We are a unique baseball team consisting entirely of Catholic priests and seminarians who were one time High School and/or College baseball players. We play fast pitch hardball with Catholic High School varsity baseball teams in front of crowds of up to 1000 or more people at Minor league ball parks in the Washington DC area in an effort to raise awareness and interest in the great vocation to the Catholic Priesthood. We are in our seventh season and our record is 9-5-1. In each game we have a third inning stretch where we address the crowd on the topic of vocations. Check us out on Facebook too (TheDCPadres). Here are two videos that will give you a much better idea of what we are about:
The video below is a piece that aired on the EWTN Nightly News program on August 29th, 2016.
Fall 2016 video produced by the Archdiocese of Washington Digital Media office
Here are two more videos from past years produced by the Archdiocese of Washington DC Multi-Media office:
***Unfortunately, the Saturday Blue Crabs game was canceled and will be played as a double-header on Sunday leaving no time for the Padres to play. If you already bought a ticket you can either attend a double-header on Sunday or they will honor the ticket for any game during the season.***
Sunday April 23rd VS St. Mary’s Ryken @ Blue Crabs Stadium. Rained out
Sunday April 30th VS DeMatha @ Baysox Stadium. (Result: Padres lose 10-0).
Early Fall game TBA
The DC Padres and The Heights in the Spring of 2014 @ the Bowie Baysox Stadium
DC Padres and Bishop McNamara August 2013 @ Baysox Stadium
DC Padres and St. Mary’s Ryken in May 2013 @ the Blue Crabs Stadium
DC Padres and Paul VI in April 2013 @ the Potomac Nationals Stadium
Deacon Matthew Hoelscher from the diocese of Peoria Illinois gives a vocation talk to the Ryken Knights at the third inning stretch break a few weeks before his own ordination to the priesthood.
DC Padres and Seton High School Fall of 2012 @ the Potomac Nationals Stadium
St. Vincent Pallotti after playing the DC Padres at the Bowie Bay Sox Stadium Fall 2012
DC Padres in August 2013 @ Baysox Stadium
Bishop Martin Holley leads everyone in the pre-game prayer.
Bishop Holley throws the first pitch.
Fr. Larry Young (Manager), Bishop Holley, Ken Sheiber (Announcer)
Fr. Andrew Fisher
Seminarian Matthew Hoelscher playing Shortstop (ordained a priest in 2014)
Seminarian Adam Cesarek (ordained a priest in 2015)
Fr. Greg Shaffer comes in to relieve
Brother John Paoletti with a vicious swing
Fr. Larry Young secures an out
Seminarian Stephen Jagla safe at home
Fr. Larry Swink comes in to relieve
Fr. Dave Wells being held at first
Fr. Jose Raul De Leon takes off for second base
Seminarian Kevin Dansereau (ordained a priest in 2015).