Athletes pray rosary at gathering

Nick Canaday, St. Xavier High School student; Demetrious Dillard, Holy Cross High School student; Logan Stone, DeSales High School student; and Rilee Waggoner, Trinity High School, from left, prayed the rosary at a service sponsored by SportsLeader July 26 at Holy Family Church on Poplar Level Road. (Record Photos by Jessica Able)

Nick Canaday, St. Xavier High School student; Demetrious Dillard, Holy Cross High School student; Logan Stone, DeSales High School student; and Rilee Waggoner, Trinity High School, from left, prayed the rosary at a service sponsored by SportsLeader July 26 at Holy Family Church on Poplar Level Road. (Record Photos by Jessica Able)

More than 600 high school football players from DeSales High School, Holy Cross High School, St. Xavier High School, Trinity High School and Our Lady of Providence High School in Clarksville, Ind., gathered at Holy Family Church, 3926 Poplar Level Rd., July 26 to pray the rosary at a service sponsored by SportsLeader, an international organization that connects the Catholic based and athletics. SportsLeader is based in Louisville.

Prior to the rosary, Father Shayne Duvall, associate vocation director of the Archdiocese of Louisville’s Vocation Office and pastor of St. Raphael Church, told the young athletes gathered that “you are not the future of the church. You are the church today.”

Father Shayne Duvall, associate director of the Archdiocese of Louisville's Vocation Office and pastor of St. Raphael Church, told the young athletes that "you are the future of the church, you are the church today."

Father Shayne Duvall, associate vocation director of the Archdiocese of Louisville’s Vocation Office and pastor of St. Raphael Church, told the young athletes that “you are not the future of the church. You are the church today.”

Players from St. Xavier High School pray the rosary at the July 26 gathering at Holy Family Church.

Players from St. Xavier High School pray the rosary at the July 26 gathering at Holy Family Church.

More than 600 football players from DeSales, Holy Cross, St. Xavier and Trinity high schools and Our Lady of Providence High School in Clarksville, Ind., attended the rosary rally sponsored by SportsLeader July 26.

More than 600 football players from DeSales, Holy Cross, St. Xavier and Trinity high schools and Our Lady of Providence High School in Clarksville, Ind., attended the rosary rally sponsored by SportsLeader July 26.

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