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.


WATCH: Seminarians vs. Ravens in Benedict Bowl

Ultimately, the best answer to the Church’s abuse crisis is to raise up holy priests and lay people who will witness to the true meaning of their vocations. The Benedict Bowl at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, is a step in that direction.

When my son was attending Conception Seminary College in Missouri, I remember seeing a trophy on his desk.

“What’s this?” I asked.

“The Benedict Bowl. Conception won!” he said. The yearly football game pits Knights of Columbus at Conception Seminary against Benedictine College’s Knights.

My family was delighted to see the camaraderie between the two schools, and attended other contests between the Ravens and the Sons of Thunder, never quite knowing who to root for — my college or my son.

Now, the Knights of Columbus’ head office in New Haven, Conn., has produced this excellent video showing future priests taking on the Ravens. Watch it above or click here to see it.

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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.