In the Diocese of Trenton, the mission of the CAC “is to forge a strong Catholic life within school, family and community by uniting Catholic leaders and student-athletes to enliven the faith of each, and bring authentically Catholic teaching through Scripture, catechism and the celebration of the sacraments.”
There are seven core virtues that are integral for the Catholic Athletes for Christ program including charity, honesty, humility, meekness, moderation, purity and good sportsmanship. Virtues and additional themes will be explored through prayer and reflection over a four-year cycle.
In October of 2019, Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M. appointed our own Coach John McKenna as the new Diocesan Moderator for Catholic Athletes for Christ (CAC). In addition, he appointed our chaplain, Fr. Jason Parzynski, as the new Diocesan Chaplain for CAC.
John McKenna, Strength and Conditioning coach at Notre Dame leads our chapter of the Catholic Athletes, through monthly meetings where scripture, faith and Catholic teachings are shared and discussed. Our CAC student leaders bring prayer to our many teams’ practices and competitions. Students are also given opportunities through this program to participate in leadership conferences and special events with guest speakers and worship services that bring athletes throughout the diocese together.