and silver keys of the Papal Insignia, an open book with the words 'Via Veritas Vita' ('The Way, the Truth, and the Life') written on its pages, three golden six-sided stars on a red banner, and a Germanic cross.


Video Spotlights Vince Lombardi’s Super Bowl Faith

Before Super Bowl XLVII starts (yes, that’s this year’s) the NFL Channel will air a documentary spotlighting Vince Lombardi, including discussion of how his devout Catholic faith shaped him into the coach he became. (If you are receiving this by e-mail, click here to watch the video.)

The winner of each year’s Super Bowl gets the Vince Lombardi Trophy. Lombardi started out hoping to be a priest, and remained a daily communicant throughout his career.

His love for faith has stayed in his family. So did his love for football. The National Catholic Register this week features an interview with his grandson Joe Lombardi, offensive coordinator for the Lions, who saw his own faith life renewed by Janet Smith’s “Contraception: Why Not?” and the daily Rosary.

Vince Lombardi’s faith won him a place in the American Catholic Hall of Fame at Benedictine College’s Gregorian Institute.

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Tom Hoopes


Tom Hoopes, author of The Rosary of Saint John Paul II, The Fatima Family Handbook and What Pope Francis Really Said, is writer in residence at Benedictine College in Kansas. A former reporter in the Washington, D.C., area, he served as press secretary of the U.S. House Ways & Means Committee Chairman and spent 10 years as executive editor of the National Catholic Register newspaper and Faith & Family magazine. His work frequently appears in Catholic publications such as Aleteia and the Register. He lives in Atchison, Kansas, with his wife, April, and has nine children.