Fr. Larry Young, a priest of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., talks about the “D.C. Padres,” a baseball team made up of Catholic priests and seminarians who were at one time high school or college players. The team schedules games against Catholic high school varsity baseball teams, often playing in front of crowds of more than 1,000 people. At some point during the game, play is stopped and some of the D.C. Padres share with those in attendance the beauty and glory of a vocation to the Catholic priesthood.
Fr. Dwight Longenecker, a former Anglican priest and convert to the Catholic faith, discusses his calling from God to Protestant ministry, how he and his family came into the Catholic Church in 1995, his setting aside of his ministry, and, ultimately, the call from the Lord to be ordained a Catholic priest under a program called the “Pastoral Provision,” which makes it possible for married former Protestant clergymen to receive the sacrament of holy orders in the Catholic Church.