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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Hockey-loving priest prays for Blackhawks

Tonight, the Chicago Blackhawks and the Philadelphia Flyers will face off in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals, and at least one Chicago-area priest likely will be praying overtime for a 'Hawks win. Because Chicago leads the best-of-seven series 3-2, the Blackhawks will be hoisting Lord Stanley's trophy if they beat the Flyers tonight.

Meet Father Marty Michniewicz, a Calumet City, Ill., priest who is such a big Blackhawks fan that he has adorned his rectory office in black and red, Chicago's colors. The priest was recently profiled by WLS-TV in Chicago.

Father Michniewicz, whose love of hockey extends beyond just the Blackhawks, has even incorporated the sport into his parish ministry, especially on the importance of working as a team: "It's just like a hockey team, I'll say. I'll say you need your goalies, your finesse players. They all form a team. As a parish, we all have something to offer and something to form the body of Christ, the church, the team, whatever."

Of course, Chicago and Philadelphia are both great Catholic cities. Might there be a priest in the Philadelphia area sending up prayers for a Flyers win?

Click HERE to read more of WLS-TV's story on Father Michniewicz.

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